The Grace Center/The Open Door Collection

The Mission collection continues…

The Open Door
Baking Mixes -Cake, Brownie, Cookie, Muffin, Pancake 
Peanut Butter
Canned Tuna, Chicken, and Turkey
Healthy Snack Items
100% Juice/Juice Boxes
Breakfast Cereal
Hearty Soups
Canned Vegetables and Fruits
Spaghetti Sauce
Macaroni and Cheese
Rice, Noodles, Pasta

The Grace Center
Gift Cards from local grocery markets (Shaw’s, Stop & Shop, Market Basket, etc.) so they can purchase butter, cream and other perishables 

Donations can be brought to the Chapel building, (1 Chapel Lane behind Santander Bank) a Collection Bin is located to the right of the Office Door

Compassion Mission

Deacons have been brainstorming ways to make Advent special. We are about to celebrate the birth of the Christ child.  Enriching the life of a child from a developing country is a way that ALL of us can participate and be in the spirit of God’s plan to love one another.  During this time of social distancing, we think it will be very heartwarming to share in this intergenerational mission together.

Compassion International ( is a respected Christian child sponsorship program that helps fight global poverty.  They provide safe and nurturing programs.

The youth of the church will choose a child to sponsor.  A SignUpGenius (SUG) has been created with one slot for each calendar month of the year. Click to view. You are invited to sign up for one month of support for $38.  Checks for that amount will be written to First Parish Church and sent to P.O. Box 187, Manchester, MA 01944.

If you sign up for the month of May, for instance, you will be encouraged to write to the child that month.  This can be done digitally or on a form supplied by Compassion.  Letters from the child will be shared with the entire congregation.  Understandably, during the pandemic, letter exchanges are slow.

A onetime additional financial gift can be given to the child on his/her birthday, Christmas as well as a designated gift for the entire family.  Once we know detailed information about the child, those opportunities will also be available on the SUG and anyone can sign up to support these special occasions. Questions about the project can be directed to Sue at

Let us prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus and pray for all children in the world.

Currently on hold

Brown Bag Lunch, last Friday of the month

We will be making brown bag meals for Action Emergency Homeless Shelter. Can you help? To volunteer go online to

First Parish Church runs an ongoing monthly Brown Bag Lunch Mission for Action, Inc. an Emergency Homeless Shelter in Gloucester. Volunteers are welcome to participate in making, donating ingredients for and delivering the lunches on the last Friday of each month. To see what is needed click here. Action, Inc.’s mission is to improve the lives of disadvantaged individuals and families by minimizing the effects of poverty, promoting economic security, and advocating for social change. Learn more about Action’s mission.

Serve Dinner at The Open Door

Several times a year we gather to serve dinner at The Open Door in Gloucester. We need volunteers to prep and serve food and to help with clean up. You can sign up by following the links below or speak with Jim Brennan after worship or at 978-879-4595

To sign up to volunteer click here

The Seaside Parish Knitters

Over the years we have enjoyed our time knitting and crocheting items for baptismal events at the church, shawls and blankets for friends at home, scarves, neck gators, and helmet liners for our veterans in Afghanistan; and mittens and hats for Cape Ann children.

The Seaside Parish Knitters are looking for knitting needles and yarn that you might be considering “casting” aside. We continue to knit blankets, shawls, and scarves; and for our military troops: helmet liners, neck gators, and scarves.

We use both 100% wool and synthetic fibers for yarn, and straight and round knitting needles….all sizes. Contact Penny Lapham at 978-526-7128 or We welcome anyone wishing to join us.

Currently not meeting – but will resume when possible on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 1 Chapel Lane, Read more about us