Ashburnham Community Church Missions
Open Wednesdays from 4-6PM
The Ashburnham Community Church supports an active Food Pantry Mission, serving the towns of Ashburnham and Ashby with both perishable and non-perishable food items, thanks to the generous support of our church and community families, local businesses, organizations, schools and community groups. Besides a monthly food pickup night, with vouchers for perishable food from the Ashburnham Market Place, the Food Pantry has provided annual Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey dinners “with all the fixings” for two or three dozen needy families.
The Clothes Closet, a supplemental function of the Food Pantry, provides clothing, housewares and toiletries donated by the community, free of charge to the recipients of the Food Pantry program.
Church members also provide and serve one hot meal per month to Our Father’s House, in Fitchburg, for around thirty men, fifteen women, and a staff of six.
The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has created an increased need for food for many families and Senior Citizens in the town. Our Food Pantry has been able to create weekly Pandemic Food Relief Bundles for these families and individuals. With the Town’s Senior Center closed due to COVID-19’s gathering restrictions, we were able to collect, store and distribute weekly non-perishable and perishable fruits and vegetables to Senior Citizens provided by the Senior Center and the Growing Places Program.
Angel Tree Gift Program
The annual Angel Tree Gift Program, supported by church families and The Ashburnham Parks and Recreation Department, provides Christmas gifts to needy children from newborn to age seventeen, responding to the children’s “wish lists” with at least four gifts per child, and generous gift certificates for use in local stores.
Random Acts of Kindness Program
The Random Acts of Kindness Program provides flowers, cards, words of encouragement, notes of celebration, and sympathy to our church families and friends and throughout the community. “Prayer shawls”, knitted by church members and friends, are given to members of the community to provide warmth in times of stress or loss.