February 27, 2020
Our church’s transition work is running full speed ahead as Spring approaches. Here’s the latest on the Interim Period effort:
February – Core Values: The exploration of First Parish Identity continues as members of the congregation discuss First Parish’s Core Values. By the end of the month, about 40 parishioners will have selected and prioritized five fundamental cornerstones of First Parish. In March, members of the Transition Team will be digesting this input and crafting a draft Values Statement. A parish-wide discussion about Values and a Values Statement will be offered after the service on Sunday, April 5th.
March/April – Who is our neighbor?: Where do church members have connections and relationships? How is our church perceived in our local community? What ways might First Parish be helpful to our community? What can we learn from our neighbors? These questions and more will be explored as members of First Parish connect with community groups and organizations through a series of community interviews.
Later this spring – FPL Mission and Vision: Stay tuned!
Through the Spring – Congregational Survey: In the coming months, the Transition Team will be designing the Congregational Survey, which focuses on what our church needs from our future ministry.
Sunday, March 15 at 4pm: Congregational Check In – A little over a year ago, we gathered in the Stearns Room to share reactions following Manish’s YouTube video. We invite you to join us on March 15th as we explore what’s changed, what might still be lingering and listen to one another as we share further thoughts and feelings on this topic or others. This discussion will be facilitated by Rev. Jenny and members of the Transition Team.
Sunday, April 5th at 11:30am: FPL Core Values Town Meeting – After receiving input from nearly 40 parishioners on First Parish Core Values, this parish wide gathering will provide a large group discussion of this important part of First Parish Identity.