We’re so glad you’re planning to join us! Here are a few things you can expect for your first visit…
Sunday, October 30th 4-6pm
We are looking forward to Halloween and everyone is invited! We will be doing all the traditional fun Halloween activities. There will be a haunted house, pumpkin craving, “tricks for treats” and, of course, the Ceilidh – a wonderful celebration with song and stories. But, this year we are combining all the activities into one, super-fun afternoon. So, bring your kids, your grand kids, your neighbor’s kids – everyone! Come in costume and enjoy the activities starting at 4 PM, followed by the Ceilidh at 5PM. Spread the word, this is going to be a fun, old-fashioned, family-style Halloween.
Children and youth programming has begun for the year, but no worries if you missed opening Sunday, our programming is designed to welcome new participants every week! We can hardly wait to share all that we have planned! Check out our new video Welcome to First Parish!
First Parish has a different theme each month. We build worship, children’s RE and other activities around this theme. We really like the feeling that we are all on the same page, upstairs and down, young and not so young! Our themes come from a new UU service called “Soul Matters.” Many UU churches have adopted the theme-based approach.
When I saw that November’s theme was to be “Story” I was so pleased. I love to tell stories. I think it is so much easier to remember a story that teaches a lesson, than a lesson that teaches a lesson. But I also love to listen to stories. It is by listening to others’ stories that strangers become not-so-strange. It seems especially important in these highly partisan and polarized times to take the time to listen to the stories others tell. It can be hard to really hear the story of someone who is different or doesn’t agree with you. But it is the only way we can ever heal this country or come together. I am taking it as a personal exercise in spiritual growth to seek out and really listen to the stories the people I disagree with tell. If you decide to try this exercise too, perhaps we can talk about it. In Faith, Ruth Owen, Director of Lifespan Education
A concert of Renaissance and Medieval music and verse will be presented at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at First Parish Church in Duxbury by the early music trio We Minstrels 3. We Minstrels 3, based on Martha’s Vineyard, consists of guitarist Eric Johnson, woodwind player Ed Merck and spoken word performer Niki Patton. They specialize in the music and poetry of the troubadours and minstrels who roamed Europe and England from the 12th through the 17th centuries.
The intimate, candlelight concert will recreate the informal spirit of the troubadours, with songs on themes of love, war and the human condition. We Minstrels 3 describe the program as “entertainment for the heart.” Among the composers represented will be the medieval master Bernard de Ventadour and the English poet and composer Thomas Campion.
Ed Merck, who plays recorders and the ancient instrument called the cornetto, has been an early music performer for the past 50 years, as well as having been chief financial officer at several universities and colleges. Eric Johnson is both a classical and jazz guitarist. He was an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music for eight years and has recorded numerous jazz albums. Niki Patton has been an actress and spoken word performer on the Vineyard for two decades.
First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist, is located on Tremont Street (Route 3A) at Depot Street in Duxbury, next to the Old Town Hall. A reception with the musicians will follow the concert. Tickets at $20 per person ($10 for teens and students, children under 12 free) are available in advance online at Eventbrite.com.