We’re looking forward to summer at First Congregational Church of Reading and have already begun planning for Summer Sunday School Meet-Ups! Families with children ages pre-k through 8th grade are invited to join in person at these events.
Masks are required at all church events.
June 6th at 2:30PM – Tie Dye Join for an afternoon of tie dying on the church lawn! Bring something to dye and the colors will be provided.
June 13th at 2:30PM – Nature Walk & Scavenger Hunt Join for a nature walk and scavenger hunt beginning at the Wood End School Parking Lot! Wear comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for walking in the Town Forrest.
July 11th – Water Balloon Bonanza! Join on the church lawn for games, relay races, and a lot of water balloons! Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that won’t slip.
August 15th – Assembling School Kits for Kids in Need Join us to assemble school kits for kids in need. More information will be sent out closer to the date.
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Read below about the variety of programs we’re offering this February and March. Lent in a Bag featured all kinds of materials, and there are still extras of many of those. Didn’t get a bag? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request one!
Wednesday Evening Meditation
During the season of Lent (from February 17 to April 3), there will be a meditation online on Facebook Live and Zoom each Wednesday at 7 PM. Want to be notified each Wednesday? Sign up here:
Exploring Lent Series
Three weeks, three classes, offered at multiple times for your convenience! These workshops will all be offered on Zoom. Interested? Sign up below:
This month we are collecting pajamas for teens for the Dept. of Children and Families in Wakefield. The Metro North Area Office in Wakefield covers a group of cities/towns north of Boston. These include Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Wakefield, Reading, North Reading, and Stoneham. It is wonderful to provide a pair of clean, cozy pajamas for a teen to start his/her first night in foster care! The DCF typically receives donations for young children, and there is a need for the larger sizes.
Donations can be left in the box immediately inside the doors at the office entrance to the church on Sanborn Street. The doors are open on Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. If these times are not convenient, please do not hesitate to call the Church Office. We will gladly make other arrangements to allow you to participate. Thank you for your kindness.
Ash Wednesday looks different this year. And that’s okay – everything looks different this year. Join us for Ash Wednesday at Home on Zoom and Facebook Live, February 17, at 7 PM. Scroll down to sign up for weekly E-News or just to get the Sunday Zoom links.
Our Lent in a Bag included an at-home guide for Ash Wednesday as well as temporary tattoos to use instead of receiving ashes. It’s not the same, but the meaning is the same: we are marked by the dust we are, and reminded of our existence here on earth is only temporary. If you didn’t get a Lent in a Bag, but would like to receive the at-home guide and temporary tattoo in the mail (even if it is weeks after Ash Wednesday!) just email email@example.com
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Each month our Mission ministry highlights a different mission partner. This month we’re collecting new or gently used towels and washcloths for Emmaus Inc. in Haverhill.
You can drop off donations just inside the Church Office door on Sanborn St. The door will be open Mon-Thur, 10AM-2PM and on Sun, Feb 28, noon-2PM. Donations will be accepted through Sun, February 28th. Contactless pickup can be arranged.
Emmaus is a community-based nonprofit corporation founded in 1985 to provide housing and services to homeless adults and families in Haverhill, MA. FCCR has supported Emmaus for decades and has watched it grow into a comprehensive agency serving the needs of the all those insecurely sheltered. Emmaus programs span emergency shelters, affordable housing, homelessness prevention and housing stabilization services, and education and job training, as well as community outreach. Find out more at https://emmausinc.org/
There’s all kinds of ways to participate in virtual church! If you (or your household or family) want to read scripture, all you need is a device to record a video and to be able to send that in (either by Dropbox or Google Drive). When you sign up, the scripture will be sent to you with more detailed instructions.
When you sign up below, please indicate what date and what you would like to help with. Thank you for volunteering!
Scripture Readers March 28 (Palm Sunday) – Open April 4 (Easter Sunday) – Open April 11 – Open April 18 – Open