We hope that you will make your way to experience the loving community of the First Congregational Parish (Unitarian Universalist), which embodies an enlightened and nurturing spiritual gospel of innovation and progressive ideals built on strong historical roots.
Our shared ministry embraces multiple diversities of belief and identity to include single adults AND families of all ages and descriptions in a life-affirming mutual journey toward greater health and wholeness.
This year, our regular worship services are held each Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. from the Sunday after Labor Day (September 7th) through Fathers’ Day (June 21st), with special services from time to time, including a traditional Candlelight evening service on Xmas Eve.
[Summer services this year are coordinated with the Plymouth congregation at their First Parish Church on Leiden Street at 10 am (July- August), as well as a combined "Re-Union" service with both the Duxbury and Plymouth First Parish congregations, to be held in the Plymouth Church on October 5th at 10 am.] Christopher A. Rothbauer
Our congregation is guided by our full-time Senior Minister, the Rev. Dan King, who offers inspiring and insightful messages with humor and humility, while our Community Minister Rev. Dr. Judith Campbell, adds her own expertise in pastoral and creative ministry, and Intern Minister Thomas Bozeman, a recent seminary graduate, brings a younger adult perspective.
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 (10:15-11:45 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.
Please be our guest at any of our services!
In faith and hope-
(The Reverend) Dan King, Senior Minister