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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. Visit our community blog, Suddenly at Home –FPCoG, and sign up to be notified when a new post goes live.

Help Groton Families in Need Because of Covid-19 — The Board of Trustees has created a COVID 19 Emergency Fund to provide small emergency grants to the members of our congregation and surrounding communities who have suffered significant financial losses due to the pandemic. Click here to donate.

Mid-Week Inspiration and Check-In
Wednesday August 5, 2020


Wonder is Where Love Begins, Sunday August 9 at 10:00 am

I am having much fun getting ready for our second joint worship service this Sunday with my best minister buddies Ellen Spero and Carolyn Patierno. (Photographs of our church and congregation will be featured and there is a completely and utterly adorable chalice lighting including Zoe, Cora and Maxx Waters.) Here is the info about the service:

Having a hard time loving your neighbor? Join with us as we explore wonder as a practice of Love. There will be seven congregations gathered for worship this day. We celebrate our interconnectedness. The service will live stream on All Souls New London CT YouTube Channel, but will also be posted on our YouTube Channel later in the day if you miss it on Sunday morning. Come any time after 9:30 am for chat. Regular coffee hour via Zoom to follow. (See the Members’ page for Zoom login details; email if you need the password there.)

Summer services continue tonight at 7:00 pm on Zoom

Tom Nalesnik is leading and his theme is “And it was good” — the intersection of earth, mirth, and the blessedness of all creation. Bring your sense of humor. All are welcome! (See the Members’ page for Zoom login details.)

Thursday coffee hour and conversation tomorrow

This is a drop-in conversation with Elea, open to all. Please join us — we have been having some far-ranging and interesting conversations about anti-racism, resilience, change, books we are reading… Come anytime between 11:00 am and noon! (See the Members’ page for Zoom login details.)

Don’t forget to collect some water this summer

We will return to the sanctuary sooner or later and we will bless people and things in person again and we need new holy water! Don’t forget to collect some water from somewhere you spend time this summer. Your backyard hose or kitchen sink is perfect. Please remember to take a photo of you/your family in the place where you collect your water and we will create a beautiful video for September’s water ceremony.

Holding you all in 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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Using the Church's Zoom Accounts    [ 06/27/2020 08:18 AM ]

The church has two Zoom licenses for use of community members. See this file in the Members area of the website to learn how to use them. If you need the access credentials for the Members area, email .

FPCoG’s Coronavirus Blog    [ 05/02/2020 04:34 PM ]

We have started a community blog to capture the experiences and emotions of this singular time: Suddenly at Home – FPCoG. Visit to sign up for email notification when a new post goes live. We now have 11 authors, who have posted 29 observations, poems, musings, and inspirations. You are invited to be the 12th! Email Ellen Brandt for your author account.

Access to FPCoG’s YouTube Services and Zoom Coffee Hour    [ 04/18/2020 09:32 AM ]

We have collected in one place all the URLs and calendar reminders you need to get to the church’s Sunday service on the YouTube channel and then join the community in a virtual coffee hour via Zoom. See the top of this page in the Members area for all the links (members password required, please email if you don’t have it). You can also find there the login information for the weekly Zoom coffee hour, which convenes Thursdays at 11:00 am.

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.

August 2, 2020: Nineteenth ( audio; YouTube )

July 19, 2020: Eighteenth ( audio; YouTube )

July 12, 2020: Seventeenth ( audio; YouTube )

July 5, 2020: Sixteenth ( audio; YouTube )

June 21, 2020: Fifteenth ( audio; YouTube )

June 14, 2020: Fourteenth ( audio; YouTube )

June 7, 2020: Thirteenth (Alison Chase) ( audio; YouTube )

May 31, 2020: Twelfth ( audio; YouTube )

May 24, 2020: Eleventh ( audio; YouTube )

May 17, 2020: Tenth ( audio; YouTube )

May 10, 2020: Ninth ( audio; YouTube )

May 3, 2020: Eighth ( audio; YouTube )

April 26, 2020: Seventh ( audio; YouTube )

April 19, 2020: Sixth: Three Ministers Walk Into a Deli ( audio; YouTube )

April 12, 2020: Fifth virtual church service ( audio; YouTube )

April 5, 2020: Fourth virtual church service ( audio; YouTube )

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 )

>> All of 2020’s and 2019’s sermons


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