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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 Services
Online Sunday Worship Service
Worship services are held every Sunday morning at 10:30 am. In March 2020 we began meeting online using the Zoom platform. We anticipate continuing online worship through the September 2020 to June 2021 church year.
We gather together for online worship synchronously, using both live and recorded elements in the service. Our online services last about 40 minutes and are designed to welcome children’s attendance and participation.
Though our virtual worship services are new and evolving, they contain familiar elements from our usual worship: we light our chalices together, have music from the choir and members of the congregation, hear stories for all ages, and listen to sermons by our minister and lay speakers.
Services are followed by social hour in breakout rooms, where you can bring your own coffee and enjoy conversation and community.
Our annual ingathering celebration will be held on Zoom at 10:30 on Sunday, September 13, 2020. Although it will be different from past years, we will still be holding a “water ceremony,” one adapted for our times.
In preparation, please have with you a pitcher or vessel of water, from which you can easily pour, AND an empty glass or cup for each participant.
All are welcome! If you would like the Zoom link for the service, please contact email@example.com
Sermons by our minister and homilies by lay speakers call us to reflect on our lives and spirituality, learn from the sources of our faith, and deepen our commitment to social justice.
Registration for the 2020-2021 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
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