of Scituate, Massachusetts
First Parish
Unitarian Universalist Church

Join Us for a Service

Services are held on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at 330 First Parish Road in Scituate MA. Everyone is welcome. The Rev. Pamela Barz is our minister. Join us—for reflection, music, and fellowship (and our thriving youth program)!
Sunday, June 11   Roots and Wings
This is our annual celebration of the learning and growth of our children and youth.  Using their study of Unitarian Universalism, children and youth grades K-8 will lead us in our chalice lighting, time of prayer and meditation, and offering (which will support the work of the Malawi Children’s Mission to build and run schools for orphans).  We will recognize the youth of our Coming of Age program and hear credos from two youth (three others will present June 18).  We will recognize our graduating seniors, and thank our teachers. The choir will sing Flying Free.
Sunday, June 18   I Believe
As we celebrate Father’s Day, and hear three youth present their Coming of Age credos that reflect on where they find meaning, Pamela Barz will lead us in reflecting on what we believe.  This is a multi-generational service. The choir will sing The Road Home.
Sunday, June 25   Going to Walden
We will celebrate the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817) and the beginning of Summer with a reflection on where we find peace and joy.  Guitarist and troubadour Peter Mundt will join us to lead our music.

Summer services begin Wed July 5 and continue through August

Upcoming Community Events at First Parish

Third Mondays
(7 - 8:30 pm) Free, open to all.
Want to learn about the Bible in a place where all questions, all faiths, and all perspectives are welcome? Each 6-session course in basic biblical literacy assumes no prior knowledge of the Bible and is not biased toward any particular Christian tradition.  The curriculum we'll use is in both Protestant and Catholic churches, and in groups that mix church folks, agnostics, and atheists.

Space is limited - please let Pamela Barz know if you would like to register for the series.  There is no fee, but participants are asked to purchase a copy of the student guide for Introducing the Old Testament, available at Amazon, and to bring that and a study Bible to each class.
  • Fall 2016:  Exploring the Bible:  What Is the Bible? (enrollment now closed)
    This first course offers a broad overview of the entire Bible, including chapters on how to select a Bible suitable for your needs, how the Bible is organized, how the collection of books that comprise the Bible were chosen, different ways that people approach the text, and what archaeology has to tell us about the text and its stories.
  • Spring 2017:  Introducing the Old Testament (upcoming classes March 20, April 17, May 22...)
    The second course focuses on the Old Testament in the context of the world in which it was written.  Learn about the march of empires across biblical lands, how ancient peoples thought about their world, and how the stories of the Bible distinguished the God of Israel from the gods of Israel's neighbors.
  • Fall 2017:  Introducing the New Testament
    The third course examines Jesus in three distinct ways: A man like other men, a Jewish rabbi, and the Christ of Christian faith. Then it's on to the cantankerous Paul, the other New Testament authors, and the wild and baffling book called Revelation.

Parish Notices

Monday Night Meditation (2nd and 4th Mondays, 7-8:30 pm)
Practice listening to silence on the 2nd and 4th Monday nights, led by Brian Sutton. May sessions are on Mondays 5/08 and 5/22. 

All are welcome. Cushions are provided, or bring your own.
Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30pm
Understanding the Issues of our Times

Explore issues of economics, color, and class in this new monthly reading and discussion group.
We will host a discussion of James Baldwin’s book of intertwined stories Going to Meet the Man as part of the ongoing community diversity conversations.  The book is available through the OCLN system.  It is not necessary to read the whole book. The discussion will be led by John Scopelleti, a Scituate resident who teaches English at the South Shore Vocational Technical High School; he is also a commentator for WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and an author. 
The dinner and discussion begin at 6:30 p.m. If you would like, as a reflection of our diversity, you are invited to bring a dish to share which reflects your family’s culture. 
Socks for the Homeless
With the help of the Frey family, First Parish is distributing clean socks for homeless men and women on an ongoing basis to Haley House and Rosie's Place. Packages of new socks can be placed in the basket in the Sloop Room.
Baskets from Zimbabwe
First Parish member Jenn Mackey has connected us with the Zienzele Foundation. The organization supports women who are caring for AIDS orphans; their handmade baskets are sold in the US to provide funding for school for the children. The baskets range in size and shape and are priced from $10-$60. Jenn will show them upon request and at our church fairs.
Faith Formation / Religious Education

Download the Religious Education registration form: Click here.
We are currently registering for the Fall 2016 K-12 Religious Education program. Registration is rolling.

Learn all about our programs for kids and youth here.
Photo credits this page: Ali Crehan, John Phelan, NPC/CA

Our Church

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Scituate MA is a vibrant, inclusive community of faith. We are a non-credal church stressing love, service, and religious freedom. Grounded in our Unitarian Universalist principles and purposes, we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and we support each individual's unique search for truth and meaning.

We welcome you, wherever you are in your search for deeper meaning, to join us in exploring “the big questions” and cultivating ways to live the answers amidst today’s modern challenges. Our congregation seeks ways to build community, guide our children, deepen spiritually, and to make a positive difference in the world. We celebrate the interconnectedness of all things. Join us for sermons, service, or celebrations!

Regular events in our parish life include book group discussions, meditation sessions, religious education classes, multigenerational social events, men's ministry, prayer shawl knitting, and social justice initiatives.