These groups help adults deepen their spiritual journeys and their relationships with others. All of them welcome new participants who share their interests.
- Aging Well In Our Community
To foster engagement and build community among women over fifty who wish to explore themes related to planning and consciously living out our later years. We are an open group facilitated by Kit Hayes. Some meetings have guest speakers; others include small-group or large-group conversations. All include two breaks for physical exercises such as stretching, yoga, and sacred circle dance. Usually meets the fourth Thursday of each month, 10 a.m.– noon, September–June. Open to all women over fifty.
- Covenant Groups
What are covenant groups? Covenant groups provide an opportunity for those in our First Parish community to get to know others at a deeper level, in a consistent small group, while discussing topics that explore our spiritual paths and life experience. Covenant groups are designed to build stronger relationships that strengthen the fabric of our entire faith community.
What are the meetings like? Groups follow a format that begins with a reading and chalice-lighting, followed by a check-in time, and short readings and questions. The heart of the meeting is sharing on a given theme, with each person having time to reflect and respond.
Some recent themes have included: Laughter. Resilience. Healing. Stillness. Dreams. Community. Authenticity. Blessings. Animals in our Lives.
Groups: There are nine active covenant groups that meet for two hours once a month. Most groups are currently meeting on Zoom but will transition to in-person, usually at First Parish, as circumstances allow. Each group meets, typically from 7-9pm) on a particular night each month (e.g. Second Monday, Third Wednesday, Fourth Thursday, etc.) A group is comprised of up to 9 people, including one person who acts as the Convener (facilitator). Groups start in January and end in December, meeting monthly except for July and August.
Commitment: All members make a commitment to attend every month. If someone knows in advance that they are unable to make more than two of the scheduled meetings, we ask that they choose a different group that better fits their schedule or delay their participation until a later time.
For more information or to sign up: Email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be sent a link to a sign-up form.
Thank you for your interest in joining a Covenant Group at First Parish. We will do our best to find a group that works for you, and will let you know about potential group assignments in December.
Click ConvenantGroupStory to read The Covenant Group Experience By Loren Gomez.
- Ferry Beach
Most years, the First Parish community gathers for a weekend at Ferry Beach, a UU retreat center in Saco, ME. Currently, the Ferry Beach committee is exploring whether it will be possible to hold our annual retreat, and if not, whether there are alternative options for being together in community. Learn more about Ferry Beach.
- Jewish Connections
To bring opportunities for Jewish learning, ritual, celebration, gatherings, and perspectives to our community through worship, study, and conversation. We host a potluck Seder for Passover, a Latke Party for Hanukkah, and Tashlich for Rosh Hashanah most years, plus occasional bagel brunches and Shabbat dinners.
- Lectio Divina
PURPOSE: To engage in a spiritual practice of reading and listening, lingering with, and sharing personal responses to selected biblical texts. Diverse responses to the text provide new insights and help participants develop their spiritual lives and set intentions for their daily lives. Meets Tuesdays, 7–8 a.m., and Thursdays, 8–9 a.m.
- Meditation Group
PURPOSE: To provide opportunities for Buddhist meditation, support, and discussion. Drop-in group meets Mondays, 6–6:50 p.m., for 35 minutes of silent meditation
- Men’s Group
To offer a place of fellowship, encouragement, and creative connection for First Parish men of all ages and backgrounds.
- Thursday Lunch Men’s Group
To offer a monthly fellowship gathering for older men, aimed at reinforcing camaraderie and discussing topics of general interest. Meetings are at noon on the first Thursday of each month, with a brown-bag lunch.
- Partnership Church Committee
PURPOSE: To nurture and strengthen the ongoing relationship between First Parish and the Unitarian church in Gagy, Transylvania, Romania, via frequent communication, cultural exchanges, and visits.
- Prayer Shawl Ministry
To knit or crochet simple, warm shawls that are distributed by the Lay Ministers as needed.
- Women’s Book Group
To read and discuss interesting books with other First Parish women. Meets the First Thursday of each month, 7:15–9 p.m.
CONTACT: Jean Nagle, email@example.com