Get Involved with Worship
Worship at First Parish involves the gathered people. That means it takes your presence during the worship service to make it work. We need people in the pews, and we need people to help with all aspects of the service. If you would like to be involved beyond sitting in the pew, there are many opportunities for you whether or not you are an official member of the congregation.
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At First Parish, you are always invited to make a joyful noise, regardless of your musical background or ability. We currently offer three ways:
Choir – Open to young and old, the Choir rehearses one evening a week and participates in three church services per month. We encourage anyone to join, even if you have never sung in a group before. You already sing hymns during the worship service; why not consider joining us at the front of the church?
Hand Bell Choir – The Hand Bell Choir is open to all ages and abilities and meets one evening a week to rehearse for special occasions, most notably Christmas Eve, as well as other selected times. Most ringers are responsible for only two bells – one for each hand. If you have two hands, come and see what it’s all about!
Special Music – We invite those of any age with musical talents to participate in our church service on those Sunday mornings when the choir does not perform, or when the music director would like to augment the choir with instrumentation. All instruments, instrumental groups, and vocalists are welcome.
For more information on any of these activities, contact the Music Director through the church office at 846-3773.
The Lector reads the scriptures during Sunday morning service and can be any age. The scripture readings are determined by the pastors, who are available ahead of time to help with your understanding of the readings. Many Lectors add their own notes to put the readings in context.
If you would like to serve as a Lector, contact either of the pastors through the church office at 846-3773.
Peace Candle Reflection
During each Sunday morning service, time is set aside for a peace candle reflection, given by a lay person. We invite all – young or old, member or nonmember, or community member – to take part.
The reflection is a personal story. Some choose to tell how their faith has been strengthened or how they have overcome vulnerability or some other obstacle. Some might describe an organization or a service that is meaningful to them. The reflection can be any personal experience or observation that the individual wants to share with the church.
If you would like to give a peace candle reflection, or to learn more about this part of the service, contact either of the pastors through the church office at 846-3773.
At the beginning of each Sunday service, an Acolyte lights the candles at the front of the church during the first hymn, and then leads the congregation in the Prayer of Invocation and the Lord’s Prayer. At the conclusion of the service, the Acolyte extinguishes all the candles except for the candlelighter itself, and carries that light out of the church. All ages are welcome. If you or your child would like to serve as an Acolyte, contact the Deacons through the church office at 846-3773.
Ushers & Greeters
Each Sunday, two Greeters welcome people as they enter the church, and two to four Ushers ring the church bell, hand out bulletins and help with the offering. The Ushers count church attendance during the service, and following the service, they check the pews to make sure that they are tidy and to collect the attendance records. Greeters and ushers can be any age. You should plan to arrive at the church at least 30 minutes before the service starts. If you would like to serve as a Greeter, contact the Hospitality Committee through the church office at 846-3773. If you would like to serve as an Usher, contact the Deacons through the church office at 846-3773.
Flowers & Steeple Lighting
The church welcomes contributions of flowers or floral arrangements to appear at the front of the church during the Sunday service. The church also welcomes donations to fund the lighting of the church steeple for a specific week. Contributions and donations can be in memory of a loved one, in honor of someone or something, or for no reason at all. Your gift will be cited in the Sunday bulletin for the week you choose. To contribute flowers, sign the Flower Book in the vestry and bring your own arrangement to the church before the service. You can also ask the Flower Committee to purchase an arrangement for you; in this case we recommend a minimum contribution of $25.00. At the conclusion of the service, you are welcome to take your arrangement home. Contact the Flower Committee ministry leaders through the church office at 846-3773. To fund the steeple lighting for a specific week, sign the Flower Book in the vestry and contact the church office at 846-3773. The donation for the steeple lighting is $15.00, payable through the church office.
Each week following the Sunday morning service, parishioners are invited into Fellowship Hall for coffee and treats. All are invited. Typically the coffee hour lasts about 45 minutes and is an opportunity for people to socialize and share information. The coffee hour is overseen by the Hospitality Committee, which schedules coffee servers well in advance. The coffee servers arrive at the church early enough to set up tables and arrange tablecloths, make several pots of coffee and lemonade, and set out treats. Usually, the coffee servers leave the service during the last hymn so that they have time to finalize preparations. After coffee hour, the servers clean up and wash any dishes used. For more information or to volunteer to be a coffee server, contact the Hospitality Committee ministry leaders through the church office at 846-3773.
The Flower Committee oversees the gifts of flowers that beautify the sanctuary each Sunday morning. The committee also coordinates the placement of holiday decorations and the ordering of flowers for special occasions like Christmas, Easter, and Memorial Day, and orders the palms for Palm Sunday. For more information, contact the Hospitality Committee ministry leaders through the church office at 846-3773.
The Hospitality Committee organizes greeters and coffee servers for each Sunday service and keeps track of the kitchen supplies needed for the coffee hour. The committee also plans special events such as the Christmas Tea and the Easter breakfast, and other major celebrations as the need arises. For more information, contact the Hospitality Committee ministry leaders through the church office at 846-3773.