The annual stewardship drive, which takes place in March, supports the church’s activities, including day-to-day operations, staff salaries, and building maintenance. Members of the church will receive a pledge card in the mail, and are asked to make a pledge to be fulfilled in the upcoming fiscal year, between July 1 2016 – June 30 2017.
More information about this year’s stewardship drive will be coming soon.
The First Parish is like a co-op in that we all chip in. While there is a core staff in place to provide the essentials, we rely on our members and friends to come together and support the church in whatever way they are able. In addition to financial support, this can include singing in the choir, arranging flowers for the pulpit, serving on a committee, teaching Sunday School, and helping with a special event.
Opportunities for members and friends to share their time and talent with the First Parish community will be included on this page.
We are a community church with a covenant relationship with the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. Both of these churches promote church polity, which means that self-government and self-determination form the foundation of what we do and how we do it.
[lg_slideshow folder=”/lg”] Our members and friends come from more than 25 different denominations and religious traditions—as well as from no tradition at all. Accordingly, denominational labels are less expressive of our identity than our goal and purpose of responding to the needs and reflecting the aspirations of our congregation and community.
To this end, our essential characteristic is a deep respect for our own and other religious traditions, which informs our choice of prayers, the words we elect to use, the hymns we sing, the rituals we celebrate, the study groups we form.
We represent varied and vocal opinions on spirituality, ethics, politics, and social responsibility. For example, we choose to give a significant portion (approximately 20%) of our annual budget to outreach, which is given to a variety of social projects for local, national and international causes researched and carefully chosen by our Outreach Committee. We also roll up our sleeves and perform service projects, as well as actively support the initiatives of our Faith in Action groups.
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Visitors are welcome at anytime. Our regular worship services are held every Sunday at 10:00. When you arrive at the church, feel free to introduce yourself to one of our ushers or greeters, if you wish.
If you have any questions, any member of the congregation will be glad to help you.
Members of the congregation who have a smiley face on their nametags are particularly interested in helping visitors.
We have “coffee hour” after our service, an ideal time to get information about our church and meet the ministers and members of the congregation.
If you would like more information about becoming a member of the church, contact Kathy Harvey-Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org
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