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

May 19th, 10:30 am

“All of Me,” with Rev. Sophia preaching, Laura Horn, Lynn Bratley, Izzy Tappan de-Frees, Sarah McSweeney, Charlyn Bethell, Guy Urban, and the FPW Choir!

Each of us are so much more than one singular expression, aren’t we? We know that we contain a multitude of ever-shifting feelings, and yet many of us struggle to welcome in and love ourselves fully. This Sunday we will take the time to consider this, and our beautiful choir will sing two songs for us. Our final Journey of Faith of the year will be offered by Sarah McSweeney. Bring your whole self to church and feel the love!


May 26: Rev. Sophia preaching. A wide tent of theological diversity exists in our faith. How might we better challenge ourselves to not make assumptions about what our fellows believe, or don’t believe? Moreover, how might we find common ground?

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 welcome@fpwatertown.org by noon on Friday.

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 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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