We have two new volunteer opportunities for good people who have been vaccinated. Contact the church office about these:
- Child care: a formerly homeless family that is now living in Ipswich, with two toddlers, need help with childcare while the parents work.
- Team leader: a group of First Church friends, some with special needs, is looking for a weekly leader to guide a walking fellowship group.
Helping families through the pandemic: First Church provides a micro pantry for the community, at the Cable Professional Building on County Road, in the parking lot to the right side under a street lamp. This micro pantry allows families to maintain a sense of privacy and dignity as they stop by any time of day or night to select food items and other supplies for their family.
The micro pantry is a small cabinet on a post, protected from the elements with a roof and a door, but not insulated or refrigerated. It provides items that are not usually available through food pantries.
Want to donate? Deliver the items directly to the micro pantry. Think of items that give families a quick boost to get them through the week—not long standing, nonperishable items. Examples: microwaveable meals, instant pasta, jam and fruit preserves; items for lunch boxes like individual chocolate milks and fruit snacks (not raisins); personal care products like toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, and feminine products; small school supplies, such as crayons, pencils, and markers. Get a printable list of items here.
Adopt the micro pantry for a week: If you, your family, or a small group would like to adopt the micro pantry for a week please sign up here. You can stock the micro pantry on your own or organize a collection of items through school, work, your neighborhood, etc.
Take what you need, leave what you can.
Work for Peace and Justice in the World
Refugees: The Ipswich Refugee Program is a community-based organization that welcomes and supports refugees and other immigrants to our community and stands with them as they integrate into American culture an society. Specifically we assist with housing, schooling, transportation, English language classes, health care and navigating local and government bureaucracy. To get involved or to make a donation, please visit the website.
In 2016 a group of concerned people in Ipswich gathered to respond to the global refugee crisis on a local level. First Church and the First Church Mission Board sponsored and supported the Ipswich Refugee Program for more than a year until the IRP became a non-profit charitable organization in 2017.
Anti-racism work: Our Anti-Racism Group meets monthly on Tuesdays at 4pm and welcomes new members. Call the church office for more information.
Address homelessness: We work with the local organization “Family Promise”, which supports local homeless families as they transition out of homelessness. Four times a year, a network of families will come to Ipswich to stay in the Presbyterian Church while we assist their search for jobs and housing. We provide the meals and moral support. Please speak with Rebecca or Kalapi Johnson if you would like to get involved.
Veggie Table: A number of church members and friends join together every Sunday to cook and share supper, in the spirit of helping to support the planet as it needs a community of nonviolent practitioners, sustainably eating plants and helping others to celebrate the beautiful diversity of the earth’s creatures. (suspended due to the pandemic)
Prisoner Support: A team of church members regularly write letters to prisoners, pray for their release, and look at the prison system as an institution Christ called us to disrupt. Further, we are helping a prisoner at the Concord Prison to attain his college degree, and we welcome additional volunteers.