Supporting First Parish

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!

Slices of First Parish



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.

Planned Giving

Please contact the church office for more information:



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:

Raised Hands

Sunday Morning Ushers, Coffee Team and Greet Newcomers


Contribute Focal Point or Flowers for Sunday Services


Offer to drive folks from Carleton-Willard Village
to First Parish for a Sunday Morning Service


Consider what your interests and available time may allow when you volunteer, but please jump in. All are welcome!


Possibilities include:

  • 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.


Welcome Table Greeters
Usher Duties and Responsibilities 2015-2
Sunday Morning Tasks – Coffee Prep
FPB Upstairs Coffee Directions
Community Hour Cheat Sheet


Did you know that you can support First Parish through your purchases of everyday necessities and gift items?


Amazon Smile

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.

Olive OilTeaCoffeeEqual Exchange Chocolate


A Meetinghouse & Its People – The Story of The First Parish in Bedford

By Sharon Lawrence McDonald

Meeting House Book CoverAs 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

First Parish T-ShirtAvailable for sale at the church office and on occasional Sundays, with all proceeds benefiting First Parish. For more information, please contact or call (781) 275-7994.

First Parish T-Shirt close-upThese colorful T-shirts are available in adult and children’s sizes. Logo on front, plain on back.





From The Common Cupboard CookbookCopies of the First Parish cookbook, “Recipes from the Common Cupboard” are still available!

Economic stimulus price $10 (originally $20).






PostcardPostcards 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

Journey into North America .   Journey in North America

“Edict of Torda” posters

Torda PosterSepia 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.



Edict Of Torda Order Form 2017