Community Service

Community Service

An essential focus of the Old Parish Church mission is to identify and address community needs and benefits. Individually, and as a congregation, we initiate and participate in a variety of charitable and other beneficial activities. Those activities have evolved over time and will continue to do so as our resources and the community’s needs have changed, but our commitment to serve remains. We are proud of our current activities and open to additional ways in which we can serve our community.

Hearts & Voices Performance Series

Now entering its seventh year, H&V offers a variety of performances for area residents and visitors. Participation is free but attendees are asked to make a modest donation to benefit local charities which, as we enter 2016, totals approximately $15,000. Recipient groups include Just Neighbors, Neighborhood Connections and area food pantries.

The series was established in 2009 with donations to the church in memory of G. Frederick (Fritz) Zeller, a longtime OPC leader. Since then we have presented at least two and as many as five programs each winter season, featuring a wide array of musical talent along with the spoken word and comedy. Artists provide their talents pro bono or at minimum cost. Among the many performers to date are A Far Cry, Gypsy Reel, folk singer Elizabeth Rodgers with cellist Eugene Friesen and comedian Bob Alper.

Neighbors Food Pantry in Londonderry

Since the closing of several businesses in the mid-1980s, Londonderry’s Second Congregational church has operated the Neighbors Food Pantry, helping Margaret Barton provide food (including fresh produce) and keep shelves stocked with major assistance from the Vermont Food Bank. The Pantry also assists residents of the Smithhaven Appartments in South Londonderry and students in the Back Pack program at Flood Brook School.  For the last eight years, OPC parishioners have helped stock shelves, unload truck deliveries and purchase supplies from area food stores. Londonderry is one of three area food pantries that benefit from the Hearts & Voices Presentation series, along with pantries in Chester and Ludlow.

Holiday
Services

For many years, Old Parish Church members have purchased and distributed Thanksgiving turkeys and the associated holiday trimmings to families in Weston and surrounding communities. These contributions are in the form of food items and/or cash to purchase such items. Our congregation also contributes children’s gifts for the community Giving Tree at Christmas time.

Just
Neighbors

Just Neighbors was formed in 2003 to provide assistance for the basic life necessities to address safety, security and other essential components to support family and housing needs. It began by splitting, storing and distributing firewood. As time progressed, it has added other forms of fuel assistance, rides to folks who need them and other benefits. Old Parish Church is proud to have helped incubate Just Neighbors, which has grown into a separate, healthy organizations. OPC continues to provide a significant portion of its volunteers.

To find out more, we encourage you to visit the Just Neighbor’s website.