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
Jean Merkl
Kelly Morton
Dia Warren

News from Parish Committee

First Parish Building Remains Closed

Now that businesses are beginning to re-open in Massachusetts, you may be wondering when the First Parish building will again be available for meetings, services, rental uses, and other gatherings. Here is an important update for you. The church building is currently...

Seeking Search Committee Nominations

The next step in our search for our new settled minister is to solicit nominations from the congregation for members to make up our Ministerial Search Committee.  In the coming week, we will be holding a series of small group virtual meetings, facilitated by a member of the Parish Committee or Nominating Committee. There will be time to discuss the qualities needed for someone to serve on a Ministerial Search Committee and the commitment required of its members, as well as a chance to ask lingering questions about the search process.  At the end of the meeting, you will be asked to confidentially submit your nomination to the facilitator.

From the Parish Committee – April 24, 2020

In times like these it is easy to just want to give up and lose hope.  The moments I seem to be happiest are when I feel I am moving through this darkness toward some light – any light!  Our strong church community is one of the things that has given me hope and...

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.