Just for Fun
Just for Fun
First Ladies Trivia Night
Beginning September 25 @ 7pm
This fun-loving group of First Church women gathers regularly for social events including regular appearances at local restaurant’s Trivia Night! All women over 18 are welcome. Watch for upcoming events and dates in the weekly bulletins, Link and Good Word Newsletter.
Third Friday of the month @ 12:30pm,
except September, beginning on September 22
Everybody is welcome at “Lunch Bunch!” Just bring along a brown bag lunch. There is no particular agenda – just a great group of people, great goodies and great conversation.
Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, September 30 @ Noon
At noon on Saturday, September 30th, we will PAWS on the front steps of the church to em-BARK on this celebration. Bring your beloved pet, stuffed animal, or even a picture of a beloved animal for this PURR-fect opportunity to give thanks to God for the comfort and joy they give us each day. The brief blessing service will be followed by pet treats and cider and donuts, depending on your preference!
Ham & Bean Supper (and Trivia Challenge!)
Saturday, October 14 @ 6pm
Nothing says autumn like a good old-fashioned ham and bean supper, and this year we are adding a trivia challenge. A great intergenerational church family event with the menu and recipes by our amazing Chef Bob Seiche!
Saturday, November 4 @ 7pm
Everybody in New York City “is in such a hurry that they take Saturday’s bath on Friday so they can do Monday’s washing on Sunday.” But in one slower-paced, “old-fashioned corner of the city”, Pop Dillon owns and operates the city’s last horse-drawn streetcar. His granddaughter Jane is in love with Harold “Speedy” Swift. The film stars the famous comedian, Harold Lloyd in his last silent film to be released in theatres. Accompanying the movie on our grand piano in the sanctuary will be the amazing Rob Humpreville who improvises the movie’s “soundtrack” on the spot as the plot unfolds. Join us for “Speedy” and experience the time before the “talkies.” It is a great family night out!
All-Church Retreat on Lake Winnipesaukee
Friday, November 10 to Sunday, November 12
All-church retreat to explore the late fall on Lake Winnepesauke in NH, where we will hike, paint, do yoga, play board games, take long naps, and generally enjoy ourselves as a church family! This weekend is a wonderful way to deepen your relationships with fellow church members, as well as give yourself a time set apart for rest and renewal.
History Night and Tour at the Foley Home
Saturday, November 18 @ 7pm
Neal and Amy Foley invite us to join them at 24 West Central Street in Natick for a tour of their wonderful historic home and the adjacent Old Indian Burial Grounds. Adults only.
December 3 and 10 @ 4 PM
Step out of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and step back to a time when our church building was brand new – 1875. Across the ocean, it was the reign of Queen Victoria, but the influence of that reign leap-frogged to our shores to bring us all the traditional elements of the season – Christmas trees and cards and carols, wreaths and ribbons and candles. Join us on December 3rd or 10th in our candlelit sanctuary, side by side with those in period costumes, for 45 minutes of carols and brass, favorite music and readings, and experience again the peace and joy and warmth of Christmas.
Community Holiday Band Concert
Saturday, January 6th @ 3PM
When the weather outside is frightful, our Community Holiday Band Concert is a welcome delight – especially when it benefits Family Promise MetroWest – an organizations which provides temporary shelter for homeless families in area houses of worship. Best of all, you don’t have to settle for being in the audience. You can join the band and enjoy holiday music by making some yourself. All levels of musical ability are welcome. Stay tuned to the Good Word for more information on our rehearsal schedule!
Annual Meeting Luncheon
Sunday, January 28 @ 11:30am
Following worship on January 28th, we will gather in the vestry to celebrate another year in the life of First Church, with friends and food, with stories and laughter and with great gratitude as we remember 2017 and look ahead to the challenges and opportunities that await us in 2018.
The Spirit of Fermentation
Saturday, February 3 @ 1 PM
From sourdough to sauerkraut, learn the ancient art of fermented foods, how they work as a preservative technique, as well as the health benefits they provide. There will be a small materials fee.
Spring Coffeehouse on the Common
Saturday, March 24 @6:30pm
An evening of live, home-grown entertainment is open to all ages and any kind of act – music, dancing, magic acts, stand-up comedy, video productions, you name it – showcasing talent from the First Church family and the wider MetroWest community. Proceeds benefit the Youth Pilgrimage and the WV Workcamp.
Spring Progressive Dinner
Check your Good Word for date and time!
An evening of good food shared with good friends! We start with hors d’oeuvres at the church and then venture out in smaller groups to various homes for salad and then to another home with a different small group for the entrée course. We return to the church to share dessert together. It is a chance to sample both food and stories, savory and sweet.
The First Congregational Church Cyclers (FCCC)
Come out for a spin with the FCCC’s – an informal, friendly group that bikes through in Natick and surrounding towns. The approach is a relaxed one, with a modest pace (typical 12-13 mph), relatively short distances (10 - 40 miles), including ample stops for renewal, refreshment, and always, for red lights! All riders approximately 14 and older are welcome. (Parents should assess bike safety and riding skills for youth). Check the Good Word and LINK for upcoming dates!
Family Picnic: Weezy’s Garden @ Elm Bank
June 3 @ noon
When we reach the end of the year, we have a lot to celebrate – so we gather for our annual church picnic! Enjoy the beginning of summer with good food, laughter and fun activities for the kids. All are welcome!