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Rummage Sale and Bikes Not Bombs Collection

Saturday May 6, 2023 from 10am to 2pm rain or shine First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church Street, Watertown, MA 02472 Donate your old bike or accessories to benefit the youth programs and international development work of Bikes Not Bombs! The bike drive will be held at the First Parish on Saturday, May 6, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. A $20 per bike donation is requested to cover the cost of shipping your bike. Bikes Not Bombs is a local non-profit that uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social...

2023 Annual Meeting Warrant

The First Parish of Watertown, Unitarian Universalist Warrant for 392nd Annual Meeting To: Michael Collins, Clerk of the First Parish of Watertown, Greetings: You are hereby requested to notify and warn the legal members of the First Parish of Watertown to meet in the meeting house or virtually SUNDAY, THE 23th DAY OF APRIL, 2023 after the service, to act on the following articles, viz: Article 1 Reports. To receive the reports of: the Minister; the Treasurer; the Director of Religious...

Check it before you chuck it – Rummage Sale Donations Wanted!

The First Parish Rummage Sale on 5/6 needs your Quality Donations!   Do you have: books, records, DVDs, clean children's clothes (infant- 3 years), kitchen and household items, camping equipment, small electronics/ appliances (working order), arts & crafts, tools, nostalgia, knick-knacks, sporting goods, toys & games...   Due to disposal complications as well as safety guidelines, we cannot take: furniture larger than single person can carry, adult clothing, bedding/ mattresses,...

Memorial Wall Summer Engraving

Memorial Wall Summer Engraving

Names of deceased First Parish members, friends, and those loved by them can be added to the Memorial Wall each summer. Applications for engravings as well as additional information can be found on the website, and there are copies of the form in the folder on the office door.  The fee for engraving a name along with birth and death years is $550.  Applications and fees must be returned to the church office no later than June 1. Requests for a reduced fee can be made to the church...

Save the date for the 392nd FPW Annual Meeting!

Sunday, April 23, shortly following the Sunday service the 392nd FPW Annual meeting will be held. Yes, our history continues with you as an essential part it! The meeting will be held in person in the sanctuary, and there will be a zoom option that will have on line voting so everyone can participate, please plan to attend if you can, your vote matters! A very big thank you to the Tech Ministry for making it possible for all of the congregation the participate! The Annual Warrant is being...

“Towards A More Welcoming Church Building” survey is coming!

Your voice is welcomed, important and needed: watch your email!   Last June, our congregation voted unanimously to adopt the 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism. Here is what it says: “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our...

Religious Education Search Team Update

An update from the RE Hiring Team: We have gone live with the announcement of our search for a Director of Lifespan Faith Exploration (DLFE) which is our new title for the former position of Director of Religious Education.  You may view the announcement on the church website at  If you know of anyone who might meet our qualifications, please direct them to our website! Thus far we are pleased to have 5 applicants. We...

Circle ‘Round: Receiving and Giving in Community

Circle ‘Round: Receiving and Giving in Community

At this time of year we’re often reminded how First Parish remains a special place for all of us. In addition to contributing our time and talents to make the work of the church possible, we also contribute financial support. How do you make a pledge? By filling out our quick “Pledge Form”, available on the Giving webpage.

Circle ‘Round: Receiving and Giving in Community

Circle ‘Round: Receiving and Giving in Community

It’s worth pausing to consider the many accomplishments of the First Parish of Watertown in the past year. With our dynamic minister Rev. Sophia Lyons in her second year of ministry, we have successfully combined remote and in-person attendance on Sundays, implemented innovations such as Vespers services, and begun reinvigorating our Religious Education programs. A particularly proud achievement is our continued success managing the financial disruptions caused by three years of pandemic. This...

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