Latest News Archive

Great Circle Meeting on Finances   [ 2017-12-04 ]

Follow this link to the Members area for updated slides from the 2017-12-03 circle meeting and a link to a multimedia version of the presentation as given. (If you have mislaid the login credentials, please email the .)

Repaint! And Thin No More!   [ 2017-10-14 ]

The paint on our beloved Meetinghouse is breaking down. Soon it will be time to embark on Phase 2 of its restoration and renewal. Here are some photos of the current sorry condition of the building's paint.

By following that link you can pledge to help cover the costs of the Phase 2 Rehabilitation effort, or donate directly here.

Sermon 2017-10-08 (Transcript)   [ 2017-10-09 ]

The transcript from Elea’s Oct. 8 sermon has now been posted.

Technical difficulties have precluded posting the audio, but it will happen — watch this space.


Sermon 2017-10-01 (Now With Transcript)   [ 2017-10-01 ]

The audio from Elea’s sermon is posted here. Get yourself some Backside Redemption.

The transcript is now available.


That Sermon You Hated — Now With Transcript!   [ 2017-09-22 ]

Several people posted on Facebook how much they hated Rev. Kemler’s sermon on Sept. 17. She said she hated it herself! Very challenging theologically, and (in the opinion of your humble webmaster) exactly what we need to hear right now. Listen again, you may hear things you missed the first time around.

The transcript of that sermon has now been posted.


Words from the Gathering of the Water, 2017   [ 2017-09-22 ]

Every year in September, on the occasion of the first service of the church year, we hold a ceremony called the Gathering of the Water — 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 18 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 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008. (The words for 2012 were, alas, not recorded.)


An Evening of Story Telling for Grown-ups: January 20, 2018   [ 2017-08-25 ]

Mark your calendar now for the latest installment in this beloved First Parish tradition. We are seeking storytellers. Full details here.

Location Change for Aug. 6 Service   [ 2017-08-04 ]

Note that the 14th Annual Joint Summer Service will be held at the Stow-Acton UU church, 353 Great Road in Stow, not at Harvard as originally planned.

250 Year Old Weathervane “Buddy” Returns to Groton   [ 2017-07-07 ]

After months and months of careful repair, the Old Groton Meetinghouse’s more than 250-year-old weathervane, affectionately known as “Buddy,” has been beautifully gilded for his return to Groton on Saturday, July 15th.

We will start gathering at 9:30 am on the Minuteman Common. We expect Buddy to be lifted to the steeple sometime between 10:00 and 10:30. Once safely placed on the spire, Buddy’s protective wrapping for his travels will be removed and he will be unveiled in all his like-new beauty.

Groton Minutemen Drummers and Muskets will be on hand, and we are hoping that Earl Carter will be able to bring his gloriously restored Revolutionary War cannon for display.

It will be a morning to celebrate Buddy’s placement back on the spire overlooking Minuteman Common where he can keep a watchful eye on Groton’s Town Center as he has done for so many years.

The return of Buddy will also mark the completion of the Meetinghouse’s Phase 1A Restoration Project that was funded by a Town of Groton Community Preservation Act Grant, a Massachusetts Historical Commission Grant, and generous contributions from the First Parish congregation and from the citizens of Groton. Thanks to all who contributed so generously.

Following the unveiling, light refreshments will be served and there will be a chance to view pictures and learn about Buddy’s transformation over the past few months.

Come and join in the fun!


Summer Services for 2017   [ 2017-06-30 ]

The summer 2017 schedule is posted. Later this summer we’ll experience Quaker-style “waiting worship,” explore generational changes in our approach to history, and delve into an emerging world from a Middle Path perspective. We’ll enjoy the traditional poetry service; and much more. Come join us in the cool of the vestry at 10:00 am!

Church Budget for FY18   [ 2017-05-23 ]

The budget for the upcoming FY2018, passed at the meeting of the congregation on May 21, is available in the Members area. (If you have mislaid the login credentials, please email the .)

2016-2017 Annual Report   [ 2017-05-23 ]

The annual report for 2016-2017, presented at the meeting of the congregation on May 21, is available in the Members area. (If you have lost the login credentials, please email the .)

Personal Reflections on Race in America   [ 2017-05-14 ]

On Sunday May 7, Steve Boczenowski and Alyssa Dallas reflected on their journeys toward awareness (being and staying woke) on the uncomfortable subject of race in America. Listen to their powerful testimonials here ( Steve, Alyssa). Bonus: Here is Owen Shuman reading the children a story about the beauty of a little girl’s hair.

Photos from the 2017 Easter Egg Hunt   [ 2017-04-22 ]

On Easter morning the kids of First Parish enjoyed dashing to collect the colorful eggs secreted about the Town Common. Steve Lieman captured the event in photos.

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!


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