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We welcome you to join us in worship, programs, and community, regardless of your faith tradition, race, gender, or family structure.

Multi-platform worship offers in-person worship with safety protocols and is live-streamed online – join us!

Worship Services

Worship Service

Sunday October 09, 2022
10:30AM - 12:00PM

"A Portrait of Courage"
All around us there are beautiful portraits of courage. We experience anxiety on some level every day, and every time we affirm ourselves in the midst of that difficult moment, however minor or major, we exercise courage. May we remember, too, that self-affirmation is counterproductive if we forget to affirm each other.

About our guest minister:
A bridge-builder, Rev. Andrew Kimble is invested in sustaining collaborative partnerships between the academy and communities of moral discernment. Ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Andrew serves as minister of church and culture at the Historic Charles St. AMEC in Roxbury, MA. Additionally, Rev. Andrew’s participation in philanthropic initiatives at Boston University School of Theology helps raise financial support for the school’s scholarships, programs, and annual fund. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Morehouse College, the HBCU that stands on that “red clay hill” in Atlanta, GA, and his M.Div. from BU’s School of Theology, known widely as “the School of the Prophets.” An emerging scholar, Andrew teaches online mini-courses on “Embodying the Spirit of Afrofuturism” and “Reflecting with Howard Thurman” and directs STH’s Online Lifelong Learning program. He is also an educational advisor for the Trauma-Responsive Congregations project. In his free time, Andrew enjoys listening to live jazz, running outdoors, visiting the used book section in local bookstores, and spending time with family and friends.
All are welcome! 
We offer in person services (masks suggested) that are also streamed via Zoom. If you would like the Zoom link for the service, please contact office@fpwatertown.org by noon on Friday. 


 

Announcements

  • A bridge-builder, Rev. Andrew Kimble is invested in sustaining collaborative partnerships between the academy and communities of moral discernment. Ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Andrew serves as minister of church and culture at the Historic Charles St. AMEC in Roxbury, MA. Additionally, Rev. Andrew’s participation in philanthropic initiatives at Boston University School of Theology helps raise financial support for the school’s scholarships, programs, and annual fund. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Morehouse College, the HBCU that stands on that “red clay hill” in Atlanta, GA, and his M.Div. from BU’s School of Theology, known widely as “the School of the Prophets.” An emerging scholar, Andrew teaches online mini-courses on “Embodying the Spirit of Afrofuturism” and “Reflecting with Howard Thurman” and directs STH’s Online Lifelong Learning program. He is also an educational advisor for the Trauma-Responsive Congregations project. In his free time, Andrew enjoys listening to live jazz, running outdoors, visiting the used book section in local bookstores, and spending time with family and friends.

  • line drawing of church with pair of embracing hands, text Helen Robinson Wright Charitable Fund of the First Parish of Watertown. Helping Watertown residents since 1995

    Walk, Run, or Bike to help our Watertown neighbors, many affected by the pandemic, to meet their basic food, housing, utility, and medical bills. When?  Any time between October 2 and October 23, 2021 Where?  Any place you like! What do I do?  It’s easy! Just follow these steps: Print, fill out, and mail the registration form below, along with your registration fee, or register online at: https://fpwatertown.breezechms.com/form/a70d58 Ask your friends and family members to sponsor you, AND sponsor yourself as well. Fill out the pledge sheet below. Even $1.00/mile will add up fast. Between Oct. 2 and Oct. 23, walk, run, or bike (or a combination of all three) as many miles as you would like; keeping a record of your progress. When you’re finished, collect your pledges and send them to the HRW Charitable Fund, c/o First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St., Watertown, MA 02472. Pledges should be sent in no later than November 1. Beam with pride, knowing you’ve done your part to help those who are struggling during these hard times. All funds raised will go directly to help Watertown residents in need. Registration fee?  $10 per individual, $15 for a family of any size. Families are encouraged to go out together! Suggested minimum fundraising goal?  At least $25 per entry Prizes?  YES! Prizes will be awarded! This year winners will receive a VERY COOL HRW tote bag. What if I can’t actively participate?  Sponsor someone else, or send a contribution! We gratefully acknowledge the support for this event from the Watertown Savings Bank. Flyer – 2022 HRW Fun(d)raiser Flyer Sign up form and sponsor/mileage log – please send to Charlyn Bethell – HRW Fun(d)raiser 2022 entry form record sheet

Our Faith

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As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm the inherent worth of all people and embrace the free search for truth without a creed.

Our Minister

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Rev. Sophia Lyons is the 30th settled minister of First Parish Watertown.

Our History

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The First Parish of Watertown, established in 1630, is one of the oldest parishes in the United States.

In Our Own Words

FPW is a gentle, caring community where I learn and grow. It’s also a place that appreciates what I have to give.

K.W.

These Zoom services mean so much to me at this difficult time… it’s good enough that I remember I’m part of this community.  It’s a lifeline during the pandemic.

L.B.

We’re a small church that acts big.  We have some very energetic people who can do a lot.

Anon.

Learning

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Faith is a lifelong learning experience. Our Religious Education program promotes children’s individual religious exploration in a loving environment. Adult Programs bring religious education to the grownups.

Justice

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We commit to being a force for social change in our congregation, our town, and the world.  We support anti-racism work, speak out for immigrant rights, fight for climate justice, and welcome and celebrate LGBTQiA+ people.

Connection

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Join our community at social events and in shared-interest groups!  In times of need, our minister provides pastoral care. This community is sustained by our gifts of time and money.

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