What to Expect

Thank you for taking an interest in FPC! We are a welcoming Unitarian Universalist congregation located in the heart of Stow at 353 Great Road. We invite you to visit our church and learn what we have to offer you as a place to explore and develop fellowship, community, and spirituality.

You can learn even more about our church over on the About FPC page.

Services

Sunday service is our main weekly gathering. Services are at 9 or 11 AM with free child care available in our nursery. In the summer months we meet for a casual service in Fellowship Hall at 10 AM. Elements of our worship generally include times of welcome and call to worship, a chalice lighting, a message for all ages, sharing our joys and concerns with each other, silent reflection and meditation, singing, and a sermon. Piano and organ music, choirs, and musical guests enrich our time.  

When you arrive, Joleen Sullivan, our Membership Development Coordinator, will be available to answer questions about our congregation. Please sign our guest book in the vestibule (the small room just inside the front doors) to be contacted with more information. An usher will hand you an order of service and can direct you to the nursery if you have a very young child. Babies and toddlers are also welcome to stay during the service. School aged children are also welcome to stay for the service, or join the rest of the youth in the Religious Education classes. 

What people wear to Sunday services varies, but we are generally pretty casual. A few dress up, some come in jeans.

Coffee Hour follows each of our services in Fellowship Hall where you can meet and chat with some of our members and friends. There you will find the newcomers table, where you can learn more about our faith and congregation.

In addition to our Sunday services, we hold monthly evening Vesper services. These are quieter, theme-based services designed to be a nice, quiet ending to a busy day.

Exploring the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton (FPC)

If you are you interested in learning more about our church, or you have questions about Unitarian Universalism, we can provide the answers in our Newcomers Coffee Hour. These are held in the Parlor, usually one Sunday per month following the church service. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our Interim Minister, Tracey Robinson-Harris, and to ask her any questions you might have about our religion or FPC. Extended child care will be offered during this time. 

We also encourage everyone who is interested in exploring membership to attend our popular NEW2UU Workshop that is facilitated by our minister. Joleen, and several of our committee chairpersons participate as well. This 4-week class provides a chance to reflect on your individual spiritual journey, as well as learn about the history of Unitarian Universalism, discuss Unitarian Universalist beliefs, and learn more about our congregation. The emphasis is on fun, information, and getting to know other people who are new to the church. The NEW2UU Workshop is offered several times during the regular church year.

For both of these opportunities, check the Calendar or contact Joleen by e-mail, mdc@fpc-stow-acton.org, or by phone, 978-897-8149, to find out when the next one will be.