Lifelong Learning

At First Parish we have vibrant programs for children and adults. We look forward to hosting more programming for whatever fits with your growth path, passions.

“The opportunity to encourage discovery and lifelong learning is at the center of Unitarian Universalist religious education. Inspired religious education programs can provide the spark that encourages a congregation to grow or discover new ways in which it can serve a community. Whether that learning is experienced by a child, a teen, a young adult, adult, or the entire family, the flowering of the spirit occurs where religious education takes root.”   The Unitarian Universalist Association offers lifespan faith development resources for education, worship, advocacy, and social action that nurture identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love.”

Church School

The mission of our religious education program is to provide the children of First Parish with a moral and spiritual framework upon which they can form their own religious convictions. In the words of William Ellery Channing, we want to “awaken their consciousness, their moral discernment, so that they may discern and approve for themselves what is everlastingly right and good”.

To that end we have  programs for preschoolers through high school students and a staffed nursery for toddlers. Children and their teachers begin their Sunday experience at upstairs worship with their family and friends before going down to Hale Hall for classes.

Programming Details

Youth Group

Youth Group is a social group for grades seven through twelve. Over the church year, this group is involved in a combination of service, worship, and recreational activities. At least once each year they produce and lead one of our worship services. Two adults keep them company. Contact Maya Menezes or Paul Knight for more information.

Lending Library

First Parish Church has a collection of books and DVD’s that have been donated or purchased. It can be found on the book carts in the back of the sanctuary near the Minister’s Study. These items are available for members and friends (regular visitors) to sign out and take home to read. We ask that you sign out on the clipboards on the ends of the carts. This library is counting on the Honor System. Please return the items promptly, so that others can enjoy them.

Among the collection are the Great Books of the Western World, books about Read More >>

Spiritual Parenting

For parents of children of all ages, First Parish offers Spiritual Parenting meetings. This lay-led group meets approximately 6 times a year for a themed parenting discussion and camaraderie.

Examples of past topics include:

  • Ask the experienced: an opportunity to ask question of parents with grown kids.
  • What do we want for our kids?  How to we help them get there?
  • Reasons and ways to integrate rituals into your family routine.
  • Answering kids’ questions about God.
  • Is there couplehood after parenthood?
  • Guiding kids using a UU version of the 10 Commandments.
  • Nature, wonder, and nurturing the spirits of our children.

Spiritual Parenting meetings include on-site childcare during the 1-hour discussion at the cost of $5 per child. The potluck meal following most of our meetings gives families further time to connect with each other. Parents are strongly encouraged to RSVP to the Spiritual Parenting coordinator(s) at least a week before the meeting to coordinate childcare.

Adult Learning Opportunities

The church offers a wide range of learning opportunities throughout the year. Movies with Meaning are shown periodically, that have moved one of us enough that we want to share it. If you have a feature film that you would like to share, contact Steve Hoy .

Docs with Talks are documentaries on various themes that may tie in with current events or sermon topics. GLBT issues, ethical eating, distributive justice, compassion, forgiveness, as well as diverse religious traditions, have been shown in the past. This year, Native American traditions and Islam will be featured. Watch the website for scheduling.

Small Group Ministry is an opportunity for 8-10 people to meet monthly for personal discussions about issues of importance to all. This is a wonderful chance to meet more intimately with members of the congregation. See Rev. Kelly Asprooth-Jackson if you are interested.

Presentations by speakers, both from within the congregation as well as outside guests, are offered periodically. This year we will have a speaker from the Muslim community and a speaker on Inuit art and tradition. A field trip in the spring will take us to a Native American PowWow.


Movies with Meaning

Monday Evening Spirituality and Religion Series  2010-2011

All films will be shown at 7 pm, with potluck snacks or beverages at 6:30pm. Discussion will follow the screening. Please enter the sanctuary through the rear side door. If you are interested in hosting or simply want to suggest a movie, please contact Steve Hoy so we can put it on the schedule.


First Parish Church

225 Cabot St

Beverly, MA 01915


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