As it says on our home page, we are a spiritual community where no matter who you are or where you are on your life or spiritual journey, you are completely, fully welcome.
We come from a wide array of Christian (and some non-Christian) backgrounds, committed to and guided by Jesus’ “Great Commandment” to love God with all our hearts, minds and strength, and to love others as ourselves.
First Parish Church is a spiritual community with a long tradition of democratic governance and the full welcome of people of every race, gender, age, family configuration, sexual orientation, physical and psychological ability, economic circumstance and theological perspective.
Our community is grounded in four “pillars”:
WORSHIP Each Sunday and on many other occasions throughout the year, you will experience soul-stirring music and inspiring, challenging and thought- provoking sermons.
EDUCATION Numerous opportunities are available for individual and group spiritual growth throughout the year. Along with weekly Bible Study and regular prayer and meditation gatherings, a wide range of 4–6-week classes on spiritual, theological and biblical topics are offered, always with a goal of life application.
SERVICE We believe deeply that faith is fully vibrant only when it is lived in the world. Our members and friends are actively engaged throughout the year in serving God’s people, near and far, financially, materially, emotionally and spiritually. We offer our time, talents and treasure to serve the homeless, hungry, lonely, elderly, veterans and youth to name just a few.
FELLOWSHIP Each Sunday after our Worship time, we continue to stay together for a time of refreshments and conversation, and hope you will too, as we are about relationships as much as anything. In that vein, First Parish Church is a frequent host for other community groups and efforts as well.
These four “pillars” support what First Parish Church is all about. We are and continue to aspire to be a place where any of God’s people who wish can come for help, support and encouragement in rising to their “higher selves,” becoming the best of who and what God created them to be. We are a place that seeks to help others take the “divine spark” that God has placed in each of us and turn it into a flame that brings light and warmth to the world.
But really, don’t take my word for it. As Jesus once said, “Come and see.”
Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea
First Parish Church