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We broadcast Sunday services live at 10:00 am on our YouTube Channel. Join us at 9:45 for the prelude music and chat.

Zoom Coffee Hour immediately follows the service; Email for details.

Visit our YouTube Channel for videos of past services, videos of Rev. Kemler reading favorite poems and stories for children of all ages, and some special music and slide shows of our community.

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Weekly Emails: Email to sign up for our newsletter, News, Needs, and Opportunities.

Facebook: Visit us at First Parish Church of Groton and Friends Of First Parish Church of Groton.

Blog: Suddenly at Home — FPCOG: Subscribe to our blog, which is full of beautiful reflections, poetry, photographs, and more about life during pandemic times.

Compassionate Callers: Kind callers are reaching out to every member and friend of our community regularly to check in and provide support, or just to chat. Email and someone will reach out.

Thursday Coffee and Conversation: Drop-in Zoom conversation for anyone who wants to check in, chat with others, and visit with Rev. Elea Kemler and Liz Davis-Chaffin, Director of Religious Education. Email for details.

Monday Night Virtual Meditation Group: Meets from 7:00 — 8:00 pm. Email for more information.

If you are having a hard time right now or just want to talk, Rev. Kemler is meeting with people one on one outside for pastoral counseling. Email her at if you would like to set up a time.

Highlights and Happenings

Bread and a Blessing, Walk Up or Drive Up — Two Sessions: Sunday, November 22, 2:00 - 3:30 pm and Wednesday, November 25. Come for bread (in the form of cider donuts and Sal’s corn muffins with gluten- and dairy-free options) and a blessing! Masks required. All are welcome and children are especially welcome!

If you are able, please bring one of the following for the Fitchburg Meal Program, which feeds those who are homeless and hungry in the city of Fitchburg.

Partnering With Parents Drop-In Support: Meets monthly on the second Wednesday night of each month. Parents of all age kids are welcome; for details.

First Parish Daily Gratitude Practice: Email to be added to the daily email list.

Children’s Choir: for all kids roughly ages 7-10. Older or younger is fine as long as they can read / learn the words of the songs. Email for more information.

First Parish Vigils for Black Lives Every Sunday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm on the Common in front of the church. Bring a mask, a chair if you need one, and water.

Most recently updated 2020-11-20

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!

 Congregation 15th anniversary

Welcoming Congregation, 15th anniversary (photo by Susan Fry)

latest news Click on the “latest news” badge on any page to be taken to a chronological (and searchable) list of events and items of interest to members of this community. The newest items will be on top.

In addition to appearing on the Latest News page, the news items are listed below. Click the title links to see more details.

Fitchburg Meal Program Needs Our Help    [ 11/20/2020 03:14 PM ]

The Workshop Class is asking for your support in a project for the Fitchburg Meal Program between now and Christmas. The program provides a number of services for the homeless and hungry in the city of Fitchburg, serving a rapidly growing population since the pandemic. If you are able, please bring any of the following items to the Parish House during office hours (Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 - 4:00pm) before December 25th. Items needed:
  • New socks (men's, large size, dark color is best)
  • $10 gift card to Market Basket (if you can afford more, please get several $10 cards instead of one larger one)
  • Juice boxes, energy bars, and/or small packages of crackers (with peanut butter or cheese centers). These items are used for bag lunches.

If you can contribute financially: donate online (using PayPal), or mail a check to: First Parish Church, 3 Powderhouse Road, Groton, MA 01450 with Fitchburg Meal Program noted in the memo line.

Thanks for your support!

FY20 End-of-Year Financial Report    [ 11/10/2020 03:45 PM ]

The First Parish Church of Groton FY20 End-of-Year Financial Report is now available in the Members area. If you need the password, please contact the church office or the webmaster (links are at the bottom of the page).

Covid19 Fund Grant Approval Process Underway    [ 10/30/2020 09:55 AM ]

The Board of Trustees at FPCOG are pleased to announce that we are kicking off the grant process to start giving out the money from the COVID19 Fund! Due date for grant form submissions is Friday December 4th, 2020.

Purpose of COVID-19 Emergency Fund: To provide small emergency grants to the surrounding communities who have suffered significant financial losses due to the pandemic. These funds are awarded to provide onetime, stopgap emergency funding and are not intended to provide long term, sustained financial assistance.

Application Process: Fill out the grant form – it can be found here. Your application will be held in strict confidence and shared only with Rev. Elea Kemler and a small group of Trustees who will be responsible for reviewing and awarding grants.

>> Read the full details

Audio and Transcripts of Sermons at FPCoG    [ 10/04/2020 08:09 PM ]

Here are links to audio of recent sermons at FPCoG. All the available sermons going back to 2008 are linked from this page.

October 18, 2020: Twenty-seventh: (audio; YouTube)

October 11, 2020: Twenty-sixth: ( audio; YouTube )

October 4, 2020: Twenty-fifth: ( audio; YouTube )

September 27, 2020: Twenty-fourth: ( audio; YouTube )

September 20, 2020: Twenty-third: ( audio; YouTube )

September 13, 2020: Twenty-second: ( audio; YouTube )

August 16, 2020: Twentieth: ( audio; YouTube )

August 2, 2020: Nineteenth ( audio; YouTube )

July 19, 2020: Eighteenth ( audio; YouTube )

July 12, 2020: Seventeenth ( audio; YouTube )

July 5, 2020: Sixteenth ( audio; YouTube )

>> All of 2020’s and 2019’s sermons


3 Powderhouse Road … Groton, MA 01450-4700 … 978-448-6307 …   …  

Most recently updated 2019-08-30