of Scituate, Massachusetts
First Parish
Unitarian Universalist Church

Join Us for a Service

Services are held on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. (Sept-June) 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, December 2    When Fierce Angels Visit       
On the first Sunday in Advent we will light the candle of Hope and begin our month-long look at the presence of angels among us, offering #MoreHope. Pamela Barz will preach. 
The choir will sing Angels in our Midst.

Throughout the month you will have the opportunity to take a picture of yourself as an angel in front of the life-sized angel wings. 
Sunday, December 9    When Angels Sing  (Special Music Sunday)
On our annual music Sunday, the choir and other church musicians will offer special music of the season and members of the congregation will offer reflections on their encounters with angels, offering #MorePeace. We will light the second Advent candle, the candle of Peace, and on the 7th day of Hanukkah, seven candles on our menorah. Pamela Barz will lead the service. The choir will sing I Have a Dream.
Sunday, December 16    The Fierce Angels of Scituate   (Christmas Pageant)
From the imagination and pen of Kate Glennon, a pageant for all ages celebrating the angels among us and how we can carry out their message of #MoreLove. We will light the third Advent candle, the candle of Love.  The Choir will sing Would We Have Eyes to See.

Upcoming Community Events at First Parish

THE SNOWFLAKE FAIR
Saturday, Dec 1 (9:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Our annual holiday fair is Scituate's best!

Enjoy hot soup in our cafe, then shop for our fresh Vermont Christmas trees, decorated wreaths, hand-made ornaments, crafts, and jewelry, homemade fudge, baked goods, jams and jellies, and so much more!
HANDBELL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
The Back Bay Ringers
Saturday, Dec 8 (7:30- 9:00 pm)

The Back Bay Ringers return to First Parish!
Over the last 15 years the Back Bay Ringers have been serenading Boston area audiences with their annual Christmas concert series, becoming a yearly holiday tradition for many music lovers. This year’s iteration is highlighted by popular favorites including selections from Vince Guaraldi’s score to A Charlie Brown Christmas and a new transcription of Barbra Streisand’s Jingle Bells arranged exclusively for the Back Bay Ringers. The Beacon Hill Times has noted, “Through artistically sensitive performances and innovative community and educational programs, the [Back Bay Ringers] continue to expose the unique musical art of handbell ringing to new audiences in Boston and beyond.” Join Back Bay Ringers here at First Parish for a special holiday treat!

Tickets are $20 / $15 seniors/students, available online or at the door.
COMMUNITY BOOK DISCUSSION
UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES OF OUR TIMES
Tuesday, Jan 15 at 6:30 - 8 pm (Scituate Public Library, Community Room)

Open to all. Please join us to discuss the book, how to be an ally in the fight against institutional racism, and how this relates to our local and global communities. Discussions led by John Scopelleti and Pamela Barz.

After many months discussing works about race and privilege, the group has decided to delve into the books that are studied by 6-12th grade students in the Scituate school system. Our January reading is Yoko Kawashima Watkins' So Far From the Bamboo Grove (following up our October reading of Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, and Nov's reading of Paul Fleischman's Seedfolks). We'll discuss the book and how it does (or does not) help create a sense of empathy towards folks who are traditionally under-represented in the books read by Scituate students. Copies of the book are available in the library system. 

Previous community discussions in this series looked at issues of poverty, privilege, race, and power through The House of Broken Angels by Luís Alberto Urrea; Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give; Tar Baby by Toni Morrison; Passing by Nella Larsen; Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones and The Men We Reaped; Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven; John Howard Griffin's Black Like Me; and James Baldwin's Going to Meet the Man.
INQUIRER'S CIRCLE
3rd Mondays
(Sept 2018 - May 2019)

Building Your Own Theology (aka 'Coming of Age' for Adults)

As you’ve listened to the young adults completing Coming of Age and offering their own Credo (“I Believe”) statements, have you ever wished for the opportunity yourself to think about what you believe? Then next year’s Inquirers Circle program is for you. Participants will use the UU "Building Your Own Theology" curriculum to look at what wisdom our tradition and other sources offers on such topics as human nature, views of the divine, and the importance of morality and, at the end of the year, write our own Credo statements. The class is limited to 15 people. Please email Pamela Barz with questions or to reserve your spot.
KNIT FOR PEACE
Sundays, monthly (fall dates to be announced)
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Scituate Public Library's Book Group Room

First Parish's new monthly knitting and fiber arts mini-retreat.: A time of reflection, silence, conversation, and the practice of your craft with others.

Because even super heroes need to take a break!

Parish Notices

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (grades pre-K–12)

Registration is rolling. Registration form is here.

We have about 50 kids in our program. Learn ALL about our classes and activities for kids and youth here!

We welcome our new Director of Religious Ed! Bill Ketchum is a 2017 graduate of Andover Newton Theological Seminary. Retired from a career in business, he is continuing a lifelong calling for working with adults and youth as a chaplain, mentor, coach, and teacher.
MONDAY NIGHT MEDITATION
(2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm) Nov dates: 11/12 and 11/26
Led by Brian Sutton

Would you like to incorporate meditation into your spiritual practice? 
Would you like to learn how to meditate? 
Would you like to add the energy of others to your already existing practice?

All are welcome. Cushions are provided, or bring your own.
FPUU serves the Scituate Food Pantry
Our drop box at the front door is available 24/7 for community convenience. We also collect food during every church service. Please consider donating:
  • Paper towels and toilet paper
  • Canned protein (salmon, tuna, meat); peanut butter
  • Coffee, instant coffee, and sweeteners
  • Shampoo, toothpaste, floss
Thank you to Eagle Scout Barak Laciner for constructing the drop box.
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. Baskets are availble at the new online store and at our church fairs.
Photo credits this page: Ali Crehan, John Phelan, NPC/CA

Our Vision

WE ASPIRE TO BE a beacon of liberal faith, strong community, and transformative service, 
rooted in love.


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!
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