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

Join us online for worship and activities. This fall, Rev. Sophia Lyons will lead online worship from our sanctuary.

Worship Services

Worship Service

Sunday October 24, 2021
10:30AM - 12:00PM

“Our Ultimate Concern”
Rev. Sophia Lyons preaching, with Djalai Babazadeh, Lauren Strauss, Guy Urban, Charlyn Bethel and the FPW choir!

Join us for our first hybrid service of the church year. If you are vaccinated and would like to join us in person, please sign up here (there are still some spots!): https://rsvp.church/r/qr8bt39X. As we continue to explore this month’s theme of cultivating relationship, let us turn our attention to the words we use to articulate our faith. For some Unitarian Universalists, religious language can feel fraught. For others, it can feel life-giving. This week’s service will ask us how we might deepen and expand our faith vocabulary so as to forge meaningful relationships with one another, and with that which is our ultimate concern. Gift yourself the gift of worship and come to church!   All are welcome! If you would like the Zoom link for the service, please contact office@fpwatertown.org by Saturday


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.


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.


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



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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.


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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.


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Join our community at social events, in ongoing groups, and program committee work!  In times of need, a Caring Circle coordinates practical support and our minister provides pastoral care.

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