Ministry of Outreach

We put our gifts and talents into service in many ways, among them, these important ministries:

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We believe that "welcoming the children" is one of Jesus' essential teachings. We believe that nurturing young learners and supporting young families is not business but ministry. We are so proud of our accredited and highly-acclaimed Nursery School! We believe we make a lasting impact on our community and the world through offering quality, caring, and child-focused early education to families from all backgrounds and beliefs. For more information on registration and classes, see our Early Learning Center page.

 

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In his parable of the Sheep and the Goats in Mt. 25, Jesus answers the question, "When did we see you hungry and feed you?" with these words, "When you did it to the least of me my brothers and sisters, you did it to me." Feeding the hungry is one of the primary outreach ministries of the United Parish and we do this through our Food Pantry, open two Tuesday mornings a month, welcoming residents of Upton and nearby towns. In addition to semi-monthly food pantry days, we offer Holiday Meal Gift Baskets to families who need and request them. For more information on Food Pantry hours and policies, and our Holiday Meal program, see our Food Pantry page.

 

Interfaith Hospitality Network IHN Friends

The United Parish has been a member congregation of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester (IHN) since 2002. The IHN unites people of faith and the wider community in serving homeless families with children through providing shelter, support, skill training and advocacy. As a network congregation we participate in this good work through "hosting" at the shelter in Worcester (providing volunteers, food and supplies) two full weeks a year. Volunteers serve as evening and overnight hosts, providing supportive companionship to the guests and communication with the staff. The United Parish makes a significant financial commitment to the IHN each year, which we raise through donations, fundraisers and offerings, as well as participating in "Work Days" when possible. Information regarding our Host Weeks and IHN fundraisers and work days will be posted as they draw near. Please see our IHN page for further information.

 

Gifts and Service Committee

Our ministries of outreach are coordinated by our Gifts and Service Committee, the leadership body in our church that helps us put our resources - both human and financial - to work for God's purposes. Throughout the year our Gifts and Services Committee will help us plan our financial stewardship, put our gifts and talents into action, and direct our energies toward worthwhile and important areas of need and service, both near and far.

 

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