Latest News Archive

Barbara Rich's Reading "Just in Case"   [ 2016-06-19 ]

For all those of you who have asked for the poem Barbara Rich read in the service on June 19, here is the audio of Just in Case.

Rev. Kemler's Charge to NowRev Karen G. Johnson   [ 2016-06-09 ]

Karen has posted Elea’s charge on her website. Approach with kleenex in hand.

Minutes from the 2016 Annual Meeting   [ 2016-05-31 ]

The minutes from the annual meeting are available in the Members area. (If you have lost the login credentials, please email the .)

Patrick Hughes’s Chalice Lighting   [ 2016-05-30 ]

Some of you have asked that Patrick’s chalice lighting from the Memorial Day service be posted. Here it is.

Photos from the 2016 Coming of Age Credo Service   [ 2016-05-26 ]

Last Sunday, ten of the youth who have grown up in this community completed their Coming of Age year and explored with us what they believe. Bob Lotz captured the morning in photos. You will find a link to these and other photos from the life of the church in the Members area of this website.

Annual Report Available   [ 2016-05-19 ]

The annual report to the congregation, presented at the annual meeting, is available in the Members area for you to download. (If you have lost the login credentials, please email the .)

Photos from Rev. Kemler’s Return from Sabbatical   [ 2016-05-17 ]

Bob Lotz took photos last Sunday when our beloved minister returned to the community after four months of spiritual renewal. You will find a link to these and other photos from the life of the church here in the Members area of this website.

Proposed FY17 Budget   [ 2016-05-16 ]

The budget proposal for FY17, presented at the annual meeting, is available in the Members area for you to read or download. (If you have lost the login credentials, please email the .)

Rev. Kemler Returning from Sabbatical   [ 2016-05-11 ]

Rev. Elea Kemler has been on sabbatical for the last 4 months. She returns to our pulpit on May 15.

Warrant for 2016 Annual Meeting, May 15   [ 2016-05-11 ]

The warrant was sent out to the church's email list on May 11. You can view or download it here.

Pledge Now. It Couldn't Be Easier. Your Pledge Will Make a Difference.   [ 2016-03-30 ]

Please join the early Renewal of Giving pledge responders and make your person­ally significant pledge today to support our work together in the coming year. Your pledge will make a difference.

The good news is it couldn't be easier. And it will only take a minute of your time. Here are the easiest ways to pledge. Which one works bests for you?

1. Send email with your pledge amount to
2. Pledge online here.

Questions: Please send mail to .

Blessings to all of you from the FY17 Renewal of Giving Team.


2016 Easter Week Services at First Parish   [ 2016-03-22 ]

Good Friday Service — March 25 at 7:30 pm

Join us for this contemplative, darkening worship service in the sanctuary to mark Good Friday. This is a worship that is best for adults and older youth. Child care will be provided in the East Wing.

Sunrise Easter Service — March 27 at 6:30 am

However the weather decides to greet us, we will wake our souls and bring our bodies to greet the rising of the sun (or the lightening of the sky, should the clouds prevail). This is a sweet outdoor worship service held in backyard of Bob & Becky Pine at 100 Hollis Street in Groton - open to all! Come dressed warmly.

Easter Egg Hunt for Children of All Ages — March 27 at 9:30 am

Please join our annual egg hunt on the Common in front of the church. We’ll let the littler ones have a head start in looking for eggs. Older youth are welcome to help hide the eggs. Bring your own basket or we will provide paper bags for the eggs you find.

Easter Multi-Generational Service — March 27 at 10:00 am

Dress in your Easter best, bonnet and all, or come casual, because church accepts you as you are.


Gregg Baker’s Readings   [ 2016-03-08 ]

A number of people have asked for copies of the reading and prayer Gregg offered on Sunday March 6. Here they are:



The First Parish Reverse Offering   [ 2016-02-29 ]

On Sunday Feb. 28 we did the offering a little differently: to be precise, the offering was reversed. The community was encouraged to take money from the offering plates and take it out into the world and do good. Listen to our Sabbatical Minister Karen G. Johnston deliver the challenge to the congretation:
  1. Do good
  2. Tell them it’s from First Parish
  3. (optional) Magnify the gower of the good by working together
  4. Share the story

Poem to FPCoG   [ 2016-02-20 ]

Last Sunday Lisa Girolamo read a Valentine’s Day poem she had written to this church community. Here are a transcript and the audio of this first Renewal of Giving testimonial.

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