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

The Spiritual Life opportunities at FBC have a two-fold purpose:  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.


Contemplative Paddles

These events are seasonal paddles by kayak and canoe. 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. There is no fee. Paddles take place on beautiful Chebacco Lake in Essex, Ipswich River and coastal locations in the North Shore.   We generally paddle a few times per month May – October as weather permits. photo Ipswich River

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 .

First Paddle:  May 27th Chebacco Lake, Essex.  Meet at Lakefront cabin of Deb and Bob Blanchard.   No fee limited number of kayaks and canoes available. 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. RSVP to Kent Harrop.  Calm water for novice and experienced.

Ocean Paddle:  Kayaking as Meditation. June 10 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Join Kent Harrop and staff of Coast to Coast Paddle by calling 978-969-5151 to reserve your place.  Rental of kayaks $35, with own kayak $25.  Launch from Salem Willows Park.  Good for novice and experienced paddlers.  Orientation and guide service to ensure safety via Coast to Coast.  Kent will introduce us to meditation practices.

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 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. in Pastor Kent’s office, located on the main level of the church in the office wing (enter by Hale Street side door).  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!)


Fire Talks

Topical discussions on spiritual life.  This group is for those in their 20’s and 30’s.  We meet periodically around an outdoor fire or indoor fireplace to reflect upon a topic of interest.  S’mores and hot drinks provided, or bring a favorite beverage.  See the Calendar for the next scheduled Fire Talk.


Third Tuesday Contemplative Circle

Every third Tuesday, 7 – 8 p.m. three congregations gather to encourage each other in the contemplative journey.  We  rotate locations with each host church introducing us to timeless practices of meditation (Taize, labyrinth, mindful walk, centering prayer, chanting, Lectio Divina).  See church calendar for upcoming location.  To learn more about this contemplative partnership go to


Contemplative Retreats

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