Our Lay Ministers periodically lead Chalice Circles or other small groups that meet regularly over the period of several months on weekday evenings and/or weekday mornings. The lay minister guides the group through explorations and discussions of topics of spiritual, personal or social importance. Discussions center around topics such as “change” or “taking a stand.” There is no limit to the number of Chalice Circles people can join. For more information about scheduled Chalice Circles, visit our news and events page.
Evensong groups are also facilitated by our Lay Ministers from time to time. With slightly more structure than Chalice Circles, these groups may have some short assignments before each meeting for participants. Evensong is based on exploring our individual life journeys through sharing thoughts, experiences, and beliefs. For more information about scheduled Evensong groups, visit our news and events page.
Ceremonies for Life Passages
We have also designed ceremonies for other important life events, and would welcome the opportunity to design a ceremony with you. Our staff will work with you on both the spiritual and logistical aspects of the ceremonies.
Baby or Child Dedication
Instead of a traditional baptism, a Unitarian dedication and naming ceremony celebrates the dedication of the adults in a child’s life to nurturing a young life. A dedication ceremony involves parents and older siblings, and often includes recognition of other important adults in the child’s life. It is our joyful opportunity to welcome a new individual into the human community.
Our ministers celebrate weddings in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, emphasizing both the uniqueness of the couple and their commitment to one another. Couples of all faith traditions are welcome to be married here, in our serene and lovely sanctuary, with a Unitarian Universalist service designed for them in consultation with our minister. As a Welcoming Congregation, we gladly perform weddings for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples.
Memorial and Funeral Services
A memorial or funeral service in the Unitarian tradition is a celebration of the life that has ended. We consider it important that the family, friends and loved ones of a deceased person have an opportunity to recognize the gift that this person was to them. Our staff will meet with the family and create a ceremony which incorporates readings, music and ritual that are relevant to the wishes of the deceased and the family, and will assist them with all of the practical details of the service.
Other Rites of Passage
Many people wish to include a ceremony in their significant life passages. Our staff is willing to work with individuals to create memorable services for events such as adoption, reaffirming vows, dissolution of a relationship, coming of age, graduation or retirement.
Interested in a Ceremony?
If you may be interested in holding a ceremony at First Parish, you can find basic information here on our website about Weddings, Funerals and Memorials and Church Rentals. For more information or to schedule a ceremony at First Parish, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at (508) 358-6373 to speak with our Parish Administrator.
Please note: You need not be a member of our church, nor a Unitarian, to arrange for any of these ceremonies. You also need not abandon your personal faith.