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First Parish Church of Groton Has Gone Virtual

Our buildings are closed for the duration of the coronavirus emergency but our com­mun­ity is still here and has gone virtual. Worship is being streamed on the church’s YouTube channel at 10:00 am Sunday mornings. Please email to receive our twice-weekly emails.

Virtual Mid-Week Check-In
Wednesday Mar. 25, 2020

Dearly Beloveds,

This is our second mid-week version of the weekly church-wide email. You will get the usual News, Needs and Opportunities on Friday. This is a brief, mid-week check in, hopefully with a little bit of inspiration, hope, and humor.

First and most importantly, if you need something, please reach out. We have monthly gas and grocery cards to send for those who are struggling financially. The Pastoral Visitors and Caring Committee and I are also available for one-on-one conversation, support, and practical help. As I mentioned, the Pastoral Visitors are making check-in phone calls but you can reach out to them too. We are here to support each other through this.

Your creativity abounds. One of you (who shall remain nameless unless they choose to reveal themselves!) has set up a giant daily scoreboard on a whiteboard in their home with points awarded for things like eating three relatively healthy meals, doing a load of laundry, doing a load of dishes, calling a friend, making someone laugh, reading something, listening to music. You can adapt it to your own life and family members and award points for whatever you need — going outside, putting on pants, writing a poem, keeping the pets alive….

Dear ones, there is no manual for getting through a pandemic. None of us have operating instructions for this and we are all getting through the best we can. Please be gentle with yourselves. The goal here is to persist, to stay healthy if we can, knowing some of us will get sick, to take care of ourselves and our loved ones as best we can and to stay connected.

Here is a beautiful blessing by Jan Richardson, which Amy Grosso used to open our Trustees Meeting via Zoom last night, called Mending Blessing. It spoke straight to my heart:

O my friend,
take heart.
The work of repair
is aching
in its slowness
and beautiful in
the inches by which
it will arrive.

Do not pray to be patient
but to persist.
Ask for the endurance
that helps us learn
to breathe
in the midst of fear,
to love
in the presence
of sorrow,
to dream
within the rending
of the world that might
be made. (Jan Richardson)

And so let us pray for the endurance which allows us to breathe in the midst of fear and love in the presence of sorrow. Let us pray also for all who are risking their health and the health of their loved ones to go to work — the doctors and nurses and PAs and pharmacists and grocery store workers. To the members of our congregation who are serving in these ways, please know that we are sending you strength and healing prayers.

With love,

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)

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First Parish Church Has Gone Virtual    [ 03/25/2020 06:20 PM ]

Please see the announcement from March 12. Worship services are being streamed on the church’s YouTube channel at 10:00 am Sundays.

Audio and Transcripts of Sermons at FPCoG    [ 03/15/2020 11:21 AM ]

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

March 29, 2020: Third virtual church service ( audio; YouTube )

March 22, 2020: Second virtual church service ( YouTube )

March 15, 2020: FPCoG’s first virtual church service ( YouTube )

March 8, 2020: Mend and Repair (Rev. Mary Margaret Earl) ( Audio )

March 1, 2020: Five Things Not to Believe ( Audio )

February 23, 2020: Feed Your Enemy’s Children; Learn Their Word for Home ( Audio )

February 16, 2020: Be Generous in Your Dreaming ( Audio )

February 9, 2020: Blessed Are the Forgotten, the Unrepresented, and the Kind ( Audio )

February 2, 2020: Patience Is More Than A Virtue (Nancy Baker) ( Audio )

January 26, 2020: The Place Where I Stand ( Audio )

January 19, 2020: Braver Together ( Audio )

January 12, 2020: To Hope Is to Give Yourself to the Future ( Audio )

January 5, 2020: Beautiful in the Inches ( Audio )

>> All of 2020’s and 2019’s sermons


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