First Congregational Church is the home of the West Boylston Ecumenical Food Pantry, a joint service project between our congregation, Oakdale Methodist Church, and Our Lady of Good Counsel. On the third Tuesday of every month, from 1pm to 3pm, the Food Pantry provides both perishable and non-perishable food to those who lack the resources to purchase them on their own.
If you would like to volunteer to serve, donate or if you are in need of food, please call our church office at 508-835-4462, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOHN STREET SOUP KITCHEN
In collaboration with the John Street Baptist Church in Worcester, volunteers from our congregation prepare and serve full course lunches to individuals and families at the John Street Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen provides those individuals and families with a place to eat, to talk, to relax, and to be nourished both bodily and spiritually.
f you would like to participate in our meal preparation or service, or would like more information, please call the church office at 508-835-4462 or email email@example.com
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK
First Congregational Church is a founding member-congregation of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester. As one of over 20 participating congregations, we provide both financial, material and volunteer support for homeless families who are seeking to transition to permanent housing. IHN provides not only housing and stability, but also assistance with education, employment and training opportunities. IHN aims to build the capabilities and confidence of its guests, with the help of volunteers who offer their time and talent, and who extend their fellowship and hospitality.
For a week in September, and again in April, our congregation hosts the guests at their static site in Worcester. We provide meals and conversation, offer support and encouragement, play and read with children. It is our hospitality – and the hospitality of every congregation – that allows IHN to not only provide room and board for its guests, but to bring them into a community of love and respect, in which we are all one together.
If you would like to volunteer for IHN on our behalf, or would like more information about the program, please call the church office at 508-835-4462.
As part of the United Church of Christ, First Congregational Church participates in ministries both local and global. Through our contributions to United Church Mission, we are able to fund the mission projects of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC and the worldwide efforts of the UCC, from disaster response and recovery to witnessing for justice and peace at home and abroad. With our help, the UCC is able to demonstrate the abundant love and extravagant welcome of God to those in need.