Announcements

Even though we may not be physically together - West Parish continues to be a Church Family!   See some of our most recent announcements and activities below! 


Good by to Victoria! 

 

Our Director of Christian Education, Victoria, has resigned to devote more time to her family.  We will say goodbye to Victoria and celebrate her on Sunday, August 9: join Victoria's last Sunday School at 9:30am, Zoom Worship at 10:15am when Victoria will share a message, and then a Drive-by Goodbye at 1:00 pm - Victoria will be on the church green from 1:00-1:30 pm for you to drive by and wave or hold up a sign of thanks.


At this time kids can also receive Sunday School certificates and bibles. Everyone is encouraged to drive by and express their gratitude to Victoria for her FIVE years of service to West Parish!

Interfaith Clergy Team of Lawrence Appeal 

 

The Social Justice group at West Parish requests support for this community appeal to purchase Market Basket food gift cards to help feed the hungry in Lawrence. Thirty-five ($35) dollar gift cards are suggested, but any amount is appreciated. Donations may be left in the WPC mail drop in the Fellowship Hall door alcove or sent to the church: Attn: Hunger, West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover, MA 01810. This collection will go through August 23rd.

Merrimack Valley Black and Brown Voices:  Thursday & Sunday

 

This brand-new local group seeks to amplify the voices, businesses and needs of black and brown folks in the Merrimack Valley.   Join the founders Thursday, August 7 at 6:00 pm for a Zoom conversation, "Black and Brown Voices Speak Out."

 

Or head to the South Church parking lot on Sunday, August 9, 10am - 4:00 pm, for a "Black and Brown Owned Market", featuring local businesses.   Both events require registration.    Learn more

Pastor of the Porch:  August 10

 

 Katrina will be under the portico by the church office door on Monday, August 10 for in-person visits! (Please bring your own chair and wear a mask. We will be outside only, and stay 6' apart.) 

Search Committee:  Director of Christian Education 

 

We have formed a search committee to fill the role of Director of Christian Education for West Parish.  Members of the search committee include: Jason, Kate, Lisa, Yvonne and Katrina.  We ask for your prayers that we may perform our responsibility thoughtfully and faithfully.  Reach out to any of us if you have input you would like to share.   

Outreach Ministry

 

One of the cornerstones of our faith is to serve others and care for the vulnerable. In this unprecedented time, our Outreach Ministry has curated a list of ways that we can make a difference in our communities! See the full list at our church website, and contact any member of the Outreach Ministry for more information, questions, or if you have other ideas for how we might contribute.   

 

West Parish Garden Cemetery Arch Restoration Project 2020


Many of you have seen the scaffolding up around the cemetery's arch. This magnificent historic Arch suffered damage to the roofing structure in a windstorm this February and the entire copper roofing structure had to be removed for safety reasons. Underneath it was discovered many large cracks in the masonry and debris from previous repairs.


Some of the massive historic stones at the top will have to be lifted off with a crane and then carefully secured back in their proper place. The Massachusetts Historic Commission and Andover Preservation Commission are both involved in this massive unexpected restoration project. Signs detailing the history of the arch and this ongoing renovation project are posted at the entrance to the cemetery (near the arch) and next to the kiosk sign at the lower rotary. Enjoy watching the repairs.


 


Return to 129 Committee


Throughout the summer, a Return to 129 Committee will be developing and implementing a plan to enable us to worship safely again at West Parish Church.  An email survey will be sent in the next few days.  Please complete it so that we can make the best recommendations for our community.  Committee members include: Pat, Lisa, Chris, Jill, Akim, Larisa, and Katrina.





Permaculture Garden

 

Work in our garden is underway! Volunteer and contribute to growing produce for local food pantries! Email Heatherr to sign up for a time slot or for more information about garden management under the new social distancing guidelines.