The Adult Programs Committee of First Parish welcomes you and invites all members and friends of the congregation to participate in our ongoing adult offerings. Below are our current programs.

Due to restrictions placed on group meetings and gatherings at the church imposed by the COVID pandemic, some adult programs may be on hiatus while others are being offered virtually. Contact each group or the church office for information regarding their current status.

You are invited to submit proposals to the committee for programs you would like to offer and lead at the church and those you would like to see offered but not necessarily lead. The committee reviews proposals, schedules programs for adults, and provides logistical support to implement them.

For further information, feel free to contact

Ruth Rose

Dave Horton

Connee Counts

Meg Newhouse

The committee looks forward to hearing from you and encourages you to bring programs for adults to First Parish!

First Parish Zoomtalks

As part of First Parish’s efforts to bring our community together during this time of physical distancing, we are implementing a weekly series of 15 to 30 minute Zoom talks by members of the congregation who will share their special expertise, followed by a Q&A and discussion.

To join our Tuesday Talks 2022 register to receive the ZOOM link. If you would like to present a ZOOM talk, contact the Adult Programs Committee.

Soul Matters Groups

These small groups engage with our monthly themes, led by our Soul Matters facilitators. Each group meets once or twice a month for reflection and discussion to deepen understanding of our shared faith as a community, as well as to support individuals in their own spiritual paths. To join a Soul Matters Group, contact Jane Beswick.

Creative Callings (Fiber Arts Group)

This is a drop-in group that meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays every month at 2:15-3:45. Bring your knitting, quilting, crocheting or other handwork project you are working on to this time of fellowship and shared creativity. Contact Karolyn Eisenstein for more information.

Meditation Group

This is a drop-in group that meets on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm. The format includes quiet meditation for 30 minutes followed by a brief reading by a group member and time for conversation. For more information, contact the church office.

Non-Fiction Book Group

This group meets on a monthly basis, usually on Wednesday evenings, for discussions about non fiction books.  Some of the books from the past year have included: The Boys in the Boat, Reclaiming Conversation, The Wright Brothers. 

For more information, please contact John Oberteuffer.

Small Group Potlucks

These potlucks occur in members homes on a monthly basis.  Twice a year, people are encouraged to sign up, stating their preferred day of the week and whether children will be included.  Those who signup are then assigned to one of several groups of 8-10 people.  The people in a group then gather for a potluck dinner in a member’s home once a month for four months.  The same people remain in each group for the four months.  These are a great way to connect with people others whom they may not know well. For more information, contact Linda Coyne.

Over 80s Group

For octogenarians and older, this monthly meetings take place in Parker Hall as 12:30 p.m. For more information, please contact the office.

Unity Group

Unity is a group formed from a combination of two long-standing women’s organizations: “Lend-a-Hand” and “First Parish Alliance”. The Unity Group is open to all members and friends of First Parish, and meets the second Monday of the month at 12:00 p.m. in Parker Hall. Contact the office to learn more.