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Welcome to The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist. We are a mid-sized church of almost 400 families and individuals.  Married and single, straight and gay, with children and without, First Church is a vibrant community embracing a diversity of answers to life's important questions. Together in fellowship we are seekers, each respecting one another's individual spiritual path.  In addition to Sunday worship, we offer many opportunities to connect and socialize, share life experiences, learn from each other, perform and enjoy music, and serve the community.

From September through early June, there are two worship services each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., along with religious education classes for children. On certain specified Sundays, announced in advance, there are changes in the schedule.  During the summer, June 19 to September 4, there is a lay-led service at 9:30 a.m. Child care is always available during Sunday services.

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    We offer worship services in our beautiful sanctuary each Sunday, along with religious education classes for children. Our social hour after each service is a wonderful way to meeting people; our members make a special effort to greet visitors and new parishioners. More about our Sunday services.

    In the Spring of 2001, we proudly opened our doors as a safe haven and spiritual home for the LGBT community. Annually, we join the Town of Belmont as the only Mass town that marches in the Pride Parade as a town. More

    The Tiffany stained glass window of our church was commissioned by Edwin F. Atkins, and dedicated on April 12, 1890. As UUs, some of us identify with the traveler in our quest for a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. More

    If you’d like to learn more about our vibrant, world class music program with 5 Choirs, special Music Services & fall Children’s Musical, click here

    Did you know the Town of Belmont’s official town bell rings from our Bell Tower? To find out more about how we are intertwined, click here.

    The “flaming chalice”, symbol of Unitarian Universalism worldwide, traces its origin to the Unitarian Service Committee, founded to support an underground railroad for those escaping Nazi Germany, which was founded with the aid of First Church in Belmont in December 1940. More on the Chalice. More on the UU Service Committee.

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    What’s New

    • The Unitarian – September 27, 2016 Sermon information, upcoming programs, news, and events.
    • This week at First Church September 26 – October 2    Coming Up Soon!      Men’s Potluck Supper – October 7  7pm  Upper Hall     Folk Music in the Digital Age – October 12  7:30pm with Jim Wooster and Scott Alarik in the Parish Hall    Spiritual Pilgrimages –  October 16 12:30pm  Library  with Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom      MONDAY   MEDITATION   James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Library In ...
    • Open Our Hearts Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 pm – A Benefit Concert for Central American Asylum-Seeking Women & Children Now In Massachusetts. Featuring the The Loomers, The Blood Mountain Brothers, and The Yellow Room,
    • Circle Dinners – October 15 The circle dinners are coming up. Be a guest or a host to meet fellow UU members at a church members home. These are typically pot luck events for 6-8 people and a wonderful way to make new connections.
    • Fellowship Fall Hike – Saturday, October 1st – 1-4pm Please join us, old and young, for our 2nd annual fellowship fall hike. This year we will explore another beautiful local nature area: The Middlesex Fells Reservation.
    • Brian Doser and Carl Cacho in a split bill Second Friday Coffeehouse on Friday, October 14 at 7:30 – featured beneficiary: The Barton Center for Diabetes Education. $12 / $6 for Seniors/Students.
    • Job Posting: Nursery Assistant We’re looking to hire a Sunday nursery assistant … please share!
    • Job Posting: Pre-School/Kindergarten Teacher The First Church seeks a Pre-K/Kindergarten teacher … please share with people you may know.

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    Sunday Worship — October 2

    The Spirit of Renewal – Rev. David Bryce

    New Year festivals abound throughout each year. This year the Jewish and Muslim New Year’s overlap. Of course, “new year’s” is not only about a turning of the page on our calendars; it is also about spiritual renewal.
     
    Prelude: Veni Redemptor, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505 – 75)
    9 a.m. Nova Choir Anthem: Gather Us In, Jay Althouse (contemp.)
    11 a.m. Senior Choir Anthem: Psalm 150, Cesar Franck (1822 – 90)
    Postlude: Fugue in E flat, “St. Anne” (Part 1), J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
    The flowers on the Chancel table this Sunday are given by Marianne Leahy and Bruce Logan.