Learning English for Adults Program (L.E.A.P.)

L.E.A.P. offers three levels of beginner classes: basic literacy, low beginners and high beginners, and a low intermediate class. Ten experienced volunteer instructors from First Parish and the community will teach one or more semesters. All classes are offered on Zoom.

Up to seventy students participate in the program during the year. Students may elect to attend 2 or 3 classes each week. Reading, writing, listening and speaking are emphasized in all classes.

Students are referred to us by SMOC, the Literacy Programs at the Natick and Framingham public libraries, Framingham Adult ESL Program, Metrowest Jewish Family Services, and Metrowest Free Medical Program. Students also learn about the program from press releases in the local media and from word-of-mouth. Our program provides access to English language instruction to students who did not win the Framingham Adult ESL Plus program lottery, students who cannot commit to programs that require 2 or 3 weekly sessions or cannot afford tuition-based programs. Most of our students are from South America.

Contact Eva Benda for more information at 508-872-7125.


Mondays at 7:30pm, Tuesday at 9:15am on Zoom

Julie Porter, leader of yoga program
Julie Porter

Whether you are an experienced yogi or have never taken a yoga class, you are welcome here! Yoga is the union of mind, body and spirit and is open to all. If you would like to gain greater strength and flexibility, are in search of physical or emotional healing, or are on a quest for a deeper understanding of life and yourself, yoga might be just the practice to add to your life. Yoga postures, alignment, breathing techniques, and paths to relaxation will be explored.

Julie Porter is the instructor. Classes are held on Zoom. Monday evenings 7:30-8:45 and Tuesday mornings 9:15-10:30.

Fee for each class is $10. Contact Julie at portgriff at comcast.net if you are new to the class or to let her know you are continuing.



Other activities are:

First Parish Choir, listed in the Music section

Handbell Choir, listed in the Music section

Multigenerational Gatherings, listed in the Learning section