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For Children and Youth


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Where can children find examples of and practice kindness? How do children learn about and discuss diversity? Where can my child learn about and understand world cultures and faith traditions?

The Religious Exploration program at First Parish in Lincoln

…is here to support you in giving your child the tools needed to engage confidently in their world. Through our programs, children have the opportunity to move from nurtured wonder through playful discovery to thoughtful understanding. Our goal is to provide a supportive environment where our children and youth have a sense of belonging and can begin to ponder life’s spiritual and moral questions.

2019-2020 RE Calendar

At First Parish in Lincoln, children enjoy weekly exploration classes that are developmentally appropriate, engaging and fun…

Ages 0–4 are cared for and play in our professionally staffed nursery – which opens at 9:45 (for drop-off prior to the service) and continues through the after-service coffee and fellowship time.

Grades K-1 engage in SPIRIT PLAY. Life’s “big ideas” (respect, friendship, caring…) are thoughtfully presented through stories, crafts and playtime.

Grades 2-3 are SPIRIT PLAYERS. Students review, produce and perform story-skits that deepen their connections with Spirit Play themes.

Grades 4-5 discover how SACRED STORIES from Hebrew and Christian traditions, found in the Bible, have shaped and still shape, our world; and how themes are reflected in the media and popular culture – including the Harry Potter and Narnia book series.

Grades 6-7 experience the traditions of our NEIGHBORING FAITHS. Over breakfast, students discuss the practices of other faith traditions and then visit various places of worship in following weeks.

Grade 8 students attend the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program… this is everything you wished you had learned about human anatomy and sexuality – updated to include boundary issues around social media and more of today’s teen challenges. REGISTER ONLINE HERE

YES – Youth Engaged in Service

…Begins in 9th grade when students gather for informal monthly dinners to un-plug, re-connect and consider how and why do people engage in serving their communities? How do they each wish to engage?

…And continues as First Parish supports high schoolers in meeting their school-required community service hours. This is a student directed, adult facilitated youth group. Students plan and participate in service trips which may include local, within-US and international destinations.

To register for our Religious Exploration program, please complete our online form

To register for Our Whole Lives (OWL) please complete this online form

Download our Safe Church Policies here (attached file).

Download our 2019-2020 RE Website Calendar

Download the October 2018 RE Presentation


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For Adults


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Programs for adults include study of sacred texts, discussions of contemporary literature and social issues, and exploration of ethics and life challenges. Meditation sittings also play a strong role in adult spiritual development for many in the church.

Here are some of our current and planned programs. For more details, visit our online calendar.


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Congregational Garden

First Parish in Lincoln Congregational Garden is a community effort to create a nurturing space for growing both nutritious food and connections to one another and the living earth. Evolving organically, the garden is being shaped by the lay of the land and the hands of those pitching in. It will become a place for … Continue reading Congregational Garden

Hands On History

Join Jenny Rankin for an “archeological dig” into the beginnings of the First Parish in Lincoln.  We’ll gather in the Stearns Room for an introduction, then walk over to the Lincoln Library to visit with the archivist and see some original documents related to the church’s founding.Location: Stearns Room Thurs Oct 3, 12-1:30pmFounding of First … Continue reading Hands On History

Lectio Divina

This is an ancient spiritual practice, exploring the Bible using meditation and silence as well as reason. Facilitated by Rev. Jenny, this group will begin monthly meetings on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 1-2pm in the Styron Room (Parish House). Minimum of 6 participants required to run. Email to sign up.

Dinners for Seven

Back Again!!! What could be better than sharing a meal in a nearby home with a few folks from First Parish? We have five such events scheduled in the upcoming months and hope you will join in as many times as possible. Over recent years more than 100 friends- old and new- have participated. Here’s … Continue reading Dinners for Seven

Small Groups

Our small groups include around 90 members and friends. The Small Group Leaders promote membership and work to fit interested members with a group, and to offer ideas and guidance to those who serve as facilitators. A monthly packets of ideas for themes and readings are offered to each group. If you are thinking you … Continue reading Small Groups

Food for Thought

Our monthly, family-friendly suppers begin in the fall, taking place on Wednesday evenings in the Parish House. Everyone is welcome to take part! Free childcare! Adult conversation! And you don’t have to cook! This is not a drill! This is really happening, people! EVERY FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH!! Mary Helen and Janet have pulled together a … Continue reading Food for Thought

Friday Night Suppers

The oldest continuing service group at First Parish Lincoln prepares three meals each year for the 200 homeless and indigent guests at the Friday Night Suppers program at Arlington Street Church in Boston. Consider joining FPL’s team of volunteers to prepare and serve two Friday night meals during 2019-20 for 200 homeless and indigent guests … Continue reading Friday Night Suppers

Jean Wood Preston Grants

The First Parish in Lincoln has the honor of choosing the recipient of an annual grant from this fund established by a longtime member of our community. In recent years the grants have been as much as $25,000, and are restricted to capital needs of a non-profit organization. The Outreach Committee welcomes nominations of charitable … Continue reading Jean Wood Preston Grants

Community Support Events

Throughout the year, the Outreach Committee sponsors several community action projects with partner organizations such as: Carol sing with Concord Prison Outreach Providing lunch at the Community Day Center in Waltham Family workday at Farrington Nature Linc, a Lincoln-based program for urban youth Other events will be announced during the year – please watch for … Continue reading Community Support Events


We meet the first Monday (7-8:30) of each month and every Tuesday (4-5:30) in the Stearns Room. We welcome everyone, those experienced in meditation and those new to the practice. People come from the First Parish, from Lincoln and from surrounding towns. The Monday sittings have been small group sittings, the Tuesday ones, larger. Our … Continue reading Meditation