Get Involved

Food Pantry

contact person: Jo-Ann Parks

The food pantry is open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9:00 until 11:00; volunteers start setting up at 8:30 and clean and close after the last guest has left. Additionally, we receive much of our food from the South Shore Community Action Council and donations, so we always appreciate having support getting the donations organized and put away in the food pantry.

Community Garden

Contact person: Marilyn Schwartz

Starting in the early spring we raise food crops in the raised beds by the church doors. Some of the crops go to food pantry patrons and some are available to use. Additionally, we plant decorative plants around the church and some native species in the parking lot, and work almost year round to make sure that those plants are well taken care of.

Hedge School

Contact Person: Sue Clement
We have established a partnership with the Hedge Elementary School to read with children during the school day. Once the school has a CORI (a background check mandated by the state of Massachusetts for volunteers working with children) in your file you can coordinate with the school to find a time and class level that works for you, and visit the children weekly or a few times a month to read with them.

Bible Study

Contact Person: Marilyn Schwartz
We meet for Bible Study on Zoom on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., and usually work through study books, like those offered by LifeGuide (InterVarsity Press). To join, contact Marilyn for the Zoom link.

Worship

The pastor alone cannot be everywhere on Sunday mornings, so we rely on many people to make worship work! We need greeters/ushers (greet those who arrive, make sure everyone has a bulletin and communion cup, watch for anyone who might arrive a little later and make sure that they are all set), live-streaming/technology wiz (turn on the live-streaming and sound system before worship, operate the camera to zoom in and out as needed, troubleshoot problems (very rare!), turn off everything after worship; if you have ideas for improvements, work with pastor and worship and music committee to keep our system and live-streaming up to date), worship assistants (light altar candles during prelude, offer readings if no reader is assigned, chant the Kyrie at the beginning of the service, offer prayers, prepare the communion set-up (if you do not feel comfortable doing that, the pastor can do that themselves too), dismiss the congregation at the close of worship), readers (read the first and second readings - that's it!), altar guild members (set up the communion chalice and bread before worship and clean it up and wash the chalice after the service), worship and music committee members (meet once a month after worship, settle on worship settings, plan liturgical seasons, organize flowers, make sure musician and pastor are on one page with church leadership), and volunteers for coffee hour (bring snacks, make coffee, set up the snacks and coffee after worship, clean up once most people have left). Our contact people for all those roles are different; contact the pastor and they will get you set up.

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In crisis?

Emergency Contacts

If you are experiencing a medical or mental health emergency, please call 911. If you are experiencing an emergency and do not feel comfortable calling 911, please call 508-746-3041 and we will support you.

Trans Lifeline

877-565-8860

Crisis Text Line

text HOME to 741741

Teen Line

800-852-8336 (3-7 p.m. EST)/text TEEN to 839863 (3-6 p.m. EST)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255 (in Spanish: 1-866-628-9454; for deaf and hard of hearing people: 1-800-799-4889; for veterans: 1-800-273-8255; after disasters: 1-800-985-5990)

New Hope, Inc. (for survivors of domestic violence)

1-800-3234673

The Network/La Red (for LGBTQIA+ people who are survivors of intimate partner violence)

1-800-832-1901

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

1-800-841-8371

SafeLink (for anyone affected by domestic/dating violence)

1-877-785-2020

The Trevor Project (crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LTBTQIA+ youth)

1-866-488-7386

See this website for more information:

MA Crisis Hotlines

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