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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Black Lives Matter vigil on the town common, Dec. 24, 2014



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Time to Vote Is Near: CPA Funding for Meetinghouse Rehabilitation    [ 04/25/2015 11:24 AM ]

Groton’s Town Meeting starts Monday, April 27th. At that meeting, Warrant Article #30, Proposal C, asks the townspeople of Groton to authorize $203,333 in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding for the Meetinghouse rehabilitation project. The vote may take place on April 27th, or most likely due to the large number of warrant articles, on the following Monday, May 4th. You can learn more details in the Meetinghouse Town Meeting Handout. — , Chair, Old Groton Meetinghouse Advisory Committee

Summer Services Starting Soon    [ 04/21/2015 01:21 PM ]

Dates are still available. Have you got a service in you? Some passion you want to share? Some idea you want to explore? Some knowledge you want to impart? Let Pat Fairchild know your preferred summer Sunday, and she will work with you on the service, if you want. Or, just get in touch to ask questions. ; her number is in the church directory.

Bringing Our Best Selves to Email, Social Media, and Our Electronic Lives    [ 03/21/2015 09:09 AM ]

You have no doubt noted the rapidly increasing use and importance of email, social media, and other forms of electronic communication as means for conducting important church business. Like all forms of communication, we need to bring our best selves to the task. Especially if conflict arises, we need to be aware that email is usually the least attractive, least effective medium for dealing with that conflict.

The Deacons have voted to establish guidelines defining a compassionate, patient, tolerant, kind, and forgiving email practice. Please read it here.

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