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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 church’s telephone system is working again – new extensions. Thank you for your patience and apologies for the inconvenience.
    • This week at First Church – January 23 – 29     Spiritual Renewal Through Poetry with Peter Guthrie  January 29 at 3pm  What’s Going On in West Virginia?  January 29 at 12:30pm   “Before the Flood”  film and discussion January 29 at 4pm    Women’s Retreat retreat-registration-form-2017  Registration deadline is January 29th!    March 31 – April 2, 2017  Retreat information  initial-retreat-letter-2017   “Reflecting on Racism from the ...
    • Women’s Retreat – March 31 – April 2, 2017 Our retreat next March will take place at Rolling Ridge, in North Andover, MA (http:// www.rollingridge.org) and we’d be delighted to have you join us. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register retreat-registration-form-2017 right away if you’re interested. We will be able to accommodate 30 women only.  The theme we’ve chosen for 2017 is ...
    • Severe Weather Emergencies – Sunday Service Policy Please take a moment to read our updated policy on severe weather emergencies and Sunday services.
    • Honeysuckle – Club Passim Emerging Artists
      Second Friday Coffeehouse on February 10 at 7:30 – featured beneficiary: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. $12 / $8 for Seniors/Students.

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    Sunday Worship — January 22

    Partner Church Service in the Parish Hall

    Our worship services this Sunday will be in multi-media format in the Parish Hall, bringing home the shared worship of First Church pilgrims with the Désfalva community this past summer. 

    Prelude: Improvisation on American Songs, by Aaron Copland (1900 – 90); Ian Garvie, organ

    11 a.m. Senior Choir: Isten, áldd meg a magyart, by Erkel Ferenc (1810 – 93)

    Offertory Hymn: Spirit of Life

    Postlude: Simon Andrews, organ

    The flowers on the Chancel Table are given by Lauren Crocker and Donna Ruvolo in honor of our partnership with the Unitarian Church congregation of Désfalva (Romania).