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2018 Easter Week Services at First Parish   [ 2018-03-09 ]

Good Friday Healing Service — Friday March 30, 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Join us for this service of reflection, silence and beautiful music as we reflect on the truths and lessons of Jesus’s last words and his death. This service is a chance to reflect on the reality that life and death, sorrow and joy are intertwined and to prepare ourselves for the rebirth and joy of Easter morning. All those who are grieving a loss or in need of healing are especially welcome for this simple, quiet, spacious service. This service is most appropriate for adults and older youth. Child Care will be provided. (Have dinner at Groton Community Dinners in the Vestry and then come upstairs for the service!)

Easter Sunrise Service — Sunday April 1, 6:15 am at 100 Hollis Street, Groton

All are welcome for the annual Easter Sunrise Service in the field behind Bob and Becky Pine’s house (100 Hollis Street, Groton, look for the sign and balloons) with a beautiful view of Gibbet Hill. Dress warmly, bring your coffee, and come greet Easter morning. This service is brief, informal, and full of the peace and beauty of sunrise on Easter morning. In case of heavy rain or snow (oy vey!) call the church office and listen to the outgoing recording or check the church website or Facebook page. But we will hope for clear skies and a beautiful sunrise.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Common — Sunday April 1, 9:00 am on Minuteman Common (in front of church)

Do not miss the 8th Annual First Parish Easter Egg Hunt! Children of all ages from toddlers to middle-schoolers are welcome to come at 9:00 am to hunt for surprise-filled eggs on the common in front of the church (or in the Vestry if the snow piles are bad!) Bring boots for mud and your own basket if you like. The littlest ones and kids with mobility challenges or other special needs get extra time and we make sure there are plenty of eggs for all. There will be coffee and pastry for grown-ups too. All children are welcome regardless of whether they come to First Parish so feel free to invite neighbors and friends.

Easter Service for All Ages — Sunday April 1, 10:00 am in the Sanctuary

Join us for the joyful celebration of Easter. Our service focuses on the joy and mystery of Easter Morning and the celebration of renewal and rebirth and all are very welcome. There will be beautiful music from the Adult choir and childcare for babies and toddlers. Coffee Hour to follow and contributions of nut-free food are especially welcome.

First Parish Passover Seder — Saturday Night, April 7, 5:30–8:00 pm in the Vestry

All are welcome to our annual and well-loved celebration of the Jewish Festival of Liberation. Our Seder is for everyone — all ages, all beliefs, Jews and non-Jews alike. Family, friends and guests are invited and especially welcome. We tell the story of how the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt and we re-dedicate ourselves to the present day struggle for freedom for all people. If you have never been to a Seder before, this is a wonderful introduction. We explain all the rituals, translate the Hebrew so everyone understands what is being said, and focus on making a meaningful connection between this ancient story and our current circumstances and lives in a relaxed, lively, kid friendly atmosphere.

As has become our tradition, the meal is a potluck of nut-free, unleavened food based on the tradition of eating unleavened bread during Passover — come to the Seder to find out why! Children have lots of special jobs from asking four very important questions to searching for the hidden piece of matzah which gets exchanged for a prize.

The Seder is free of charge but donations will be gratefully accepted to cover the cost of wine and supplies. Each family is asked to bring a (nut-free) potluck dish to share and to contribute something for the Seder plates as able. You may sign up at Coffee Hour or by contacting Sara Woods (