Hearts and Hands Ministry

The Hearts and Hands Ministry seeks to embody the love and compassion of Jesus by using our voices, eyes, hands and feet to support, comfort and care for our United Parish family during times of celebration and joy, sickness and healing, grief and loss. We are an active and diverse group of volunteer caregivers who:

  • Celebrate special milestones in the lives of our members by sending cards and delivering gift bags;
  • Care for our members who are coping with illness or related needs by visiting or telephoning, providing transportation to medical appointments, preparing and delivering meals, writing notes; delivering healing gift bags; knitting prayer shawls;
  • Comfort our members who are bereaved by sending cards, assisting with transportation; visiting and telephoning;
  • Gather in small groups to make items to include in gift bags (prayer shawls, mittens, baby blankets) or food, and participate in special projects to help United Parish members.

We welcome and encourage you to explore the variety of volunteer opportunities offered through this ministry.

Please Note: Hearts and Hands New Email Address The Hearts and Hands ministry team has a new email address as of January 2021, which is heartsandhands@upbrookline.org.

Contact: 

Hearts and Hands Care Coordinator
Church Office (617-277-6860)

Upcoming Hearts and Hands Ministry Events

Latest Hearts and Hands Ministry News

Holy Week Schedule 2021
Posted: Mar 24 2021 - 11:26am

Palm Sunday Sunday, March 28

11am Worship on YouTube. Watch at youtube.com/UnitedParishinBrookline

2:00-3:30pm Palm Sunday Promenade and Palm Pickup under the Steeple

 

Maundy Thursday Thursday, April 1

6:45pm Guided Foot and Hand Washing Ritual on Zoom.

Prepare a basin of water and/or wash cloth and towel and re-enact this loving, serving act of Jesus to his disciples (recounted in John 13). You can choose whether to wash your own hands or feet and/or do it for others who join you at home.

7pm Worship and Communion on Zoom

Prepare communion at home (wine & bread, juice & crackers, tea & scones, milk & cookies, whatever works for you). We will remember Jesus' last gathering with his disciples and share this holy meal in small groups, just as we do in our Sanctuary.

Find the Zoom details in the weekly newsletter. Contact office@upbrookline.org to join our mailing list.

 

Good Friday Friday, April 2

7pm Tenebrae Worship on YouTube.

We commemorate the darkest night of the liturgical year, as we reflect on the seven last words of Jesus during his execution, with contemporary and historical images of the ways we travel these stations in everyday life. This is a powerful, moving, and provocative worship experience.

Watch at youtube.com/unitedparishinbrookline

 

Holy Saturday, April 3

10am-2pm Food Drive for the Brookline Food Pantry at the Chapel Ramp Door

10am-12pm Preschool/Kindergarten Easter Egg Hunt in Memorial Park

1pm-3pm Children's Clothing Drive at the Chapel Ramp Door

4pm-5pm Church School Easter Egg Decorating Workshop on Zoom

 

Easter Sunday, April 4

11am Festival Worship on YouTube. Join us for the joy of Resurrection Day with virtual worship on our YouTube page, followed by Zoom Coffee Hour. We will send out a reminder and link on Easter morning. Watch at youtube.com/UnitedParishinBrookline

12pm Coffee Hour on Zoom. Check your email for the details.

1-3pm Easter Flowers Available for Pick-Up on the Front Lawn.

Food Drive for the Brookline Food Pantry - April 3
Posted: Mar 15 2021 - 12:32pm

The Hearts and Hands Ministry Team will be holding a food drive for the Brookline Food Pantry on the first Saturday of every month. The next one will be Saturday, April 3 from 10am-2pm at the Chapel ramp door.

We will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable food to help support the Food Pantry.

 

Please read the guidelines below from the Brookline Food Pantry:

• We aim for healthy and nutritious items for our clients (think lower sugar cereal, whole grains, fewer preservatives, etc)

• Many of our clients have special dietary restrictions and often request low sodium, low sugar, lactose free, gluten free items.

• Many of our clients have small children at home so snacks for young kids are great! Diapers too!

• Personal care items such as feminine products, shampoo, lotion, Vaseline are always appreciated.

• We have plenty of canned tuna fish and beans.

• Clients love vegetable and chicken broth to cook with.

• Cooking oils are often asked for

  • Vegetable
  • Extra virgin
  • Sunflower

• Some items that our clients think of as special treats include

  • Jarred olives
  • Pickles
  • Dried fruit
  • Chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Honey
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Artisan crackers

• Please check all expiration dates before donating. We cannot accept items past their expiration date.

 

You may also make a monetary donation by visiting brooklinefoodpantry.org/monetary-donations.

Contact heartsandhands@upbrookline.org for more information.

You can learn more at https://www.unitedparishbrookline.org/news/supporting-the-brookline-food-pantry

Food Drive for the Brookline Food Pantry - February 27
Posted: Feb 18 2021 - 4:47pm

Since COVID-19 began, the Brookline Food Pantry has been serving four times more families than previous times. Help us support the Pantry by bringing donations to United Parish this month. We will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable food at the Chapel ramp door on Saturday, February 27 from 10am-2pm.

Items in high demand are rice, cereals, lentils (all varieties), oatmeal, mac and cheese, pastas (any kind), pasta and tomato products, canned soups, canned vegetable and fruit (low sodium and no sugar added products), dry beans (all varieties), and healthy snacks for kids (granola bars, seaweed packages, fruit cups).

 

Here are some additional guidelines from the Brookline Food Pantry:

• We aim for healthy and nutritious items for our clients (think lower sugar cereal, whole grains, fewer preservatives, etc)

• Many of our clients have special dietary restrictions and often request low sodium, low sugar, lactose free, gluten free items.

• Many of our clients have small children at home so snacks for young kids are great! Diapers too!

• Personal care items such as feminine products, shampoo, lotion, Vaseline are always appreciated.

• We have plenty of canned tuna fish and beans.

• Clients love vegetable and chicken broth to cook with.

• Cooking oils are often asked for

  • Vegetable
  • Extra virgin
  • Sunflower

• Some items that our clients think of as special treats include

  • Jarred olives
  • Pickles
  • Dried fruit
  • Chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Honey
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Artisan crackers

• Please check all expiration dates before donating. We cannot accept items past their expiration date.

You may also make a monetary donation by visiting brooklinefoodpantry.org/monetary-donations. Monetary donations to the pantry are the most impactful for us right now, they go farther than you may think. We are able to use all monetary donations towards purchasing food in large quantities from the Greater Boston Food Bank at a discounted price. Food donations are wonderful and always much appreciated, but since we feed over 700 households a week, we need to have a very high inventory of our staple items on hand at all times. Purchasing in bulk allows us to do that.

Contact heartsandhands@upbrookline.org for more information.