AIDS Response Seacoast is a non-profit community-based AIDS Service Organization dedicated to providing education, direct assistance and advocacy for persons and communities affected by HIV/AIDS. First Parish youth and adults participate in the Annual Seacoast Aids Walk.
Birthday Bags are collected by our children, filled with goodies and supplies for a child’s birthday party and delivered to the York Food Pantry.
Book Scholarships are available to college freshman at the end of first semester, upon making an application to the deacons.
Caregiving Ministries include both Visitation and/or Meal Delivery. Church volunteers visit people referred by our pastor, the church office, or any member of the church who know of a need. Meals are provided to individuals or families in times of illness, extenuating circumstances and any time help is needed.
Deacon’s Scholarships are offered to graduating high school students going on to further education are urged to apply for scholarships. One of these is in memory of Ronald A. Parsons, and is awarded separately. The others are determined each year by the deacons in response to need.
Dessert for Table of Plenty children stay after Sunday School and prepare dessert for distribution to the Table of Plenty.
Drive Thru Nativity is a gift from First Parish Church to the York community and the surrounding area. Visitors drive thru our church campus and view six tableau’s (Angel Gabriel, Cesar’s Palace, The Three Kings, The Inn, Sheppard’s & Angels and The Stable). Planning begins in September and includes 22 committee’s and over 100 parishioners of all ages. Costumes and sets are all made by church members. Over 400 cars have traveled the Drive Thru Nativity each year since 2006. This mission ministry is as meaningful for the participants as it is for those who experience it.
Emergency Services Program of York/Ogunquit provides emergency support for residents.
End 68 Hours of Hunger meets the needs of those school children who confront approximately 68 hours of hunger between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon, and the free breakfast they receive in school on Monday morning. First Parish contributes food items several times a year.
Fair Tide provides short term affordable housing in a safe setting to people who are homeless. Recipients are offered individualized support services, advocacy and referrals in their move toward permanent housing, financial stability and self sufficiency. The Fair Tide Thrift Store provides critical funding for the housing program. First Parish financially supports Fair Tide.
Fit for Life is a health ministry program coordinated by volunteers of First Parish Church. This outreach ministry is self supporting and serves members of our church as well as the greater York community. Approximately twenty five hours of volunteer time per month are required.
The Giving Tree is our way to help make Christmas and the winter season a time of support and hope for several needy families here in our community. Anonymous to us, they are part of the fabric of our community and an opportunity for us to offer helping hands. Church members bring gifts to help these families have a Merry Christmas.
The Kingdom Project takes all good gifts given to us by God and asks us to multiply those gifts and resources we have received and return them as a thank offering through First Parish education, music and outreach ministries. Some projects are tangible, like making and selling things at MarketFest or after church. Other projects produce non- monetary gains , such as the Prayer Flag Project or Sunday prayers with the Pastor. This has been and exciting mission ministry this past year. Some Kingdom Projects, such as the Pumpkin Ministry, have become a yearly mission ministry.
Mitten Tree: Christmas Eve Family service provides two Christmas trees for parishioners (mainly children) to festoon with mittens, hats, and scarves that are then distributed to local charities for local families.
A Place Called H.O.M.E. is a mission our kids in vacation bible school (2016) are supporting thru the Festival of Fostering Trees ( a local mission project whose primary purpose is raising awareness and money for A Place Called H.O.M.E.) Having Opportunities Means Everything is a program that supports older youth (16-26 ) who are aging out, or aged out, of Maine foster care. Support includes help with finances for housing, money for educational needs not covered by financial aid, assistance purchasing a vehicle, obtaining insurance and numerous other initiatives. Our kids will support this mission ministry by decorating four Christmas trees that will be used during the Festival of Fostering Trees at Foster’s Clambake in December.
Table of Plenty meals are offered to serve our local neighbors in conjunction with our fellow churches. 10 volunteers, including our youth, provide 30 hours of service every two months to insure a healthy and hospitable meal to friends and neighbors.
Village Faire: is held in the summer on the grounds of First Parish. The festive day includes a variety of booths, both outside vendors and church vendors. There is live music, a food tent and an area of family activities all adding to the communal spirit. The Village Faire is a major effort involving more than 75 members the day of the faire and countless others who contribute by baking, donating items and time. Village Faire supports the outreach and missions of First Parish as well as fostering a community within York and beyond.
Wreaths & Greens is a popular and exciting way to kick off the Advent Season. Volunteers start preparing in October by collecting and painting pine cones, making bows, collecting winter berries, holly, specialty greens and boxwood. Wreaths arrive from northern Maine and volunteers make beautiful decorated wreaths, sways and table decorations. Wreaths and Greens is not only a wonderful way to help support the Church and beyond, but it provides a time and space for fellowship, creativity and is an excellent way to begin Advent.
York Community Services consists of The Thrift Store, The Food Pantry and the YCSA Family Services Program. The Family Services program provides assistance to low income families and individuals living in York. Services include fuel assistance, emergency funds for rent, utilities, medical and dental assistance, etc. First Parish makes a financial contribution and several times a year “ Fills A Van” for the food pantry.
York County Family Fund gives direct financial aid to individuals and families in York County who find themselves in immediate and often unforeseen need of critical financial assistance.
York County Shelter Program offers access to housing, personal growth opportunities, community resources and a summer meal program for families that are food insecure. First Parish provides financial aid to YCSP.