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First Parish Plymouth Unitarian Universalist Church

First Parish Church in Plymouth is the oldest continuous church in New England.


The congregation has a long tradition of religious freedom and faith that dates back to the pilgrim landing and beyond. We trace our origin back to the year 1606 when a group of dissenters from the Church of England banded together in Scrooby. In 1620 part of the Leyden congregation set sail aboard the Mayflower, seeking the freedom to worship according to the dictates of their own conscience in the New World. This history brings us a sense of pride and joy, but we also realize that the present and future need a fresh commitment to maintain a religion of the open mind and heart.

Freedom of belief is foundation to Unitarian Universalism. We affirm the worth of all human beings and the integrity of individual thought and action. As a liberal religious community, we share the quest for a practical religion based on deed, not creed.

First Parish building in Plymouth
First Parish building in Plymouth




We welcome all who would join with us in the spirit of love and peace.   We are a non-creedal church stressing love, service and religious freedom..


Our office can be reached at 508-747-1606

Join us on Sundays at 10:00 for worship.

After church please join us for coffee, fellowship, and snacks in Kendall Hall.




Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.





August 21     Couldn’t we at least. . .?   How Can I help?                                           Rev. Ed Hardy

Dean James Ryan of the Harvard Graduate School of Education gave a commencement speech entitled “5 Essential Questions In Life plus a bonus question”.  We will investigate the questions we began in July.  There won’t be a quiz, but maybe some time for dialogue and conversation.

This question asks us to search deep within ourselves or the project.


August 28     What Truly Matters?

                        And Did You Get What You Wanted Out of Life, Even So?”               Rev. Ed Hardy

Dean James Ryan of the Harvard Graduate School of Education gave a commencement speech entitled “5 Essential Questions In Life plus a bonus question”.  We will investigate these questions we began in July.  There won’t be a quiz, but maybe some time for dialogue and conversation.  Did you get what you wanted?


The bonus question:  And Did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?  This question is a reflection on the previous questions and a summing up of our lives.






Tour Season is in Full Swing!



We will be conducting tours every Friday & Saturday (10am 12:30-pm or 12:30 to 3:00 pm) June 3rd  & 4th through October.





The Stained Glass Windows –

Treaty with Massasoit and Pilgrims

This stained glass window depicts the treaty with Massasoit and the Pilgrims and kept the peace for over 50 years under the following terms:



I. That neither he nor any of his, should injure or do hurt to any of their people.

II. That if any of his did any hurt to any of theirs, he should send the offender that they might punish him.

III. That if any thing were taken away from any of theirs, he should cause it to be restored; and they should do the like to his.

IV. That if any did unjustly war against him, they would aid him; and if any did war against them, he should aid them.

V. That he should send to his neighbours confederates to certify them of this, that they might not wrong them, but might be likewise comprised in the conditions of peace.

VI. That when their men came to them, they should leave their bows and arrows behind them.


It has been said that these conditions were based on mutual need, compromise, great faith in each other and in their respective Gods, and trust. The Treaty was broken during King Philip’s War.




During August, we will be collecting food for the Food for Kids Backpack Program.  

Peanut Butter
Jelly (plastic bottles)
Cereal (small boxes)
Canned Soup (or stew)
Granola Bars
Pretzels/Goldfish (small bags)
Pudding Cups
Peaches/Pears (canned)
Macaroni & Cheese
Canned Green Beans
Canned Corn & Carrots
Heat & Eat Meals
Fruit Snacks/Fruit Roll Ups






The RE Program is going to be working in cooperation with South Shore Community Action Council this summer to facilitate a backpack program like the one outlined below. Please consider targeting your food donations for June, July, and August to the items listed below. The students will be helping with the planning, implementation, packing, and distributing of the backpacks.



Pop top items or Microwave cups preferred. No glass.


Graham and/or animal crackers

Light popcorn

Whole grain cereal granola bars

Individual cereal boxes



Spaghetti and meatballs





Canned fruit or fruit cups in light syrup

dried fruit: Raisins, plums, cranberries


Miscellaneous:Fat-free sugar free pudding cups

100% juice



Restoration News



The Restoration Committee is scheduling an evening meeting to accommodate people who cannot attend meetings in the morning.  Please consider attending a meeting, they would love to have you.



First Parish of Plymouth placed on the National Register




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