WORSHIP is for everyone at First Parish Church, Congregational, United Church of Christ. We're a multi-generational group who welcome people from all different backgrounds. Our church is accessible with a ramp and hearing assistance devices. We have cooling AC in the warmer months and abundant heat in the cooler months!
PARKING is available on the street as well as in front of, adjacent to, and behind the church. (It's one-way, so please enter from York Street to the right of the church, by Town Hall). Parking is also available across the street in the Museums of Old York parking lot on Lindsay Road. Handicapped parking is available.
HOW TO DRESS is up to you. Please wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. You'll see some people wearing jackets and ties and others in jeans and t-shirts.
CHILDREN are always welcome to stay in church for the Sunday service. Since we are a family-friendly church, we feature nursery care year round for children up to age 3. Our service features a children's message and church school for youth age 4 through grade 6 (Sept-June).
CHURCH SCHOOL is for children ages 4+. Youth usually stay with their families in church until after the children's message at which time they are escorted to church school. (You are free to accompany them and return to worship.) After worship, you can collect your children in the nursery or Fellowship Hall.
MUSIC is exceptional at First Parish. Our choirs sing September-June and we have wonderful soloists during the summer months.
No Matter Who You Are or Where You Are On Life's Journey, You Are Welcome Here!We
covenant with God and with one another as members of First Parish Church to be
an Open and Affirming Church. We affirm the dignity and worth of every
person created in the image of God. We are one body with many members: people
of every age, marital status, family structure, faith background,
physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and
expression, racial and cultural identity, and socio-economic status.
Guided by the Holy Spirit, we invite all into the full life, ministry, and
sacraments of the church. We honor the guiding principle that discrimination is
incompatible with Christ's message of unconditional love.
First Parish Church Vision and Mission StatementsFollowing the way of Jesus, we aspire to authentically invite, courageously include, and generously serve all with compassion and grace. Following the way of Jesus, we celebrate inspirational worship; create life-changing experiences for children, youth, families, and individuals; and practice meaningful congregational care. While respecting our diversity, we courageously advocate for justice and mercy, and intentionally respond to the needs of our community and the world.
"God is still speaking" is our way of saying that God is still active and speaking in the world today.
Together, we can bring Christ's word and work to the world.