Some members of the First Religious Society belong to one or more groups affiliated with the church. These groups provide opportunities for camaraderie, support, spiritual growth and entertainment. All of the groups are welcoming and encourage participation from members and non-members alike. For most of the groups, regular attendance and participation are not required so friends are encouraged to join in as they wish. Current meeting dates and activities can be found on the calendar and in the newsletter.
The WomenSpirit group was begun in 1991 by a student minister and the Religious Education Director. It is a very informal group with no fixed leadership and meets monthly to provide support to each other as the participants face life challenges, celebrate life’s victories, and explore individual spiritual paths. All women are welcome. The gatherings are usually on Sunday evenings from 7-9 but they sometimes meet on Friday night for a potluck supper. Individuals usually check in to see what's new with everyone, providing witness and support as needed. The second half of the meeting is usually devoted to a specific agenda which might include a book or poetry discussion, a craft, movie or discussion topic. The group has an annual retreat weekend in January at Senexet House in Woodstock, CT. For more information or to be added to the WomenSpirit email list, please contact Sue Kirk at sukirk<at>aol.com
The FRS Men’s Group meets for breakfast and a discussion on the first Saturday of every month in Union Hall from 7 -9 a.m. The meetings include a potluck breakfast, a brief check-in where attendees introduce themselves and spend a couple of minutes talking about what has been going on in their lives, and an open interactive discussion on a predetermined subject. Topics vary depending on group interest. Previous examples include, book reviews, “what God/god means to me”, environmental issues, mentoring, the Iraq war, Benjamin Franklin and his impact on American culture, and the evolution of world economic factors that impact US energy policies. There is an annual retreat each spring and many of the members work together on FRS social action programs like Habitat for Humanity, Men Against Domestic Violence, and the Environmental Action Committee. Participants in the Men’s Group need not be members of FRS and all are encouraged to invite their friends. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information or to be added to the email list, contact Paul Morrison at pempaz<at>verizon.net
KISS Knitting in Service Society
We have moved to Thursday nights at 7:30pm. We will meet at various members’ houses. Anyone interested should email email@example.com to get on the mailing list and get the notices the week before of where each upcoming meeting will be.