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We are a community of adults, youth, and children seeking to deepen spiritually, to take care of one another, and to be a blessing to the world.

We are a school for compassion, gratitude, and generosity.

These are some of the things we care about at First Parish Church: We value spiritual depth, spiritual growth, and spiritual maturity. We value service to others, especially to those outside the walls of the church and to those in need. We value gen­er­os­ity and view increasing gen­er­os­ity as part of the spiritual life. We value being a “permission granting” church. By this we mean saying yes to new ideas and possibilities which are consistent with and further the mis­sion and values of the church. We value taking care of each other. We will be asked to take care of the members and friends of our community who are in need. We will receive care when we are in need.

As a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, we affirm and promote the principles of the UUA. As a Welcoming Congregation, we actively welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people as full participants in the life of the church.

In other words, our congregation and our Unitarian Universalist faith are engaging, partici­pa­tory, and inclusive. All are welcome at this table. Join us!

 Congregation 15th anniversary

Welcoming Congregation, 15th anniversary (photo by Susan Fry)

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Chalice Lighting by Carol Bousquet    [ 03/13/2018 10:15 AM ]

On March 11 Carol Bousquet lit the chalice for International Women's Day and rededicated the embroidery that hangs in the East Wing, titled “Each Stitch a Thousand Prayers of Hope.” Here is the audio.

2018 Easter Week Services at First Parish    [ 03/09/2018 12:31 PM ]

Good Friday Healing Service — Friday March 30, 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Easter Sunrise Service — Sunday April 1, 6:15 am at 100 Hollis Street, Groton
Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Common — Sunday April 1, 9:00 am on Minuteman Common (in front of church)
Easter Service for All Ages — Sunday April 1, 10:00 am in the Sanctuary
First Parish Passover Seder — Saturday Night, April 7, 5:30–8:00 pm in the Vestry
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Audio and Transcripts of Sermons at FPCoG    [ 02/11/2018 04:41 PM ]

Here are links to audio and (where available) transcripts of the most recent sermons at FPCoG. Earlier sermons this church year, and indeed all the available sermons going back to 2008, are linked from this page.

March 11, 2018: A Thousand Prayers of Hope ( Audio )

March 4, 2018: Love Makes Us Brave ( Audio )

February 25, 2018: Holding Hands and Climbing (Rev. Elea Kemler, read by Alyssa Dallas) ( Audio )

February 18, 2018: Fog, Dust, and Moving Forward ( Audio )

February 11, 2018: On Blessing ( Audio )

February 4, 2018: Systemic and Systematic (Sarah Iacobucci); Walking Each Other Home, Remix (Alison Chase)

January 28, 2018: The Ground of Our Hope ( Audio; Transcript )

January 21, 2018: 365 Acts of Hope ( Audio )

January 14, 2018: The Redemptive Power of Love (Not an Easy Assignment) ( Audio )

January 7, 2018: Choose a Strong Word ( Audio )


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