Observing Lent at First Church


LENT is a season of special depth at First Church in Cambridge. We begin with a beautiful and solemn evening service on Ash Wednesday. Each year we observe the forty days leading up to Easter with opportunities to gather for intentional study and spiritual practice. Watch this space for more information about the Lenten series at our Sunday 10:00 Adult Formation Hours; Tuesdays Together; and other offerings such as Bible study or a book group. Gather with the First Church community to walk through the events of Holy Week together, beginning with multigenerational worship on Palm Sunday and ending with a joyous multigenerational celebration of Easter!




Join us for our five weekly Tuesdays Together in Lent, beginning Tuesday, February 20, and continuing through March 20, the Tuesday before Holy Week.

These will be prayerful times centered on the season of Lent and the closeness of our community centered in Jesus. They will also be a time to relax, replenish, and be together as family. After the meal together, there will be childcare, and the kids will have a Lenten activity along with time to play and hang out together. 

Our meals will be pot-luck, with a main dish prepared in our kitchen by volunteers. This will be a wonderful opportunity for us to gather together, support one another, have time to restore our spirits, and just have fun! Lindsay Chapel will be open, offering a warm and sacred space for all who would like to take a few moments for quiet reflection.

A few words about how you can help by volunteering for Tuesdays Together:  This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know people and have some extra fun without making a long-term commitment. If you want to help cook or set up food, help with children, or have always thought a little table waiting and clean up would be easy and fun, this is your chance. It is all simple and enjoyable in our new kitchen!

Stay tuned for more information from the Christian Formation Committee and for ways that you can help if you would like to volunteer.

Plan to come, bring a friend, and maybe help out with a meal.


All are welcome!


Road to Freedom Study

Tuesday Nights in Lent, February 20 and 27, March 6, 13, and 20

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. following the Tuesdays Together in Lent community meal


Join Mike Stevens and members of First Church for an in-depth exploration into the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and its implications for us today.

The Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968 has frequently been viewed as a watershed moment in the history of our country as the time of more fully living into the nation’s creed that “all men are created equal” with “inalienable rights” to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” But as the topics of racial justice and white supremacy have become more ubiquitous in contemporary society, should we now look at the Civil Rights Movement in a different light?

In four or five sessions, we will discuss this question.  We will start with a brief view of some of the historical aspects of slavery and white supremacy that are evident today. Then we’ll take a look at an overview of the Civil Rights Movement, why and how it came to be in the short window of 14 years, and why it splintered. Finally, we’ll discuss the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on our current-day discussion of race and white supremacy; what lessons can we take from the Movement?

 Participants will be asked to prepare with approximately 40 to 50 pages of reading prior to each week’s discussion. We hope to have two guest speakers, an African-American man who grew up in North Carolina during the Jim Crow period and was one of the students in the Greensboro sit-ins; and an African-American woman who is currently running the Young People’s Project in Cambridge and other sites around the country and whose father is Bob Moses, the creator and one of the leaders of the 1965 “Freedom Summer” in Mississippi.

 This study will be led by Mike Stevens, husband of Peggy Stevens. For the last nine years Mike has taught a course on the United States Civil Rights Movement to New Hampshire public high school students during the summer at St. Paul's School's Advanced Studies Program. Mike worships at the Society of St. John the Evangelist, an Episcopal monastery in Cambridge, where he is a member of the Fellowship of St. John.


WOMEN’S RETREAT, Saturday, March 10

Save the date for the Spring, 2018, Women’s Retreat!  

Our theme this year is “The Soothing Waters of Peace.” Ministerial Intern Jen Bloesch will be leading this year’s Retreat. Details of time and location will be announced soon.

Call in to your state legislature to support the Safe Communities Act. For information on this issue contact Dave Kidder at david.e.kidder@gmail.com.

To address institutional racism, please call your state representative and Senator, and ask for abolishment of mandatory minimums in sentencing. Ask them to contact the Joint Committee dealing with this legislation. For more background on this...