Deepening Your Spiritual Toolbox with Kent

Every Other Friday at 1:00pm

Rev. Kent Harrop leads a contemplative program of inspiring stories and reflections.

Please view them at You may access the videos on Facebook anytime, even if you do not have a Facebook account. You may also find the Friday videos on our YouTube channel (First Baptist Church Beverly Massachusetts). Our videos are available to you anytime as a spiritual resource. We hope they will be a blessing to you. Please feel free to share them as a resource for your loved ones.

Watch Kent’s latest Contemplative Practice:

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“Listen, and your soul will live.” ~Isaiah 55:3

The Spiritual Life opportunities at FBC aim to engage the spiritual needs and imaginations of those within the church and of spiritual seekers beyond the church. Our desire is to create opportunities to slow down and listen for the many unique ways that God’s Spirit speaks into our lives.

Some of our practices have been scientifically proven, including what the Japanese call “forest bathing”–exposure to tree oils improves your immune system, lowers heart rate and blood pressure, and reduces stress hormones.




Contemplative Paddles

Participants paddle at a relaxed pace, in silence, seeking to be present as the Creator speaks to us through creation. These events are for novice and experienced paddlers alike. Bring your own equipment, or sign up for a limited number of kayaks, canoes and flotation jacket on loan. Paddles take place on beautiful Chebacco Lake in Essex, Ipswich River and coast locations along the North Shore. We generally paddle a few times per month May-October as weather permits.

Paddles are open to the wider community and require registering in advance. You can register through the event listing in the Calendar. For more information, contact Kent Harrop.

NOTE: To ensure safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic we will have steps in place to ensure social distancing as we launch and as we return to the shore (i.e. launching one at a time, wearing a mask getting into and out of boat).  Please read our Contemplative Paddle Safety Protocol for Pandemic


Lectio Divina

An ancient practice of meditating on Scripture. We meditate on scripture for Sunday’s sermon, share brief reflections and conclude with communion. Meets every Wednesday 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the FBC Lounge on the main floor. Free parking in rear church lot.

July – September we meet at Independence Park Beach in Beverly with a breathtaking view of Beverly Harbor (bring a lawn chair and sunglasses and prepare to be inspired!)


Contemplative Retreats

FBC Beverly occasionally organizes or participates in weekend retreats with guided contemplative practices. Please see the Calendar for upcoming opportunities.