Every “slice of life” at First Parish depends on the generosity and active participation of our members and friends. Whether it’s your time, talents, or financial support, your contribution can make a difference!
Donation with Paypal
If you would like to support the work of this congregation with a one-time donation online via Paypal, please click on the “Donate” button below.
Please contact the church office for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Parish offers many opportunities to deepen our commitment to each other and the wider world by sharing our time, gifts and talents. Worshipping, working and playing together is what makes our community a very special place.
Learn more about helping out at First Parish
To volunteer using the following links:
Consider what your interests and available time may allow when you volunteer, but please jump in. All are welcome!
- Organizing or helping with individual events, Sunday services, pot lucks
- Ushering at Sunday services
- Making and serving coffee on Sunday mornings
- Helping out at the Annual Plant & Craft Fair and other FP fundraisers
- Committing to help out on a regular schedule
- Serving on a committee
- Assisting in the Sunday School
- Reaching beyond First Parish, by connecting with the larger community
- Taking part in one of many Social Action Projects
- Discovering more about UUs through our New England Region’s events or the UUA
- Visiting our Partner Church in Transylvania
There are so many benefits all around when you participate more fully in the life of First Parish.
Did you know that you can support First Parish through your purchases of everyday necessities and gift items?
If you’re going to shop on Amazon anyhow, why not give a boost to First Parish while you’re at it?
Fair-trade coffee, tea, chocolate, and olive oil
Get your caffeine and chocolate fix from a socially responsible source, Equal Exchange, sold at coffee hour most Sundays. Also available for sale are 750mL bottles of extra virgin olive oil. First Parish receives 20% of the proceeds from all sales of these items.
A Meetinghouse & Its People – The Story of The First Parish in Bedford
By Sharon Lawrence McDonald
As its Town Historian, Sharon McDonald has an impressive amount of knowledge about the town of Bedford. … Sharon is a wonderful storyteller, and in her special way she has woven all of this into a narrative that is both informative and entertaining. Highly recommended!
—Don Corey, President, Bedford Historical Society
These accounts of First Parish history enable all of us to have been here forever, or at least since 1729. Of the personages we may never have heard, and we may share no blood lineage, but these are our ancestors now!
In their accomplishment and anxiety, their oddity and aspiration, their frustration and foible, their plodding and marching and day after day walking together, may we see a resemblance to ourselves. Amidst the ordinary and the momentous, may they teach us perseverance and the long view.
—John E. Gibbons
First Parish T-shirts, Cookbooks, and Postcards
Available for sale at the church office and on occasional Sundays, with all proceeds benefiting First Parish. For more information, please contact email@example.com or call (781) 275-7994.
These colorful T-shirts are available in adult and children’s sizes. Logo on front, plain on back.
Copies of the First Parish cookbook, “Recipes from the Common Cupboard” are still available!
Economic stimulus price $10 (originally $20).
Postcards of First Parish from original paintings by Bedford artist Anne MacRae MacLeod
4 for $1.00
Journey in North America / Utazás Észak-Amerikában
Honoring “the transformative power of pilgrimage,” Rev.John Gibbons arranged re-publication of Journey in North America, a facsimile copy of the 1834 first edition in Hungarian, and an English translation with an introductory essay.
Sándor Bölöni Farkas or Alexander Farkas (1795–1842) was the first Hungarian Unitarian to visit America. Traveling in 1831, he described the United States as a wonderland, and highly praised American democracy. Like deToqueville (whom he met in Boston), Bölöni’s writings furthered democratic agitations in Europe and the Revolutions of 1848. More radical than the Catholic deToqueville, Bölöni’s book was banned by the Roman Catholic Church in 1834.
The new publications are available at First Parish in Bedford’s church office as a two-volume set (English and Hungarian) for $30 or, singly, for $20.
Please call the Church Administrator at 781-275-7994, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Edict of Torda” posters
Sepia print 16″x20″ of Aladar Korosfoi-Kriesch’s famous painting of Francis David and the 1568 Proclamation of Religious Freedom at Torda, Transylvania. Key and history included. $20 includes shipping & handling.
Sales of this poster will benefit The Hungarian Unitarian Church, The UU Partner Church Council, and The Bedford-Abásfalva partnership.
Please download and print the form below to purchase.