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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Sunday, please go to the congregation’s Facebook page (click on: https://www.facebook.com/First-Parish-of-Westwood-120302557982716/) on or before 10:00 am and click on the post for this Sunday, November 29th.
To view this week's Worship Bulletin, please click here.
CHRISTMAS WREATHS & MORE
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5TH
First Parish of Westwood invites the community to shop locally for the holidays, but this year its offerings are both online and outdoors. The outdoor Christmas Wreaths & More drive through shopping event will be held Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on church grounds.
WREATHS AND GREENS
As in past years, fresh, decorative wreaths are again available for purchase. Please click here to access the 2020 wreath pre-order form. Curbside pickup for all wreath pre-orders will take place from 12-3pm on Saturday, 12/5 in the church parking lot. In addition to our wreath offerings, we have several other greens items available for pre-sale. Please click here to view these beautiful items and get the details on how to order.
We have also converted the fair to a more streamlined outdoor, drive-through shopping experience. Drivers will be directed to a wall of wreaths that will be set up to enable viewing from the comfort of drivers' cars. The church plans to have masked staffers outside to assist with viewing and purchases. The church will also host an outdoor Christmas Tree sale by Boy Scout Troop 1 Islington, which shoppers can browse.
ONLINE SHOPPING AND SILENT AUCTION
Other items that will be familiar from previous years include handmade children's knitted hats and sweaters, handmade decor, and a Silent Auction. What's different this year is that all of these items will be available for shopping online instead of in-person. Local residents can email
to receive the links to online shopping and the Silent Auction. Registration is free.
Thanks to our generous Silent Auction donors! Items soon to be available online for bidding include Peter and Pam Kane's cottage getaway, Martha Crawford's adorable handmade knits for newborn to toddlers, a bottle of bubbly to toast the end of a crazy year from Phil and Molly Speros, Choose Your Sermon Topic by Revs. Rick and Jill Edens, Custom Recording by Sarah Tocco, and Norman Rockwell's The Four Freedoms prints from Rev. Chris Dodge. If you haven't yet donated and would like to, please contact Darlene Wong Cancell at email@example.com to discuss or schedule a pickup/delivery. This year, preparing items online for bidding is a new process, so as much advance notice as possible is appreciated. Thanks for supporting this important First Parish fundraiser!
VIRTUAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST
We also hope to incorporate the sweet smells and sights of the season this year with a virtual Gingerbread House Building Contest, open to all. Please click here for all the details and contest rules. It is event planners' hope that this new offering will provide homebound individuals and families of all ages with a fun, spirit-filled, community building activity.