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, March 1st***

Religion As Celebration

Rev. David M. Bryce

 9:00 & 11:00 Church Service

Childcare for infants and young children

(For weather-related Service and Children RE class cancellations, please check 617.484.1054 x250.)


A minister once said to me, “If you don’t hear people singing and clapping, don’t enter that church!”. Religion speaks to all aspects of life; it speaks to sadness and sorrow, pain and suffering. But part of its purpose is to lift our spirits and help us sing, whether during times of trouble and travail or during times of joy and happiness. Let us join together to celebrate.


The flowers this Sunday

are given by John and Leslie Kolterman in  memory of John’s Aunt, Marianne Glessmann and in celebration of Fiona’s 18th Birthday.


Jean O’Farrell & Betsy George

Laurie Graham & Martin Plass

Welcome & Announcements:

Jack Weis & Anne Donohue



What Gift Can We Bring?- Jane Marshall (contemp.)

Alfa Joy Radford, organ

Offertory Solo:

Being Alive (from “Company”) – Stephen Sondheim (contemp.)

Chuck Claus, baritone

9:00 Nova Choir:

Bizakodo (Hopeful) – Hungarian Canon, arr. Bardos

9:00 Postlude:

Christus, der ist mein Leben -J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Mary Beekman, organ

11:00 Sr. Choir:

Elijah Rock! - Trad’l Spiritual, arr. Jester Hairston (1901-2000)

11:00 Postlude:

Festive Trumpet Tune - David German (b. 1954)

Alfa Joy Radford, organ


** Next Sunday, March 8th **

Multigenerational Service

Rev. David M. Bryce

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