First Parish – For Such a Time as This

Our Annual Fund Drive is underway

You can pledge by sending an email to the Church Office ( or print a card to mail in (P.O. Box 187 Manchester, MA 01944)

*Read more about our Annual Drive below

Thank you for considering a gift to First Parish Church

Proverbs 11:25
The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

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*Annual Drive

Our Annual Drive is held in the fall to fund our budget for the next year.

In most Christian churches, members provide some level of support and giving for the church. It may surprise you that First Parish is entirely supported and funded by the members of its congregation and community and, like all Congregational churches, does not receive any funding from its national organization, the United Church of Christ (UCC).

That makes us a church that is essentially run by the congregation for the congregation.  Together, as a collective church community with many options for offering support, we are responsible for ensuring First Parish’s financial health so we can support the varied needs and passions of our congregation.

The annual budget supports everything from salaries to upkeep on our buildings, Sunday worship to Christian Education, to choir, to benefit our sister church in Zimbabwe, all of the varied needs and passions of our Church community.

As an open and welcoming church, we respect the unique challenges each one of us faces in our personal lives and welcome whatever contribution you are able to make towards the strength and livelihood of our church.

Whether it is financial support through a traditional Annual Pledge, by taking advantage of Electronic Giving, by considering the long-view through Planned Giving, perhaps helping address a specific congregational need such as the planned sound system for he Church, or by giving your talents and time we are grateful for your generosity!

The Stewardship Committee

Please feel free to contact anyone on our committee with questions about The Annual Fund Drive or giving at First Parish; Mary Ellen Cook, David Lumsden, Chip Price and Bruce Warren.

Guidelines to Pledging

Because our church is funded by our Church community, we hope you can pledge some level of consistent support.  We recognize and respect that give some members of the congregation offer financially while others offer through volunteerism and talents. For context, actual annual pledges to the church have ranged from $1 to more than $20,000. We are grateful for all support.

Understandably, there is no right way to determine what’s “appropriate” for an individual or a family. However, since we do need to come together to fund the budget, the congregation decided at the last Annual Meeting that a guideline of 1% to 5% of household income could help our collective efforts to reach the budget. In the spirit of being helpful, here are two quick illustrations:

1. For a household earning $75,000 a year, a 1% pledge would be $750 for the year, or $15/week.
2. For a household earning $250,000 a year, a 3% pledge would be $7,500 for the year, or $144/week.

All that said, our church community gives itself in many more ways than an annual pledge. You can feel it whenever you attend a Worship Service or one of our spiritual programs. Whether you’re able to make a pledge, sing in the choir, give an hour of your time for our Brown Bag Lunch Mission, provide a meal for our Care Team ministry, or give $5 towards a Missions project- the spirit of your gift will always bring value to our church.

First Parish Electronic Giving Program

First Parish makes available an automatic funds transfer program that allows monthly contributions without having to write a check. It’s fast, safe, and easy with no fees attached. Even better over time it will help reduce the church’s administrative cost.

Here’s how it works.

  1. Authorize a specified amount of money to be electronically transferred directly from your checking or savings account to the church account.
  2. Choose whether the transfer will happen on the 1st or the 15th of each month.
  3. You can cancel or make changes at any time by notifying the church office in writing.
  4. You’ll get “I give electronically” offering cards you can place in the offering plate.
  5. You’ll still receive periodic pledge statements.

For additional help, please contact the Church Office or call 978-526-7661.

Planned Giving

If and when you consider your estate plan, will or other financial plans to fulfill your final wishes, and would like to bestow a gift to the church, you may do so through the First Parish Church Annual Fund, Memorial Fund or Endowment Fund. Details about each of these funds, their purpose and current status, are available through the church office at 978-526-7661.

Be sure to talk it over with your attorney, financial planner, and/or accountant if you are considering a gift like this. You can also reach out to our Stewardship Committee. We would be happy to help with any questions you might have.

To ensure the gift you may be considering for First Parish as part of your Planned Giving is executed correctly, please designate First Parish Church Congregational, P.O. Box 187, Manchester, MA 01944 as the beneficiary in your financial documents.

We’re grateful for what our congregation and community has done to support our church over the many years we’ve been here. We are truly blessed for the legacy that has been built and which we will work hard to sustain for many generations to come.