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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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 Congregation 15th anniversary

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



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Words from the Water Communion, 2020    [ 09/19/2020 02:03 PM ]

Every year in September, on the occasion of the first service of the church year, we hold a ceremony we are now calling the Water Communion — the beginning of the process of making the holy water we will use throughout the year for many purposes, including blessing infants and sending young adults on their way. Each member of the community brings some water from somewhere their life has taken them over the summer.

We begin the ceremony by pouring some of last year’s holy water into a large vessel. This water contains traces of the water from each year before, stretching back now 21 years. Then each member of the community adds their water to the mix and speaks a single word. As we do every year, we have gathered these words together into a single image (click the link to open a new window). Larger words were spoken more frequently.

In this pandemic year of 2020 the water collection honored social distancing and the words were taken down as uttered (through masks).

For comparison, here are our words from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008. (The words for 2012 were, alas, not recorded.)

As a bonus, here is a brief video featuring all of the words from 2008 to 2019. (The password is the same as for the Members area of the church website.)


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 tech.help@uugroton.org 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.

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 )

June 21, 2020: Fifteenth ( audio; YouTube )

June 14, 2020: Fourteenth ( audio; YouTube )

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

>> All of 2020’s and 2019’s sermons

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