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At First Church, we want to be Natick's "Front Porch" - a place for celebrations and community engagement, a catalyst for action, and a witness to God's extravagant welcome in the heart of MetroWest.
Come in and explore!

 



Please join us for these special services and events!

 

Worship, Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM

 

“The Immigrant Experience Cantata” 

Sunday, Novembeer 18th , 7:00 PM at First Parish in Concord

This 25-minute cantata reflects the issues surrounding immigration, and features texts by founding fathers that established the United States as a welcoming place – a place, in the words of George Washington, “open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions.” The cantata is composed in seven movements for choir, soloists, violin, clarinet, cello, and piano. The program will run approximately one hour.

 

Living Creche, Victorian Carolers and Brass Ensemble

November 25th@ 3:30 PM

     The crèche runs from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.  Let us know whether you prefer 3:30 or 4:00 PM.  We have costumes — all we need are a few good sports to brave the chill.  In thirty minutes, you are sure to get into the Christmas spirit!

     And... Don’t miss the brass ensemble from Strike Up the Band and Victorian Carolers on the front steps, adding many festive notes to our great Advent tradition of the Living Nativity.

 

    andVictorian Christmas Card Workshop also at 3:30 PM on November 25th

Feeling chilly after caroling on the Front Porch?  Warm up in the big room on our ground floor when we team up with the Natick Historical Society for a Victorian Christmas Card Workshop.  Create your own holiday greeting using copies of Victorian Christmas card designs from the Historical Society’s own collection and embellish them with your decorations.    We expect that some rather Victorian-looking friends will be on hand to assist! 

 

Mental Health Series: Substance Misuse and Mental Health

Tuesday, November 27 @ 7pm with Jake Nichols of Strategic Recovery Services

Studies show that those facing significant mental health challenges are far more likely to develop a substance use disorder. What can we do as community members and loved ones to support those who are actively misusing substances as well as those working to maintain recovery?  How do other mental health diagnoses impact the treatment of addiction?  Jake Nichols of Strategic Recovery Series brings personal and professional experience to the understanding of how these disorders impact lives and ways that the community can support recovery.

 

Cornucopia, Candy, and Christmas Trees: An Ornament-Making Workshop

Saturday, December 1st @ 2:00 PM at the Natick History Museum, 58 Eliot Street in the lower level of the Bacon Free Library 

Join the Natick Historical Society and the First Church Natick for an ornament-making workshop led by Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions. Well into the early 1900’s, people decorated Christmas trees with homemade paper, candies, cookies, gilded walnuts, gifts, and other edible ornaments. A particular favorite, however, was the cornucopia, a cone-shaped ornament filled with candy. Rita Parisi will speak briefly about Christmas tree ornaments from this time and will then instruct participants on how to make a cornucopia of their own. All materials will be provided. Everyone from ages 5 to 105 is welcome. Space is limited, so please email events@natickhistoricalsociety.org or call 508-655-0729 to reserve your spot.

 

Pub Theology

Wednesday, November 28th @ 7:30 PM

          Join us at the Morse Tavern for the next “Pub Theology.” The format is simple – beer or non-alcoholic beverages, some munchies, a great group of interesting people and the spotlight is on God. Everything is up for discussion!  In November we will take our inspiration from Thanksgiv­ing’s founding story of the Mayflower and explore our own roots. What is the story that brought you to Natick? What is the backstory that brought your forebears to make a new life in a new world?  If you are planning on joining the conversation, please contact the church office so that we can reserve a place at the table for you. We would also love suggestions for upcoming gatherings. 

 

Join us for “Victorian Christmas” at First Church Natick!

Sunday, December 2nd & 9th @ 4 :00 PM 

     Join us on Sunday evening, December 2nd or 9th in a candlelit sanctuary, hung with garland and decorated with lighted trees.  Sit side by side with those in period costumes and enjoy 45 minutes of favorite music and Christmas readings.  

     In additional to listening to wonderful instrumentalists, we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott with a reading from one of the Christmas scenes in this classic novel set just down the road in Concord in the 1800’s.  Join in singing some favorite carols with sound of the same triumphant organ pipes that would have filled the space over 140 years ago. 

     Experience again the beauty and joy and warmth of the holiday season the way it used to be.  Step out of the hustle and bustle, and step back to a time when the First Congregational Church was brand new - 1875.  

     And be sure to catch our Victorian Christmas video on Facebook!

 

Cornucopia, Candy, and Christmas Trees: An Ornament-Making Workshop

Saturday, December 1st @ 2:00 PM at the Natick History Museum, 58 Eliot Street in the lower level of the Bacon Free Library 

Join the Natick Historical Society and the First Church Natick for an ornament-making workshop led by Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions. Well into the early 1900’s, people decorated Christmas trees with homemade paper, candies, cookies, gilded walnuts, gifts, and other edible ornaments. A particular favorite, however, was the cornucopia, a cone-shaped ornament filled with candy. Rita Parisi will speak briefly about Christmas tree ornaments from this time and will then instruct participants on how to make a cornucopia of their own. All materials will be provided. Everyone from ages 5 to 105 is welcome. Space is limited, so please email events@natickhistoricalsociety.org or call 508-655-0729 to reserve your spot.

 

Gun Violence Prevention Vigil and Community Forum

December 12th at 6 PM on the Front Porch followed by a forum on the impact of gun violence on mental health stigma with Representative Linsky

          Each December we remember those lives lost to gun violence in our country and call for common sense gun legislation to reduce the harm to our communities and to reverse the growing gun violence epidemic in this country.  On December 12 at 6:30 PM, join us on the Front Porch for a candlelight vigil in honor of the lives lost to gun violence. 

Following the brief outdoor vigil, we will move inside for a discussion of the impact of gun violence on the stigma associated with mental health challenges and to hear for Representative David Linsky about Extreme Risk Protective Orders.  Mass shootings represent on a small percentage of the victims of firearms.  So many more innocent lives are lost to suicide, domestic violence, accidental shootings and simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In these challenging times, your witness is needed! 

 

Interfaith Opioid Vigil: Remembering lives lost to addiction 

Sunday, December 16th, 7:00 PM in the sanctuary

*Light refreshments will be served following the vigil 

     The prescription painkiller and heroin crisis is upon us and having a devastating effect on young Natick residents and their families.  While the holiday season can be a time of great joy, it can also be a difficult time of the year for those who have lost loved ones to overdose or those who struggle with addiction and those who love them. On December 16th, the Natick community will gather again to remember those we have lost and raise awareness about addiction in MetroWest. 

     The evening will include music, testimony, inspirational speaking and interfaith prayer, as well as an invitation to future action.