Excitement, Warmth, and Commitment
First Parish is a buoyant, vibrant community of more than 400 members and a youth group of more than 80 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
Sarah Tocco has resigned as our organist and is moving on to a new position as Music Director at First Parish Westwood. While we are very sad to lose Sarah this is a very good career move for her that recognizes her hard work in completing her doctorate in piano performance last year and her outstanding musical talent. Click here for more information about Sarah's departure.
We seek an accomplished and resourceful Organist/Pianist to join our staff in a part time position. With the arrival of a new Music Director this fall and our current meeting house renovation, the incoming Organist/Pianist will join First Parish at an exciting and defining moment in the history of the congregation. Please click here for the Organist/Piano Accompanist job posting.
Our new church year begins under the musical leadership of Jonathan Brennand, the unanimous choice of the Search Committee. Jonathan brings excellent musical training and skills, an array of experience in many genres, and a warm and collaborative personality that has impressed everyone who has interacted with him. Click here to learn more about Jonathan.
Sunday, October 19 ♦ during worship services
Child Dedication Ceremonies occur twice a year during Sunday worship at First Parish. The next scheduled child dedication is Sunday, October 19. During a child dedication ceremony, children are welcomed into our community and blessed by our minister with water brought to us at Ingathering Sunday by our congregation.
If you and your family are interested in having your child or children participate in a child dedication ceremony, please contact the church office. In preparation for this service you are asked to meet with our minister, Reverend Marta Flanagan. Please contact the church office at churchoffice @ firstparish.info or 781-648-3799 x 201 with any questions you may have, and to set up an appointment with our minister.