Update from the COVID Task Force

Church leadership remains concerned about your health, safety, and connectedness as we manage through the pandemic. 

We anticipate continuing with remote worship and programming for the next several months as a minimum. With the number of COVID cases rising throughout Massachusetts and with winter coming, we do not believe it is safe to start bringing large groups together in person. 

Our church building remains closed with a few exceptions. In addition to staff members and a few volunteers, we are currently only allowing two AA groups to use the building. The daycare is not currently operating. The Task Force has created a requirements and policy document for building usage during COVID. Mask wearing, limited occupancy, social distancing and cleaning are all components of that document. Please contact Jess Volk, our building and events coordinator, if you wish to meet in the building so she can guide you through these protocols. 

Looking to the future, the COVID Task Force continues to review how we would re-open the church safely, determining when and how we meet again in person. 

This task force is your point of contact for any ideas or questions you might have related to COVID and crisis management at First Parish. We welcome your suggestions, questions and concerns on how best to honor our covenant during this pandemic. Please use the email address below.

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The COVID Task Force members are: Dolores Heredia-Wood, Rev. Ellen Spero, Gail Burati, Jim Curley, Michelle Hillman, Steve Zocchi. and Tom Coffey. 

Welcome Back! 

The Standing Committee and COVID Task Force welcome you back for the start of the church year. Enclosed a quick update from the COVID Task Force. Watch for upcoming additional announcements from The Standing Committee.

  • Worship Will Remain Remote With health & safety as our primary concern, we will continue to keep our building closed on Sunday mornings until we have safety protocols in place with the resources and people to implement them. We plan to continue with remote worship, faith formation for our children and youth, and social hour.
  • Limited Building Usage As stated above, health & safety is our primary concern, we are limiting the usage of our building. Staff and essential volunteers continue to work in the church as needed. There are currently two AA Groups meeting on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Community Table is considering restarting and would use the kitchen and vestry.
  • Purchase Of Video Streaming Equipment To Support Continued Live Stream Worship Church leadership is exploring how to make live streaming for worship available into the future, even after the building is opened and people begin to assemble in person. Our commitment to accessibility, especially for our most vulnerable, remains strong. At the State of the Society Meeting, the congregation will be asked to approve an expenditure of approximately $17,000 to install video streaming equipment in the sanctuary.
  • Covid Task Force The task force is your point of contact for any ideas or questions you might have related to COVID and crisis management at First Parish. The Task Force objectives are to:
    • Keep the Staff, the Congregation and all who enter our church as safe as possible from contracting or spreading the virus
    • Provide a central place for discussion and planning across First Parish with relevant committees and for input from the congregation
    • Establish policies and procedures for when and how we might re-open our church for worship, programming and building usage by the congregation and 3rd parties
    • Create generic policies and procedures for crisis management
    The members of the task force are: Dolores Heredia-Wood, Rev. Ellen Spero, Gail Burati, Jim Curley, Michelle Hillman, Steve Zocchi and Tom Coffey, abd can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    In faith together,
    the Standing Committee.