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11/17: Thankful Hearts Bazaar

Saturday, November 17th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The First Baptist Church in Essex at 10 Prospect Street will be celebrating the upcoming holiday season with a “Thankful Hearts” Christmas Bazaar. On Saturday, November 18, from 9 to 3, the Fellowship Hall will be arrayed with lovely and unique handmade gifts, wooden ware, jewelry, wreaths, […]
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10/29: Pasta Dinner for Haiti

  First Baptist Church in Essex is holding a fundraiser for our second mission trip to Haiti, where we will continue to help construct Mercy Hospital. Click here to read Steven’s letter about last year’s trip & this year’s plans. October 21st, 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. seating. $7 per dinner. Tickets sold at the door & […]
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10/15: Sing Out: Changing the Race Dance

CANCELLED. Unfortunately, Soyinka was in an accident and had to undergo surgery. We are postponing the event. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.  Monday, Oct. 15th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, in our sanctuary at FBC Soyinka Rahim will teach us her uplifting songs and provide opportunity to sing together in community. All Ages […]
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10/14: Changing the Race Dance: Supportive Practices

CANCELLED. Unfortunately, Soyinka was in an accident and had to undergo surgery. We are postponing the event. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.  Sunday, Oct. 14th, 1 – 4 PM, Ages 14+ at Temple Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, Chester, CT Explore meaningful questions and a hopeful community-based practice for addressing race, racism, and […]
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Centering Prayer: Oct. & Nov. 2018

Every Saturday, 10 a.m., Helen Henry Fellowship Hall Exception: Sat. Nov. 17th is our Thankful Hearts Bazaar, so we will not have Centering Prayer on that day.  Join us for a time of prayer.  Centering Prayer is a method of setting an intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.  Briefly, it’s a method […]
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Shoreline Soup Kitchen: Oct. & Nov. 2018

Each Monday night at 5:30 p.m., we host the local Monday night Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries dinner at our church. We are looking for new volunteers. Please contact Pastor Joy Perkett at or 860-581-0493 if you are interested in volunteering your time.

The Bread of Life

John 6:24-36 Hungry and desperate, the people press in on Jesus from all sides. I have a bread, Jesus tells them, that will always fill you up and satisfy you. Their mind hovers on these words: I have a bread that will fill you up. After all, this is a people, who know what it […]
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8/26: Chicken BBQ for Haiti

August 26th, 12 – 3 p.m. This December, some of our church members are going on a 2nd mission trip to Haiti, where they will continue to help build a state-of-the-art hospital that is being completely funded and constructed through volunteer efforts coordinated by Bethesda Evangelical Mission. To support this endeavor, we are hosting a […]
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Grace Is Our Backstory

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 The Scripture today tells us: The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.  They had been on the road for days. Teaching. Telling the story of Jesus. Telling how their lives had been changed. Telling how they had just been out there in the tedium […]
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A Few Gems

James 3:17 Mark 6:1-13 It gleamed in the sunlight. Clear and radiant, the emerald was set in a simple gold ring. “That’s beautiful,” I said to my mother. “Oh, I got in the Smoky Mountains,” she replied, “There is a place where you can buy pails of dirt and sift for gems. If you find […]
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