Get Involved with Outreach and Mission
One of the main focuses at First Parish is fostering support for our community and beyond through projects that reach out and lend a hand. Ministries have coalesced around caring for those who are less fortunate both physically and financially, providing companionship to those who are lonely or troubled, offering resources and support to our neighbors locally and abroad, and caring for our planet.
We are always seeking new ways and opportunities to make a difference in our world. These activities are open to all.
Often, these trips offer cultural exchange, touring, and educational opportunities for participants. The church provides some support in defraying costs and occasional scholarships for people who might not otherwise be able to participate.
For more information, contact the Adult Mission ministry leader through the church office at 846-3773.
The group also welcomes church visitors and new members, and delivers prayer shawls to those who are undergoing a difficult time. Part of the Caring Connection activities involves making meals for those who cannot do so themselves due to illness or some other incapacity. Caring Connection can also host funeral receptions if requested. Caring Connection is led by the pastors.
For more information, contact the pastors through the church office at 846-3773.
The group’s current effort has been to raise awareness of the Royal River ecosystem, including its life and natural processes, the conserved land along its banks, its connections to Casco Bay, and the current fisheries management.
For more information, contact the Earth Stewardship ministry leaders through the church office at 846-3773.
The suppers are moderately priced and served family style. Leftovers provide meals for shelters and goods for the Yarmouth Food Pantry. There are many opportunities for volunteering to help at the suppers. We always need bean makers, as well as biscuit, coleslaw, and mac and cheese makers; pie makers; coffee servers; waiters and waitresses; dish washers; and folks to help with cleanup. This is a great way to get to know others in the church, as well as serve the public.
For more information, contact the Bean Supper ministry leader through the church office at 846-3773. To help at an upcoming bean supper, add your name to the Bean Supper sign-up sheet in the vestry.
First Parish supports Friendship House by providing them with a meal once a month. Each month, you can use the Friendship House sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the church vestry to volunteer to make part of the meal. One of the committee members then delivers the meal. The group always needs cooks and drivers.
For more information, contact the Friendship House ministry leader through the church office at 846-3773.
For more information, watch for announcements in December, or contact the Project Holiday ministry leader through the church office at 846-3773.
Yarmouth Food Pantry
Open several days a week to residents of Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Pownal, and Freeport, the Pantry is staffed, supported, funded, and operated as a volunteer effort by members of those communities.
All are invited to contribute goods, money, and time to this effort. For more information, see the website http://www.firstparishyarmouth.org/yarmouth-community-food-pantry/ or contact the church office at 846-3773.