Merilyn Stoklen, left, a member of First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport and Community Outreach Services Lunch Program Coordinator Marianne Wilson pack lunches for children during a recent gathering at the church.  COURTESY PHOTO/Nancy Peel

KENNEBUNKPORT — This summer members of the First Congregational Church’s Outreach Committee invited Community Outreach Services to use the church’s kitchen facilities to organize needed lunches for children in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel.

The coordinated effort underscored the truth that it takes a village to raise a child. Volunteers from COS and First Church gathered each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to prepare, coordinate, and distribute nutritious bagged lunches to children in their homes and in various recreation programs.

COS Lunch Program Coordinator Marianne Wilson expressed her gratitude for the use of the First Church kitchen, “I am not only proud of my village, I am forever in awe of the spirit you all exhibited and the enthusiasm you had for our mission together. I thank you for your patience and the kindnesses you have shown me and the children we have served.”

First Congregational Church is pleased and enriched to have been a service to their community. In addition to this and other outreach, suppers, and events, the Rev. Charlotte Bell and congregation welcomes you to attend Sunday worship service which begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by coffee fellowship at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome at First Church.

First Congregational Church is located 1.5 miles south of the Seacoast Trolley Museum where Log Cabin Road becomes North Street, next to Arundel Cemetery, and the Kennebunkport Historical Society. From Kennebunkport’s Dock Square area take Spring Street to a left on Maine Street to North Street and follow North Street to First Congregational Church on the right.

For directions or more information, you may call the church office on Tuesdays at 967-3897.