As announced on February 18, in light of the Town’s and State’s recent decisions to step back from indoor mask mandates, our Church Council unanimously voted at its most recent meeting to do the same for our Sunday Worship and other gatherings, effective February 20th.

In addition, the Council also unanimously voted to reinstate post-Worship Coffee Hour Fellowship effective Sunday, February 27th in conjunction with our special Jazz Sunday” celebration that morning…

On Wednesday, March 2, with the commemoration of “Ash Wednesday”, we begin the sacred season of Lent. This period of heightened focus on remembering, reflecting on and recommitting ourselves to the example and call to follow given to us by Jesus will begin with an Ash Wednesday time of readings, group Reflection and live music from Kelsey Boyes on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 PM on Zoom.

Also that day, Rev. Mark will be in the First Parish Sanctuary to distribute ashes from both 11am-1pm and again from 4:30-6:30pm. This is open to all who wish to receive them, whether they are members of First Parish or not. In addition, Mark is also available to make “house calls” for distributing ashes should you need. Please contact him to set that up.

Then, throughout the rest of March, we will continue to journey together through Lent through this year’s theme of “These 40 Days”. Over the course of the Sundays of Lent, we will explore important passages from the Bible that feature the number “40” – the official number of days in the season.

In addition, on Sunday, March 6, we will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion together as a spiritual community, and on Sunday, March 20th, our own Rev. Dr. Lelly Smith will serve as Worship Leader and Preacher.