Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. 

Hebrews 4:16

At FBC we make it a point to be involved with members of our church and community who are in need. Our desire is to bring hope and healing to others in a way that changes lives and meets needs. Our GriefShare program, Barnabas ministry, and help with our local food pantry allows us to care for our neighbors and have an even greater impact within our community.

  • griefshare

    GriefShare Wednesday Nights at 7:00 p.m. in the Friendship Room

    GriefShare is a 13 week program facilitated by caring people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. There is a small fee for materials. Please contact Pastor Lorrie to learn more. 


    GriefShare Surviving the Holidays Sunday, December 3 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, the holidays are a difficult time. Please join us on Sunday, December 3 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. for our GriefShare "Surviving the Holidays". This is a two hour event with practical ideas for making it through the holidays. Open to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Invite a friend to come. For more info please email Liz Kealy


  • operation christmas child

    We are partnering with Samaritan's Purse for Operation Christmas Child! We need donations to fill shoe boxes for children around the world and volunteers to help us organize the boxes on Sunday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m.  

    What goes in a shoe box? Click Here

    How to pack a shoe box:


  • thanksgiving ingathering

    Each year we collect food items to create baskets for a Thanksgiving meal for families at FBC and in our community who are in need. Non-perishable donations may be left in the basket in the Narthex in advance or brought to worship on Sunday, November 19t. Cash donations are welcomed for the purchase of roasting chickens, turkeys, and perishables. Please mark your check or cash donation with “Ingathering.” The baskets will be assembled and distributed following worship. If you, or someone you know, is in need of a Thanksgiving Basket, or can assist with packing and delivery - please contact Priscilla Walcott


  • ENCOURAGEMENT FOR OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS

    Just in time for finals, we will assemble and mail packages of cookies for about 20 college students on Sunday, November 26 after the budget meeting. Please plan to bake a batch of cookies or help to pack and label the boxes. We don’t want to miss anyone, so please send updated addresses to Pastor Lorrie.

  • barnabas

    The Barnabas Ministry provides meals, transportation, and support to members of our church family who are in need. Let's serve others in the name of Christ! Email Carolynne DiMare if you need help or would like to help out in this valuable ministry

  • food pantry

    We are collecting items for the Reading food Pantry on an ongoing basis. There is a particular need for the following items; juice boxes, granola bars, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, shampoo, conditioner, and bar soap. Donations of dry cat/dog food are also needed as many of the food pantry patrons have pets. These can be placed in the box in the front foyer. Donations received at FBC will be taken over to the Reading Food Pantry.

OUTREACH 2017

HELP OUR TROOPS/EAGLE PROJECT THANK YOU

Thank you for supporting Ben House with his Eagle Scout Project. Ben and his troop collected items to send to our military personnel serving overseas who normally wouldn't receive any packages from their families.  They included an uplifting Bible tract in every package. Items for 75 boxes were collected and packed to sent to our military serving overseas. Thank you very much for your support.


COLLEGE STUDENT CARE PACKAGES THANK YOU!

We sent packages full of goodies and love to about 20 college students last week! Thank you to everyone who baked and packed. Please keep our students in your prayers during the last part of the semester.


MISSION OF DEEDS THANK YOU

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. Acts 20:35

On behalf of Mission of Deeds and those they serve, we would like to thank you for the generous donations of linens that helped families in need.



OUTREACH 2016


THANK YOU FOR THE ADVENT STAR GIFTS:

Your tremendous outpouring of love blessed a veteran, who is a single Dad and his three young children with an abundance of gifts. May God bless you all as we cared for this family in the name of Jesus.


CHRISTMAS CAROLING THANK YOU!

A group of carolers spread Christmas cheer at two nursing homes this Christmas. Thank you to all who lent their voices in song and gave of their time to visit those in nursing homes.


COLLEGE STUDENT CARE PACKAGES THANK YOU!

We sent packages full of goodies and love to about 20 college students last week! Thank you to everyone who baked and packed. Please keep our students in your prayers during the last part of the semester.


2016 THANKSGIVING INGATHERING

Thank you for your donations to out Thanksgiving Ingathering. Our Caring Team has assembled Thanksgiving baskets for eight families.


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD THANK YOU

FBC Reading has had another successful year of Operation Christmas Child! 35 children will be blessed by the boxes filled by our congregation. Thank you to everyone who contributed.


MEN’S LOCAL MISSIONS: SERVING DINNER

The men took a few hours Sunday afternoon on September 4, and served dinner to homeless people at the Cor Unum Meal Center, 191 Salem St., Lawrence MA. They prepared/served dinner and cleaned up.




OUTREACH 2015

2015 THANKSGIVING INGATHERING:

Thank you for your donations to our Thanksgiving Ingathering. Our Caring Team has assembled Thanksgiving baskets for eight church families.


THANK YOU FOR THE ADVENT STAR GIFTS:

Your tremendous outpouring of love by selecting over 61 Advent Stars which will bless two families: one from Reading (3 kids) and another local Veterans' family (4 kids). Amazingly, all the Stars were chosen in a matter of minutes! May God bless you all as we cared for these families in the name of Jesus.