Back Bay Mission: Back Bay Mission is one of the charities this church supports through the World Service Committee. Back Bay Mission is related to the United Church of Christ (UCC) and is the only ministry of the UCC located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Through the UCC the Back Bay Mission can draw on a national network of supporters and volunteers who are committed to helping the people of the Gulf Coast. This mission has been actively working in the Gulf Coast for more than ninety years. Back Bay Mission has a three-tiered approach which involves helping people meet their immediate needs, continuing to help them overcome challenges with experienced case workers, and providing peer networks and mentoring programs to help them work their way out of poverty.
You can read more about Back Bay Mission at: thebackbaymission.org
You can also find their newsletter in the mission basket outside the church office.
Maine Seacoast Mission: This non-denominational organization whose aim is to service individuals, families and communities along the 2,400 miles of coastline from mid to Down East Maine has been in existence since 1905. It provides critical services and tries to “readdress the root causes of those needs”. The programs and services are many and varied. They include church and pastoral work, financial and medical assistance, food banks, crisis intervention, educational resources, etc. People of all ages and walks of life are served – from children who need tutoring and correctional facilities, to nursing homes and shut-ins. A program was launched in 2001 for medical care via telemedicine services aboard the mission vessel Sunbeam. The ship was outfitted with equipment that allows patients to “see” their doctors using a video camera and specialized medical tools. www.seacoastmisson.org
Morgan-Scott Project: Located in the Tennessee Appalachian section of our country, the people of Morgan-Scott (a mission of the Congregational Christian Conference) serve and minister to families in need of economic, social and spiritual resources. This project, though not large, is vital to the needy families of this depressed area. www.morganscottproject.org
Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM): OCWM is the outreach vehicle of the United Church of Christ. Approximately 35% of the monies given by the churches in the Massachusetts Conference are used by the conference for the projects and needs within our state. The remaining 65% is spent on national and international mission needs as determined by our National Board of Homeland Missions and World Mission. Church World Service (the mainline church service organization) uses some of the worldwide funds at times of natural disasters or emergencies. Other mission monies support cooperative mission schools and the outreach works of our denominational missionaries.