Community and Care Coming to YOU: Introducing Chalice
What was once the Care Committee has evolved into a vision that takes the interweb of person to person connection beyond the walls of our church and into ultra -local community. The newly formed Chalice Community and Care Network grew out of a need to make sure we can all stay connected and supported by our congregation, especially at times when big life events like illness, hospitalization, new babies, or grief may keep us from getting to church. Though our building is small, we are a mighty congregation, with attendants from towns across the North Shore all the way from Peabody to Newburyport. Under the Chalice umbrella, each town or region is represented by a “Neighborhood” group. These Neighborhoods have the opportunity to meet, socialize, and plan support (for example signing up to bring meals, rides, visits, etc.) as well as explore ways to support local activism.
In the next few weeks, your Chalice Neighborhood representative will be reaching out to invite you to a casual get-together near you. Join in for the fun, the socializing, or the pro-active community care. There’s no pressure to do more than be yourself, connecting to your local co-congregants. We are still seeking a representative for Gloucester and Manchester. Please reach out to Kim Tompkins firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-816-8773 or Eva if you are interested in representing those towns or with any questions you may have.
Here is a current list of Neighborhood Facilitators:
Essex: Tom and Peggy Duff, Isabel and Bob Parlee
Hamilton/Wenham: Carol and Bill Thedford
Beverly/Prides Crossing: Amy and Gordon Morrison
Rowley/Byfield/Newbury: Max Schenk
Peabody/Salem: Art and Melanie McDonald
Ipswich: Tudy Bartlett and Liz Raycroft
Gloucester: Rev. Eva Cameron
-Kim Tompkins, Chair