First Parish is your spiritual home, and like any home, it requires money to remain vibrant.
From keeping the lights and heat on to paying the salaries of our wonderful church staff, your annual pledge to First Parish is one of the key signifiers that you are a committed member of this warm and caring community. Members of First Parish are asked to give of themselves in three different ways over the course of the year, with one of those ways being a financial contribution to the church.
In true Unitarian Universalist form, the equation may be a bit different for each of us. If you can give more of your time but less of your treasure, you should do so, and if you cannot spare much of your time but have ample treasure, please be as generous as is reasonable for you.
We generally don’t associate our chalice or hymnals with our purses or wallets, and with good reason. Nonetheless, we must consider what First Parish is worth to each of us in a deeply personal sense, and then make some calculation as to how that transcendent value translates into dollars and cents. If we do not partake in such an exercise, we short-change our spiritual home.
But fear not! We can make this easier! If you are unsure what to give, peruse this Fair Share Contribution Guide for a suggested donation amount targeted to your income bracket. Thanks in advance for your generosity!
How Do I Make a Pledge?
Each year, pledge cards are distributed at services and returned as part of our annual appeal process. If you come to church regularly (or even semi-regularly), don’t worry: you’ll be hearing from us about it. We encourage your participation in this process, as it helps church officers get a better sense of the budget for the year ahead.
When you are ready, you can either bring your pledge check to church or mail it to us at:
First Parish Church
c/o Carol Collins
225 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Can I Just Fulfill My Pledge Online Right Now?
Yes! If the instant gratification of checking this item off of your mental to-do list immediately appeals to you, you can use the form below to do so:
First Parish Church Donation Form
The light of truth…the warmth of community…the fire of commitment.
Your support keeps our chalice fire burning brightly throughout the year.
NOTE: If you intend to apply your donation to your annual pledge or the Capital Campaign, please use the Comment section below to indicate your intention. Otherwise, leave it blank and it will be considered a general, unrestricted donation.
If you are considering your annual contribution and are unsure how much to give, you may wish to look at the Fair Share Contribution guide here.
At whatever level makes sense for you…
Thank you for your sustaining support of First Parish!