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Jars of spring water are not enough anymore.

Take us down to the river.

— Rumi

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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.

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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Ministerial Fund Policy To Be Voted on at Annual Meeting    [ 04/10/2014 11:32 AM ]

The Trustees of the Groton Ministerial Fund have prepared their Investment and Distribution Policy as required by the church bylaws. This policy prescribes how the Ministerial Fund is managed, the roles of the Fund Trustees, and the rules for determining what investment income is eligible for the Annual Commitment, which is the income to First Parish Church that the Ministerial Fund provides. This policy is a new document but it does not introduce any changes to how the Trustees manage the Fund; it simply documents what the Fund Trustees have done for many years. This policy was reviewed by the Board of Trustees at their meeting on April 8th and was recommended by them to be brought before the church membership for a vote of approval at the Annual Meeting of the Church on May 18th.

A Circle Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 27th at noon in the East Wing where Ministerial Fund members June Johnson and David Eliades will briefly describe the major points of the policy and will answer questions anyone may have about the policy. Childcare will be available during the meeting upstairs in the Growing Times room.


From the Old Groton Meetinghouse Circle Meeting, 2014-30-30    [ 03/31/2014 06:12 PM ]

Here are links to materials from the Circle Meeting held Sunday, March 30, where we learned about and discussed the results of the building assessment and some thoughts about what we might do next in carrying forward our stewardship of the Old Groton Meetinghouse.

General Assembly (Providence, RI) Update    [ 03/22/2014 08:52 AM ]

GA Providence Here's the latest update from the UUA on housing and financial aid for General Assembly next June. Andrea Mason (for the Trustees) and Steve Lieman (for the Deacons) are going to be coordinating and assisting with First Parish participation at GA including arranging car pools. Please let or know if you have any questions.

Also, please see the News, Needs and Opportunities note (search on that page for "Endowment") regarding the possibilities of grants from the First Parish Endowment Fund. The link takes you to the Members area on the site. Email the if you need the password.

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