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First Parish Recent News

Jane Hagness Welcomed as New Minister of Music

March 12, 2017

On Sunday, March 12, The Minister of Music Search Committee announced that Dr. Jane Hagness will be the new Minister of Music for First Parish Church. She was the unanimous selection of the committee and will join the staff on July 1, 2017. Jane is a conductor, organist and lyric soprano. She has earned a… MORE

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Vision Alive

March 8, 2017

On Sunday, March 5th, First Parish continued the celebration of the church’s 300th Anniversary by exploring a vision from our church that has become a cherished part of the church’s history and shaped the history of the U.S. Harriet Beecher Stowe was a guest in pew 23 of First Parish Church in 1851 when she… MORE

First Parish Embarks on Capital Campaign

February 6, 2017

From Margo Knight, Church Council Chair, to the First Parish Community: On January 29, our congregation voted to enter our fourth century with a bold step. We will undertake a $2.5 million capital campaign to update our facilities in order to help fulfill our mission and our strategic plan. As you are aware, our congregation… MORE

30 of 300: Anniversary Year Kicks Off with Celebration of Ray Cornils

January 24, 2017

On January 22nd, First Parish Church launched our 300 Years On the Way with a fitting party: the celebration of Minister of Music Ray Cornils’s 30th Anniversary with the Church. Ray will be retiring from his ministry closer to our official 300th anniversary, but this day was a chance to enjoy the ways we have sung together as a… MORE

Solstice Labyrinth Walk Draws Community to the Center

December 22, 2016

A vision for light in the night led one First Parish family to create an event that gathered almost a hundred friends and community members to walk the Labyrinth in the Woods on the night of December 21st, the winter solstice. Sarah Rodgers, a First Parish member, shared her family’s tradition of a solstice candle-light walk… MORE

Advent 2016 Schedule

December 1, 2016

Join us throughout the seasons of Advent and Christmas as we gather, pray, and sing our way through the days… as we read together prophetic words that have drawn us to new life and awareness of “God with us” through the ages. Unless otherwise noted, services begin at 10a in the sanctuary. Advent Study with Mary… MORE

FPC and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Dedicate Labyrinth

May 11, 2016

On Saturday, May 14th, from 1pm to 4pm First Parish Church and the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust will celebrate the formal opening of the Labyrinth in the Woods honoring the life and ministry of long-time Labyrinth and Christian Education leader, Susan Fitzgerald. All are welcome to explore this community offering, on that day or any day from dawn… MORE

31st Summer Organ Concert Series Announced

May 4, 2016

First Parish Church is pleased to announce our 31st Annual Summer Organ Concert Series. Beginning Tuesday, July 12 and continuing through August 16, this weekly series of six noontime concerts will feature outstanding local and international organists. All concerts will be on the church’s 1883 Hutchings, Plaisted & Company pipe organ, which was restored by the Andover Organ Company… MORE

First Parish Team joins Pilgrim Lodge Jump Start Day

April 30, 2016

Members of First Parish joined teams from other churches of the Maine Conference United Church of Christ at the Pilgrim Lodge “Jump Start Weeekend,” preparing the UCC camp for a summer full of adventures in creation and the Spirit! Thank you to all who helped on behalf of the many who will be welcomed at… MORE

Welcome to Confirmands of 2016!

April 14, 2016

On April 10th, 14 young people confirmed the promises of their baptisms and became full members of First Parish Church. The Confirmation worship and celebration comes as the culmination of a year long process of learning, exploration, and discernment with pastors, parents, adult mentors, and each other. Though not all young people in the program… MORE

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