Just for Fun
Third Friday of the month @ 12:30 PM
Beginning on September 21 (December’s Lunch Bunch will be December 14th)
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, October 6 @ Noon
At noon on Saturday, October 6th, 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!
New England Supper & Trivia Challenge!
Saturday, October 13 @ 6PM
Nothing says autumn like a good old-fashioned ham & 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 and trivia challenge emcee, Lane McDonough! (Kid-friendly Mac & Cheese is on the menu)
Living Creche, Caroling and Victorian
Christmas Card Workshop
Sunday, November 25 @ 3:30 PM
Our Living Creche has become a town event! Families in
the area come back year after year. It’s fun, it’s easy and it’s the reason for the season – just a quick costume change and you can be the Word made flesh! You won’t want to miss the brass quintet and carols on the front porch either! Or you can get in out of the cold and create your own Victorian Christ- mas cards with designs from the Natick Historical Society.
Cornucopia, Candy, and Christmas Trees:
An Ornament-Making Workshop
Saturday, December 1 @ 2PM
Natick History Museum, 58 Eliot Street (in the lower level of the Bacon Free Library)
Join the Natick Historical Society and 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. Rita Parisi will speak briefly about these Christmas tree ornaments and 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 very limited, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-655-0729 to reserve your spot.
Sunday, December 2 and 9 @ 4PM
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 2nd and 9th in our candlelit sanctuary, side by side with those in period costumes, for 45 minutes of carols and brass, fa- vorite music and readings, and experience again the peace and joy and warmth of Christmas.
Family Movie Night
Friday, January 25 @ 6:30PM
Enjoy a family friendly film along with popcorn and treats. Place your vote with Sarallyn for which movie will be offered. Watch the Good Word for coming attractions!
Annual Meeting Luncheon
Sunday, January 27 @ 11:30AM
Following worship on January 27th, 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 2018 and look ahead to the challenges and opportunities that await us in 2019.
Natick History Night
Saturday, February 2 @ 7PM
Natick has been around since 1651. That is a long time! So many lives have been lived in this place that has always been buzzing with activity from abolition rallies and the underground railroad to manufacturing shoes and baseballs. Learn more about the amazing stories that have shaped our town and enjoy some refreshments and conversation with those who live here now. Adults only.
Silent Movie Night
Saturday, March 2 @ 7PM
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 Charlie Chaplain in The Gold Rush and experience the time before the “talkies.” It is a great family night out!
Spring Coffeehouse on the Common
Saturday, April 6 @ 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
Saturday, April 27 @ 6:30pm
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.
Family Picnic: Weezy's Garden @ Elm Bank
Sunday, June 2 @ 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!
The First Congregational Church Cyclers
Come out for a spin with the FCCC’s – an informal, friendly group that bikes 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 e-newsletter for upcoming dates!