Youth at First Parish
Family Sundays with our 10 am worship service designed to appeal to all ages: children, youth and adults:
- October 6: World Communion Sunday: understanding Communion for all ages (Parents Network gathering to follow worship)
- November 3: All Creatures Great and Small Belong to God, ahead of the town’s annual Bark Festival
- December 1: What Does Advent Mean?
All Ages Christian Child Care available in the Chapel during Sunday worship—and during Parents Network meetings.
We welcome your comments and suggestions for future programing. Yours in service, Steve Carhart and Sheilagh Mylott, Co-Chairs Christian Education
The youth at First Parish church are doing a collection throughout the month of April and May each year for Operation Troop Support, located in Danvers. There will be a box located in the back of the church and another located downstairs in the youth room. The most important items the soldiers are looking for these days are white crew socks, non-perishable food snacks, such as nuts, pretzels, gum, individual servings of applesauce, oranges, pears, puddings in a cup, noodles in a cup, and those snack foods that do not require refrigeration. On the toiletry side, individual containers of shampoo, body lotion, calamine lotion, or sun screen. Anything you can donate is appreciated especially letters of thanks & encouragement.
Past events include:
- Burgers and Bowling at Kings
- Fat Shrove Party
- Sky Zone
- Richardson’s Ice Cream and Mini Golf
- Apple Picking
- Corn Maze
- Christmas Movie Night
- Mission projects- COA Baskets, Serve dinner at The Open, Door, Brown Bag Lunches
We helped with the Wellspring Holiday Fair
Wellspring House holds an annual holiday store. In years passed we have gone to help with clean up from this. The Wellspring House provides temporary shelter to families or persons who are in need. They also offer adult education courses, job training, and help people to get back on their feet. The services they provide have helped over 1,000 families every year. If you can help out with cleaning up their holiday store, we would love to have you. They are located in Gloucester at 302 Essex Avenue.
The Sunday school and youth group children and moms put together 20 beautiful baskets for the Council on Aging on November 13th. Thank you so much to all who donated and those who helped put them together. The people who will receive them will be so thankful for our generosity.
We served dinner at the Open Door in April.
Painting cabinets for The Grace Center
Celtics Game 2016
Youth Group Grades 6-9
The mission of our Middle School Youth Group at First Parish Church is to provide an environment of comfort, safety, and fun where youth can learn, ask questions and grow in their faith. Our youth group meets every Sunday morning at 10 AM in the youth room located in the Chapel. Our meeting begins with a game or two and then we learn a lesson from The re:form curriculum. We have been studying who Jesus was and how He lived. Youth are encouraged to participate in various service opportunities throughout the year such as trail clean ups, serving at The Open Door, food drives, etc. There are also fun events such as bowling, mini-golf, and movie nights to encourage community. Youth are also encouraged to participate in the worship service at different times throughout the year.
What is Church, anyway? Why do we take communion? The Confirmation Class will answer questions like these and more. Students in 9th grade and up who have not gone through a Confirmation program may register.
Of the earliest Christians Acts 2:42 tells us that, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” The confirmation group at First Parish Church explores many of these same expects – the Holy Scriptures, fellowship, the breaking of bread (or pizza slices!) and Christian practices. We believe that the process of confirmation helps our youth grow in their understanding and experiences of God, the church and their faith. Currently our Confirmation program is a 9 month program (from October – June) that runs every other year for youth who are 14 years or older. Through classroom lessons, service work, and retreats, the young people begin to understand the Christian Faith as lived in community. Please call our CE office to find out the next program start date; 978-526-7661 ext. 3.
In June 2015 members of the High School Youth Group participated in the Vacation Bible Program as part of the Crew, they ran programs and activities and set up the VBS Everest. Many thanks to all who participated.