Each November, East Parish hosts its infamous Annual Turkey Dinner with all the traditional trimmings. It is a highly anticipated and spirit filled event, attended by the community at large. There are many hands and hearts that come together to prepare this meal. All proceeds go to the ministry and missions of the Church.
Saturday Night Meals
East Parish United Methodist Church is a co-sponsor, along with Newburyport's Central Congregational Church and The Pettengill House, of the Saturday Night Meals Program. We deliver hot meals once each month to needy residents in the greater Newburyport - Salisbury area. Volunteers participate by cooking, packaging, and delivering meals.
The Maris Center for Women
The Maris Center for Women is a transitional-housing facility for very low-income homeless women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Our relationship with the Maris Center includes such ministries as regular monthly home-cooked dinners and holiday gift bags. We continually collect the following items to make welcome baskets for new residents:
Large Shopping Bags (cloth, canvas), Shampoo/conditioner, Bars of Soap, Toothpaste/Toothbrushes,Razors, Deodorant, TP rolls, Large Combs, Cans of Hearty Soup, Fruit Cups, New Socks, Granola bars, Crackers, Instant Oatmeal, Tic-Tacs, Instant Hot Chocolate Packets, Hershey Bars, Sets of Towels, Small Notebooks, Devotionals, Notes of encouragement
The Knitting Circle
This group meets weekly at East Parish UMC, Fall - Spring, to knit prayer shawls for those who are ill, suffering or in need of healing prayer. They are a lively group full of fellowship and willing spirit.