We are First Parish of Sudbury, a diverse and welcoming community of spiritual seekers; we strive to learn together and support one another as we celebrate life’s important moments and serve the larger community. We are stewards of an historic meetinghouse. In addition to an inspiring leader in Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and our dedicated staff, our community generously volunteers resources of time and...
There are many ways to participate in the community that is First Parish of Sudbury in addition to joining us on a Sunday morning. For example, you can help the Faith in Action team collect back-to-school backpacks; you can make a joyful noise as part of the choir; bring a dish to a Women’s Alliance potluck meeting, which connects women and supports First Parish of Sudbury in various ways; join a...
First Parish is a community of movers and shakers! If you are interested in finding out exactly what we are up to, you can scan our Calendar or review any of the online issues of the Connector, a weekly newsletter in which all the “goings-on” are shared by staff, leadership and members of the congregation. If you have specific questions about the work of First Parish of Sudbury in the world,...
Worship in the Unitarian Universalist tradition is shaped by our faith’s history, principles and purposes as well as the congregation’s identity and culture, the minister’s religious beliefs and style, and the great diversity of sources from which we draw inspiration and through which we seek guidance and insight. Our worship services are offered on Sunday mornings. Visitors are warmly...
Welcome to First Parish of Sudbury’s Religious Education program. First Parish of Sudbury is a Unitarian Universalist congregation that was first established in 1640. Although much has changed since then, one thing that remains the same is our steadfast belief in the inherent right to freedom for every person in all matters regarding religion. Because we want people of all ages to embrace our open-minded...
Dear Visitor, Welcome to the First Parish of Sudbury, a lively, liberal congregation nearly 375 years old that continues to make history and change lives. Like you, I am a newcomer to this congregation. What drew me here may be the same things that will draw you: people who are committed to creating an inclusive, just community both inside and outside the walls of this beautiful old meetinghouse …...
In 2012, Open Table in Concord and Maynard served 19,000 dinners and distributed approximately 300,000 pounds of food to more than 300 guests through their Concord and Maynard locations. Since 2013, over 15 FPS folks have helped with this effort in Maynard on the 4th Monday of every month.
The MetroWest Free Medical Program is a free clinic in Sudbury whose volunteer doctors, nurses, social workers dedicate their time on Tuesday evenings to provide healthcare services to those in the MetroWest area who are uninsured or underinsured. The program provides nearly 1,500 patient visits each year.
The Program relies on grant funds and support from individuals and congregations like First Parish Sudbury. Thanks to our support over the last four years, they have been able to expand their care to offer chronic disease screening and health education for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. This means that low-income individuals aren’t waiting until their health conditions get worse to access care.
100% of the collection from our Christmas services will go to support this clinic. Your financial contribution means that the volunteer healthcare providers have the medical supplies, medicines and coordination that they need to provide care. THANK YOU for your generosity.
If you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities or would like to tour the program, contact Kim Prendergast, MWFMP Executive Director at
Rev. Marjorie will lead this traditional “Beginnings and Endings” service on January 4, 2015. In preparation for the service, please send Marjorie an e-mail with the names of loved ones in your family, extended family, or circle of friends to be honored – names of those who have died and/or of those who were born in the past year. (names only please) In the subject line on your e-mail, please note “Endings” or “Beginnings” so the categories can be easily identified. Please also help Rev. Marjorie out by sending the correct pronunciation of names that could be difficult to read.
On Sunday, December 28th at 10am, the First Parishes in Framingham, Sudbury, and Wayland will continue our tradition of worshiping together on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s. This year, the service will be in Sudbury (at 327 Concord Road) led by Roberta Altamari, Framingham’s interim Director of Religious Exploration (and Sudbury’s former DRE and current youth advisor). Roberta will lead our UU sisters and brothers from the three congregations in a multigenerational journey exploring life transitions. With lessons learned from the interim training for religious professionals and insight from the Roman God Janus, Roberta promises that this service will be inspiring, thought-provoking, and engaging for all ages. Whether it be congregational or personal changes, taking time to think, reflect, plan, and carefully consider our choices during times of transition can open ourselves up to endless discoveries and wonderful new beginnings. Maya Angelou said, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Let’s celebrate the metamorphosis that each one of us might soon be welcoming and honor the steps it takes to reach our beautiful dreams. (Childcare for babies and young children will be provided while older kids are enthusiastically encouraged to attend this multigenerational service filled with interesting stories and a few unforgettable moments.)
5:00pm - A family service that includes music, a reading of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, a carol sing-a-long, and a processional light for all ages.This service is offered as the family-friendly alternative to the traditional 7:00 pm service.
An ASL interpreter will be available at the 5:00 service.
6:00pm – We will gather in the Parish Hall for cookies, mulled cider, food, festivities, and fellowship in between the 5:00 pm service and the 7:00 pm service.
7:00pm – A traditional worship service with stories, classic hymns and caroling. This service culminates in candle light with the singing of Silent Night.
In recent months, members of the Sudbury Clergy Association (SCA) have shared concerns about the apparent decline of respect and civility in much of the public discourse in town. In order to assess the validity of this perception, the group is seeking advice from the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) to develop and implement a process of inquiry to better understand how citizens and officials communicate with one another. Read More
There’s no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.
– Abraham Lincoln
Sunday December 21st, 2014 – The Longest Night or the Shortest Day...
As the old adage queries, is the cup half full or half empty… The answer, it is a matter of perspective. During this time of year with all of the hustle and bustle, preparing and following thru, Rev. Marjorie will wonder about the pagan roots of the solstice and the inherent nature of faith. What do you believe, bring your thoughts for a community conversation about faith.
Sunday Worship begins at 10:00 AM and will be followed by a fellowship hour in the parish hall. Religious education and Childcare are available. First Parish of Sudbury is a Unitarian Universalist welcoming congregation, encouraging and celebrating the participation of all people regardless of theological belief, sexual orientation, or gender identity. If you are a seeker of scientific, technological, or spiritual meaning in life you will be warmly welcomed.
The First Parish of Sudbury Meeting House is located at 327 Concord Road, across from Town Hall. For more information about upcoming events, visit fpsudbury.org or call 978-443-2043.
We are First Parish of Sudbury, a diverse and welcoming community of spiritual seekers; we strive to learn together and support one another as we celebrate life's important moments and serve the larger community.