As a large and vital church, there are many ways we care for one another at First Parish.
The ministers offer counseling, hospital or home visits, phone calls, and are always available to respond when called. Please call the church office (978-369-9602) to schedule an appointment or email the ministers directly:
Pastoral Care Council
Pastoral Care Lay Ministers
- Food Delivery: Bev Bringle, Petra Betts, Marion Stanley, and Pat Kane
- Notes: Kitsy Rothermel
- New Baby Welcomers: Louisa Paushter and Bridget Neale Paris
- Pastoral "Thinking of You" Note Cards: Kathleen Elcox
- New Baby Blankets: created by Kitsy Rothermel
- Shawl Ministries: Regina Hugendubler
Beginning the first Sunday of Advent through the month of December, a memorial wreath stands in front of the Sanctuary. Parishioners are invited attach ribbons to acknowledge a loved one who has died.
Pastoral Care offers workshops on aging, preparing for death, living well and communicating with compassion. See the Meetinghouse News for more information.
Pastoral Note Cards
Note cards are available during the Sunday coffee hour in the Parlor. Parishioners can take the opportunity to write a caring note to a congregant who was remembered on the Pastoral List prior to silent meditation during the Sunday service. It will be mailed for you.
Pastoral Care Lending Library
The Pastoral Care Lending Library is a self-serve library, located in the hallway leading to the Peter Bulkeley room, available to all parishioners. The Library List of its contents is posted on this website.
Pastoral Care On-Line Resource Library
The Pastoral Care On-Line Resource Library on this website, provides links to resources for individuals, families and caregivers.
My Religious Faith Is Important to Me
If part of conveying your wishes is making sure that First Parish in Concord is contacted in case of your bereavement, serious illness, hospitalization, or death, then you should communicate your wishes to your loved ones or representatives who will speak for you. To facilitate that process we’ve developed a simple form, “My Faith Community is Important to Me.”
Download this form, print it out, fill it out, and save it with your other important documents. If you reside in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility make this form available to your caregivers there.
The form provides those who care for and about you with the contact information for First Parish in Concord. It will be easy for them to let us know of your situation, and we will follow up with you.
Personal Information Form
This form is of help to members, their families, and their ministers. In the event of serious accident, illness or death, when immediate family members are not nearby, First Parish is often expected to serve as an information source.
This information is kept in a confidential file and only accessed if and when needed. Some items are merely “memory joggers” and may remind you to review documents you have in your own files. Please fill out this form to any extent you wish, and send to the attention of one of our ministers. It is also helpful to keep a copy of the completed form with your own personal papers.
Note that this PDF has form fields, so it can be filled out in Acrobat or other PDF apps, then printed for your signature.
Memorial Service Guide – Typical Order of Service
This is a typical Order of Service for a Memorial Service held at First Parish.
It may be change or modified, but gives you, your family and loved ones a place to start in thinking about your Memorial Service. It is helpful to everyone if your wishes are known. If you want to record and convey your wishes for your Memorial Service please use the “Personal Information Form” above to do so. Let one of the ministers know if you would like to talk about your memorial service or if you would like a hard copy of either form.
Small Group Ministry Program and Covenant Groups
Small Group Ministry and the Covenant Groups provide a safe and caring way for small groups of members and friends of the congregation to come together and explore the greater meanings of our life.
The Small Group Ministry Program will begin in October 2015. Small Group Ministry groups will meet during a term of four months with a trained facilitator. At the core of each meeting is a topic or activity that serves as a spring-board for reflection on deeper issues of who we are and what gives our lives meaning. Topics cover a range of spiritual and experiential themes such as Forgiveness, Creativity, Mentors, Conscious Consuming, Gratitude, Doubt.
Covenants Groups are established long-term groups that have been meeting for years. For additional information on existing Covenant Groups see the listing on the Spiritual Deepening and Fellowship of this website.
First Tuesday 65+ Group
Each meeting includes a time of focused sharing and a topic for facilitated discussion. The Tuesday Group meets the first Tuesday of the month 1:30-3:00 p.m., don’t worry about your age, all welcome, you determine whether the topic is for you. Hope to see you there!
Tuesday Group Steering Committee: Berni Jenkins, Bob Andrews, Mary Clark, Dave Dawson, Susan Dobbie, Patricia Ellis, Bill Maxwell, Jack Nevison and Virginia Taylor
By Your Side Singers
Singing and pastoral care join together in the By Your Side Singing group. The group meets the first and third Thursdays at First Parish from 7:30 to 9:00 PM under the direction of Beth Norton, Music Director. You do not need to be a member of the Adult Choir to participate. The By Your Side Singers provide pastoral care through life’s transitions by singing rounds, chants, lullabies, choral music, hymns and spirituals to parishioners in their homes or at the hospital.
How Can You Be Involved?
You are encouraged to let us know, through the ministers, the church office, or one of the groups above, when you or someone you know is in need of support.