Current Mission and Outreach Activity
Backpack & School Supply Drive
During July and the first week of August, we had another successful backpack and school supply drive for
National Night Out – August 4
Thank you to everyone who came to National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4. Despite the heavy afternoon rain, it turned into a beautiful evening. First United Methodist Church was well represented with 18 members helping at our booth! We had displays and information about the church and our mission work, plus balloon animals, games, and giant bubbles for kids. This year we gave out Pocket Prayer Quilts, along with information about our summer movie nights and the sermon series. We also had available church pens, coloring books and crayons, and Bibles for those who did not have one.
A special thanks to everyone who helped put together the displays, created the information pieces, and pulled everything together to make the event such a success. We especially want to thank those who sewed, stuffed, and assembled the Pocket Prayer quilts. With everyone's help, we were able to accomplish a lot in a relatively small amount of time.
Bread & Roses
On Saturday, August 29 members and friends of First United Methodist Church prepared the meal at the Bread & Roses soup kitchen in Lawrence. Thank you to those who donated food and to the volunteers who cooked the
#Black Lives Matter
Six members of First United Methodist Church attended a vigil on August 9 in front of the North Parish Meeting House, at the rotary in the Old Center. They joined members of several area churches and organizations, include North Parish Unitarian Universalist, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Chelmsford, Ballard Vale United Church, South Church in Andover, and Merrimack Valley People for Peace. This hour-long silent vigil was held to mark the one year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent uprising in Ferguson, MO. Vigils were held across the country to protest police brutality, mass incarceration, and racial injustice.
"The members of First United Methodist Church of North Andover, MA are committed to living out our faith by practicing love, embodying hope and doing justice. We believe this part of our mission statement calls us to embrace Jesus' message of grace, love and reconciliation for all people. Our welcome knows no boundaries of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, economic reality, family status, sexual orientation, diverse ability, faith history or social standing.
We proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion and discrimination within the church. At the same time, we recognize that there are differences among us. We do not seek to erase our differences and believe that we can love alike even though we may not think alike. We celebrate our diversity and recognize the sacred worth and dignity of all people. We welcome everyone in our journey together toward greater love, understanding and mutual respect.
We are a Reconciling Congregation committed to the full inclusion of all people in the life, mission and ministry of our church . We pledge ourselves to love and support one another and to be a safe sanctuary for everyone. We will work actively to change general church policies and practices to allow the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people, in the ministry and life of the global United Methodist Church."
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