First Parish is a church alive and a family of believers excited about what God is doing in the world and in our community. Please, take a look at us and see if the rich Spirit of Christ we are experiencing meets your needs. First Parish ministers to individuals and families. We care, and it shows in the on-going ministries and educational and mission programs we offer and support. Jesus welcomed everyone, whether they were poor, rich, or just getting by; ill or healthy; self-made or educated; popular or a loner; secure or full of doubts. We welcome everyone the way Jesus did, regardless of age, race, class, gender, orientation, abilities, or challenges.
At First Parish, faith comes neither pre-digested nor neatly packaged. Rather, faith is to be intent on what the Spirit is saying. It is to choose again and again the Pilgrim Way and to engage with others in a journey toward God. All are welcome to join the journey! We hope to see you in church.
Living out our commitment to be an Open and Affirming (ONA) church community
On June 20, 2010, First Parish Church made the decision to become an Open and Affirming congregation. This was a significant step in the life of this community, and we want to continue to live out the meaning of our statement, which appears on our website.
I have agreed to take on the role of ONA liaison to the Council. This role involves helping to keep ONA a living part of our Church community and raising awareness of LGBTQ people and the realities they live.
We have offered some events to express our welcoming to all and will continue to do this. Anyone who has ideas, or would like to be a part of this, please let me know. This includes writing an article for the newsletter.
Food for thought for the month:
Believe Out Loud is an “online network that empowers Christians to work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality.” http://www.believeoutloud.com/ The organization was founded by several denominations, including the United Church of Christ, and other organizations. Here is one of their belief statements, “Jesus teaches us to welcome all. We believe our churches and society should do the same. We work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality because God calls us to do justice and love kindness.” Cecily Johnson (October 2013)