Support Networks

Lay Pastoral Care

The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with our ministers to provide a listening presence to parishioners in need. Having completed training, these lay members visit those who—at times of joy, sorrow, or crisis—may wish a supportive visit or phone call. Parishioners may initiate visits themselves or be referred to a pastoral member by a minister.

Read more about the Lay Pastoral Care Team on the Committees page.

Caring Network

The Caring Network coordinates help for individuals and families of First Parish in times of crisis. The help comes in many forms and is designed to meet the family’s needs. This might include preparing and delivering meals, providing transportation, house cleaning, child care, and shopping. If you have time to help this community care for itself, call and volunteer. The monthly coordinator organizes helpers from a list of caring folks.

How to get on the list to give help or ask for some support? Contact the office at 781-275-7994 or call the Caring Network coordinator, whose name will appear in the current issue of our newsletter, The Parishioner.

Wellness Program

As part of the Parish Wellness program, on the first Sunday of each month (Oct. – June) you will find another Blood Pressure Clinic after the Sunday service – 11:00-11:50. Look for First Parish Nurses to be set up.

It’s a good idea to make a list of all the medications you take, over-the-counter (like vitamins and/or low-dose aspirin) as well as prescriptions–and bring it with you. Any questions? Our parish nurses will be glad to answer them. The visit only takes a few minutes, and the people are friendly–so you’ll get a relaxed BP reading. We also have those magnetic “pockets” for you to put on your refrigerator in case of emergency–with a form to fill in with medications and allergies and such, as well as other flyers of interest. If you’ve had your BP checked here before, bring your card with you so it can be updated with Sunday’s reading.

Small Group Ministry

If you are looking for ways to draw closer to people in the church community, to nourish your heart and spirit, and to engage your mind in stimulating conversation, our small group ministry program may be for you. Each small group consists of 6-10 people who meet regularly (usually 2 hours, twice a month). They discuss a topic intended to focus the group’s attention on things we have in common just by being human. Short readings and questions are provided. The point is to get to know one another and share our thoughts. The curriculum brings us closer together. In addition, it helps us “walk the talk” of Unitarian Universalism by fostering service to both the church community and the wider community. Groups are led by facilitators chosen from a pool of volunteers by the ministers. Facilitators open and close the meeting and help assure that all get a chance to participate with tact, openness, and respect. If you are interested in joining a group or would like more info, contact the church office.