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Our Mission

  • First Parish is a Unitarian Universalist church that welcomes individuals and families who seek spiritual growth and nurturing.
  • We worship, celebrate and learn together.
  • We respect each other and value our differences in a way that reflects the love, compassion and openness of our faith.
  • We strive to build a better community for all people.

Membership

We encourage you to visit us for a few months and join our activities, attend an orientation meeting, or have a conference with our minister. When you are comfortable with us – when you feel you’ve found your spiritual home – tell our minister that you would like to sign the membership book, and become a full-fledged member. Twice a year we have a ceremony at a Sunday worship service, a special welcome to those who have recently joined. While the ceremony is simple, the commitment is real. We have three basic expectations for our members:

  • A commitment to spiritual growth. Stay after the sermon to talk about it. Take a class, borrow a book from our library, read the UU World magazine, discuss theology at your circle dinner. We don’t have all the answers but we’ll ask interesting questions.
  • Volunteering with the work at church. We have many opportunities for service. Whatever your talent and inclination, we can use you. Volunteers make the coffee and bring the snacks every Sunday, teach the Sunday School classes, sing, plan some worship services, paint, prune, and trim. Our web master, circle dinner coordinator and Treasurer, among others, are volunteers.
  • Your financial support. Our budget runs about $220,000 per year. A pledge of financial support is a good faith estimate of what you will contribute to support the operating budget. We hold a Budget Drive each February when we ask people to pledge according to their means, for our next fiscal year, July 1 through June 30.
    Click her for an overview of Finance at First Parish.

In the Fullness of Time – December 24, 2010

As Unitarian Universalists, the living tradition we share draws from many sources. Among those many sources are the teachings of the Christian tradition. Tonight is a night held sacred by followers of Jesus, some here in our congregation, some our neighbors, family members or friends, and billions of others all over the world, unknown to us by name. So, it is fitting that on this night we should take time to appreciate the insights of that faith tradition. Read More >>

There’s Room Enough at the Inn – December 19, 2010

In a moment, we are going to hear a story. It is an old, familiar story, that our children are going to tell to us. They’ve been working hard on it, I’m looking forward to it. I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises. But I do want to comment, just a bit, on one small part of that story, before we get to enjoy the whole thing, together. Read More >>

There’s Room Enough at the Inn – December 19, 2010

In a moment, we are going to hear a story. It is an old, familiar story, that our children are going to tell to us. They’ve been working hard on it, I’m looking forward to it. I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises. But I do want to comment, just a bit, on one small part of that story, before we get to enjoy the whole thing, together. Read More >>

FPC songstress shares her bliss.

Kathryn Lordan’s new CD, “Following My Bliss” is out!
Click here to listen to her  version of ‘Amazing Grace’

Sunday Worship Services

Through the ministry of words and music we gather each week to celebrate our community and to experience inspiration and support for the living of our day to day lives. This shared experience buoys our spirits and challenges us to reflect on our individual and collective endeavors to make the world a better place.

Lay Led Services

Every year our Music & Worship committee schedules several Sunday services which are not led by our minister. They may be led primarily by one person or by a group, be drawn from within our church community or from outside resources.

On Sunday October 25, 2009 four members of our church, Julia Quigley Long, Sarah Shamel, Doug Baumoel, and David Flynn, generously and with love shared their spiritual journeys. Although they are from all different backgrounds, their stories were funny and touching, and full of appreciation for where they are now, and for how they got here.

Come play with us…

Come play with us… We are off to an exciting church year. With our new minister, the Rev. Kelly, in the pulpit, our pews are full with both returning parishioners and new-comers. The same is true in the church school. Our classrooms are over-flowing and there is such enthusiasm and energy in Hale Hall. Please consider joining our church school family.

Children’s religious education classes meet downstairs in Hale Hall during Sunday Worship service and a staffed nursery for children under 3 is available. Our Greeter will be glad to direct you.

Many special events take place during the year. These have included a Halloween Party, participating in the Heifer Project, raking leaves at Hale Farm, Mystery Friends tea party, Christmas Pageant.

Grandmother’s Attic: Tales from the First Parish Church Building

How many of you remember your grandparents?  I certainly do.  In particular, I clearly recall my grandmother.  As I was growing up she had so many stories of her life during the war in Norway.  She repeated them over and over again (embellished them more each time, I think) as I listened, transfixed.   As I got older, I became more skeptical of these stories and eventually felt the need to investigate them further.  Some, it turns out, were really embellished.  Some were dead right.  And some things I found out about my grandmother- well, she never told me!  On balance, the stories have become a treasure for my family, and a body of memories I will carry with me always.

If members of this congregation (indeed, all residents of Beverly) were to claim a common ancestor of sorts, it might just be the building that is the First Parish Church.   It has stood at this location since before the American Revolution. Read More >>

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First Parish Church

225 Cabot St

Beverly, MA 01915

978-922-3968

Office Hours: T-F, 9-1

office@firstparishbeverly.org

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