Spiritual Life & Rites of Passage
Join us for service at 10:00 AM, from September through May in the Meeting House.
A Coffee Hour social in Scott Hall follows after the service.
In the summer,
lay lead services are held in Scott Hall in the Parish House on Sundays at 10 am,
followed by a social hour with refreshments.
Lay Worship Leaders
Lay worship leaders lead the congregation through the opening parts of
the service, meet guest preachers, and conduct the Moment of Sharing.
First Parish celebrates holidays from diverse faith-based traditions,
including Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Wicca.
Traditionally, the Sunday service before Christmas
involves the children of the congregation as we honor Hanukkah and the
Christmas season. Our two candlelight Christmas Eve services are held
on December 24th at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Our Easter Sunday service celebrates
the promise of renewal as we move from winter to
At First Parish,
we celebrate and honor the major life transitions of birth, marriage,
Child dedications, which take place during the Sunday service, welcome
and celebrate the miraculous life of a child. The Child Dedication is a
time when parents and community commit to guide and nurture the moral
and spiritual development of a child. While many parents choose to have
their children dedicated during the first year of their lives, older
children are also welcome to take part. Call
Rev. Kathleen Hepler for more information.
Our beautiful Meeting House is available for weddings. Alma Gould, our
Wedding Coordinator, can be reached at the parish
office. We are happy to provide full wedding services for
opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
Unitarian Universalist Memorial Services provide a setting to express
grief and to celebrate life. Our services are intended to be personal
and meaningful at this sensitive time in the lives of those who have
lost a loved one.
The Rev. Kathleen Hepler is available for pastoral care for the
critically ill and their families and for consultation before a
The labyrinth is a spiritual symbol that can speak to our souls in a
way that transcends all creeds and beliefs.The labyrinth is a spiritual symbol that can speak to our souls in a
way that transcends all creeds and beliefs.
All spiritual traditions speak of life as a path,
a spiritual journey, with its own twists and unexpected turns, to the
heart of Spirit. Walking a labyrinth can help people set foot once
again on their own paths, helping them to remember their own lives as
A labyrinth offers us the great gift of making it
easier to set aside the time to look inward. With each step we take, we
shed the outside world and slip more into our inner lives. By turning
our attention inward, we are more likely to gain access to intuition
and wisdom. These inner sources of guidance can give us valuable
feedback on questions and concerns we carry about our relationships,
our work, our health and well-being, and our spiritual lives.
The labyrinth at First Parish is located on the
lower lawn at 110 Edgell Road. It is accessible from the parking lot
behind the church and from the adjacent 110 Edgell Road driveway.
The labyrinth is open to the community at all
times, unless it is covered with snow. On the occasions of the fall
equinox, winter solstice, spring equinox, and summer solstice, the
Labyrinth Keepers may organize special walks. Information is made
available in the church newsletter.
For more information, or to arrange a walk for a
group outside First Parish, contact
the Parish Office.
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