“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

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 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.

Next Paddle: August 21 6PM at Chebacco Lake. Partnered with Temple B’Nai Abraham. Meet at Lakefront cabin of Deb and Bob Blanchard. No fee. Limited number of kayaks and canoes available. RSVP toKent Harrop. For novice and experienced.

Summer Book Club

‘The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See’ by Richard Rohr

Rohr a Franciscan monk, takes his hat off to mystics and describes them as having moved “from mere belief systems or belonging systems to actual inner experience.” These inner explorers are willing to surrender to the gift of grace that has opened their hearts “to the naked now of true prayer and full presence.” They realize that although God is unspeakable, the divine is at the same time as close and as accessible as our breath. ”

Over the course of seven weekly Tuesday evenings (beginning July 18 at 7 p.m.) we’ll journey through this thoughtful, provocative and engaging book. Our meeting locations will vary from Danes Street Beach, to Beverly Commons, Long Hill, to Mount Mitchman, to Atomic Cafe…we’ll playfully explore and experiment with new and deeper ways of seeing and being. By the end of our journey we may find that we’ve been changed, blessed and living more naturally in the present, in ‘the now’.   Hosted by Kent Harrop, limited to 15. RSVP to Books will be on sale at a discounted cost.

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

September-May (summer look for special events!)

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.