Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 4/27/2018

Weekly Link 4-27-18


This Week in Worship

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Theme: Transformation
Worship at 10:30 am in the Meetinghouse

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Rev. Lisa Ward

I look forward to returning this Sunday for the Coming of Age worship service. The youth, the mentors, the DRE, the RE Youth staff and co-leader Paul Casaz have journeyed well together this last year. I have also thoroughly enjoyed the monthly meetings with parents of the Coming of Age youth as their care, curiosity and candor enlivened our gathering. Hearing the faith musings of our youth is one of the more moving worship services of the year. Not to be missed!Religious Exploration

Blessings, Rev. Lisa

Religious Exploration

Laurel Whitehouse, Director of Religious Exploration

  • Nursery and toddler care is available every week in the Link hallway from 10:15 to 11:45 am. This week our caregivers are Daisy and Toya. Stop by and say hello!
  • Religious Exploration for Sunday, April 29: Preschool children through grade 8 will attend the first part of the worship service in the Meetinghouse and then preschool to grade 5 children will move to their classrooms. Please note that classes end at 11:40 am.
  • Preschool through grade 2 will be enjoying the Spirit Play program in the Preschool classroom. This week’s story will be “The Hundredth Name.” Grades 3 through 5 will be exploring the Super Heroes: Bible People curricula, meeting in the Children’s Church. This week will continue the story of Jesus the Traveling Teacher and then move on to learn about Esther. Grades 6 through 8 will remain in the Meetinghouse for the full Coming of Age service today.
  • Register your child or youth! The Religious Education Committee requests all families to register their children and youth. Paper registration forms are available on the RE bulletin board in the Link hallway.
  • Registration is now underway for the fall religious exploration program! Forms available at social hour.

Youth Yacking

Sara Elizabeth Santa Cruz, Youth Advisor

It seems hard to believe, but this weekend marks the end of our formal Coming of Age journey! Though we all will continue to learn and grow beyond this curriculum, this weekend marks a celebration of the learning done thus far.

Friday, April 27th, 6:30pm, Potluck Dinner!

Families, youth, and mentors are invited to attend this celebration of the hard work our youth have done this year with the guidance of their mentors. We will not only be breaking bread but also doing final reviews of credos, so youth are asked to make sure they have their final credos with them at this dinner.

Sunday, April 29th, Coming of Age Service

  • 8:30am, youth are asked to come to church in order to practice and rehearse for the service.
  • 10:30am, we will have the Coming of Age service! Afterwards, join us for social hour to commemorate the growth and learning that we shared!

Events, News and Announcements


Summer is coming! And that means lay-led summer services at 9:30 am in The Children’s Church. Is there some aspect of your spiritual journey that you have wanted to share with the congregation? Is there some part of your social action work that you would like to present to others? This is your chance! Please email Mallory Digges ( if you have interest in leading a service.

The Worship Committee is holding seven roundtable conversations with members of First Parish on this important question: Should the cross be the central focal point of our worship space? Please go to to participate in one of these conversations. There will be up to 8 people in each conversation and two facilitators from the Worship Committee. We hope everyone will participate. If needed, we will add more dates for the end of May and June.

Help the Mattapan Milton Neponset Community (MMNC) on Sat morning April 28 to clean two community locations.

To register and for more info email Louis Pierro.

Ryan Playground, River Street, Mattapan:

– Meet at 8:45AM

– We will clean the Neponset Greenway Extension path in 2 directions: towards Mattapan Square and towards Central Avenue, Milton

– Collaborating with the Milton Department of Public Works

Kennedy Playground, Edgewater Drive, Mattapan:

– Meet 9AM-1PM

– We will clean the path in 2 directions: towards Mattapan Square and towards Hyde Park

– Collaborating with the Edgewater Neighborhood Association, the Neponset River Watershed Association, and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 3:00 – 6:00PM

Active Bystander Training First Parish Milton, 535 Canton Ave. Spots are limited: see us at the SAC table at coffee hour for more info.

Monday, April 30th, 7:00 – 9:00PM At Milton High School (25 Gile Road)

Panel discussion with Boston Globe “Spotlight” Reporter, Adrian Walker on the Globe’s series confronting racism and racial disparities in Boston.

Neponset Greenway ribbon-cutting and community celebration

Saturday May 12th at 12-3pm on and around the Neponset Greenway near Ryan Playground and the Harvest Bridge

The celebration will include a family friendly bike ride, craft & art making, an array of musical performances, walks on the path, and ribbon-cutting with elected officials.

Please join us for the 22nd Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace: “Dignity and Compassion for All”

Please join us for the 22nd Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace: “Dignity and Compassion for All”

The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace is a celebration of our potential to create more peaceful communities. Every year families from across the state and region walk together toward peace. Join us on Mother’s Day to demand dignity and compassion for all families impacted by murder.

The Mother’s Day Walk is also the Peace Institute’s most important fundraising event. We’re asking you to invest in community-based solutions to a complex problem.

All walkers must register. Registration cost this year is $10 per walker, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Town Field Park, Dorchester Ave, Fields Corner, Dorchester, MA

  • Registration Begins: 7:00 am—Meet at church 7:30 am to drive over together, or meet us there—look for our FP Milton sign
  • Opening Remarks: 8:00 am
  • Walk Begins: 8:30 am
  • Finish at Government Center: approx. 1pm. You don’t have to walk it all! Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.

How can you sign up?

Go to and register as a participant to join in our team, First Parish Milton. As this is a fundraiser, we are also seeking donations.

What is our fundraising goal?

We’d like to raise $1000 for the Louis D Brown Peace Institute.

We’d also like to have at least 50 walkers signed up from First Parish!

Please join us!

MainSpring in Brockton

The Social Action Committee is seeking volunteers to prepare and serve dinner at MainSpring in Brockton on Sunday, May 20 from 3PM-6PM. Sign up at the Social Action table during social hour or email Peter.


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Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Other times by appointment


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Other times by appointment

The Church office is closed on Fridays

Sundays through mid June

  • Worship, 10:30 am in the Meetinghouse
  • Choir Rehearsal (most Sundays) at 8:45 am
  • Silent Prayer & Meditation, 9:00am in the Children’s Church


Silent Prayer & Meditation, 7:00 pm in the Children’s Church (Note new time)

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