Governance

Parish Committee

The church is governed by the Parish Committee, made up of seven members elected by the congregation at the Annual Meeting for a term of three years.  The Parish Committee sets policy, hires staff, and manages the overall direction and business of the church.

2019-2020 Parish Committee

Sue Twombly, Chair
Kristin Bray
Nick Haddad
Kate Hanson Plass
Jean Merkl
Kelly Morton
Dia Warren

News from Parish Committee

From the Parish Committee – 1/24/20

Slowly but surely, we are beginning to get ready to begin our Search for a settled minister.  We appreciate the wonderful attendance and discussions after the service on Jan. 12.  Wendy is interested in gathering our visions for the future of this church and for the...

From the Parish Committee – 12/27/19

The approach of a new year is a good time to reflect and to look ahead. We will be doing just that at First Parish. A small group representing Buildings and Grounds, Finance and the Parish Committee has been meeting to talk about the future of the Parsonage. This is...

From the Parish Committee – November 2019

The beginning of the year is a time to re-assess and set some goals.  These goals give shape to our work and help us keep priorities in mind as we confront the issues and tasks of Governance.  This year, the Parish Committee goal is to take a wider view of our church...

Officers

Elected members of the congregation fill the offices of Clerk, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Historian, and Moderator of meetings.

Trustees

The Trustees of First Parish Watertown meet quarterly to monitor and review the stability of three endowment funds which support the church and its work in the community. Income from the Perpetuity Fund and the Ministerial Fund supports the operation of the church and the salary of the minister, while the Helen Robinson Wright Charitable Fund is used for charitable purposes in the Watertown community.

Parish Council

The Parish Council is an advisory body, comprised of the chairs of the church committees and chaired by the minister.  The Parish Council works to form a shared vision and goals for the church and coordinates the work of program committees.

Congregational Meetings

In line with our fifth principle – “the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large” – the members of First Parish elect officers, Trustees, and members of Parish Committee at the Annual Meeting each April.  Members of First Parish also vote to approve an annual budget and extraordinary expenses, amend the bylaws, and call a minister.