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

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...

From the Parish Committee – September 2019

The Parish Committee continued to be active throughout the summer.  In August, we welcomed Rev. Wendy Bell as our Interim Minister.  We are looking forward to working with her as we begin our journey into the future. In July, Parish Committee met to discuss what to do...

From the Parish Committee – June 2019

It’s official!  We have signed an agreement with Rev. Wendy Bell to work with us as our Interim Minister starting in August.  Wendy will begin in Watertown the first week in August and will spend that time getting to know the staff and finding her way around the...

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.