First Parish Church, Congregational

Welcome2021-04-10T04:45:59+00:00

Welcome to worship by the sea, where all are invited, in the words of our purpose statement, to “Awaken to the light and love of God; be a joyful beacon to our world.

Readers and Greeters are always needed, (learn more) to volunteer speak to the Deacons, or you can also sign up online.

Church Services:

Worship Sunday, December 26, 2021

BULLETIN Dec 26 2021

First Sunday After Christmas

Carol Sing & “Christmas Stories”

Worship, 10 AM in person at 10 Central St. Manchester by the Sea
Watch online on Facebook @ FirstParishChurchManchesterMa
Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea, Minister

Dr. Herman Weiss, Director of Music

Rebecca Shrimpton, Paul Knox, First Parish Choir

Reader John Feuerbach

CURRENT COVID PROTOCOLS CONTINUE
Please note that at a special meeting on Tuesday, November 30, the First
Parish Church Council unanimously voted to continue our current Covid
protocols for Sunday morning Worship.
The Council will continue to assess these protocols on a regular basis.

Sunday Morning Gathering Procedures:
• Attendees are expected to wear masks and distance if possible.
• Worship Leaders will not need to be masked.
• The congregation may participate in hymn singing and the Opening Prayer.
• In addition, we will continue with the following:
o Contact info for attendees will still be taken in the event contact tracing becomes necessary.
o Hand sanitizer will be available in the narthex should you wish to use it.
o There will continue to be no formal Offering for now, but attendees are invited to place any offering they wish as they leave Worship in
a plate which will be placed at the back of the Sanctuary.
• At the same time, remember that “Virtual Worship” is also here to stay so that we can continue to be one in Worship wherever you may be on
any Sunday.

Upcoming December Services

 

Christmas Eve services details here

 

Blue Christmas “Silent Nights” Service click to view information

 

Once Upon a Night Cantata read more

 

Sunday morning Worship December 19, 2021

10 AM in person at 10 Central St. Manchester by the Sea

Watch online on Facebook @ FirstParishChurchManchesterMa

Fourth Sunday of Advent

“It’s Better to Light a Candle”

Bulletin Dec. 19 2021

Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea, Minister

Dr. Herman Weiss, Director of Music
Rebecca Shrimpton, Paul Knox, First Parish Choir
Reader, John Feuerbach

During worship the First Parish choir will present ‘Once Upon a Night’, by Pepper Choplin.

First presented  here in 2019 it tells the story of the birth of Jesus and the great anticipation that led to that joyous event. Told through the eyes of Luke (here portrayed by Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea) the biblical characters Mary, Elizabeth and Zechariah come to life in drama and song.

 

  • CURRENT COVID PROTOCOLS TO CONTINUE

Please note that at a special meeting on Tuesday, November 30, the First Parish Church Council unanimously voted to continue our current Covid protocols for Sunday morning Worship. Even though the Town Board of Health decided to move from an indoor mask mandate to a policy of “masks strongly recommended but not mandatory”, the Council felt that, considering the start of the holiday travel season, winter weather, and the emergence of a new Covid variant, we should continue our current procedure of requiring all in attendance to wear masks, with the exception of Rev. Mark, Rebecca and Paul when performing solos, and the Choir when they are singing in the front of the Chancel.

The Council will continue to assess these protocols on a regular basis.

  • Sunday Morning Gathering Procedures:
  • Attendees are expected to wear masks and distance if possible.
  • Worship Leaders will not need to be masked.
  • The congregation may participate in hymn singing and the Opening Prayer.
  • In addition, we will continue with the following:
  • Contact info for attendees will still be taken in the event contact tracing becomes necessary.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the narthex should you wish to use it.
  • There will continue to be no formal Offering for now, but attendees are invited to place any offering they wish as they leave Worship in a plate which will be placed at the back of the Sanctuary.

At the same time, remember that “Virtual Worship” is also here to stay so that we can continue to be one in Worship wherever you may be on any Sunday.

Recent News:

Spiritual Studies

November 5, 2021|Current News, FPC Events|

Tuesday Spiritual Studies “Shepherd, Soldier, Sinner, Sovereign: The Life of David” Tuesday: Additional week Thursday November 18 7:00-8:15pm Few, if any figures from the Scripture have been larger than David. His epic rise from shepherd [...]

Minister Mark’s October Message

October 1, 2021|FPC Blog|

For Your Consideration Alex Haley would have been 100 years old this past August. He will, of course, forever be remembered as the author of “Roots”, a book published in 1976 which won Haley a [...]

First Parish Book Group News

September 1, 2021|Current News, FPC Events|

Book group is open to everyone! Consider Joining Us Do you know we have a book group at First Parish? It is open to anyone and we are now meeting again in person on the last [...]

Spring photo of the church.

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Church Information

First Parish Church, Congregational
Member of the UCC
Our Church is located on the Village Green along Route 127 in downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea. Our offices are at 1 Chapel Lane. Directions

Worship hours:
Sunday Morning Worship 10 a.m.
Except July & August 9:00 a.m.
Nursery care and Sunday morning classes for children and youth are available September through May at 10:00 am.

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 187 Manchester by the Sea, MA 01944
Office phone: 978-526-7661
Office email: Office

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