Service

Serve with First Church both inside and outside our walls!

SERVE WITHIN

Here at First Church, we believe that church isn’t a spectator sport – God has given all of us time and talents that can be used for something bigger than ourselves. Scroll down to check out the many opportunities we have for you to serve with us. No matter what you’re into, we’ve got a spot for you!

MINISTRY GROUPS

A welcoming community that celebrates God’s love in the Good News of Jesus Christ by serving the individual, the church, and our world through creative worship, spiritual growth, and nurturing fellowship. "Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some." – Hebrews 10

Visitors

“Is it so nice to know I am remembered”

That is a quote from one of members who receives cards and visits from the visitors group.

If you enjoy making someone’s day, then this group is for you!

The visitors writes cards to folks who are home bound or ill, makes visits to those in nursing homes and pre-pandemic led with Rev. Tina a monthly worship service at Cape Heritage Nursing Home. If interested in getting involved contact: Nancy Lawrence, email: nancjl@comcast.net

Faith on Tap

Love Great Beer and Great Company?
Are you Spiritual but Not Religious?
Then this is the place for you!

Faith isn’t just a topic for Sundays. Join us for conversation about where faith and community converge. We meet around town at different breweries once a month for conversation and drinks. This is a safe place to engage in faith, doubt, and to ask questions. All are welcome!

A list of dates and locations coming soon!

Widening Our Welcome

Widening Our Welcome (WOW) is a team who’s goal is to help the church live into our Open and Affirming mission. The WOW team hosts different speakers, book groups, social justice activities, educational events and is open to everyone. Past events include: Mental Health Awareness month, attending and having a table at Cape Cod Pride, leading several book groups around racism, working with the congregation to fly the rainbow PEACE flag all year round.

Bible Study

Wednesdays at 12:30 pm.

No bible knowledge necessary! Come study the scriptures lead by Rev. Tina. The group decides what texts we study. Sometimes we follow what is being done in worship. Other times we have gone out of the Bible and studied books not included in our canon.

Contact: Church Office, 508-888-0434

Prayer Walks

Come feel the Spirit of God as we walk prayerfully together around Sandwich. Each walk begins with a focused scripture or mantra, we will walk in silence on the way out, praying for the community and neighbors noticing God in our midst. Then on the return walk share together our prayers and discoveries.
Led by Rev. Tina

Meets twice a month at the church:
1st Thursdays of the Month |  8 – 9:00 am
3rd Thursday of the Month  | 5:30-6:30 pm

Jubilee

Love reading good books and great conversation?

Check out this women’s book group which meets monthly. Each month a new book chosen by the group is read and discussed. Come make new friends and read something new!

First Tuesday of the Month 7:00-9:00pm

Contact: Nancy Lawrence,
Email: nancjl@comcast.net

Church Circle

Spiritual growth and fellowship with other women through service projects and social activities.  All women are welcome.

Contact: Pam Baker

508-888-6479

Email: roupeandpam@aol.com

Prayer Shawl Ministry

1st and 3rd  Monday 9:30-12:00noon

Weave healing prayers into knitted shawls for those in need of comfort.

Contact: Shirley Goldstein

508-428-5221

Music

To get involved with our adult music ministries, please contact sanducc@firstchurchsandwich.org. Our praise band meets on Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. and our First Church Choir meets on Thursdays at 7:15 p.m.

COMMITTEES

in addition to our informal groups there are a variety of ways to serve God formally within the church. There are leadership positions and formal committees.

Deacons

The Deacons care for the spiritual needs of the congregation. They assist the minister with preparations for worship and administering the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism.

Music

The Music Committee along with the Minister and the Director of Music are instrumental in the music ministry of the congregation. They assist with planning, organizing worship services and special events as well as projects that pertain to the music department. Currently there are Adult and Junior Choirs, a Praise Band, and a seasonal Bell Choir.

Connections

Connections keeps the church family “connected”. They help new members become a part of the fellowship of the community and encourage participation among members. If you enjoy being around people and planning social gatherings this is group for you!

Vitality!

Vitality gets the word out about our Faith Community. This group helps to share the Good News and let others know WE CARE and GOD’S LOVE IS FOR ALL!

Finance

Finance is our ministry team that guides the church in financial matters ensuring we are faithful stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us. Through prayer and discernment this team makes recommendations to the congregation on how to best use our funds. Then it is up to the congregation as a whole to discern how the Spirit of God is calling us to use these resources.

Facilities and Operations

The “fixers” and building keepers. This team are stewards of our real estate, buildings and grounds and physical equipment of the church. They keep the 200+ year old building in fine working order so that it can be a sanctuary and safe haven enabling all to come a welcoming, holy place of worship.

Stewardship

The Stewardship Committee works to educate the congregation on the importance of being good stewards of our earthly resources. As a community we are in covenant with one another and promise our time, talents and treasures. The Stewardship Committee helps the congregation live into its covenant and provides resources and opportunities for furthering God’s call for the church and how we as a community can support that mission.

Faith Formation Ministries

This ministry team along with the Minister of Faith Formation guide the congregation in creating building blocks for faith development. The Committee seeks to model faith to our young people, create successful experiences for them, including culture of change and of course education.

Outreach

The Outreach Committee is responsible for keeping the church informed of social justice issues and of the church’s wider ministries. This ministry team also helps facilitate mission opportunities for the community in which to become involved.  The team listens for the wider community’s needs and where God is calling us as a church to respond.

Strategic Planning

The Strategic Planning Committee is charged with thinking ahead and listening to God.

SERVE OUTSIDE

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” ~1 Peter 4:10

Putting our Faith In Action is an important part of who we are here at First Church. We put our faith in action through our SERVICE SUNDAYS, held on the Fifth Sunday of the month (roughly four a year). On these Sundays we meet for a devotional at our regular worship time and then together as a community complete a service project together as a community.

We put our Faith In Action through our community wide Winter Soup Lunches. Offered once a week every January and February, everyone is welcome to join us for a FREE soup lunch. It is a great time of fellowship; filling hearts, minds, and souls.

Below are just a few of the organizations we partner with regularly. Please check out our events page for upcoming service activities.

Cape Cod Council of Churches

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Cape Kids Meals

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Colorful Kidz

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Habitat for Humanity

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Sandwich Food Pantry

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Champ Homes

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Veterans Outreach Center

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Amazing Grace

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Sole Hope

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Thrive

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