COVID-19 Update

First Parish Goes Virtual on Sundays

Since mid-March we have been conducting services online through Zoom, Beginning in July we are also conducting some services in the churchyard.

To learn how to join the service by Zoom, please email to info@firstparishdorchester.org and we’ll provide that information.

Following is the March notice from our board chair and minister:

In an abundance of caution, we believe that in order to protect the people of our congregation from COVID-19 we should suspend in person worship and religious education for the immediate future. This means we will not be gathering at the Meeting House on Sunday morning. Instead, we will broadcast a shortened service on using the Zoom meeting software. We will include a time for all ages, meditation, and a short reflection.

We are acting partly in response to a suggestion from the Unitarian Universalist Association President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray who says in part, we strongly recommend that congregations avoid gatherings of more than 25 people, including worship and religious education, for the time being. We believe it is our moral obligation to follow the guidance of health professionals who recommend early action even before cases have been confirmed in an area because it is most important to protect public health and the most vulnerable people in our communities. This moment indeed reminds us of the interconnected web of which we are all a part. It also reminds us of our responsibility as religious communities to be mindful of our need to care for our whole community.

Overall, we feel it is essential for all of us to err on the side of caution and to support public health. The most important thing the public can do is to help flatten the curve of transmission so there will be hospital capacity for those who need that level of care. We also recognize that those at highest risk—people over 60 or anyone with underlying health or respiratory issues—are not just members of our congregations, but they are also our ministers and staff.

Let’s take care of each other,

Rev.Terry – Interim Senior Minister

Ardis Vaughan – Chair, FPD Board of Trustees