Latest News Archive

2018 EOY Financial Report   [ 2018-09-21 11:45 ]

Treasurer Paul Funch has prepared an EOY Financial Report for FY18. It is an internal, non-independent audit report on all financial activity of the church during the fiscal year. Download it here from the Members area. You will need a password there; if you don't have it, please email the webmaster (an email link appears at the bottom of each page on the website).

Story Telling Workshop with Matthew Dicks, Oct. 21   [ 2018-09-18 16:58 ]

This Master Storyteller, MOTH champion, and founder of Speak Up will hold a workshop on Sunday October 21, noon - 1:30 pm. All are welcome to attend this workshop on the art of storytelling. Develop your storyteling prowess even if just to hone your skills at how to tell the best bedtime story ever! Free but let us know you are coming. Contact the church office at 978-448-6307 or for more information or to sign up.

Healing Conversations Begin Oct. 25   [ 2018-09-18 16:54 ]

Healing Conversations is a small group for those grieving the death of a loved one, six Thursday nights beginning October 25. The group will gather to share stories and experiences, to learn about the grief process, and to talk about what it means to move toward healing. Coached by Rev. Kemler and Kathy Parliment Benson. Attendance at all sessions is strongly encouraged. Contact the church office at 978-448-6307 or for more information or to sign up.

Liverpool Night, Oct. 27   [ 2018-09-18 16:52 ]

Please join us for the 4th Annual Liverpool Night on Saturday Oct. 27th at 7:30 pm, in the Vestry. (Click on the image at right for the event poster.) Sing and dance along as a live band plays your favorite fab songs from the 60s. We'll have live karaoke, too: take the microphone to sing a fab song with the band! Snacks and alcohol-free beverages will be available. Wine and beer will also be available (permit pending) for $5 per glass. Suggested donation is $10 per person. An additional small donation is requested of anyone wishing to sing with the band. If you are a 60s music fan, this event is not to be missed!

Words from the Water Communion and In-Gathering, 2018   [ 2018-09-11 15:16 ]

Every year in September, on the occasion of the first service of the church year, we hold a ceremony we are now calling the Water Communion — the beginning of the process of making the holy water we will use throughout the year for many purposes, including blessing infants and sending young adults on their way. Each member of the community brings some water from somewhere their life has taken them over the summer.

We begin the ceremony by pouring some of last year’s holy water into a large vessel. This water contains traces of the water from each year before, stretching back now 19 years. Then each member of the community adds their water to the mix and speaks a single word. As we do every year, we have gathered these words together into a single image (click the link to open a new window). Larger words were spoken more frequently.

For comparison, here are our words from 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008. (The words for 2012 were, alas, not recorded.)


Water Communion and In-Gathering, 2018   [ 2018-09-08 09:39 ]

Big Church resumes on Sunday Sept. 9 at 10:00 am, when we will celebrate Water Communion. All are welcome. Remember to bring some water from your summer — and don’t worry if you forgot to collect some, we will have plenty.

Full details here.


Blessing of the Backpacks   [ 2018-08-13 16:56 ]

Friday August 24, 5:00 pm

Bring your backpacks, briefcases, and work bags of all kinds for a blessing as we begin the new church and school year. Kids and youth of all ages are all welcome and there will special blessings for teachers, educators, and parents. Iced tea, lemon­ade, and snacks will be served and all are encouraged to stay afterwards for a free, delicious dinner at Groton Commun­ity Dinners!


Summer 2018 Services   [ 2018-07-03 09:50 ]

Thanks to Pat Fairchild for organizing the summer services this year. Read about them here.

Pieces from the Miracle of Music Service   [ 2018-07-03 09:48 ]

The June 24 service featured performances by a quartet consisting of Paul Funch, flute; Margery Goldstein, piccolo and flute; Michael Jacobs, alto flute and flute; and Claire Rindenello, piccolo and flute. Here are the pieces they performed.
Quartet in D Minor (Andante; Allegro) — Georg P. Telemann (1681-1767)
She is Fair to Look Upon — Claude Debussy (1862-1918), arr. M. Goldstein
Village Dance from Suite Pastorale — Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894), arr. J. Gibson
Matona Mia Cara — Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
Sarabande — Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), arr. M Goldstein
Ragtime — Tamas Beischer-Matyo (1972-)
Caprice — Margery Z. Goldstein
Quartet in D Minor (Largo; Vivace) — Georg P. Telemann
I Whistle a Happy Tune — Richard Rogers (1902-1979), arr. J. Christensen

Medicine Wheel Garden Ceremony for Mike Roberts   [ 2018-06-26 18:58 ]

On Sunday June 24, 2018, 1:00 pm, members of United Native American Cultural Center and the Morningstar Singers met in the Medicine Wheel Garden behind the Parish House. They led a simple ceremony of smudging, singing, and the offering of tobacco, along with prayers and spreading of some of Mike’s ashes in the garden he dreamed of and which he and church friends created. Click for some photos from the ceremony.

Kaitlin Kramer’s Reading   [ 2018-06-10 17:18 ]

On Sunday June 10 Kaitlin read a short piece she had written for the youth-led Soulful Service earlier this month. It was titled “We In This Earth We Share” and you can listen to it here.

Memorial Service for June Adams Johnson   [ 2018-06-05 18:49 ]

A celebration of June’s life was held on Saturday June 2, 2018, at First Parish. Follow the links below for the order of service and for audio of the testamonials and reflections spoken by June’s colleagues, friends, and family.

Memorial Order of Service (PDF)

Lighting of the Chalice: Barbara Rich
Words for Gathering: Rev. Elea Kemler
Telling the Story of June’s Life: Rev. Elea Kemler
Reflection: Jan Kuniholm
Reflection: Bob Pine
Reflection: Donna Nowak
Reflection: Gina Perini Benedict
Reflection: Ben Lieman
Reflection: Steve Lieman
Benediction: Rev. Elea Kemler


Emma’s Revolution in Concert   [ 2018-05-22 17:11 ]

Mark your calendars: on June 1, experience this powerful duo singing for social justice. The concert benefits cancer research in memory of June Adams Johnson. Get your tickets now — click on the badge in the upper left of the home page. (You may have to wait for it to come around on the guitar.)

Annual Meeting — Sunday, May 20   [ 2018-05-10 12:07 ]

The Annual Meeting of First Parish will take place on Sunday, May 20th at 11:30 am in the Vestry.

Childcare will be provided during the meeting. As always, it is extremely important that all members and friends stay after the service and participate.

Here are the proposed budget for FY19 and the Warrant and Slate of Officers for the meeting, in PDF format. Note: these links lead to the Members area; if you need the access credentials, please .


Mother’s Day Vigil, Sunday May 13 at Noon   [ 2018-05-03 17:36 ]

On Sunday, May 13, we will gather on the Common in front of First Parish Church of Groton for a Mother’s Day Vigil. We will gather in solidarity with mothers everywhere who have lost beloved children, young or old, to gun violence and in recognition of the true meaning of Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day was established in 1870 as a Mother’s Day for Peace. (Follow the link for the text of the Mother’s Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe.)

All are welcome. You are invited to bring a sign with the name and/or photograph of someone who has died due to gun violence of any kind. Our vigil will be silent except for a public reading of some of the names of those who have died by gun violence in the United Stated so far in 2018, an average of 96 people every day. Many of their names are not public record, yet each life deserves to be recognized and remembered.

Contact Rev. Elea Kemler for more information. The Common is located on Main Street across from the public library.