The First Parish Book Club 2017 - 2018

What’s almost as good as reading a book? Talking about books! All FPN members and friends are invited to our discussions. We meet on Wednesdays at 7 pm- in the air-conditioned Church Office in July and August, and in the Fogg Parlor for the rest of the year. Our discussions are unpretentious, we sometimes go off on tangents, and someone usually brings snacks.

September 6, 2017Beartown by Fredrik Backman

October 4, 2017The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

November 1, 2017A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

December 6, 2017Goodnight, Mr. Wodehouse by Faith Sullivan

January 3, 2018 - 1984 by George Orwell

February 7, 2018 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

March 7, 2018 - This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

April 4, 2018 - We are inviting Rev. Lise or our future DRE to lead the discussion. Title TBA.

May 2, 2018 - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

June 8, 2018 - The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Adult Religious Education

We're still exploring spiritual practices in adult religious education. Some of these have included communal, justice and mind practices. If you'd like to join us, come Tuesdays, January 16, January 30, February 13, February 27 and March 13. We meet at noon in the Fogg Parlor. The curriculum is called Spirit in Practice. Ask Rev. Lise if you have questions.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong

As part of adult programming to the congregation and greater community, First Parish of Norwell continues its popular Tai Chi/Qigong class.

Tai Chi/Qigong is an ancient Taoist system of exercise to preserve health, mind and body and to cultivate physical and spiritual harmony within oneself. It is a meditation in motion, balance and harmony. Practiced daily, it is an excellent stress management technique. Mike Showstack, instructor, has over 25 years experience in Shaolin Hung Gar Tiger Crane Kung Fu and Yang Tai Chi Chuan. He teaches extensively throughout the South Shore area. (, 508-254-2587)

Classes are held on Tuesday mornings, 9:15 to 10:15 am in the Parish Hall. If you would like to attend, please contact Sue Robinson at 781-294-8840 or New students are always welcome.

Young Adult Group

First Parish of Norwell has a YA Group! We are a gathering of young adults, ages 18+. We meet occasionally for fellowship (and cookies). Our aim is to provide a lay-led space for young adults (or young adults at heart), which may include readings, activities, sharing of experiences, or just a friendly face. Our topics are directed by the interests of the group, and we welcome new additions! Contact Elizabeth Robinson at to be added to the email list.