“Vote Like an Ancestor”

Our annual service for the remembrance of the dead falls on the first day of November, this year – and only two days before a landmark national election. Join us for a service in which we will remember loved ones who are no longer with us, and look to the lessons of their lives in choosing the direction of our own.

Two opportunities are available for participating in the annual ritual of remembrance for this Sunday:

The first is to share a photograph for a montage which will be the centerpiece of our Zoom service on Sunday, November 1st. This might be a picture of someone who has passed from life who’s memory still lives in you, or of an object that reminds you of them, or of a note displaying their name and/or a brief message you have to them. You can contribute your photo(s) through this Drop Box link:

Share your photos here.

The second way to participate in this ritual is in person, coming to First Parish to add the name(s) of those you are remembering to our altar. There will be two open opportunities to do so:

Wednesday, October 28th from 6pm – 8pm
Saturday, October 31st from 2pm – 4pm

On the sidewalk in front of the church steps, there will be an altar set up decorated by a barren branch and set with places to deposit your notes of remembrance. There will also be a blessing to read, if you wish. You may bring your notes written in advance, or make use of materials that will be on hand for you. Rev. Kelly will be on hand to watch over and maintain the ritual space, to greet you, and to take a picture of your picture for the montage, if you’re willing. Please use the same good safety practices you would for any other outing right now: washing your hands before and after, maintaining social distance from people outside your household, and wearing a mask. If more than one person or family shows up at the same time, it’s wonderful to wave and greet each other, we just ask that you allow for the flow of traffic on the sidewalk, and not inadvertently become a crowd. If you would like to participate in this way but can’t make either the Wednesday or the Saturday times, please call Rev. Kelly to make alternate arrangements: 585-329-0781

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/92762405253

Meeting ID: 927 6240 5253

Dial in: 1 929 205 6099

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