The First Parish building is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are holding worship online, Sundays at 10 am. We anticipate remaining closed at least through April 27th. We will reassess the situation, and make a decision about May programming by April 27th.
During this difficult time, we plan to send emails twice a week. You can sign up to receive these emails below. This is an effort to help keep us all informed and connected. If you know people from our congregation who might not use email, please consider reaching out to them by phone to connect. We will be snail mailing pertinent information to those without email addresses and doing our best to keep everyone informed.
FIRST PARISH INFORMATION:
GET IN TOUCH WITH US
207-200-8436 - You can call or text this number at any time.
Chat is available on our website – You can click the chat box in the bottom left hand corner to begin. If no one is staffing the box it will let you send us a message. If a staff member (either Kate, Kelli or Carrie) is staffing the box you will be able to chat with us live.
WHERE TO WATCH
First Parish videos both live and on-demand after the event has ended are available below.
Our website: www.firstparishyarmouth.org
Our Facebook page:
Our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgjmlEVJwGPvfrovfga4dBA
Worship - We will stream worship at 10am on Sundays. You can watch worship at www.firstparishyarmouth.org
Special Events - Celtic Evening Prayer – this Sunday, March 22 at 7pm we will stream the Celtic Evening Prayer service that had already been scheduled. You can watch this service at www.firstparishyarmouth.org
LOOKING FOR OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED?
We are signing up phone prayer buddies for people. For more information, or to sign-up to serve as a buddy, or to get a buddy, contact Kelli Whitman email@example.com.
Record a peace candle video with your phone and send it to us so we can share with our community.
Take pictures that we can share with others and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Color the Illustrated Ministry sheets and take a picture and send it to email@example.com. Sign up to receive free resources from Illustrated Ministry here: https://www.illustratedministry.com/flattenthecurve?ck_subscriber_id=136888380
Practice for the Palm Sunday orchestra (which will happen whenever we are able to gather in person again). Email Amanda Gale (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell her what instrument and a good mailing address and we will get that music to you.
Watch for posts on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/firstparish). Engage with the posts by commenting.
PAY YOUR PLEDGE OR MAKE A DONATION
You can always mail checks to us at: First Parish, 116 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096. You can also pay your pledge or make a donation online at www.firstparishyarmouth.org/vanco. If you like using apps on your phone – download GivePlus+ and find First Parish Yarmouth to get started. Contact Wendy Kopera at 520-344-2430 or email@example.com if you need assistance.
OFFERINGS FROM OTHER LOCAL CONGREGATIONS
Foreside Community Church plans on livestreaming morning prayer Monday thru Thursday and evening prayer on Wednesdays at 6pm. You are welcome to join them (morning prayer requires being in touch with Geoff Parker to access firstname.lastname@example.org You can find more information on their website: http://www.foresidechurch.org/index.php/worship-online/.
NOTES FROM THE TOWN OF YARMOUTH
This information is based on a call on Tuesday, March 17 at 1pm. Things are changing rapidly so to get the most up-to-date information we recommend checking the town web page here: https://bit.ly/2xQuK0V
Yarmouth has setup a Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force.
Join their Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/543262112992391/
If you need groceries, a ride, information or someone to talk to you can call 846-4763. This line will be staffed from 10am-2pm and calls outside of those hours will be returned within 24 hours.
Cass Baker is coordinating a list of town volunteers – anyone who wants to volunteer to help with whatever efforts are organized should be in touch with her directly: email@example.com.
Carla Hunt is trying to establish neighborhood communicators – Judy Colby-George is including this mapping of neighborhoods online. If you or someone you know wants to volunteer to do this, they should contact Carla at: firstname.lastname@example.org. A few areas where they have not yet identified someone: Bluffs, Riverbend, Taymil Properties.
Food Pantry - This week the pantry is open Tuesday 10am-12pm, Wednesday 5-7pm, and Friday
10am-12pm. Patrons are allowed to pick up pre-packed bags on a table staged at a door. They are not allowed into the building – only food pantry volunteers are allowed in the building. Starting next week, the pantry will only be distributing food in this way on Tuesday and Friday.
Since the town hall and the church are closed, there is not a way to receive food donations at this time.
Walgreens is encouraging people to use the drive-up window.