Annual Pledges

We work together to make First Parish of Watertown a vibrant and empowering place for all who enter our doors. We serve in our church with time, talent, and generosity of spirit. We strive to live our values in the broader community as well, taking part in community service with groups and as individuals, and bringing our whole selves to the world outside. We commit to provide our financial support to First Parish.

Our generous financial contributions to First Parish are essential to the ongoing success and growth of all our programs and all we do together as a faith community.

Annual Pledge Drive 2024

“We Rise!”

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Participation Goal (75 Pledge Units)

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Financial Goal ($255,000)

What is a pledge?

A pledge is your promise to make a contribution in support of the operating budget of the church. You can pay in installments throughout the church fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

Last year’s pledge drive exceeded expectations with pledges of $251,445. This year we hope to continue that upward trend with a financial goal of $255,000. Equally important is increasing participation. We hope to increase participation from 71 pledges to at least 75 individual and family pledges for 2024-25.

Why Pledge?

Your pledge is essential to supporting the many experiences First Parish offers you and your family:

  • Weekly worship: thought‐provoking sermons and extraordinary music helping us along our spiritual journey.
  • Our sanctuary: an historic, beautiful building that we are preserving and enhancing for ourselves and future generations.
  • Family faith exploration: programs engaging children and youth that support their faith and social development.
  • Adult faith exploration: programs on multiculturalism and inclusion, book groups, small group ministry, faith formative workshops and teachings.
  • Social activities: including choir, game nights, family playgroups, potluck suppers, talent shows, sing‐alongs, and an art show.
  • Community involvement: Social action advocacy, World in Watertown, Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, designated offerings, benefit concerts, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Staff: support for our minister and staff and the many programs and activities they bring to First Parish.

2023-2024 Budget Expenses

Total: $428,153

Facilities: $135,555 (32%)
Worship: $53,487 (12%)
Administration: $64,460 (15%)
Faith Exploration: $80,758 (19%)
Fellowship: $38,592 (9%)
Music: $39,762 (9%)
Outreach: $15,539 (4%)

Pie chart showing expenses: facilities 32%, worship 12%, admin 15%, faith exploration 19%, fellowship 9%, music 9%, outreach 4%

Pledges from our members and friends are the major source of income for the church’s operating budget each year.

In my first few years as your minister, I have witnessed your creativity, your resilience, and your commitment to living your mission. You shine and reflect your light on each other and this broader community in more ways than you know. I am excited for all the ways that we will raise and reflect our lights even higher in the months to come. Talent and opportunities abound here, and we can build on the momentum of the ministries we are nurturing and let their possibilities pull us towards an even more abundant, thriving future. I invite you to put your faith in these possibilities and to pledge joyfully and generously during our 2024 We Rise campaign. Now is the time to rise up and know that when you share your light and generosity with this community it will reflect, refract, and shine even brighter. Thank you for all the ways you rise and shine, FPW!

Rev. Sophia Lyons

2023-2024 Income

Total: $428,153

Pledges: $251,445 (59%)
Watertown Bank: $72,704 (17%)
Endowment Funds: $45,000 (11%)
Misc. Rental: $20,000 (5%)
Preschool: $26,504 (6%)
Other Collections: $12,500 (3%)

pie chart showing income sources: Pledges 59%, Watertown Bank 17%, Endowment Funds 11%, Rentals 5%, Preschool 6%, Other Collections 3%

How to Pledge

Make your pledge for 2024-2025 using the form linked below. You are encouraged to make your pledge by March 24.

Alternatively, you can email pledge information to pledge@fpwatertown.org.

All pledge information is confidential.

2024 Pledge Calendar

February 25: Stewardship Sunday
March 1: Pledge Period Begins
March 9: Potluck (12:30 PM) with Childcare
March 9:  Online Social Gathering (7 PM)
March 10: After Service Presentation
March 27: End of Pledge Period
April 1: New Church Fiscal Year Begins
April 7: Annual Meeting

How much should I pledge?

We are a growing congregation and we all need to be as generous as we can. A guideline is to pledge between 3% and 5% of your annual income (see Suggested Pledges table), but every pledge is welcomed. All pledge information is confidential. If your financial situation changes during the year, you can modify your pledge by contacting the Treasurer.

Please consider making a generous donation to our Annual Fund. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Thank you! Your generous contribution will ensure that future generations enjoy the spiritual community of First Parish.

Suggested Pledges

$25,000-$50,000$1,200$100
$50,000-$75,000$2,400$200
$75,000-$100,000$3,600$300
$100,000-$150,000$6,000$500
$150,000 and higher$12,000$1,000
Income RangeAnnual PledgeMonthly Pledge

When and how do I pay my pledge?

You can pay your pledge throughout the fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025. Payments may be made by check or through online giving. If you would like to pre-pay your pledge before April 1, please contact the church administrator at office@fpwatertown.org or (617) 924-6143.