We Commit Ourselves

And Our Resources

To Nurture the Spirit,

Grow in Community,

And Help Heal the World.

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Upcoming Worship Services

Nov. 26| 10 am

Rev. Ichabod Nichols: A First Parish Turning Point

Kip DeSerres

Dec. 3| 10 am

Sujuta's Gift

Rev. Norman Allen

Dec. 10| 10 am

The Words We Use: "God(s)"

Rev. Norman Allen

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Thanksgiving Feast!

November 19th | 11:15 am | Parish Hall

You are invited to join us for our annual Thanksgiving feast and potluck following the worship service! We will provide turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Please bring a side dish of vegetables or dessert to feed 8-10 people. The cost is $5/adult, $2.50/child, max $10/family - CASH ONLY PLEASE. Sign up in the Parish Hall! For more information, please email Lynne Beasley.

DRE Position is Open

Our search for a half-time Director of Religious Exploration has begun! We encourage you to share the detailed job posting with your educator friends and colleagues. The newly formed RE Team and the Personnel Committee are hard at work to ensure a bright future for Religious Education at First Parish!

Safe Congregation Update!

In light of recent tragic events, and as recommended during our critical incident training, you will soon see new Safe Congregation materials around First Parish, including active shooter response posters and Stop The Bleed kits. Please familiarize yourself with this information. The Safe Congregation Committee (SCC) will also be offering First Aid/AED, Naloxone, and Stop The Bleed training at a later date. Keep an eye for more information coming soon! If you have any questions, please email Kip DeSerres, our SCC Chair.

UU History Class

Taught by Rev. Norm

December 10 | 11:30 am | Community Room

*** Note new date***

Explore with Rev. Norm the history and theology of Unitarian Universalism and our liberal faith tradition. Current members are welcome to attend! This class is also an important step for anyone considering joining First Parish. Light lunch will be provided; pre-registration required. For more information and to register, please email Membership Coordinator, Laurie Hasty.

Christmas Centerpiece Sale

December 3rd & 10th | Parish Hall

Your Finance Team will be selling festive holiday centerpieces in the Parish Hall on December 3rd and December 10th. The centerpieces are handmade and donated by our resident gardener/florist extraordinaire, Mary Morin. Please stop by the Finance Table and pick up your holiday centerpiece – limited numbers available. If you have other holiday crafts or decorative items you would like to donate to our sale, please mark the price on the items and bring them to the Finance Table on the above-mentioned dates. For more information, please email Bill Adams.

Wayside Pulpit

Ongoing Opportunities at First Parish

Musical Sneak Peek!

Come at 9:40 am on Sundays for a first stab at the morning's hymns. Our Music Director, along with our First Parish Choir, will run through each hymn to allow all in attendance to learn the melody and form. There will be other tips that will give you the confidence to sing out during the service. See you there!

If you are not feeling well, tested positive for Covid, or have been exposed to Covid, please enjoy Sunday services from the comfort of your own home. Live streaming is easily accessible here. As a reminder, you can order free Covid tests from the government at this link.

Opportunity to Lead the

First Parish Library Committee!

Do you like reading books and sharing information? The Library Committee is in need of a Chair. This unique role includes the management of the current library books, introducing the Community Read for the year to the congregation and arranging for its discussion, and hosting the meetings of the online monthly Book Club. The most recent Chair is available and willing to help with the transition. If you are interested in this unique position, please email Leigh Mundhenk.

Fundraising Task Force

Seeks Collaborators

Bring your creative spirit and eager hands to the all-important fundraising events being planned this year! To join the Fundraising Task Force, please email Co-Chairs Bill Adams or Taryn Friedman. It's a great way to dive into this exciting new chapter at First Parish!

Safe Congregation Committee

If you're passionate about the safety and security of our congregation, please join the revived Safe Congregation Committee! This team meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm. For more information, please email Chair Kip DeSerres.

Is Stewardship In Your

Long-Term Financial Plans?

Legacy gifts are an important source of lasting support for our church. The Trustees acknowledge these bequests on behalf of a grateful congregation. If you would like to know more about ways you can make a future gift, please email Austin Farrar, President of the Trustees.

 Pastoral Care Needs


If you wish to speak in confidence with a member of the Pastoral Care Team, please send an email to the office and a member will get back to you as soon as possible. The Pastoral Care Team is also recruiting a new Chair! If you are a compassionate listener, we would love to meet with you. Please email Gail Desmarais if you are interested!

Online Breathing & Meditation Class

October 4th - November 22nd | Wednesdays | 8-9 am

We practice pranayama (breath regulation), mudras, mantra, and meditation. These ancient practices help to calm the mind, promote health and a free spirit. You do not need to have any experience at all. These classes are based on a sliding scale of $5-$15 for each class. Please email Susannah Sanfilippo for payment options and to receive the Zoom link.

What's Going On

Within The UUA?

If you are interested in learning about what is happening within the UUA, check out these regional and national websites!

New England Region
Side With Love
Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism
Annual Report
Library Catalogue

Getting In Touch

With First Parish

It may take a few days to return phone messages, so email is the best way to reach all First Parish staff. Please remember that Laurie and Benjamin work part-time and may not respond to emails every day. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Rev. Norman Allen



Hannah Gilman

Congregational Administrator


Benjamin Holbrook

Music Director


Laurie Hasty

Membership Coordinator


Moe Blanchard



Meetings & Resources

Peaceful Harbor Sangha | Sundays | 6:30-8pm

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Offertory & Pledge Contributions


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