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COVID Policies

The Reopening Task Force met this week in order to consider next steps regarding the Covid 19 pandemic. They recognize the substantial decrease in cases in our area in recent weeks, as well as the risk of a subsequent future wave. Similarly, they recognize that amongst members of the congregation there is a wide range of personal risk tolerance and comfort levels. Given that, the Task Force is looking to take cautious, sequential steps toward re-opening that will be responsive to people’s very understandable wish to return closer to normal without alarming too many others. 

The Task Force is recommending at this time that congregants be allowed to sing during worship services while remaining masked and socially distanced, beginning on March 27. Everyone attending is encouraged to utilize high quality N-95 or KN-95 masks while in the sanctuary (and such masks will be provided to those in need).

Small groups that meet on church property, and church staff, will become mask-optional, in accord with the recently modified Town of Lincoln Masking Policy. Groups are encouraged to be respectful of each member’s position in this regard.

The RE program will become mask optional for children ages 5 and up, in accord with the Lincoln Public Schools masking protocol.  Children between the ages of 2 and 5 will continue to be expected to mask, consistent with the policies of the Lincoln Nursery School and the Weston Wing Preschool. 

The Task Force will continue to keep close tabs on the state of Covid in our community, and hope to be able to keep taking steps in this positive direction!

Worship at First Parish

Offered every Sunday at 10 a.m. from September through June, weekly services feature timely, thought-provoking sermons, stirring choral and instrumental music, and a high level of participation from parishioners. Each Sunday a parishioner leads a portion of the service and delivers a pastoral prayer.

The month’s services are often built around a central theme, and some Sundays include communion. Each service includes time for both spoken and silent meditation and prayer. Flowers may be given by members of the congregation in memory of a loved one. The Director of Religious Education offers a Time for All Ages reflection, providing children with a transition to their church school class. (Learn more in ‘Children, Youth & Families.’)

Special services throughout the year include Winter Solstice, Christmas Eve, Easter, and a spring coffee house hour of music. Guest ministers occasionally lead worship.

Our members and friends come to church on Sunday for many reasons: they seek a place for spiritual and intellectual contemplation, a place to find community, a diversity of backgrounds and beliefs, a space in which to celebrate joys, cope with loss, marvel at the world, and laugh together.