Faith in Action
This means seeing a need and creating the volunteer group to help meet it. For example, last year we instituted the “Sand for Seniors” project, where seniors needing sand for their walks and driveways could call First Church, and a volunteer would drop off a free 5 gallon bucket of sand. It also means opening the church when the Memorial Day ceremonies were about to be rained out, and holding the event in our sanctuary. Or inviting the Lancaster Seniors for a brunch, or providing food donations and once a month hot meals for the WHEAT food program. It also means that our Religious Education program involves and exposes our young people to many diverse religious and cultural experiences, such as visiting a local mosque or volunteering for the Heifer Program. We provide our kids with the tools and framework for making ethical life choices, being respectful of differences, and being a part of a solution to problems.
See Some Recent Activities
- Mitten Tree 2023 Edition
November 19th & 26th
Located in the Connecting Hall
Help a child in need this holiday season by taking a mitten off our tree. We are working with a program called “Hope for the Holidays” serving children in need in our area. Please shop for the item listed on the mitten and return both the gift AND the mitten unwrapped in a bag OR gift bag under the tree by SUNDAY DECEMBER 3rd.
Twenty children will receive 2 clothing items and a toy through our generosity as a congregation. Thank you!
- Packing Kits for Kidz
Kylie and a group of volunteers provide food for almost 500 children on a weekly basis.
First Church students joined the 4-H Wekepeke club and others to pack almost 500 of Kylee’s Care Kits filled with food for children in the Leominster and Hudson area. These kits are distributed every Friday with enough food for a weekend. Kylie has a website and her story is worth a read. Check out more pictures from our visit in our gallery.
Kylees’ Kare Kits for Kidz is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization.
- Collecting Fresh Food for WHEAT
Once a month the Beginner Group collects specific perishable foods for the Wheat Food Pantry. With guidance, this young group of children are responsible for collecting, recording, and storing fresh food donations.
Our Fresh Food donations for 2022-2023 are:
- September: Milk
- October: Yogurt and Cottage Cheese
- November: Fresh Veggies
- January: Fresh Fruit
- February: Cheese
- March: Orange Juice
- April: Butter & Eggs
- May: Pet Food
- Mitten Tree
Help a child in need this holiday season by taking a mitten off our tree. We are working with “Hope for the Holidays” serving children in need in our area. Please shop for the clothing items or toy listed on the mitten and return both the gifts AND mitten UNWRAPPED in a bag under the tree located in the glass hallway, by Sunday, December 4th. Twenty children will receive 2 clothing items and a toy through our generosity as a congregation. Thank you for your help!
Our children help by decorating mittens and hanging them on the tree for congregants to take and purchase gifts.
- Boston Winter Prep Project for the Homeless
On October 16th, 2022, First Church of Lancaster Teens were living their Unitarian Universalist Principle #2: “We convenant to affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.” A small group of First Church Teens delivered backpacks to the homeless at Brewer Fountain, Boston. The packs were filled with winter needs such as hats, gloves, sweatshirts, fleece blankets, gift cards, etc. These students joined the housed and unhoused community at the Common Cathedral for a a Sunday service of inspirational readings, sharing, prayer, and song.