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

Parish Committee News – March 22nd Newsletter

As spring approaches, the pace behind the scenes at church feels like it is picking up speed.  We are busily getting ready for our Annual Meeting on April 28 and planning for the upcoming ministerial transition. On March 10, we hosted a well-attended discussion of the...

From the Parish Committee – February 2019

In order to be an effective organization, we rely on the work of our committees and our staff. Many committees and staff are focused on planning programs and activities to carry out our mission. There are other committees which work with staff to make sure that all...

Parish Committee Update

The Upcoming Ministerial Transition The Parish Committee has been spending time in each of its monthly meetings this church year, discussing the upcoming transition period which will begin when Mark Harris retires at the end of July. We have been in touch with the New...

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.