First Parish Church of Newbury Vision and Mission

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About our mission

As "Stewards of Earth" we:

  1. offer organic gardens to congregants and the greater community;
  2. collaborate with the Greater NBPT CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) - we are the organic veggie pick-up station
  3. collaborate with the Green Artists League in our New Eden Collaborative (our sustainable community mural; aesthetic layout of our gardens; cold frames made from antique windows; children's playhouse made of all recycled materials
  4. as members of the Northeast Earth Institute we offer adult ed classes on things like Simple Living, Deep Ecology, Eating Local, etc.
  5. we are members of NOFA (national organic farming assoc.) and follow their practices
  6. we are members of the newly formed Greater NBPT Eco Collaborative(Chamber of Commerce, City of NBPT, and Environmental Organizations of which we are one.
  7. offer organic gardening classes to our gardeners
  8. offer organic cooking classes to the community
  9. organize annual community clean-ups around Earth Day
  10. offer leadership in the community as a community of faith with an environmental vision
  11. offer fun, relationship-building experiences such as building floats for the Yankee Homecoming Parade; we have won trophies for the past four years.

As "Stewards of Spirit" we:

  1. offer a traditional Sunday morning worship service with relevant sermons and a variety of musicians and child care in the supervised nursery.
  2. offer Holy Week services beginning with a Palm Sunday service on the Green and procession with a donkey to church; a service of Tennebrae on Maundy Thursday, Contemplation at the Cross on Good Friday, Easter Sunrise Service on top of Old Town Hill, and A 10AM Easter Sunday Service in the sanctuary.
  3. offer Christmas Eve Service of Candle lighting.
  4. offer pastoral counseling
  5. offer spiritual guidance
  6. offer funerals with personal eulogies, weddings
  7. offer weekly fellowship at coffee hour
  8. offer the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism
  9. offer fellowship with the United Church of Christ (and through them, endless programs and resources and opportunities all of which are supported and made possible by our annual dues (OCWM).
  10. we are about to offer bible study through film series
  11. offer a church for the 21st Century with a new structure that supports conscious growth, responsiveness to contemporary needs in the community and in the world, inclusiveness and diversity, and spirit-led vision.