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, December 4  Turn Out the Light
What do we miss by keeping the lights on literally and metaphorically?  Pamela Barz preaching. 
Sunday, December 11   Be the Light
As we continue our Advent focus on flames and warmth, Pamela Barz will preach on ways of carrying light and we will celebrate the light of congregants' twin babies, as we dedicate them this morning. 
You are invited to bring a candlestick to church this morning and, if you can, leave it in the sanctuary through the Christmas season.   

* Christmas Services *

Blue Christmas:   A Service of Light and Hope for the Longest Night of the Year
Wednesday, December 21 (7 p.m.) at Harbor United Methodist Church 

This can be a hard time of year.  The lengthening darkness makes some sad, others feel a dissonance between the peace they hope for and the consumerism of the season or the acts of violence which fill the news.  This quiet candle-lit service will offer time for reflection, for acknowledging the place of sadness, grief, and fear in our lives, and for looking for signs of light in our darknesses.  

This year Harbor United Methodist Church, 55 First Parish Rd, will host this service which is planned and sponsored by the Scituate Clergy Association and is designed for people of all religious traditions.
CHRISTMAS EVE   Saturday, December 24

Children’s Carols and Candlelight service  (4 p.m.)
Led by Pamela Barz and guitarist Peter Mundt, with piano and cello music by Adeline Mundt.   

Candle-lit Christmas Eve service (7 p.m.)
Led by Pamela Barz and Elizabeth Dubuisson, with music from the choir and cellist Caroline Hine.  
CHRISTMAS MORNING   Sunday, December 25    Christmas Present

On Christmas morning, Elizabeth Dubuisson will lead us in a Christmas carol-sing; Pamela Barz will offer a reflection on the gifts of Christmas.  You are welcome to come in pajamas!  

Upcoming Community Events at First Parish

An English Christmas

Saturday, December 10   (7:30 - 9:00 pm)

Fresh from an appearance at the Boston Pops, Boston's leading handbell ensemble invites Scituate to celebrate the holiday season with their concert "An English Christmas," featuring traditional English Christmas carols, as well as modern arrangements of carols.  This not-to-be-missed event will help you put the "happy" in the holidays!

Tickets are $20 adult and $15 students/seniors, at the door, or online at www.backbayringers.org.
Third Mondays
(7 - 8:30 pm) Free, open to all. Fall session now closed!
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.
  • 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
    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

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-creedal 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!

Get To Know Us

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.