MEETING HOUSE ADDITION
We put an addition onto the church! Read all about it in our brochure and check out the slideshow of building progress below.
SING, SING A SONG!
Did you know that singing in a group is good for your health ? It improves your mood, lowers stress, and can contribute to overall well-being. Did you also know that our choir is in great need of new members? You are warmly invited to join us for one or more practices to see if you like it! Although some musical experience is helpful, none is required -- we are a friendly group, happy to answer any questions. And you don't need to be a great singer, either. Group singing is supportive and forgiving. All talents and abilities are welcome!
Consider joining for either the short-term or long-term. You can limit your participation, such as to only those practices leading up to a special musical offering like Easter or Christmas. Or you could decide to join us for as often as you are able throughout the year! This is a volunteer choir with a great deal of flexibility.
Practices are held in the church classrooms on most Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays in the sanctuary from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Please contact our choir director, Sarah Tocco, at email@example.com if you are interested and would like a schedule of upcoming rehearsals. Choir members will be happy to answer any questions as well. Hope to sing with you soon!
First Parish hosts a variety of events both in our church and in the community. Join us! We are located at 252 Nahatan Street in Westwood.
This week we welcome former Assistant Minister, Josh Gray, back to First Parish. Josh will be leading worship through the month of May.
This week's Sunday service will be posted to our Facebook page by 10am. Please note that this service is pre-recorded and will not be live.
Click here to view or print the Order of Worship for May 31.
A few reminders about virtual worship:
The link to our Facebook Page is https://www.facebook.com/First-Parish-of-Westwood-120302557982716.
Our page is open to the public, so even if you don’t have your own Facebook page, you should be able to find us and watch.
Feel free to let your family and friends on Facebook know about our recorded service. Or share the video of the service on your own page. In times like these, there are many more people seeking a time of comfort and encouragement to make it through.
You may want to light a candle, as reminder of the Light of Christ, and leave it near your screen.
In the Book of Acts, Chapter 2 we are reminded that worshipful moments took the form of gatherings in one location (the Temple) and in individual homes. Worshiping together in person is a powerful witness and deepens our discipleship. But worship can happen anywhere. Technology is allowing us to find ways, albeit imperfect, to stay connected emotionally when we can’t be together socially. In these times, it is good to remember that the church is about more than a building. May we all find ways to be the church wherever we are. And may our yearnings for community draw us back together, even closer, when we are able to meet again.
IMPORTANT UPDATES REGARDING CHURCH GATHERINGS
May 20, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of First Parish,
The church council met on Tuesday night, May 19th to talk about plans for re-opening the church. The state guidelines would allow us to begin to be in person soon, however, the Southern New England Conference guidelines for the United Church of Christ, suggest a longer time away.
In our conversation on Tuesday, we thought through different scenarios such as trying to worship outside in the summer, or limiting people who could be in the sanctuary together. In the end, weather, uncertainty about attendance, and whether we could be physically distant enough from each other continued to be concerns for us. It was a thoughtful discussion with the health and welfare of our congregation as a whole at the forefront.
When the discussion finished, the council voted unanimously to continue to have church virtually through the summer months.
As we get closer to September, the council will meet again to discuss re-opening of the sanctuary space. We will consider the guidance of our government officials, our conference, and hopefully an interim minister. Putting in place practices that will keep us all safe will be an important part of that conversation as well.
We all look forward to the time when we will gather again to be with each other in person. For now let's remember all the uplifting, spiritual moments in worship and fellowship we have shared together and will continue to share in our gratitude for the wonderful community of First Parish.
Yours in Faith,
Sharon Hobbs (Moderator), Brian Bayer, Anne Christian, Roger Christian, Barb Delisle, Margery Eramo, Doug Hyde, Joyce Marsh, and Judy Thomson