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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Photos from the Youth-Led Service    [ 03/27/2015 08:46 AM ]

Photos of last week’s youth-led service are posted in a password-protected First Parish Smumug gallery. (The password is the same as that for the Members area of the churchs website. Contact the office or the webmaster if you do not know the password.) You can access the photos by clicking here.

2015 Easter Week Services at First Parish    [ 03/22/2015 09:10 PM ]

Good Friday Service — April 3 at 7:00 pm — Join us for this service of reflection, silence and beautiful music as we reflect on the truths and lessons of Jesus’ last words and his death. This service is a chance to reflect on the reality that life and death, sorrow and joy are intertwined and to prepare ourselves for the rebirth and joy of Easter morning. All those who are grieving a loss or in need of healing are especially welcome for this simple, quiet, spacious service. Child care will be provided. ‣ ‣ more…


2015 Passover Seder at First Parish Church of Groton    [ 03/21/2015 09:15 AM ]

On Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 5:30 pm: Please join us as we celebrate the Jewish festival of freedom through word, song, and food! We will gather at 5:30 pm for the Seder and the participatory re-telling of the Passover story. At 6:30 we’ll feast on a creatively traditional Passover Potluck meal. We ask that you reserve for this event by signing up at coffee hour or . ‣ ‣ more...

Arthur Blackman Memorial    [ 03/21/2015 09:10 AM ]

The celebration of the Life of Arthur Blackman will be held Saturday, March 28 at noon at First Parish Church with reception to follow at MacNeil Lounge, Lawrence Academy. If you are physically able, please park in the lower lot (exit off Route 40 just past the church) and use the stairs by the performing arts center to get to the church. There will be shuttle service from the church to the reception for those who need it.

In January of 2009, Arthur Blackman ascended to the pulpit to recount his meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Groton, and travel to Washington DC in 1963 to witness the historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Here is the audio (19:35, 45 MB). A click should play it in your browser; right-click to download it.


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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