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 haera@usa.net 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! 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

Friends,

 

Following directives from the Governor of Massachusetts, we will not be gathering for worship in our Meeting House at least through April 5. Given the new directive that Massachusetts schools K-12 will not reconvene until at least May 4, I am working under the assumption that worship services will be Live Streamed for many weeks to come. I am currently adapting Holy Week and Easter worship services for this platform.  

 

Thank you to everyone who joined in worship last Sunday via our First Parish of Westwood Facebook Page. For those of you who are on Facebook and joined, it was great to see you adding your greetings and comments before, during and after the service. For anyone joining in, please know that ther is not an expectation for commenting, only if the Spirit moves you.

 

A few reminders as we look ahead to this Sunday and beyond:

 

 

  • 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.

 

  • After the Live Stream ends, the service will be saved as video on our Facebook Page, if you want to watch later or share with your friends.

 

  • Sarah Tocco, our Music Director, is joining me to provide some beautiful music. Because of the location of camera and the fact it is stationary we are not able to pan over so you can see her playing. Sarah is primarily offering improvisations on hymns and familiar sung responses like “Spirit of Living God” and “Go Now In Peace”, so you might note it will be hard to sing along. As the weeks continue we will try to provide, in advance, an outline of the service that will at least include music titles.

 

  • Feel free to let your family and friends on Facebook know ahead of time about the Live Stream. 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 computer.

 

  • Our worship time begins with an invitation to share blessings in your life from the past week. In this difficult time it is even more important to acknowledge and share blessings. If you would like to share, please email your blessing to Pastor Chris c_dodge@firstparishwestwood.org and he will share it during the service.

 

  • You may also email Pastor Chris with any joys and concerns to be included in the Prayers of People.

 

  • The Scriptures for this Sunday, March 29, can be accessed by clicking here.

 

  • For those who may prefer another format to guide their worship, I will also email a written devotion to use at home.

 

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. Worshipping 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. May our yearnings for community draw us back together, even closer, when we are able to meet again.

 

Be well,

 

Pastor Chris