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From the Archives… The Amazing Women of First Parish 1930’s – 1970’s (Part II)

This month we continue to recognize the Amazing Women of First Parish between 1930’s – 1970’s, although we all are aware that the women before and after those years also contributed significantly to our church.  There are photos and other information that are more easily enjoyed in our…

From the Archives… Our Amazing Women 1930’s – 1970’s

What would we do without women in our lives?  Although their voices were stifled for years in church and public meetings, the women of First Parish Church, similar to other churches around the country, developed a robust women’s group.  As we celebrate not only Mother’s Day this month,…

From the Archives… “Sunlight in the Sanctuary”

In what ways does our sanctuary enrich your worship experience? Its stunning and awe-inspiring wooden architectural designs combined with the gorgeous stained glass windows combine to remind me of God’s overwhelming love and beauty that abounds within us and around us. Feeling small, but safe, within its warm…

From the Archives… “The Clock in the Closet”

Can you imagine 1000-1200 people gathered in our church?  From the 1846 reports, on the 18th of March, it was estimated that these were the numbers of church and parish members gathered to dedicate our third Meeting House (sanctuary).  Our present church sits on the same site as…

From the Archives… “More on the Prayer Shawl Ministry”

Continuing our focus on the history of our prayer shawl ministry, little did Jackie Wild imagine what she started when she brought this significant ministry to First Parish Church in 2004. As she and Jane Primmer inspired other knitters to join them in creating prayer shawls for our…

From the Archives… “Prayer Shawl Ministry”

We are a congregation of generous and active people who contribute in meaningful ways by practicing our faith each day.  The focus of our archive display for January and February is our Prayer Shawl Ministry that was started in 2004 by the late Jacqueline Wild, the former spouse…

From the Archives… “The Labyrinth in the Woods”

After last month’s focus on the history of our indoor labyrinth, we will now turn our attention to the history of our outdoor labyrinth. Our archive display on both can be seen in the sanctuary through December.  Although our church and community have enjoyed our  Church’s indoor labyrinth…

From the Archives… “Our Indoor and Outdoor Labyrinths”

Nearly 25 years ago, Susan Fitzgerald, our Christian Education Director at the time, with the help of other members of our church decided to create an indoor labyrinth for anyone from our greater community to use.  Janet Galle, a member of our church, wrote an informative article for…

From the Archives… “Robert Peter Tristram Coffin”

Several weeks ago, in his sermon I Told Myself, Rev. Allen spoke about the poet Charles Wright who won the Pulitzer Prize for his work.  This reminded me that First Parish has its own Pulitzer Prize-winning poet—Robert Peter Tristram Coffin.  Some of you may know his poem, The…

From the Archives – “The Original Gentle Dove”

This is a photo of the original “Gentle Dove” weathervane that adorned our steeple when our Second Meeting House was built in 1806 and is an  artifact in the Pejebscot History Center collection. Our Sanctuary Archive Display is focused on the “Gentle Dove,” a copy of the large…