Easter Dawn service at Fawn Lake

The 70th annual Easter Dawn Service, an ecumenical, lay-led worship service, will be held on Sunday, April 4, between 6:30am and 10:00am. Individuals and households are invited to come to the shores of Fawn Lake, at the end of Sweetwater Avenue, at their own time and pace on Easter Sunday for private meditation, prayer, and worship. The planning committee has prepared a bulletin with readings, Scripture, prayers, and a link to musical selections for worshippers to read and listen to. Hard copies of the bulletin will be available at Fawn Lake on Easter morning. The bulletin will also be hosted on the website of St.

Valentine’s Day Virtual Sing-Along at First Parish in Bedford

On Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4 p.m., the Music Director of First Parish, Bedford, Brad Conner, will host a Valentines concert/sing along on Zoom. It will be a fun event for all ages. Even though everyone will be on mute much of the time, it promises to be a lively and tune-filled hour of delightful Valentine favorites.  Come dressed in your reddest, heart-print finery (hats encouraged) and join Brad along with professional musicians, Steve Sussman, Bob & Fran Tyler, Cynthia Mork, Ben Sears and other surprise guests as they celebrate loving one another. For information on how to attend, please go to www.uubedford.org  During the event, a donation will be requested with half of the proceeds going to First Parish Bedford and the other half to Chelsea Eats, a food bank to help one of Massachusetts’ hardest hit communities during the pandemic.

Pre-Auction Live Viewing of Works by David Moore

LIVE VIEWING of works by David Moore, one of Boston’s most accomplished and respected artistic talents 

This event is sponsored by the Music Committee of First Parish in Bedford. When: Saturday October 31, 2020 from 1:00-4:00 pm

Where: First Parish Bedford (Front Door Narthex), 75 The Great Road, Bedford, MA  01730

Online Art Auction:  October 31 – November 7, 2020  https://uubedford.org/fpb-art-auction

Boston-based artist David Moore has generously donated 17 of his paintings for auction by the First Parish in Bedford Music Committee, with the net proceeds to benefit First Parish. Moore’s works have been exhibited at esteemed galleries in Boston, New York City, and throughout the northeast. The auction features modern art compositions in an abstract form inspired by Moore’s travels to Ireland and Iceland, national affairs, and natural environments. They span nearly two decades of Moore’s artistic creation.

The Suffragists Who Lived Next Door ~ The 19th Amendment in Bedford

 

They were called “Soapbox Suffragists.” They would arrive in a town with a wooden box to stand on, set up on a busy corner, and take turns lecturing the crowd that gathered.  Sometimes they would speak from the town common or the steps of a public building or standing in the back of an open car. Once, when she was warned out of a seaside town as a public nuisance, a speaker went down to the beach and waded out into shallow water — neutral territory — and gave her call to action from there. Sharon McDonald serves both as Bedford’s Town Historian, and as Historian for First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, on the CommonA group of suffragists came to Bedford from BESAGG – Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Good Government — one Saturday afternoon in 1909. They wanted some practice before they went on their speaking tour. “Go out to Bedford,” they were advised.

Covid-19 ~ Testing Tuesdays will Continue in Bedford for the Foreseeable Future

Covid-19 testing will take place at First Parish on Bedford Common (75 The Great Road) every Tuesday for the foreseeable future. The next testing date is Tuesday, June 30th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

All are welcome to participate in the program without regard to your town of residence, affiliation, symptomology, or ability to pay.

A Retrospective of the Work of Mary Aloyse Firestone

Mary Aloyse Firestone’s artistic style is what has been called Organic Abstraction or Biomorphic art and uses rounded or wavy abstract forms found in nature. In her own words: “My art, usually abstract, is nourished by forms in nature; lines are in tension and show vitality through composition and clarity.”

Valentine’s Concert – Berlin to Beethoven

Join Cynthia Mork, Ben Sears, Brad Conner and Nathan Kimble for a wonderful medley of songs by Irving Berlin, all with a Valentine flair. Then relish the talents of pianist Yoko Hagino performing Beethoven’s “Les Adieux” Sonata and 32 Variations on an Original Theme in c minor. Stick around for a scrumptious chocolate reception. $20 Adults, $15 Seniors and Students. All proceeds to benefit First Parish.

Back Bay Ringers at First Parish in Bedford

The First Parish Music Committee is delighted to present a concert by the Back Bay Ringers on Saturday, December 7th at 2:00 pm. As the weather cools, the leaves change colors, and fall marches steadily on towards winter, and The Back Bay Ringers return for their bi-annual visit. The concert will feature traditional, but perhaps slightly less often heard pieces. While the program will inspire peace and contemplation with classics like “Silent Night” and “Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head”, it also might have you fighting the urge to clap your hands and stomp your feet to “Sleigh Ride” and “Trepak”. Either way, it is a program you won’t want to miss!