Welcome to the Old Parish Church

Old Parish Church is a family-oriented village congregation in the manner of rural New England community churches.* Guided by our caring and creative minister, the Reverend Jon Bliss, we are a group of seekers and believers committed to tolerance and dialogue. We worship together at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings in our beautiful building, which was constructed in the early 19th century. We gather at other times and locations to pursue our spiritual journeys and engage in fellowship and outreach.

Old Parish Church attracts parishioners from Weston and surrounding towns – Andover, Belmont, Chester, Landgrove, Londonderry, Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Peru and Wallingford – along with visitors from near and far. Our members represent a wide variety of ages, interests and talents. Some were born in Vermont; others chose to make Vermont their home. Some are families with young children; others are single individuals or older families. Overall, we are a diverse, informal and welcoming congregation.

Please visit us when you get the chance!

*Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, we reflect a variety of denominational traditions

About OPC: A Message from Jon Bliss

Old Parish Church (OPC) had its beginnings in the early 1800’s as a common meeting house for the town’s Methodists, Baptists and Congregationalists. When your neighbors are close by, and when the success of a community endeavor depends on civility and pragmatism, you tend to ingrain habits of thoughtfulness which transcend partisanship or theology. But regions change and communities fluctuate. Weston is less agrarian and more culturally diverse than it was just 50 years ago. One might ask: Is a church like OPC relevant in a local – not to mention global – landscape radically redefined over the past 100 years?

With the early community of faith and our own history in Weston as guides, we try to be a congregation in which the seeker and the convinced believer can grow in understanding together. Enough harm has been done in the name of “doctrinal purity” – and a great deal of good is left to accomplish in the name of peace. Peace, of course, begins with us. It begins when a believer in the Trinity sits down with a skeptic and listens as much as she talks. It begins when a cross-weaving, Bible-quoting liberal finds common ground with a reticent Yankee conservative. It begins when a community does the work of compassion, caring for each other, visiting each other, trusting each other.

Today, more than ever, the world needs the central message of the Gospel story: That God – whoever and whatever God may be – has invited us to be co-creators in the world, and there is no time to waste. Co-creation means working for deep justice – not superficial equality; holding the earth in reverence; and dreaming of the world our descendants will inhabit. On this journey, judgment, intolerance and greed have no place; while hospitality, fairness, and generosity are the common virtues, because when we practice them we know more about our own hearts and the capacity of our souls than we ever thought possible. And God is about what is outrageously possible.

Enjoy the beautiful images of our church and church community found on this site, as well as the comments of members and the information about our congregation.

If any of what is contained here speaks to you, we invite you to join us.

A Current Video Message from Jon

Jon Bliss' version of the classic Si Kahn song.

A Message from Jon's Weekly Emails

Hello Everyone,

Here is a short piece on reflection.

Virtues: A Reflection for the Day

Do your work.
Let other people sing your praises.
Finish things.
Ask questions only when you care
about the answers.
Sleep for eight hours a night.
Tell someone your dreams.
Move your body.
Drink water.
Pray as the sun goes down.
Pray as the sun comes up.
Get lost once in a while;
ask directions when you're lost.
Give someone a ride.
Act as if the world needs you.
Make good food.
Give it away.

Be well, and see you soon.