Worship During the Pandemic

Sunday services are at 10:00 a.m. We are now gathering both in person and online.

If you would like to join us in person, please know that we are requiring masks for all people over the age of two. If you forget your mask, we will provide one. We also strongly encourage everyone who is medically able to be vaccinated, as this is in line with our Unitarian Universalist value of care for one another. Follow this link for more information about our COVID safety protocols.

If you would like to join from home, please register to receive the Zoom webinar link.

You can enjoy past services on our YouTube page.

When You Arrive on Sunday

When you enter through the front doors (between the columns facing Lexington Road), expect friendly faces to greet you and answer your questions.

Our accessible entrance is on the right side of the building, near the parking lot’s turnaround circle. We’ll have a friendly face to greet you there, too! Follow the hall straight ahead to the elevator and take it to the Sanctuary level.

Restrooms are on the lower level, underneath the Sanctuary (on the same floor as the accessible building entrance) across from the wall with the nametags. All restrooms are wheelchair accessible. We have a single stall, gender neutral restroom as well.

Please feel welcome in throughout Sanctuary. To help with social distancing, about half of our pews are currently open. The choir will be in the front of the balconies. Please feel free to choose any other open pew. We have some special areas that you may prefer: One is for people who do not want to hum or sing. Also, as services will be posted online, the pews on the leftmost side of the sanctuary (as you face the pulpit) are an off-camera area.

Children are welcome in worship or our Religious Exploration program.

Our service lasts a little less than hour. Gathering music begins about 5 minutes before the service begins.

Family Service

We have a shorter, interactive service for families at 9:30 in the Herb Garden and tent area behind the church. All are welcome! More information can be found on our Religious Exploration webpage.

Afterwards, younger children are invited to stay for Religious Exploration in the same area. Parents, older children, and any younger children who would like to attend the 10:00 service in the sanctuary are more than welcome.

During services

Each week, we hear a variety of vibrant and diverse music, prayers, readings, and preaching. As a Unitarian Universalist congregation, each week’s service is designed around a single theme, inviting you to explore your thoughts and feelings around that idea.

Following the science as it continues to evolve, we have limited vocal music. In early fall 2021, we are humming two brief songs during our mid-service prayer, the choir is offering one song, and everyone is invited to sing a closing hymn. There is a section of pews available for people who are comfortable coming to service but not singing or humming.

There is an opportunity to make a financial contribution during the offertory. First Parish shares this collection with a different organization working for justice each month.

At the end of the service, we speak our Benediction to one another. Many of us consider our Benediction to be the heart of our community:

Go out into the world in peace
Have courage
Hold on to what is good
Return to no person evil for evil
Strengthen the faint-hearted
Support the weak
Help the suffering
Honor all beings

After services

There are multiple ways to connect afterwards. Coffee hour is a time to mingle and have open-ended conversations. Often, social action teams or other groups have information about ways to get involved.

The ministers and other worship leaders are available for conversation during coffee hour.

The Worship Sharing Circle is a smaller group that gathers with thoughtful facilitators to reflect on the theme of the service. Worship Sharing Circle will be offered outdoors and on Zoom.

Parents are asked to meet their children in the Herb Garden and tent area at the end of Religious Exploration, about the same time as the 10:00 service ends. Parents and families are welcome at coffee hour and Worship Sharing Circle.

After visiting, if you have any questions or want to talk with someone, feel free to speak with any of the worship leaders or contact the office at contact@firstparish.org.

Thank you for coming, and we hope to see you again soon.