Rev. Dan King Services incorporate a wide variety of traditional and contemporary liturgies and forms, featuring instrumental and choral music coordinated by our talented Music Director, Dr. Randy McGee; it is also our tradition to offer refreshments and conversation in the Beal House parish fellowship hall following each service.
Our experienced professional Director of Religious Education, Dr. Kate Sullivan, a psychologist with special expertise in child development, works with well-qualified and trained staff volunteers to provide guidance to youth activities and small group programs like Spirit Play for children in the Beal House. Quality nursery care for infants and toddlers is always provided concurrent with worship services (10:30-11:45 am.)
Sample special programs: various Youth Groups; several Women’s Spirituality focus groups, two Wednesday morning and evening crafting groups; two Men’s Groups; and various Spiritual, Seeker, and Covenant Group opportunities from time to time. Ongoing Social Action activities and sponsorships for justice programs in local, national, and international contexts are also important elements for the congregation’s mission focus.
Many significant community activities are also co-sponsored and/or housed at the Beal House Sampson Hall facility on a regular basis: The South Shore Folk Music Club (nearly 40 years of concerts and coffeehouse performances with us), Kingston Library speakers and monthly “Locavore” programs, several Girl Scout troops, and six different weekly twelve-step groups.
Sunday parking is available in two large lots adjacent to the Beal House directly across from the sanctuary at 222 Main Street, as well as a dozen spaces of on-street parking on the west side of Green Street (on the Town Green) and ADA-accessible parking and ramp on the north side of Main Street immediately adjacent to the church.
In faith and hope- Rev. Dan (The Reverend)
Frances Scheid Pickett
CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE
1 PM on SUNDAY, MAY 29TH
Frances Scheid Pickett, 89, died on May 14, 2016 at her home in Plymouth, surrounded by family. Fran was born on December 11, 1926 to John and Frances Scheid in Plymouth, where she attended public schools and graduated with the Plymouth High School’s class of 1944, serving for many years on the reunion organizing committee.
She is survived by her five children, daughters Cyndi and Karen Pickett of California; Charles Jr. (Skip) Pickett of Pembroke; Christopher Pickett of Plymouth; Deane Pickett of Kingston; long-time companion and house-mate Joyce Ashley of Plymouth; grandchildren Marina Pickett, Galadriel Mounce, Matthew, Aaron, Kacey, Kori, Emily, Samantha and Jessie Pickett; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
After raising five children and caring for many more, living in Hanover and Kingston, Fran built an innovative underground house on family property in Plymouth on Hoyt Pond, serving as the general contractor for construction. She was a lifelong artist, rendering portraits and landscapes in oil, charcoal and pastels; and pursued careers in photo retouching and restoration, wedding photography and portrait painting.
Her love of music led her to become active in “Sweet Adelines” choruses, ultimately singing in women’s barbershop quartets, directing choruses, coaching quartets and choruses, and arranging music for 4-part harmony. She most recently sang with the Snug Harbor Community Chorus for their annual concerts.
Fran spent her summers at water’s edge on her beloved Hoyt Pond, staying in a trailer but spending most of her time outdoors.
She was involved for decades with the First Parish Unitarian Church in Kingston, as a Sunday School teacher, as Religious Education Director, choir member, and most recently served on many committees as well as on the Governing Board.
A “Celebration of Life” memorial service and gathering will be held at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kingston on May 29 at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers, Fran requested that donations in her memory should be made to the church for renewal projects. Send to 222 Main St., Kingston, MA 02364.