Did you know that 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.
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.

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

Did you know that 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.
Our minister,
Rev David Bryce
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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.

From September through early June, we offer two worship services each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., along with religious education classes for children (preschool through teen). Child care is available for younger children. On certain specified Sundays, announced in advance, there are changes in the schedule. Our social hour after each service is a wonderful way to meet people; our members make a special effort to greet visitors and new parishioners.

During the summer, June 15 to September 2, there is a lay-lead service at 9:30 a.m. Child care is available during the summer.


This Sunday

***Sunday, December 14th***


Music: Messiah -George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Choir   Soloists   Chamber Orchestra

Conducted by Alfa Joy Radford, Minister of Music

and Ian Garvie, Assistant Music Director


Church Service and Sunday School Program Gr. PreK-6

Childcare for infants and young children


This Sunday morning, during our annual Christmas Music Service, the Sr. Choir and soloists, accompanied by a chamber orchestra will present Part I of Handel’s well-known oratorio, MESSIAH. We will interpolate one movement from Part III, “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” a thrilling bass aria in dialogue with virtuosic trumpet solo passages. The orchestra Concertmaster will be First Church parishioner, Kenneth Stalberg. At the close of the service, the congregation will be invited to join in the singing of the “Hallelujah Chorus” – always a stirring experience!


Handel, an extremely prolific composer, wrote Messiah, his most famous choral work, in just three weeks during the year 1741, when he was 56 years of age. The music is varied, ranging from exuberant choruses to tender, poignant solos and mystical recitatives which tell the Nativity story.

Join us on Sunday, as we observe and celebrate the season of love and



Rev. David M. Bryce, Hallelujah!

 The Christmas greens and poinsettia

that decorate our Church are given by the Farnham Memorial Fund.


Leslie Talmadge, Leslie Walker, and Jeff Larson

 Welcome & Announcements:

Betsy George & Todd Schatzki


Christmas Music Service 10:30am


Morning Trumpet Fanfare “Abblasen” -attributed to Gottfried Reiche (1667-1734)

Robinson Pyle, trumpet

Major Choral Work: MESSIAH

- G. F. Handel (1685-1759)

Choir, Soloists & Orchestra

conducted by Ian Garvie,

Assistant Music Director;
Alfa Joy Radford,

Minister of Music and Organist

Congregation & Choir:

Hallelujah Chorus


Melanie Bacaling, soprano

Livia Racz, soprano

Melanie Salisbury, soprano

Irina Kareva, alto

Davron Monroe, tenor

Chuck Claus, bass

Bruce Kozuma, bass


** Next Sunday, December 21st **

Multigenerational Services with Children’s & Youth Choirs

Solstice Service

Rev. David M. Bryce

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