Here are some frequently asked questions that might help you during your first visit to The First Church in Belmont.
What time are services?
Where are you located?
We are at 404 Concord Avenue, across from the Belmont Center Commuter Rail Train Station, where Concord Avenue intersects with Common Street. You can arrive via commuter rail (Fitchburg Line from North Station), or bus # 74/75 from Harvard Square. Click here for a map and driving directions.
If I drive, where do I park?
There is a small parking lot on the church grounds. If that is full, on Sundays only, parking is permitted along the south side of both Concord Avenue and Common Street, as well as on the north side of Concord Avenue in front of the US Post Office and the Lions Club/Commuter Rail Station (on Sundays, don’t worry, even though there are NO Parking signs posted). Other days besides Sunday, NO Parking rules are enforced.
Is the building handicapped accessible?
Yes. If you enter from the parking lot, there is an elevator to the second floor. If you enter from the main entrance on Concord Avenue there is a ramp.
Where are services held?
Services are in the sanctuary on the second floor of the older part of the building. If you are coming in from the parking lot, the entrance is at the corner where the new wing meets the original building. Go upstairs and to your right you will find the sanctuary. If you are coming from Concord Avenue, the main entrance is on the right hand side as you face the church, nearest the town green. When you enter, ushers will provide you with an Order of Service; seating is open unless there is a major music event which sometimes reserves space at the front of the church for choir or musicians.
What do I wear?
Please wear whatever you feel comfortable wearing. First Church wants you to feel welcome and relaxed.
Is it OK to bring children?
Yes. Childcare is provided in the Sunday School wing for infants. Preschool and Kindergarteners start their classes at 9 and 11 a.m. in the classroom. School-aged children from 1st through 8th grade start in the service, and go to Sunday School after the “Story for all Ages.” The first Sunday of each month Grades 1-6 enjoy a combined class in the Library. For our Religious Education classes for 9th & up, click here. One of our ushers can show you the way to the religious education classrooms.
Will there be an offering plate?
Yes, we pass an offering plate during the service. Your donation is completely optional and any amount is welcome.
After the service, how do I find out more?
Immediately following church services you are invited to the Parish Hall (connected to the back of the church) for coffee. Please take a red cup so that one of our Welcoming Committee members can identify you as a visitor and help answer any of your questions.
Typically once a month, a member of the congregation shares their personal path to becoming a UU. A couple are presented here. Every Member or Friend has a different story and path.