First Church has a long history of helping the members in our community. The broader Essex community has multiple resources to help individuals and families with food and meals, and First Church is happy to be a part of these resources. You can click on this link to download a brochure that describes the various resources that are available in the Essex community.

Called to Care

Called to Care is a lay visitation program where teams of two visit members who need some love and attention. All fifteen or so teams meet twice a year for education, questions and support. Contact: Beth Volker.

Essex Eats Out


Essex Eats Out is a partnership with four other churches and various civic groups in the Essex area; together we provide a free meal every Friday night to whomever is in need of food or companionship. The dinners are hosted on a rotating basis by the various churches in town with First Church hosting on the first Friday of every month. Contact: Ginny Coe or Judy Allen.

Heavenly Food Pantry


The Food Pantry is open to residents of Essex Junction, Essex Town and Westford on the 4th Thursday of the month (except for November and December when it is open the 3rd Thursday), the hours are 2pm – 6pm.   It is also open the 2nd Monday of the month from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Clients will need an ID for each member of the household and a utility bill. Clients may only visit the Pantry once in each calendar month. Contact: Val Gabert or Judy Allen.

Heavenly Cents Thrift Shop


Heavenly Cents Thrift Shop, 37 Main Street in Essex Junction, offers gently used clothing and household items to the community at an affordable price. Staffed entirely by volunteers and stocked by local donations, funds raised at the shop are used to support the Church and community  projects. The Thrift Shop is open Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am-3pm, Thursdays 4pm-8pm. and first and third Saturdays 9am-1pm. Phone : 879-6552

JUMP – Joint Urban Ministry Project

First Church is proud to work with JUMP via the Missions Committee. Also, members have helped raise money for the organization by participating in the annual “Run for JUMP”. Watch the video above to learn more about the services that they provide to our neighbors in need.