Theme-based ministry

First Parish is currently in the second year of a 2-year trial of “themed ministry.” The approach weaves together worship, education, small group ministry, spiritual practices and other aspects of community life around common monthly themes. Themed church, we hope, will deepen our experience together and will illuminate the shared values in our faith tradition. Themes for the year include:

  • September: Hospitality

  • October: Resistance

  • November: Wholeness

  • December: Play

  • January: Right Relationship

  • February: Introspection

  • March: Thanksliving

  • April: Awe & Wonder

  • May: Global Kinship

  • June: Hope

To be clear, the goal is not that every sermon, class, hymn and lyceum will revolve around the theme. The staff, committees and members of First Parish will simply approach each month with a common intention. We will use this trial period to explore the possibilities of themed church and find a balance that is right for our community. We hope it will encourage us to plan effectively, to connect across church life, and to provide new opportunities for meaningful conversations and creativity.

More information about themed-based ministry can be found at: and at