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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 15 to September 2, there is a lay-led service at 9:30 a.m. Child care is always available during Sunday services.


    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 – November 24, 2015 The November 24 issue of the Unitarian is online.
    • This week at First Church – November 23 – 29     Prequel to Major Music – Dec. 2    Holiday Fair – Dec. 6   BELMONT UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ALLIANCE  Lunch and Program  Wednesday, Dec. 16, 12noon, Upper Hall       MONDAY JOBSEEKER BUDDY GROUP Theresa Howe, Tom Neel, Ed Yee, 9:30-11am, Library   The jobseeker buddy group is a support group for people that are looking for a new job or to transition ...
    • After the Musical Words cannot even begin to express how grateful I am to all of the parents, friends, and family members who helped out with the musical this year. The show was a smashing success, and it would not have been possible without the help of the entire community. From props to makeup, set to costumes, food ...
    • Babysitting Fundraiser Have a date night or tackle your holiday shopping with the help of a Youth Group babysitter!

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    Our minister, Rev. David Bryce
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    This Sunday

    November 29

    Sermon: “Thanksgiving”
    Let us celebrate all of the gifts we have been given (life!) — Rev. David Bryce

    Prelude: Adagio in Eb Major, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (Berlin, 1755)
    Dylan Sauerwald, organ

    Senior Choir Anthem: Canticle of Thanksgiving (Finnish Folk Melody), arr. Edward Wetherill

    Offertory: Priez pour paix, Francis Poulenc (1938)
    Livia Racz, soprano
    Francis Poulenc found this medieval poem reprinted in Le Figaro of 29 September 1938, and composed this song exactly at the time of the Munich crisis, when the whole world feared imminent war.

    Postlude: Allegro in G minor, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
    Dylan Sauerwald, organ

    • Services at 9 & 11 a.m.; childcare is provided.
    • Sunday, December 6: Rev. David Bryce
    • Sermon archive