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.



Every Sunday in the Memorial Room
12:30 – 2:00 pm
The group has a thirty-minute silent seated meditation, followed by dhamma talks from various Buddhist traditions. All are welcome. No experience required.


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