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First Parish Launches Meetinghouse of Sudbury & Online Apparel Store!

Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 in Community, General News, Stewardship

In order to protect the historic legacy of our Sudbury Town Center, the members of the First Parish of Sudbury are pleased to invite you to become a Friend of the Meetinghouse on the Sudbury Common! Our hope is that those who have had an opportunity to be sheltered in the prodigious arms of this historic Meetinghouse, and find its presence comforting and an important part of the Historic Sudbury Town Center, will be inspired to join us on the journey of its care. The members of First Parish have been the consistent caretakers of the Meetinghouse’s for over 375 years. After embarking over the last several years on greening the Meetinghouse with solar panels, a new state-of-the-art kitchen, and several landscape additions, we would like to invite all who benefit from our Meetinghouse to feel inspired to contribute to its further upkeep by contributing to a Meetinghouse Preservation Fund and becoming a Friend of the Meetinghouse of Sudbury.

Support the Meetinghouse today with the purchase of Historic Sudbury gear for the entire family! Proceeds from apparel sales will support the painting, restoration of the bell tower, and ongoing maintenance of the Meetinghouse.

The online store is open through Sunday, December 22, and all orders will be shipped directly to the address of your choice early in the new year.

Enjoy shopping for the Meetinghouse, and THANK YOU for your support!

Shop The Meetinghouse Online Apparel Store!

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Celebrate the Holidays at First Parish!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2019 in General News

First Parish of Sudbury invites the community to celebrate the Holidays! All events are open to the public.

December 21 – Yule Festival

Please join us for the Earth Centered traditions group’s annual Winter Solstice Ritual.  We will celebrate the Shortest Day of the year on Saturday, December 21 at 6 pm.  We turn the wheel of the year and bring back the sun, a chance to leave things in the old year and gather others for the new.  The ritual will be followed by a pot luck feast and carols in the Parish Hall. For more information, click here.

December 24 – Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, First Parish will host two special services. Join First Parish for a Family Service at 5 pm featuring an interactive pageant, holiday hymns, and special performances by the First Parish Children’s Choir. At 7pm, a traditional Christmas Eve service will be held featuring the First Parish Choir, carols, hymns, traditional Christian readings, and stories. Both services will conclude with a candle-lit singing of Silent Night.

December 25 – Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, at 10 am, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will host an informal service and breakfast by the fireplace, in the Parish’s Brackett Room, filled with singing and good cheer.

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Friday, December 6 – Student Climate Strike

Posted by on Dec 3, 2019 in General News

First Parish of Sudbury invites the community to take part as it joins the Global Student Climate Strike on Friday, December 6, 2019. Join First Parish at 11 am to make posters and then demonstrate in the center of Sudbury at 327 Concord Road, Sudbury, from noon to 1:30 pm.

First Parish will provide supplies to make posters.

Contact the First Parish office at  978-443-2043 for further information.

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December 8 – Revelry Sunday

Posted by on Nov 26, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

First Parish of Sudbury invites the community to its Revelry Sunday Service on December 8, 2019, at 10 am. The service, which honors earth-centered traditions, will be filled with dancing, reveling, and the reenactment of ancient rituals originally designed to bring back the sun and ensure the rebirth of the natural world, at this time of year when we experience the longest night.

The service will be filled with music and dance by both the youth and senior youth Morris dance groups and First Parish Choir, and the congregation is welcome to join in the music.

Leading the service will be First Parish dance master Tom Kruskal and Minister of Music Debra Morris-Bennett.

The Morris Dancers welcomes new participants to First Parish. Hopbrook Morris and Sword, for 9-13 year-olds, takes place on Sundays, from 11:30 am- 1 pm and Great Meadows Morris and Sword for 13-18 year-olds takes place on Sundays from 4:45 – 6:45 pm.

The time of the year around the Winter Solstice is rich in Rituals and Traditions, many of which are quite old. Today we celebrate our 30th First Parish Sudbury Revelry service, begun here by Tom Kruskal and his children’s Hop Brook Morris team back in 1990. It was in turn an offshoot of the annual Cambridge Christmas Revels first performed at Harvard’s Sanders Theater in 1971. This year, after several years of creative innovations involving Greek gods, rock music and such, we are going back to the basic old English traditions, to better remember where this all comes from.

The elements of tradition are rituals. The four candlesticks today were also created in 1990 for use in Earth Centered rituals performed here most years, and are rooted in pagan traditions going back into the 1800s.

The Horn Dance we just witnessed is from the village of Abbotts Bromley in Staffordshire England where it is performed each year. The antlers they use have been carbon dated to the 11th century and it is speculated that the dance in some form originated there in pagan, Anglo-Saxon times. The term “Morris Dancing” only dates back to the 15th century but dances of this sort seem to be much older.

The word Wassail comes from an Anglo-Saxon greeting meaning “be in good health”. Wassailing is an old tradition connected with Mummers Plays such as ours today, which were first mentioned in 1296. The Boar’s Head Carol we will sing next dates to the 15th century and also has ancient Anglo-Saxon roots.

So point made, this stuff is very old. Why do we still do them? These rituals have been passed down through many hands from generation to generation, smoothed and honed by endless repetition into forms that somehow resonate with who we are as human beings and children of Earth. They are therefore beautiful. And in a time like ours where so much changes so quickly, they reconnect us to our past and to our deep human roots and, Fates willing, to a long, bright future.

But enough record quoting and theory, Let the rituals speak for themselves!

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Sunday, November 24 – Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in General News

The Sudbury Clergy Association invites the community to an Interfaith Thanksgiving service on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at 4 pm, at First Parish of Sudbury.

Clergy from Congregation Beth El, First Parish of Sudbury, Memorial Congregational Church, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, the Presbyterian Church of Sudbury, St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Sudbury United Methodist Church, and Wayland Islamic Center will be co-leading the service, and the service will include prayers for the world, by all participating clergy.

Sudbury’s Chief of Police, Scott Nix, will speak on gratitude, and the offering will be donated to MCC’s food assistance program.

The Sudbury Clergy Association is a community of religious professionals who serve the eleven faith communities in Sudbury and meet monthly to seek ways to serve one another, their congregations,
and the community while striving for the greater good.

Please join us!

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