Welcome to First Parish in Lincoln! We are so glad you are interested in joining us for worship or one of our many programs. Please know that we have cancelled all in-person gatherings for the time being due to COVID-19, but we remain a vibrant and active community online! Thank you for taking the time to get to know us, and we hope to see you at one of our virtual worship services or summer programs on Zoom.
Take a look around our website, and if you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you come to our 10:00AM worship service on Sunday, we hope you will feel comfortable and welcome. Our ushers greet all attendees and visitors, provide them with an Order of Service, and guide them to any seat they prefer. Visitors may choose to make themselves a name tag so others can greet them by name.
Services typically last about an hour. Casual dress is the norm for most Sunday services — whatever you are comfortable in is just fine.
FPL welcomes young families, and children are free to stay for the duration of the service if they choose; there are “activity bags” available to engage toddlers. We also offer childcare for toddler and preschool-aged children beginning at 9:45 a.m. in the Parish House at 14 Bedford Road (the stone building up the hill from the Sanctuary). You are welcome to keep your child/children with you in the Sanctuary during worship, or you may retire to the Stearns Room behind the sanctuary and view the service on a video feed.
A typical service includes organ prelude and postludes, choral selections by the church choir, church related announcements, a time for silent and spoken prayer, an offering, a sermon, and three hymns sung by the congregation at different times during the service. Three times a year a simple “communion” service is offered on the first Monday of the month.
Following the conclusion of each service, we offer a popular coffee hour at which all may meet to socialize. This is a great opportunity to mingle, ask questions, and get to know our congregation.
Our Sanctuary is located near the intersection of Bedford Road and Old Lexington Road in Lincoln, MA, across from the town’s Public Library. Our Parish House is north of there, at 14 Bedford Rd. There is ample parking around the Parish House, as well as a few spaces across from the Sanctuary, and along Library Lane.
Off-street parking is limited to the Parish House parking lot at 14 Bedford Road; a short walk downhill on a paved path will take you to the Sanctuary. A number of accessible parking spaces are available in defined areas along Bedford Road across from the Sanctuary. Space is also available on neighboring roads.
A number of accessible parking spaces are available in defined areas along Bedford Road across from the Sanctuary.
The entry at the rear of our Sanctuary–the Stearns Room entrance–can be reached via a level, wheelchair-friendly path, and there is ample space for wheelchairs within the Sanctuary itself, along with accessible restrooms. The Parish House is similarly equipped, with an entryway ramp on the north side of the building. Wheelchair-accessible pews and seating areas can be found in the front of the Sanctuary on either side of the pulpit.
Assisted listening devices are available at our worship services upon request – ask an usher, or look for the basket at the front lobby (or “narthex”) of the Sanctuary to be provided a wireless headset.