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!

the old meetinghouse

The Old Groton Meetinghouse (photo by John Jackson)

On Monday, May 11, Groton’s Town Meeting voted to authorize a $203,333 Community Pre­servation Act grant to pay for two-thirds the cost for our Meetinghouse Phase 1 Rehabil­itation Project. Read more here.

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Keeping Mission at the Center of Our Attention    [ 09/27/2015 01:59 PM ]

At First Parish, mission is important to us. Our aim, in Elea’s words, is to keep mission at the center of our attention as we go about our day-to-day business.

Right now, we have a challenge. We estimate that we are about 10% ($28,000) short of funds needed to fully and successfully carry out our mission this year.

To meet this challenge, the First Parish Board (Deacons and Trustees) with Elea’s encouragement has voted to ask each household to consider increasing their pledge.

We ask that you let us know what additional amounts you are able to contribute by Monday, October 12th.

Here is an online copy of the pledge form that you may have picked up at the service on Sunday. (It is also in the October newsletter.)

Please direct any questions you have to .

Thank you from the Board for considering responding to the call.

   Gregg Baker, Mary Jennings, Jay Lawrence (Board of Trustees)
   Steve Lieman, Owen Shuman, Steve Boczenowski (Board of Deacons)

How do we sustain ourselves and our beautiful but aging buildings and keep the mission of the church, the actual work of the church, at the center of our attention?

— Rev. Elea Kemler
Minister’s Annual Report
May 17, 2015


1 Powder House Road … P.O. Box 457 … Groton, MA 01450-0457 … 978-448-6307 …   …  

Most recently updated 2015-05-13