Why Dorcas ye Blackmore?

Our congregation is 391 years old and we wish to continue to have an impact in our community for 400 more years. In order to truly envision who we are becoming, we have to know our history. This Sunday we are uncovering what we can of the story of Dorcas ye Blackmore, the first Black person to ever be accepted into church membership in the Mass Bay Colony, here at First Parish. Let’s explore her story together and what it could say to us today. 

Content Warning: this service will discuss the enslavement of people. 

Here’s the video of this service:

You are invited to join us in worship in person or on zoom. If you join us in person, please wear your mask and sit distanced from one another. We are asking in person participants not to sing for now. Our service leaders, who are all fully vaccinated, will unmask to speak and sing from the front of the Sanctuary. Unvaccinated folks are encouraged to sit a little further back to mitigate risk.