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Thank You & God Bless,

Spencer Aguiar

Church Administrator

Upcoming Church Schedule

Celebration Luncheon – January 21, 10am

In The Sanctuary and Clarke Hall at First Church in Swampscott

We will celebrate 2024 and the work of the church for the year ahead with a catered celebration lunch after worship.

There will be a Girl Scout Cookie booth in Clarke Hall.

From Patty Clark:


This Sunday Cantemus Concert at Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott


Below you will find information about an upcoming performance by Cantemus, the chorus I have been singing with for…quite a few years now! This year, in lieu of our usual December performance, we will be presenting a work based on the Diary of Anne Frank during January, to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance (the following week). This is a powerful work and quite sadly, its content is still relevant today.


The concerts will be held on Saturday, January 20 (St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7:30pm, Newburyport), and Sunday, January 21 (Congregation Shirat Hayam, 4pm, Swampscott). More information can be found at

The Worlds I See: Curiosity, Exploration, and Discovery at the Dawn of AI

7:30 until 8:30pm, on-site in the Library at First Church and on Zoom

Wednesday 24, 31 January,  

Wednesday 7, 21st February. 

Join Pastor Ian in this Book Group to learn about AI and its social considerations.

The Worlds I See: Curiosity, Exploration, and Discovery at the Dawn of AI

by Fei-Fei Li 

"The Worlds I See is a story of science in the first person, documenting one of the century’s defining moments from the inside. It provides a riveting story of a scientist at work and a thrillingly clear explanation of what artificial intelligence actually is—and how it came to be. Emotionally raw and intellectually uncompromising, this book is a testament not only to the passion required for even the most technical scholarship but also to the curiosity forever at its heart."

Please let Pastor Ian know you might participate.

Spiritual Conversations with Coffee in January

Group led conversations before church, about scripture and the life of faith, and the journey we are on with God and each other. The January meetings will take place on January 21/28 at 9:10 AM in the Library.


Al-Anon is an organization that offers experience, strength and hope to families who are

struggling with alcoholism and addiction. It is a very safe place to share the challenges of

difficult family situations. We at Al-Anon are very grateful to the First Church of Swampscott which has offered us space to hold our meetings, as below:

Tuesday nights at 7:30

Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the library

Thursdays at noon in the library

Please join us! For more information, please email Jodie or Laurie. Thanks.

The First Church Swampscott

40 Monument Avenue

Swampscott, MA 01907

Senior Pastor: The Rev. Ian Holland

Director of Music Ministries: Patricia Clark

Church Council 2022-2023

Clerk: Sharon Thomas

Treasurer: Sharon Scofield

Members: Diana Beaupre, Betty McNeil, Susan Hamilton,

Clarke Orzalli (chair), Heidi Whear, Melissa Foye

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