Who We Are
We are a diverse and welcoming congregation filled with warmth and tenderness. Our community offers opportunities for connection, spiritual growth, social justice, and a place to call your spiritual home.
Elea (she/her) has been our minister since 2000. Her leadership offers a path of hope, humor, and kindness while her deep connection to our congregation helps hold our spiritual community together. She lives in Groton with her husband, Alan. Their four children are (mostly) launched.
Our Intern Minister
Li (they/them) joined us in early 2021. Li is in the second year of their ministerial internship. Li weaves music, prayer, joy, warmth, and oodles of laughter into their ministry and also into their hospice work. Li is single and the parent of 2 young adults, one with profound intellectual disabilities.
Our Director of Music Ministry
Shawn (he/him) joined us in 1995. He has over 30 years of professional experience as a director, conductor, accompanist, and soloist on piano, harpsichord, organ, and other keyboard instruments.
Our Office Administrator
Cyndy, aka “the original Cyn!” (she/her), found community at First Parish in 2010 and joined the staff in 2020 after years of teaching our youngest citizens. She loves greeting visitors and practicing her newfound administry. Cyndy lives in Groton with her family, two cats, James and Snickers, and dog, Zoomer.
Our Religious Education Coordinator
Prior to joining us in 2021, Cynthia (she/her) worked in school psychology and college admissions. She lives in Groton with her husband, Eric, 2 young children and family dog, Roxy.
Joe, (he/him) joined us in 2011. One of his favorite parts of the job is engaging with parishioners as he mows the church lawns. He has mastered the art of fixing just about anything. He lives in Shirley with his family and enjoys time with his friends, family, and being in the outdoors.
Some of Our Members
Sadie and Sophie
Bob and Sue
Bob and Sue are grateful for over 40 years with the First Parish Community. They enjoy Groton’s natural beauty, adventures – frequently with their kids and grandkids – and laughing often. They share interests in books, movies, music, and pickleball. They are active with area non-profits.
Trish and Peg
Cassie, Casey, and Gianna
Julie has attended for the last 4 years and loves the roles of Greeting, Ushering and being Worship Leader. Meeting new people is the highlight of her Sunday! She lives in Groton and has 3 sons, Charlie, Rory and Theo.
Buddy, our affectionately named steeple weathervane, originally hatched over 250 years ago. In 2017 he was carefully removed from his perch and lovingly restored. After being regilded, he was returned to his home atop the steeple.
Our Board of Trustees
Some of Our Groups
Members make themselves available to provide meals, rides, etc., when people need a helping hand.
Racial Justice Ministry
In active support of anti-racism and BLM, an ongoing program combining education and action. Includes a 6-week class, books and readings, vigils and worship services.
Supports anyone in need of a gentle presence during a challenging time.
The Prison Ministry Team raises awareness and understanding about our incarcerated neighbors and works to reduce prison recidivism by way of educational and experiential programs.