Jars of spring water are not enough anymore.

Take us down to the river.

— Rumi


Groton Community Dinners

First Parish Church of Groton is a founder of the Groton Community Dinners program.

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!

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Photos from Karen Johnston’s Debut    [ 10/13/2014 07:17 PM ]

Bob Lotz took photos last Sunday when our intern minister Karen Johnston first took to the high pulpit. Click here for a representative sample. Full-resolution versions of 8 photos are available on this site. For the complete shoot, see this SmugMug gallery. It’s protected by a password — email the webmaster if you don’t have it.

Have You Considered Joining the Church Leadership?    [ 09/27/2014 07:34 AM ]

The Leadership Development Committee, which is responsible for nominating a slate of elected officers and board members to be presented for vote at annual meeting, is facing a particularly daunting challenge for next spring. Three current Deacons will be completing their final terms of office in spring 2015 and must be replaced by three new members. Additionally, there will be two new Trustees, one new Leadership Development Committee member, and one new Endowment Committee member needed to fill openings.

LDC encourages members of the congregation who are interested in serving in elected offices and are prepared to make the time commitment for these very important leadership roles to notify LDC members of their interest: Krista Ingram, Andrea Mason, or Deborah Johnson.    ‣ more...

Words from the Gathering of the Water, 2014    [ 09/08/2014 09:10 AM ]

water words 2014 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 15 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 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008. (The words for 2012 were, alas, not recorded.)


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