Holiday Programs

Holiday Programs

Currently there are five different holiday programs at First Church.

Holiday Charities and Offering Plate Giving

First Church in Belmont donates 100% of its offering plate from its four Christmas Eve Holiday Services, as well as one service each month, to charities designated each year by standing committees within the Church.    These charities vary as needs are matched to our abilities.  For more information contact the Church Administrator, sstreet@uubelmont.org

We are grateful to the entire church community who generously supported our Holiday charities by donating $6,524, which will be shared by the Grow Clinic, Gateway Families, Playing for Change Foundation, and the work of our church.

Holiday Gift Program

First Church has a longstanding tradition of offering its members and friends the opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for a range of adults and children who are receiving services from several different organizations in the Greater Boston area.  Currently we work with these groups:

Heading Home – serving homeless adults through housing and support services that lead to self-sufficiency

Bristol Lodge – serving homeless men and women

Mary’s House – serving homeless families with children

The Grow Clinic – serving failure to thrive kids and their families at Boston Medical Center

For a few weeks before the designated collection day, church members and friends pick up cards that represent the various adults and children and then choose from lists of recommended or requested gift items.  All items must be new and folks are asked to bring them unwrapped to the church on or before the designated collection day. The gifts are then delivered to the organizations unwrapped so that staff at each of those organizations can make sure the gifts go to the adults and kids for whom they are best suited.  First Church’s holiday gift program typically delivers over 200 gifts through this effort.

For more information, please contact socialaction@uubelmont.org

The Alternative Gifts Program

This program enables friends and members of our congregation to make gifts commemorating special occasions and at the same time support nonprofit organizations in our community and beyond. Through this program, a person wishing to give a gift selects a charity they wish to designate in honor of the person receiving the gift. This charity can be selected from the list which the Social Action Committee has drawn up. It can also be a charity of the gift giver’s choosing.

A special card will be sent by the church to your friend, family member, colleague or client, informing them that an Alternative Gift has been made in their honor. These “gifts from the heart and spirit” are a wonderful way to honor loved ones, friends, colleagues or clients who would be pleased to know that their gift was furthering the work of organizations dedicated to making our community a more caring and compassionate place.

For more information please contact alternativegifts@uubelmont.org

Thanksgiving collection (Paper Turkeys) for the Belmont Food Pantry

Each year at Thanksgiving time, the generous members and friends contribute to an annual collection for the Belmont Food Pantry’s holiday meal effort.  The collection takes place on the Sunday before Thanksgiving when those who attend church that day find paper turkeys scattered about the pews.  These paper turkeys are specially designed so that attendees can tuck bills and checks into the turkeys and then place those with their regular weekly offering in the collection baskets.  The contributions collected with the paper turkeys on this one Sunday – plus any sent in to the church office with a notation for the Belmont Food Pantry – are contributed in support of the Food Pantry’s annual effort to brighten the holidays for Belmont families in need of food assistance.

For more information please contact turkeys@uubelmont.org

Holiday Fair

The Fifth Annual Holiday Fair, held on December 15, 2013  was a great success with close to $8394 raised.  Please contact holidayfair@uubelmont.org

Please see the following table for a list of the organizations represented at the Holiday Fair.