Six Chalice Circles and Covenant Groups provide small group ministry settings for groups of 7-12 members who meet one or two times per month. The goals of the Chalice Circles and Covenant Groups are twofold: to discuss spiritual topics, often in sync with the themes of the minister’s sermons; and to develop supportive friendship networks. This group program has been in existence for over 16 years, with three of the groups having been original groups with some rotation of members.

This year we will be starting Soul Matters, groups that meet monthly to engage with monthly themes that are used in worship, by our musicians, and by our Lifespan Religious Education program.

Many relative newcomers find these groups an easy way to become familiar with other First Parish members, and report that the experience is helpful in terms of feeling connected when in the larger congregation.