Excitement, Warmth, and Commitment
First Parish is a buoyant, vibrant community of nearly 400 members and a youth group of more than 70 youth. We are straight and LBTGQ. We are single. We are coupled. We are parents and little ones. Whoever you are, you are welcome!
We love music and have a 40-member choir and many musicians to show for it. We care about living green and responsibly and reaching across race and class.
In the center of Arlington, we have been around since the founding of the town. We have worshipped in five buildings on this site, today’s built after a fire in 1975. Through the generations we have stood for progressive reform.
We are a religious people who grapple with what it is to live and die, and make wise and good choices in our days. We know that living spiritually and intentionally makes for a fuller life and a better world.
Highlights and Upcoming Events
December 8 ♦ 10:00 am
A service welcoming members and the Advent of the Spirit.
Embracing the Darkness
Friday, December 13 ♦ 7:00 pm
A comforting, contemplative service honoring the darkness and loss of the season.
December 15 ♦ 10:00 am
A worshipful celebration featuring music of the season and more.
December 22 ♦ 10:00 am
An intergenerational service that includes decorating a Christmas tree.
Tuesday, December 24 ♦ 4:00 and 6:00 pm
Two services in which candlelight is passed hand to hand to call back the light on Christmas Eve. You are invited to attend either service.
Poetry to Mark the Year
Sunday, December 29 ♦ 10:00 am
We note the end and the beginning of the year by sharing poems that sustain and challenge the spirit. Bring a poem that has lingered in your heart. Led by our Worship Associates.