Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we have suspended our in-person Sunday services, and the church building is currently closed for all use, including church committee meetings, community organization meetings, rentals, and all other gatherings. During this challenging time, our church community continues to connect online through virtual worship services, religious education, and other physically distant community support.
Christmas Eve services will be held on December 24th at 4:30 and 6:00 pm. A social hour will take place downstairs in the social hall between the services at 5:15 pm. All are welcome!
The First Parish of Watertown, established in 1630, is one of the oldest parishes in America.
First Parish offers a variety of programs to respond to individual spiritual needs.
Our church building is an accessible facility (via the parking lot – Summer Street entrance).
Orientation classes for newcomers are offered in the Fall and Winter.
Adult classes and support groups are offered on a regular basis. Our Social Action Committee sponsors a monthly Giving Box where parishioners have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of local social service organizations. Our Adult Choir, Youth Choir, and Children’s Choir provide further opportunities for participation.
The First Parish of Watertown is a Welcoming Congregation. We welcome and celebrate the presence and participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people in every aspect of congregational activity.
Sunday Worship Service
Worship services are held every Sunday morning at 10:30 am from September to June in our Sanctuary. Our services last about one hour and fifteen minutes. Dress is informal.
Lay-led services are held during the summer months starting at 9:30 am.
The first fifteen minutes of the service includes our weekly announcements, a musical prelude, our opening rituals and chalice lighting, and a time for all ages.
Children remain with their families for the first few minutes of nearly every worship service. After that, they are invited to attend age-appropriate Religious Education classes.
Services are followed by social hour downstairs, where you can enjoy coffee, refreshments and conversation.
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Middlesex county, we have suspended in-person services in our sanctuary. Our services take place online Sunday morning at 10:30.
Registration for the 2019-2020 Church Year is now open! Click the button below to fill out this year’s registration form.
A Typical Sunday
Classes for all ages center around a story and include questions to help children and youth explore their own ideas and the ideas of their family, culture, and faith more thoroughly. This year many of our classes center around a maker activity based on the Theme of the Month. Classes end at 11:55 with clean-up and a closing ritual.
Children & Youth Programs 2019-2020
In the 2019-2020 church year we will be talking about Justice. Each of our classes from preschool-12th grade will have a justice theme, with age-appropriate stories and lessons built around UU values, our Principles, and Sources.
Music at First Parish
Music at First Parish engages our community and adds a spark to every listener and participant! As part of weekly church services, we share in singing hymns. Services are enhanced by either piano or guest musicians who express a wide variety of styles that include Classical, folk, jazz, ethnic and world music, as well as popular music and music composed by contemporary artists. Those artists are often part of our congregation or friends from the musical community in the Boston area.
First Parish has an adult choir that rehearses weekly and sings at a church service once per month. We have a full rock and roll band that plays at some services, too!
There are times that our music director hosts a family choir event, usually on multi-generational services, in which people learn the music prior to the service and then share the songs at that service. We have a wide variety of talent in our congregation and have had some wonderful youth and children singing at church services.
Charlyn Bethell, Music Director
Guy Urban, Accompanist