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Service of Mindfulness, Kindness and Gratitude

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in General News, Worship Services

stone heartJoin us this Sunday as Laine Gifford and the Thursday afternoon Mindfulness Meditation group lead our worship service focused on kindness and gratitude, a propos of the Thanksgiving holiday. Learn about dana (generosity), the benefits (mental and physical) of meditation—and ways to settle our busy human minds.

Children will begin with the adults and learn a bit about meditation from Chris Scheller, our Director of Religious Education.

Then, Chris and the kids will go off for their own program of crafts and preparing for the Christmas eve multicultural pageant at 5pm on Dec. 24.

Sunday’s service will include brief periods of guided meditation, contemplative music, and readings from various sources on the topics of the day.

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Religious Education for kids and youth: November 29th

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

chalice for watermark 3This Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 29th, there will be no regular RE programs. Instead, all the children will be together and we’ll be preparing to be worship leaders for the Christmas Eve Holiday Pageant — in which we’ll be telling three sacred tales, a multicultural celebration including an ancient story about the Japanese Sun Goddess, Amaterasu, then the story of the life of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, and finally to the story of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. We’ll be discussing what it means to be symbols and lead worship while we make some of the props and costumes for the service itself!
While not necessary, it would be helpful to know if your child/children will be at church this Sunday so that we can plan accordingly. There will be no youth group meeting after church.
We would love your child to participate in the pageant. Please let me know! Typically, in past years all that is required is to show up at one rehearsal on Dec 24th in the morning, and then arriving early for the pageant itself, which will be at 5pm on Dec 24th. But there will be plenty of roles for everybody, even for those who just “show up”.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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In-Home Dinners are Coming Soon!

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in General News

potluckThe dates in 2016 for this yearly event are January 22, 24 and 30. Please mark your calendar and save a primary and secondary date to participate. Sign-up will start in mid-December.

What are In-Home Dinners? These are gatherings of 8-12 people organized by the Community & Hospitality Committee (CHC) and held in the private homes of First Parish members and friends. The dinners are Pot Luck, with the host/hostess arranging what people will bring to ensure there is a balanced meal. Every effort is made to accommodate special needs, such as dietary restrictions, accessibility to the house, etc.

Are children welcome? Yes. If you would like to participate as a family, the CHC will organize at least one, possibly two, dinners where children are welcome and the parents can socialize with other parents as well as people who attend without children.

Can you host a dinner? When you are contacted about attending an In-Home Dinner, please consider hosting one. It is not a lot of work and it helps the CHC offer variety.

Further questions? Please contact Sheila Davison at And, watch for upcoming Connectors for more information.

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Public Forum and Dialogue on Untreated Mental Health Issues

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in General News

Thursday, December 3rd from 7:00-8:30 PM

Maynard Town Hall, Conference Room (lower level)

195 Main Street, Maynard, MA

The Maynard and Hudson Democratic Town Committees are hosting an open forum on the impact of untreated mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse on their local criminal justice systems.

All are welcome. For more information contact the First Parish office or see the flyer on the Parish Hall bulletin board.


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Music Sunday: Honoring Mother Earth

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in General News, Worship Services

As Thanksgiving approaches, what better way to celebrate than to acknowledge and honor the beauty and bounty of our planet Earth. On Sunday, November 22 at 10 a.m. the choir of First Parish of Sudbury will offer their Fall Music Sunday presentation on the theme of “Honoring Mother Earth”. The performance is part of a regular Sunday service and is free. Come hear musical selections by composers David Brunner and Stephen Chatman that present several different perspectives of awareness of the unique, valuable and irreplaceable planet that we all call home. These songs will encourage you to feel the earth underneath your feet and listen to the voices of the earth. They will take you on a musical journey through forest and meadow and by the ocean. They will even give you a view of earth from outer space with Kirke Mechem’s unique piece called “Island in Space” which uses the reflections on viewing the earth from space of astronaut, Russell Schweickart following the Apollo 9 flight in 1969 and his first unattached spacewalk.


Joining the choir for this musical service will be pianist, Noriko Yasuda who will accompany the choir and will also play Chopin’s “Raindrop” Prelude; and soprano soloist, Jessica Tunick Berens who will be singing with the choir and also sing the solo piece, “The Ocean” by Alice Parker. The choir will be directed by Debra Morris-Bennett, Music Director and Organist.

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Secret Santa program begins at First Parish of Sudbury

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in General News

boy_with_christmas_presentNames are available at social hour (the next few Sundays) of MetroWest and Sudbury children whose parents need our help in making Christmas a joyous day for their kids.  We encourage you to pick the name of a child or children (and what each would like or need), buy and wrap a gift for them, and bring the gift back to First Parish no later than December 20.  However, we would appreciate receiving the gifts a week earlier – on December 13.

All presents must be newly purchased, wrapped, and delivered to First Parish in a bag. The slip with the child’s name should be firmly attached to the bag. Please do not leave a present unattended in the parish hall (except on the morning BEFORE a Sunday service).  If you would like to participate but don’t like to shop, they will be accepting monetary donations to buy gift certificates for some of the older teens. Thank you!

For more information, contact Fran in the office.

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Join the RE committee!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

hands in airHave you been excited to see all the wonderful new programming for Religious Education this year?? Well we need your help — come be a part of it and join the Religious Education Committee! As our program is growing, so is our need for more members on the committee. If you have not served on this committee before, consider joining now — whether you are new to the program or your children have “graduated” long ago. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about and shape our dynamic programs and contribute to the growing vitality of the church in an important way. We meet once a month. And, because of our deeply spiritual and “whole person” approach to learning and growing, we do prefer to think of the program as religious exploration for us all. Come join us, we need your help! Contact Chris at or come speak with Susan Rosenblum or Sally Sweitzer, the co-chairs of the committee, during social hour.

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