Kearsarge Lake Sunapee Community Food Pantry was established in 2007 to help meet the emergency and everyday food and household needs of people in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region who are experiencing financial hardship. The towns for this outreach include: Andover, Bradford, Danbury, New London, Newbury, Salisbury, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, Warner and Wilmot. While KLSCFP began as a mission of the First Baptist Church, it was embraced, adopted and supported by all of the churches in New London as their mission to help their neighbors in need. The KLS CommunityFood Pantry is now a recognized 501(c)3 public charity and is supported by local businesses, civic groups and individuals. Almost 100 volunteers contribute their time and energy to the food pantry. Client families leave the food pantry not only with bags of nutritious and useful items but also with their spirits lifted because they were treated with dignity and a welcoming manner.
In addition to the usual canned and boxed staples (such as canned fruit and vegetables, soup, pasta and pasta sauce, juice, tuna, and cereal) the food pantry also shares fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, milk, yogurt and cheese, bread, butter/margarine, “Snack Packs for Kids”, and paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels, dish and laundry detergent, and diapers.
Suggested frequency of visits to the pantry: No more often than once every two weeks.
Hours of operation: Wed. evening 5:30-7:00 pm, and Sat. morning 10:00-11:30 am.
Donations may be left in the designated box inside the church during regular church office hours. For more information please call the church office at (603) 526-6511.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 536, New London, NH 03257
(formerly Good Beginnings of Sullivan County) strives to promote the optimal health and development of children and families in our region.
- believe that the parent-child relationship is the most critical factor in the development of emotional, cognitive, physical and social health of children.
- believe that the development of a trusting, respectful, genuine caring relationship between parents and those who help them is essential.
- believe that prevention is better than intervention, and that all families deserve voluntary and timely access to family health and support services.
- believe that families are the experts about their own lives.
- welcome parents as partners in the governance of the agency.
- encourage laughter and joy in our interactions with children and families and with our colleagues.
- believe that nothing is more important in life than our relationships with each other.
Kearsarge Wood Ministry
The Kearsarge Wood Ministry is an ecumenical ministry dedicated to helping our neighbors in need to heat their homes. Our volunteers collect, store, and deliver wood that is cut and split by others in the community. We anticipate that half of our wood will be used for emergency deliveries in the winter and the other half will be for deliveries to homes prior to the winter. We work closely with the Kearsarge Regional Ecumenical Ministries (KREM) and others to identify and qualify folks in the Kearsarge region who need wood.
For more information about the Wood Ministry and to see how you can help, please contact Steve Allenby at 877-0043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Crammin’ Nights
Each semester we open our building to Colby-Sawyer College students next door. They are welcome to use our Meetinghouse to study for finals while eating homemade goodies donated by church members. Check for dates and times for this event during the months of April/May and December.
Inspired to clean out our closets and to have some fun, First Baptist Church hosts a semi-annual rummage sale in the spring and fall. Church volunteers set up and sort all the donations from the community on the Friday morning prior to the sale. Saturday morning the church fellowship hall is filled with shoppers in search of treasures priced from $.25 – $2.00. Our clean up volunteers are back in at noon and we’re done by 2PM!! While these events are always a lot of fun, they also provide us opportunities to contribute to various charitable causes. The funds we collect (net after minor expenses) are donated to local organizations, such as the area food pantries, families with medical needs, children’s programs and more. The “leftover” clothing and linens are donated to Veteran’s homes, shelters, the Upper Valley Humane Society and Planet Aid. If you would like more information please contact the church office at (603)526-6511.
Christmas Giving Tree
Christmas wish-lists from local needy families are provided to the church by the Lake Sunapee Regional Visiting Nurses Association (LSRVNA). Church volunteers purchase and distribute these gifts to the families.
Please join us as we pray for individuals and families in our congregation as well as those prayer requests received during the Sunday services and specific requests phoned in to the church office.
Open to everyone, this group meets every Monday at 10:00 am in the church library. Please join us as we pray for all things large and small.
Community Mental & Physical Health
Stone Soup health lectures and lunch
Modeled after a children’s story, a simple buffet lunch of soup, salad, beverage and dessert is prepared and served by various boards and committees both from the church and the community every Tuesday during the months of January, February and March. Lunch is served between 11:30 and 12:30 and is followed with a 30 minute presentation by an expert in a medical, health, or safety-related field. The fee is a free-will donation, the proceeds of which, after meeting expenses, are given to a predetermined charity.
- Blood pressure checks
- CPR courses
- Flu clinics
- Celebrating the arts