Latest News Archive

2017 Easter Week Services at First Parish   [ 2017-04-16 ]

Good Friday Healing Service — Friday, April 14 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

A quiet, reflective service of healing. This service consists of reflections on the seven last sayings of Jesus interspersed with silence and beautiful music. We reflect on the reality that life and death, sorrow and joy are intertwined and we invite all to enter into the story of Jesus’ death in order to prepare ourselves spiritually for the renewal of Easter morning. This service is appropriate for adults and teenagers. Childcare will be available during the service. Those who are grieving the death of loved ones or any life losses have found this service to be helpful and healing.

Sunrise Easter Service — Sunday, April 16 at 5:45 am at 100 Hollis Street, Groton

All are welcome for the annual Easter Sunrise Service that will take place in the field behind Bob and Becky Pine’s house (100 Hollis Street in Groton) with a beautiful view of the sun rising over Gibbet Hill. Dress warmly, hope for clear skies, bring your coffee and your dog and come greet Easter morning. If the weather is very rainy (or snowy!) call the church office and listen to the outgoing message or check the church’s facebook page to make sure the service will be held.

Easter Celebration — Sunday, April 16 at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary

Join us for the celebration of Easter. Our service for all ages and all people and is about the joy of renewal and rebirth. The adult choir will bring us special music. There will be childcare in the nursery for the youngest ones. Family, friends and Easter Bonnets are very welcome!


Materials from the April 9 Circle Meeting   [ 2017-04-14 ]

We had a great discussion on how the budget looks for next year, the key trends over the last few years, and a review of the by-law changes proposed for the May annual meeting. There were many good questions and answers, including on a possible new Congregational Seed Fund.

Materials from this meeting are available in the Members area: the presentation and a budget estimate. There is also a link in the Members area to a 2-minute video that walks you through how to read our budget, in case you are unfamiliar with such.

(You will need a login to follow the above links; please contact the office administrator or webmaster if you need the credentials.)


Photos from Commitment Sunday   [ 2017-04-02 ]

Follow the link for Steve Lieman's photos of the Gathering of the Commitments ceremony last week.

March 26 Sermon Available   [ 2017-04-02 ]

Rev. Kemler's sermon from last Sunday, March 26, is finally posted for your listening pleasure. Thanks to Dave Hill for wrestling the Wi-Fi in the Sanctuary into operation again.

Commitment Sunday Success and Upcoming Circle Meeting   [ 2017-03-30 ]

We had a great start with Commitment Sunday receiving more than 60 Renewal of Giving forms. Thanks to all who have so generously responded. An amazing 56% were able to increase their pledge for next year, and we had 7 responses from those who did not pledge last year. Yay, Team!

Our goal is to substantially increase the number of forms returned by Friday, April 7th in time to inform our April 9th Circle Meeting discussing church finances. And so we need your help.

If you are ready to pledge now, please

Thanks in advance from the Renewal of Giving Team.

PS. Don’t forget to tell us what you love most about First Parish.

PPS. New to pledging, want more information, or wish to know why pledging by April 7th is important? Then please click here.


What It Takes to Run FPCoG   [ 2017-03-30 ]

A new infographic summarizes the resources needed to keep First Parish Church of Groton going: staff, programs, physical plant, and all. Check it out along with the other Renewal of Giving pages.

If you didn't submit your pledge last Sunday at the Gathering of Commitments ceremony, you can pledge electronically either by sending email to or by submitting your pledge online at Renewal of Giving Pledge Now.


Please Join Us By Pledging Your Financial Support for Next Year   [ 2017-03-24 ]

March 26th is Commitment Sunday at First Parish, the day when we celebrate our financial commitment to the ongoing work of our beloved church. This is blessed work built on our collective generosity. We call this time Renewal of Giving.

To achieve our goals for the next church year we are asking all of you to make a pledge on Sunday that is personally significant, affordable, and as generous as possible.

If you can’t be there on Sunday, we have made it easy for you to pledge electronically either by sending email to or by submitting your pledge online at Renewal of Giving Pledge Now.

Thanks in advance from the Renewal of Giving Team


Policies at FPCoG   [ 2017-03-21 ]

The Board is formalizing the policies, many of them heretofore unwritten, that have guided the life of this church community. For progress to date and for ongoing work in this area, please see the new Policies page in the Members area of the website. You will need a login to follow that link; please contact the office administrator or webmaster if you need the credentials.

Taste of Small Group at First Parish Church of Groton: March 19   [ 2017-03-15 ]

Looking for an opportunity to deepen spiritually and build meaningful connections? The First Parish Church of Groton (a welcoming Unitarian Universalist congregation) invites you to attend a “Taste of Small Group” on March 19 from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm. To attend simply enter the church through the side doors, and meet in front of the elevator. Those who attend will be divided into groups and experience a guided listening and sharing session, typical of the richer 6-week program. This program starts in April, with day and evening groups available. Located in Groton Center at 1 Powderhouse Road, this free event is open to all adults and older teenagers. For more information, call First Parish at 978-448-6307 or email

Proposed Bylaw Changes   [ 2017-02-24 ]

Several significant changes to the bylaws are being considered for acceptance at the annual meeting on May 21, 2017. To help facilitate discussion, members are encouraged to review a draft of the proposed bylaws changes. See the Governance page for two versions of the same changes, a draft version and a draft version with “track changes” displayed.

Thank You from the Kids at Kigali Reading Center   [ 2017-02-01 ]

Dear Everyone from First Parish Church,

Parfait and I would like to express our wholehearted gratitude for your support of Kigali Reading Center. Murakoze cyane (thank you very much) for all your generosity. The money will help accomplish our 2017 goal of doubling the number of children we serve. Thank you also for the books and the generous offers to volunteer your time. By giving the gift of literacy, you are giving some of Rwanda's neediest children a chance to break the cycle of poverty. Murakoze cyane, The Children of Kigali Reading Center in Rwanda

P.S. Turagukunda! (We love you!)

Rev. Kemler’s Christmas Eve Sermon, 2016   [ 2017-01-04 ]

Many of you have been asking for Rev. Kemler’s powerful sermon from Christmas Eve. Unfortunately it was not recorded, but here is a transcript: Something New Is Trying to Get Itself Born. Elea also posted it on the church’s Facebook page.

Christmas and Holiday Services for 2016   [ 2016-12-13 ]

Sunday, December 18: Paper Bag Nativity Pageant at 10:00 am. All are welcome and encouraged to attend our no rehearsal, no stress, usually hilarious, and always poignant pull-a-costume-out-of-a-paper-bag Nativity Pageant. We will bring the Nativity to joyous life on the spot as we tell the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. You can be a star! (Or a sheep or camel or wiseperson or shepherd.) There are costumes for everyone young and old and you are invited to wear your own favorite costume if you choose because everyone is welcome at our stable.

Wednesday, December 21: Winter Solstice Celebration at 7:00 pm. Our Winter Solstice service is an event for all ages. Come celebrate the passing of the shortest day. This participatory service will include music, stories, saying goodbye to the longest night of the year and welcoming the slow return of the light. All are welcome.

Saturday, December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Come welcome Christmas with us! The 5:30 pm service includes the Children’s Choir and an interactive story for all ages. The 7:30 pm service includes the beautiful music of the First Parish Choir. Both services include lots of carols and the passing of candlelight to one another while we sing Silent Night. Cider and cookies will follow both services. There will be Caroling at 6:45 pm so plan to stay late after the first service or come early for the second.

Sunday, December 25: A Simple Groton Christmas Morn at 10:00 am. All are welcome for a simple, peaceful Christmas Day worship gathering.

First Parish Church joyfully welcomes all people and is wheelchair accessible. For more information about our congregation, please look around this webpage or on Facebook at First Parish Church of Groton, MA. We are located at the corner of Route 119 (Main Street) and Route 40.


Boston And DC Women’s March   [ 2016-12-13 ]

On January 21, 2017, people will unite in Washington and Boston to march in solidarity with communities most affected by recent acts and statements of hate, intolerance and violence — among them are women, Muslims, immigrants, people of color, refugees, people who identify as LGBTQIA, and many others. Together, we will demonstrate that America stands for human decency, equal rights, and freedom from discrimination.

All are welcome. Join us in Boston or DC to let the new presidential administration hear our voices!

Here is more information on the DC march and travel from Massachusetts. For details on the Boston march, search “Boston Women’s March for America” on Facebook or click here.


A Letter to the Editor(s)   [ 2016-12-03 ]

Here is the letter to the editors that Elea and the Board sent to local media outlets on Friday Dec. 2. The subject is the upsurge of incidents of hateful harassment since election day, and our church’s (and our faith’s) reaction to it.

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