Just as we had settled into a routine of meeting together on-line, summer arrived and with it plans and pressures to re-open. As more and more spaces and businesses open, we are discovering that this is not a return to the way things were. We are living in a time right now of uncertainty and […]
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The Parish and Nominating Committees are really busy! We are in the process of collecting nominations for our Ministerial Search Committee this week. Our goal is to try and reach every member and friend to give them an opportunity to nominate someone for the Search Committee. If you are able, please sign up for one […]
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 closed for all use, including, but not limited to church committee meetings, community […]
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.
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 strength. […]
The First Parish of Watertown, Unitarian Universalist Warrant for 389th Annual Meeting April 11, 2020 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 virtually SUNDAY, THE 26th DAY OF APRIL, 2020 after the […]
During this trying time, we are remaining optimistic and thinking ahead to better times. At our last meeting we planned for a process to nominate our Ministerial Search Committee. Our plan is to focus on this during the month of May. The Parish Committee and the Nominating Committee will be contacting every member and friend […]
Due to a growing concern about the spread of the coronavirus in our area, First Parish Watertown will cancel worship services, religious education classes, and after-church activities for the next two Sundays, March 15th and March 22nd.
We will be meeting our Ministerial Search coach on Sunday, March 1. Lisa Anderson will be preaching at the service and will lead a meeting of the congregation about the Search process and the selection of the Search Committee right after the service. We hope you are able to attend on Sunday. Serving on the […]
Slowly but surely, we are beginning to get ready to begin our Search for a settled minister. We appreciate the wonderful attendance and discussions after the service on Jan. 12. Wendy is interested in gathering our visions for the future of this church and for the qualities you would like to see in a minister. […]
The approach of a new year is a good time to reflect and to look ahead. We will be doing just that at First Parish. A small group representing Buildings and Grounds, Finance and the Parish Committee has been meeting to talk about the future of the Parsonage. This is an important asset for the […]
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 by thinking about […]
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 about our Parsonage, which is now empty as […]