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Here are two resources that might be helpful to you during this time. 

  1.  "Dust and Ashes." An Ash Wednesday at-home experiential time of prayer that can be spread out over nine sessions. 

  2.   "A Simple Rule," comes from the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity and consists of daily payer prompts and                                       reflections to help integrate our faith into our daily life. Sign-up to receive this latter resource is included in the attached.


For your review or if you need to catch up, you can read and/or listen to any sermon from any given Sunday worship service from the convenience of your computer.  COVID 19 in-house guidelines (please review before worshiping with us) GUIDLINES (click)

Zoom gatherings

Would you like to stay connected to your FCCOE family as the winter months arrive? Simple and small zoom groups are forming. Just a time to share and support one another in prayer. Please let me know if you have an interest and we will get you connected in a group that works for you...Pastor Tim


Resources to help you to better understand and to educate, leading to empathy and love for all.

pax: the center for spiritual formation

PAX is a Christian spiritual formation center based in the life of the First Congregational Church of Essex. It offers a variety of programs designed to help you create an intentional rhythm of spending time with God


What follows is a suggested outline for spending some quiet time with God each day, structured around the events of the church year. As Eugene Peterson puts it, “When we submit our lives to what we read in  Scripture, we find that we are not being led to see God in our stories but our stories in God’s.” The readings begin on Monday and lead up to the designated Sunday.

adult Sunday school & bible study

There are many offerings for you to study God's word throughout the week. You can choose a predetermind day and time or you can join a small group and choose your own day and time. Find the one that best suits you.


Lectio involves a slow, reflective reading of Scripture that offers a way of opening to God’s initiative. It is prayerfully dwelling on a passage of Scripture, reading the text and responding with periods of silence, in order to be read by it.