First Parish in Framingham

24 Vernon Street
Framingham, MA 01701

(508) 872-3111






Friends in Need

Caritas: Caring for One Another
Caritas is a committee of parishioners that supplements the many informal networks that helps those in the congregation who encounter difficulties such as hospitalization, illness, or the death of a loved one.

Volunteers send cards, make visits, cook meals for other parishioners, and provide referrals to services outside the church. Caritas volunteers also celebrate a joyous life transition by sending congratulatory cards on behalf of the church.

To volunteer or to request services, parishioners may call the minister or the scheduled coordinator for the month (listed in the Parish newsletter).


Pastoral Counseling
Ours is a large congregation with a multitude of needs. Our senior minister is available for counseling, visits, conversation, and pastoral crises. Call the church office to be directed to the appropriate person. In an emergency, please call Rev. Kathleen Hepler, at 508-872-3111, ext. 205.


Parents and Others
This group is composed of members and friends of First Parish with small children who seek to support each other in our parenting. Meetings provide an opportunity for unstructured discussion of the challenges and joys of childrearing.

Periodically, a sequence of structured meetings in a workshop format is offered on topics such as the parent’s role in their child’s spiritual education. The group meets in the Parish House monthly from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and cooperatively provides childcare and dinner.




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