Upcoming Events in the Life of Our Church

Throughout the year, the United Parish of Upton hosts several events here at the church. Some are celebrations in the life of the parish such as the annual Homecoming Brunch and Jazz Sunday Worship Service. Some are fundraisers; the Upton Town-wide Yard Sale held in conjunction with Upton's own Heritage Day and the Turkey Supper, all of which benefit the programs and outreach of the United Parish. Some of our events benefit outreach projects which the United Parish supports; the Upton Clean Up Day to benefit our wider community and the Dessert Auction, which benefits the Deacons' Benevolence Fund.

 

Be sure to check our calendar and join us for any or all of these occasions.

 

Movement in Mission: Pursuing a Wider Welcome

You are invited to take part in a series of special events this summer—fall that are designed to be interesting, inspiring, and igniting to your spirit. These events are intended to help us learn how to be the church we are hungry to become and eager to share. We’ll keep you posted as they draw near, for now we want to highlight this opportunity:

 

Rev. LyAnna Johnson is a friend of United Parish who has been trained in planting new churches around the country. To do this work, she has had to develop skills for making relationships with new people that inspire them to give church a try after no church, or being hurt by church. She is coming to share with us strategies she has learned and things we can do to help people in our neighborhood meet our community of faith.

 

Mark your calendar! 101: Monday 7/29 at 7:00 pm or Sunday 8/4 at 11:15 am

                                           202: Thursday 9/12 at 7:00 pm or Sunday 9/15 at 11:15 am

  

 

Ongoing Programs and Events

 

Lunch Bunch

Second Thursday of each month at noontime (October-May). The group meets in the lower vestry. All seniors and retirees are invited to come for a time of conversation and fellowship. Bring your lunch if you like, coffee and dessert will be provided. 

 

 

Confirmation

Confirmation is offered every other year for all 15-18 year-olds who have not yet been confirmed. The next confirmation program will begin in the fall of 2020.

  

Covenant Small Groups

Our Spring Session has finished - we'll be starting anew soon - check back for updates! 

 

 

Interfaith Book Group

The Interfaith Book Discussion Group of the United Parish starts a new book!  If you are interested in learning more about yourself and about others, this would be an excellent time to join our group. We meet the second Monday of the month at 7pm at United Parish in Upton. 
 
After studying Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong we have started reading and discussing The Anatomy of Peace. Resolving the Heart of Conflict, by The Arbinger Institute. 
Please contact the United Parish office if you would like more information.

 

  

Community Supper

Hosted by the Faith in Action Committee, the Community Supper is held monthly, September through June, every third Thursday at 5:30pm in the lower vestry (use the ground floor side entrance).

 

The Community Supper is a place where our guests can enjoy the company of new and old friends and take a break from having to cook one evening a month. It's an opportunity for those outside of our congregation to come in and see what the United Parish is about, and of course it offers a nutritious meal for all, including a main dish, vegetarian option, salad, bread (generouly donated by Panera Bread), dessert and beverge.

 

We accept a free will offering to help provide the resources necessary to prepare the meal. Donations are not required. Come and bring a friend! 

 

The next Community Supper will be held September 19, 2019 at 5:30pm. 



Church Announcements 

We are working on making worship announcements more effective, integrated, and meaningful by incorporating them into our worship service. If you have information to share regarding the life of the church, please take a moment to plan your announcement ahead. Getting your announcement in the worship schedule is easy - you can reach out to the church office for assistance, or click here for an online form. See below for a brief description of the types of announcements in worship.

 

Your announcement is a testimony if its purpose is to inform - if it's about telling what you have seen and heard God doing in our ministry. These announcements can be made at any time. They are not time sensitive and do not request direct assistance. 

 

Your announcement is a call to offering if its purpose is to invite, to share opportunities, or to call the congregation to serve with financial gifts, time, input, or spiritual support. These announcements may be time sensitive. 

 

Whether your announcement is a testimony or a call to offering you may request two different times to make your announcement. This allows you to repeat information, further helping people internalize your message. Church staff will respond to your request and confirm with you the schedule of your announcements and ask for details where needed.

 

Do you have an announcement for a Sunday soon? We look forward to hearing from you! 



 

 

 



 

 

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