The Parish Helpers

The Parish Helpers 2017-12-05T19:59:59+00:00

Women’s Fellowship

The Parish Helpers is a  women’s fellowship group that first organized in 1857 and is still going  strong!

We welcome all women of the church and community to join us at our monthly meetings generally held in the Fellowship Hall on the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m.  Coffee/ tea and dessert are served followed by a brief business meeting and a program.  Some months there is a field trip, potluck luncheon or picnic!

It’s not all play and no work!  The Parish Helpers support the Church and the community with their time and talent.   We operate the  Treasure Shop (located in the Old Town Hall in Wakefield Corner) during the summer months and hold the Village Fair in August.

With the funds raised through these efforts,  The Parish Helpers contribute to the First Congregational Church with an annual pledge and donations for the Flower, Music, and Camp Funds.   We have purchased new carpeting for the sanctuary and pew cushions. We maintain the Old Town Hall.  Funds are also allocated for scholarships and donations to several local and global charities.

Plan to join us at any of our meetings.  For more information, please call the church office at 522-3189.



Parish Helpers officers:  Rachel White, Treasurer; Carol Jeffery, 1st Vice President; Mary Bernier, Asst. Treasurer;

Ann Bilodeau, 2nd Vice President; Linda Petkunas, Secretary; Ginny Schweitzer, President

2017 – 2018 Programs

All meetings are held at the Church unless otherwise noted.

October 12, 2017 1 p.m..
Parish Helpers 160th Anniversary
Hostesses: Linda Petkunas, Ann Bilodeau, Evy Truhn
Devotions : Linda Petkunas

November 9, 2017 1 p.m.
“Guided Meditation for Stress Relief”, Cynthia Towle
Hostesses: Rachel White, Julie Kessler, Glenna Nelson
Devotions: Mary Bernier

December 14, 2107 12 p.m.
Annual Christmas Luncheon and Yankee Swap at the Wakefield Inn

January 11, 2018 1 .p.m.
Program: “Wakefield: Then and Now”, Peter Brown, Wakefield Historical Society
Hostesses: Pat Anderson, Sally Kratt,
Laura Parsons
Devotions: Ann Bilodeau

February 8, 2018 1 p.m.
Program: “Our Adventure in Alaska”, George and Donna Ackerman
Hostesses: Elizabeth Heinlein, Catherine Britton, Elizabeth Fogg
Devotions: Jan Stanley

March 8, 2018 1 p.m.
Program: “New Books and More from the Gafney Library”, Beryl Donovan, Library Director
Hostesses: Priscilla Frothingham, Donna Vanderhoof, Marie Hebb
Devotions: Carol Lundgren

April 12, 2018 1 p.m.
Program: TBA
Hostesses: Donna Lewis, Elaine Franco, Jill Mullen
Devotions: Susan Raban

May 11, 2017 12 Noon
Annual Luncheon , Wakefield Inn

June 14, 2018 1 p.m.
Program: TBA
Hostesses: Sue Lynn, Maryann Fountain, Sharon Theiling
Devotions: Carol Jeffery

July 12, 2018 12 Noon
Summer Picnic

August 11, 2018 Village Fair