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Coming of Age Sunday Service
Sunday, May 31 ♦ 10:00 am
Join us for this special annual worship service and celebration in which the Coming of Age students share their personal credos.
Youth Group Service Trip Supply Drive!
The Youth Group is collecting supplies for three different communities we will be working with this summer on our biannual service trip. We need:
- old, unwanted jewelry & craft supplies
- new or gently used sheets (XL twin), pillows &…
Sunday, June 14 ♦ following the service
Please help us celebrate our community at First Parish with a potluck picnic and a practice evacuation at the end of the service on Sunday, June 14. Bring whatever food you like to share for the potluck.
What is a…
First Parish needs a representative for the UUA General Assembly, June 24-28, in Portland, OR. The representative can attend in person or virtually (online). The June 9 deadline for nominations is fast approaching. Please let Denominational…
It’s time to clean out the Lost & Found at First Parish…have you misplaced something? Please be sure to take a look our table in the Vestry THIS Sunday, May 31, and NEXT Sunday, June 7, to see if your misplaced item(s) may be there. After June 7 we will be donating or tossing…
Registration begins September 1 ♦ Ferry Beach Weekend October 2-4
The planning for this year's Ferry Beach retreat on the weekend of Oct 2-4 has begun. The retreat is a chance to relax and connect with FP members and families in a wonderful UU retreat center in coastal Saco, Maine,…
Saturday, May 30 ♦ registration closed
Saturday, May 31 ♦ 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Littleton
Join Rev. Sue Phillips, UUA New England Regional Lead, in exploring the worship theory and theology that lie behind your congregation's Order of Service. This…
If you are interested in ringing chime bells please join us on Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Ability to read music is suggested, but not required -- no advance notice required. For more information contact Jennifer Kobayashi at jhkob @ yahoo.com and Jonathan Brennand at
► Follow this link to use our online flowers signup form
Once again, the Alliance is coordinating Sunday flowers! Individuals in the congregation can provide an arrangement for the Sanctuary to remember loved ones or acknowledge a milestone. We can assist in ordering an arrangement…
We invite newcomers to First Parish to fill out a Connection Card to receive our weekly email bulletin, give us your contact information, and (if you wish) indicate your interest in various aspects of life in our community. You can find the Connection Cards every Sunday…
► Send requests for Sunday morning spoken announcements to announce @ firstparish.info. Requests will be forwarded to the Worship Associates every Friday. Please note that Spoken Announcements must be relevant to the whole congregation, and will likely be…
Are you interested in contributing to worship over the summer term with your music? First Parish is in need of musicians to play at summer services. Working with the worship associates and lay speakers, the summer musicians are responsible for providing various worship music selections as well as providing hymn accompaniment. Please email summermusic @ firstparish.info with questions or if you’d like to play.
We have made great progress with adding plants, shrubs and a tree around the renovated vestibule area. As the weather continues to be dry, we are seeking volunteers to stop by First Parish to water these plantings. Thanks to all who continue to help. If you are able to join us, please contact us at capitalcampaign @ firstparish.info. Also, Watch for an additional June gardening volunteer day!
Our fiscal year ends on June 30 -- if you still owe money on this year's pledge, please try to get it in before then. A quick and easy way to do this is to transfer money directly from your checking account to First Parish's account. Just follow this link to YourDonationPlace.com and follow the instructions. Thank you!
- Full schedule continues through Friday, June 26: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
- Summer schedule (6 weeks): Wednesdays, July 1 through August 5, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Full schedule resumes Monday, August 10
- The office will be closed on Labor Day.
- Weekdays when the office is closed I will be checking and responding to voicemail and email messages.
- The weekly E-Bulletin will continue through the summer. Deadline is noon each Wednesday.
- The printed Sunday…
First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, Mass., seeks a Youth Group Program Coordinator to support the mission of First Parish in the area of youth programming during the regular church year, September through June.Follow this link for a more detailed job description.
First Parish is excited to announce our new online Photo Directory and Database! Joining this online directory will allow you to:
- match names and faces
- get contact information for other members, friends and groups at First Parish
- check on your pledge and contributions (and nobody else's)
- securely pay your pledge or make a new pledge
- make online payments for various activities
►If you already created an account, click here to sign in.
►If you don't yet have an account, check your email -- we may have already sent…
Sign-up NOW to teach this fall! It's fun! It's a great way to think about your spirituality! It's a fantastic way to meet new people! Please help the RE Committee so they can leave for the summer with a full slate of teachers for the fall (September - December) teaching term.
We are looking for teachers in the following grades:
Prek - 1 teacher needed to join veteran Barbara McCauley
K - 2 teachers needed
1- 2 teachers needed
4- 2 teachers needed
THIS WEEKEND: Spring Lock-In May 30-31!
This lock-in is the FINAL one of the year, and the last lock-in for seniors!!! The big senior class will be our deans/planning team, and are working very hard to plan a fun filled night! Also, senior bridging will be taking place during the lock-in. In addition, we will be decorating the basement Harrison Room (old youth group room) with our handprints again!!! You won't want to miss this lock-in, please come!
If you are…
Next up: June 25 at First parish
Aging Well in Our Community is an open women's group for women over 50 that meets monthly on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am - noon. The meeting room info will be sent to all on the Aging Well mailing list. If you would like…
Tuesdays ♦ 7:00 am - 8:00 am in the Parlor
and Thursdays ♦ 8:00 am - 9:00 am in the Parlor
Lectio Divina is a method of reading and listening, lingering with, and sharing personal responses to selected biblical or other texts. Diverse responses to the text provide new insights…
Our Giving First recipient in May is EPOCA, Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement. EPOCA is a Worcester-based organization that helps former prisoners rebuild their lives; find work, housing and community; and advocate for an end…
The UU Urban Ministry is looking to fill a number of volunteer positions. Could one be a match for you?
Tutor English as a Learning Language (ELL)
When: Monday or Wednesday mornings (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) at the UU Urban Ministry.
What: Join our team of…
Collection baskets are located at the front and office doors.
Monetary donations can be sent to:
The Arlington Food Pantry
Health and Human Services
27 Maple Street
Arlington, MA 02476
The Food Pantry can always use juice, jelly, cereal, things from baked goods aisle…
Next up: Sunday, May 31 ♦ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The First Parish Men's group provides a forum in which we help each other with spiritual, emotional, and personal questions and concerns. Discussion themes often interweave questions of security, identity, authenticity, and…
Third Tuesdays, 7:30 pm in the Vestry ♦ next meeting June 16
The Green Sanctuary and Climate Vigil groups invite everyone to share in reading and discussing Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything: Capitalism…
Tuesdays, 10:30 am, meet offsite
Note: Please contact Jean Nagle at 781-646-5352 or jsn0708 @ gmail.com for the location each week.
Calling all sewers, knitters and crafters: please join a group that prepares for the Harvest Moon Fair Stich and Sew Table (the Fair is…
Please come join us for the weekly Climate Action Vigil on Sunday after coffee hour! And please stop by our table at coffee hour for information, sharing ideas, and discussion! If you'd like to join…
Do you like to knit or crochet? Would you like to provide support to members of the congregation? Our supply of prayer shawls is running low and we could use your help. Participants in the First Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry knit or crochet prayer shawls for Marta or the…
Please join us! We hold drop-in meditations on Mondays (gather at 6:00 pm and start at 6:15 pm at First Parish in the Damon Room) and on Sunday mornings (gather at 9:00 am, start at 9:10 am at the West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington Street…
Check back soon for new meeting location and time
Please note: Currently, there is only one Compassionate Communication group at First Parish.
This group, nicknamed the "Giraffes," consists of some experienced participants and some people who are new (or feel they…
Concerts by First Parish Musicians
The Green Sanctuary Group recognizes that we all have a responsibility to be mindful of the environmental consequences of our choices for the sake of the human community now on earth, future generations, and endangered species.
All are welcome to join us in working for a…