Adult Education opportunities at First Parish
Currently running online:
A new Spiritual Studies Unit will begin in September.
Summer Message Series
Beginning this Summer, we will present a series of Messages built around a genera;l theme. This Summer, beginning on Sunday, July 5 and continuing for most if not all of the summer Sundays up through Sunday, September 6, our theme will be “One Hit Wonders”. Each Sunday we will explore a character from the Bible who appears either only once or in only one book, but who still offers us an important contribution to our spiritual lives.
Please join us for what we hope will be a informative, interesting and inspiring Summer Message Series.
July 29, Wednesday- Prayer and Meditation, 7 PM. An opportunity to come together for a time of quiet reflection, sharing of Scripture, and the offering of any prayer intentions that are on participants’ hearts and minds. To join us with your computer, tablet, smart phone or phone contact email@example.com for details.
Thursday- Bible Study sessions, also continuing on Zoom at 4 PM, with the exception of July 23rd when there will be no class. Participation in this has significantly increased since going online, another sign of how many of our community are using this time of necessary distancing wisely and well for the benefit of their spiritual lives. To join us with your computer, tablet, smart phone or phone contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Sunday- Morning Virtual Worship Service, 9 AM led by Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea with Dr. Herman Weiss, Rebecca Shrimpton and Paul Knox. Streamed on Facebook. Click to watch at 10 AM.
Past Worship services also available on YouTube, here.
Monday, July 27 meeting
6:30 PM via Zoom
The book for our July discussion is “I Feel Bad About My Neck”
by Nora Ephron
With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.
Ephron chronicles her life as an obsessed cook, passionate city dweller, and hapless parent. But mostly she speaks frankly and uproariously about life as a woman of a certain age. Utterly courageous, uproariously funny, and unexpectedly moving in its truth telling, I Feel Bad About My Neck is a scrumptious, irresistible treat of a book, full of truths, laugh out loud moments that will appeal to readers of all ages.
This is a time for church members as well as non-church members to come together and engage with one another, build relationships, and share in discussion of books that are of interest to people of various backgrounds.
We have fun visiting, discussing the book and sharing stories.
The host chooses the book for their month.
The Jordan Peterson Discussion Group
The next meeting of the Jordan Peterson Discussion Group will be online please contact Richard Smith (978-590-7497) or Steve Carhart (978-407-8454) for details.
(You can also just google JORDAN PETERSON BIBLICAL XI TRANSCRIPT!)
All programs are self-contained, so if you haven’t come previously or recently, you will have no problem joining in! This group is open to the public, so please feel free to invite anyone you think might be interested. If you have any questions, contact Richard Smith (978-590-7497) or Steve Carhart (978-407-8454)
Thursday Bible Study -see details above
Weekly Bible Study happens on Thursdays, 4:00 to 5:30 at the home of Vin Terrill, 37 Beach Street. The study is led by our minister, Mark Boyea. All are welcome to join us! Email or call Mark at email@example.com for more information, or 978-526-7661 ext. 2.
The Seaside Parish Knitters
The Seaside Parish Knitters are looking for knitting needles and yarn that you might be considering “casting” aside. We continue to knit blankets, shawls, and scarves; and for our military troops: helmet liners, neck gators, and scarves.
We use both 100% wool and synthetic fibers for yarn, and straight and round knitting needles….all sizes. Contact Penny Lapham at 978-526-7128 or firstname.lastname@example.org We welcome anyone wishing to join us.
Currently not meeting – but will resume when possible on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 1 Chapel Lane, Read more about us
**Book Group – Books Read
- August A free read month-read at your leisure and we will share our reads at the August meeting
- July “I Feel Bad About My Neck” Nora Ephron
- June “Leaving Lucy Pear” by Anna Solomon
- May “We Must Be Brave” by Frances Liardet
- April “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett
- February “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- January “Nutshell” by Ian McEwan
- November “Last Christmas in Paris” by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Web
- October “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles.
- September “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith
- August “The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See
- June “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
- May “There There” by Tommy Orange
- April “Becoming” by Michele Obama
- February/March “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, by Zora Neale Hurston
- January “Alias Grace” by Margaret Atwood
- Summer “Leaving Before the Rain Comes” by Alexandra Fuller
- June “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
- May “Small Great Things ” by Jodi Picoult
- April “The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story” by Hyeonseo Lee
- March “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman
- January/February “King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village” by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman
- November/December “Waking Lions” by Aylet Gundar-Goshen
- October “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate
- September “The Storied Life of AJ Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin
- Summer “Last Hope Island” by Lynne Olson
- May “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles
- April “Hillbilly Elogie” by J. D. Vance
- March “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng
- February “Hissing Cousins: The Lifelong Rivalry of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth” by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer
- December 2016/January 2017 “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman
- November: “Inferno” by Dan Brown
- October: “Carry On” by Lisa Fenn
- Summer: “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex” by Nathaniel Philbrick
- June: “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” by Mitch Albom
- May: “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd.
- April: “The Secret Diaries Of Charlotte Bronte” by Syrie James
- March: “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff
- February: “The Little Paris Book Shop” by Nina George
- January: “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown
- November/December: “Fish in a tree” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and “Out of Dust” by Karen Hesse
- October 10: “I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives” By Martin Ganda
- Summer 2015 “The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay
- May 2015: “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks
- April 2015: “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.
- March 2015: “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese
Soup & Conversation
Discussion to be announced in the future.
Soup and Conversation Soup & Conversation is a luncheon event with discussion led by guest speakers. Each event is open to all and we hope you can join us at the Chapel at 1 Chapel Lane Manchester, MA at 11:30 AM for this event. If you can bring soup or a salad we have you sign up online. *Past topics listed below.
We ask if you provide a soup that it is warmed and ready to be served, (in a crock pot is OK). Also, if you have any dietary restrictions please bring something you can eat and share, such as: gluten free, dairy free, or vegetarian. Sign up to bring soups, salad and more here
*Soup & Conversation Topics:
- March 24 Maren Tirabassi
- February 24 Christiane Alsop “We Are Our Stories”
- January 6 Steve Carhart and Richard Smith “Jordan B. Peterson and a Psychological Approach to Scripture”
- October 14 Rev. Paul Nickerson “Best Practices of Growing Churches”
- April 15 Christiane Alsop “We Are Our Stories”
- October 29 – Rev. Dr. Llewellyn Smith “Reformation”
- April 30 – Jen Powers “Reflections On My Childhood in Saudi Arabia”
- April 2 – Lisa Fenn, author of “Carry On”
- October 23 – Edward M. Matuvhunye, the past President of the United Church of Christ of Zimbabwe.
- October 2 – Margaret Bendroth, “Congregational History”, a 300th Anniversary Event
- February 28 – Barbara and Richard Smith presented “Courage and Light” Exploring Passion, Renewal and Creativity.
- March 13 – Rev. Lelly Smith presented Pilgrimages: Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and African American.
- March 22, 2015 we kicked off our Soup and Conversation with Wendy Booker
- April 26 – Larry Kirby visited with us and provide a fascinating afternoon of conversation on “The Emotions of War”
- May 31 – We had Vin Terrill, Henry Lapham and George Nickless visit with us all about the history of the FPC Steeple and clock
- October 25 – Rev. Rona Tyndall on The Grace Center
Past programs have included:
Sermon Series and Discussion Groups
In the introduction to his book, “Making Sense of the Cross,” Luther Seminary Professor David Lose raises many questions, including these: “How should we regard the cross? Is it a sad tragedy that we should grieve? Is it the moment of God’s victory and redemption that we should celebrate?…what kind of God would require such a gruesome death to achieve redemption?” And then he says, “By the time you are done [reading this book], you should not only understand what other Christians have said about the cross, but also what you believe about this central symbol and element of our faith.” If you have ever asked any of these questions and haven’t quite yet found answers that are completely satisfactory, you might enjoy exploring this book with your fellow church members. Rev. Marlayna will be leading a 6 week book discussion group on Saturday mornings from 10:30 to 11:45 starting on Saturday, October 5th and running through Saturday, November 9th. Even if you can only come to 1 or 2 sessions, you are welcome to attend.
In spring 2018 Rev. Marlayna taught a sermon series on “Noticing God” in our everyday lives. The series was based on a book of that title by Richard Peace, and included an adult discussion group before worship that discussed a different chapter each week.
The Art Of Prayer
There are many types of prayer in the Christian tradition, including intercession (praying for others), petition (asking God for something), thanksgiving (giving thanks to God), and penitential prayer (expressing sorrow for your sins). Another type is meditation, which has been described as simply “listening to God.” Most Christians throughout history have probably prayed using a mix of types and styles. Maren Tirabasi helped us look at the rituals, routines and many different ways we pray, we examined 7 different ways to
Ten Best Ways to Live: The Ten Commandments for Today’s World
“Ten Best Ways to Live: The Ten Commandments for Today’s World,” led by Dr. Judy Haley, far from an outdated code of do’s and don’ts, the Ten Commandments still offer God’s expansive perspectives and anchoring practices that bring life and joy to families and communities. Combined with Jesus’ incisive enactment of them, they provide a framework for making decisions, guiding children and living a vibrant life together. May, Commandment 10, Desires.