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Unity: An Act of Courage…

Posted by on Sep 22, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

“The People United Will Never Be Divided/Defeated” has been a battle cry for those who have fought for social justice around the world. It takes an act of courage to work towards unity in a world filled with privilege based on difference or does it? How do we imagine ways to work, live and play together based on a system that inherently excludes or includes based on one’s identity? Join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the Congregation of First Parish of Sudbury in better revealing, understanding and dismantling systems of oppression and privilege.

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This Week in Religious Exploration

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

  • Nursery care for children ages 0-4:

Nursery care is available during worship this weekend!

  • Religious Exploration for children and youth in grades K-8:

This Sunday, September 22, our all-ages Religious Exploration class will give students the opportunity to explore the idea of courage.  What does it mean to be courageous?  How can we harness the strength within ourselves to stand up for what we know is right, even when we feel afraid?  We will hear an African folk tale about a person who has to find the courage to overcome a very difficult obstacle, practice our own assertiveness skills through role-playing games, and create art that allows us to explore and express situations when we need to have courage in our own lives.

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Volunteering in the Religious Exploration Program

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in General News, Religious Exploration

The Religious Exploration Program is actively seeking volunteers for this year!

Volunteering in the RE program is rewarding and fun, and it’s also a wonderful way to contribute to our congregation!  We have a number of volunteer slots available this fall!  Here are some of our exciting volunteer roles:

  1. Teaching Religious Exploration classes to students in grades K-3 or 4-8: Jenna will have your lesson plans and materials prepared and set up in the classroom for you each week!
  2. Helping in the First Parish Nursery with children ages 0-4: Please help to care for our youngest children during worship services!  We have a lovely nursery classroom and lots of toys and crafts to entertain little ones!
  3. Helping with the Junior Youth Group’s Social Justice Outings: Our Youth Coordinator, Sonia Prince, will be leading Junior Youth outings throughout the year, and we welcome all volunteers who are interested in working with our youth to make positive change in our community!
  4. Leading a special Share A Talent class: Do you have a talent, interest or hobby that you would be willing to share with our students? Jenna will help you to plan a lesson around it!
  5. Helping with our Children’s Choir classes on special Arts Sundays: Musicians, please come and share your musical talents with our children!

Please contact Jenna Kyes, Director of Religious Exploration, at or visit our Religious Exploration sign-up page if you are interested in volunteering this fall!

Important:  Please note that every adult volunteering in the RE program must have an updated CORI check on file with First Parish of Sudbury before they are able to work with the children and youth.

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October 19 – Harvest Fair

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Community, General News

First Parish of Sudbury invites the community to its 118th annual Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 19, from 10 am to 3 pm. Featuring activities to entertain the entire family!

While Harvest Fair was traditionally a craft fair, it’s now a diverse event for the young and not so young! Visit the Enchanted Garden and build a fairy house; join in on a collaborative art project bird house; paint a pumpkin to take home; bid on exciting items at the Silent Auction; visit environmental and agricultural booths; and enjoy home-baked goodies and jams, fresh soups, and bread all while listening to great live music!

Start cooking! Go shopping! If you are looking for ways to contribute, some things you can do to help now include:

  • The Harvest is here and it is time for making jams, jellies and pickles. Put a few jars aside to sell for FPS.  Some baked goods freeze very well, like pumpkin bread or coffee cake, so baking ahead is a big help!  Please plan to bake the week before the event, and sign up with our Bake Sale Coordinator, Toni Trone.
  • All the items purchased and collected by us will be organized into baskets for the Silent Auction.  Last year this was a successful fundraiser.  So enjoy shopping for items that can be included in Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving themed baskets.  For more a more specific shopping list, please see below for donation suggestions.
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Speak your Truth in Love…

Posted by on Sep 15, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

In a country where hateful rhetoric is being flung back and forth on social media one has to wonder where is the “high ground?” How can we speak our minds and share our beliefs in meaningful ways that are not offensive or aimed to exclude rather than include? This Sunday join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty in finding ways to share our beliefs in patient and peaceful ways.

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RE Program Open House this Sunday!

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

Come learn about our religious exploration programs at First Parish of Sudbury during our Open House this Sunday, Sept. 15, at 9:00 a.m. Religious Exploration at First Parish nurtures the spiritual growth of children and youth from infancy through high school, supporting them as they build a loving community, explore world religions and faith traditions, seek truth and meaning, and work together to make positive change in the world. You will have an opportunity to meet our new Director of Religious Exploration, Jenna Kyes and visit our classroom spaces and register for classes. Open to the public.  For more information please visit:, on Facebook: First Parish of Sudbury, or call (978) 443-2043.

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