Current News

First Parish Marches at Boston Pride!

Saturday, June 10
11am – UU Worship Service at Arlington Street Church
12pm – Pride March, Copley Square to City Hall Plaza

Join our Welcoming Congregations team and thousands of other marchers at this year’s Boston Pride Parade! We will gather with other Unitarian Universalists for worship and revelry at the Arlington Street Church at 11 am, and then march in the Parade from 12 pm to 2 pm. We plan to carpool to and take the Green Line together. Please RSVP to Rev. Catie and Rebecca Keller Scholl.


Roll and Stroll This Sunday

Rain or shine, all are invited to walk, bike, scooter, or car pool to church on May 21.  Again this year, neighborhood groups will organize within their groups to gather, and Roll and Stroll together. On May 21 there will be no children’s or adult choir rehearsals and no Needham Lyceum, so all of the church staff and congregation are free to participate.  (But no doggie day care this year!) Bicycles can be locked to the playground fence at the end of the church driveway.  We will meet on the church lawn at 10:15 a.m. for lemonade and a group Roll and Stroll photo. The more the merrier, and the less the carbon footprint!  

Thanks for Giving!

Announcing an all-ages party to mark the end of a successful pledge season:

Saturday, May 13
Parish Hall

Our budget drive raised over $340,000! Let’s take some time for fellowship and to celebrate our generous community. All First Parish members and friends are welcome. Dinner will be served and we hope to see you there!

Contact Joyce McGovern with any questions and to RSVP ( & 617-233-1884).


New UU Workshop

Sunday, May 7th, 2:30-5:30 pm (Music Room)

Join Reverend Catie and Mark LaPointe, our Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration, as we examine what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist in the 21st Century. We’ll take a look at who we are, what we believe, and how we take action in the world, all in light of our rich Unitarian Universalist tradition and heritage. This afternoon course is designed specifically for those new to Unitarian Universalism, but offers some great refreshers for long time UUs as well. Registration is requested and childcare is available upon request for those who need it. Please contact Mark LaPointe for more information or to register.

Teaching RE: What Better Way to Contribute to the First Parish Community?

It is time to sign up to teach Religious Exploration classes for the 2017-2018 year. As many of you know, the RE program is run on a co-op model. The expectation is that all families with a child in the RE program will have at least one adult volunteering as an RE teacher during the year. Of course, you don’t need to be a parent to be teacher in the RE program – others in the congregation are also encouraged to volunteer. Our RE program provides a very valuable experience for our children, and it is the reason many new people join our congregation. Yet, without enough volunteers, it is impossible to provide the strong RE program that meets the needs of our church. Once they get started, most RE teachers find that they really enjoy the experience – they learn as much as the kids do and they have fun doing it. It’s also a great way to meet more people in the congregation.  To sign up to teach the class of your choice, go to

First Parish RE Karaoke Night

Sunday, May 7, 4–8pm in Parish Hall

The Religious Exploration Committee invites you to join us at the annual RE potluck and karaoke night! The potluck will kick off at 4:00 and karaoke will run from 5:00 – 8:00 on Sunday, May 7 in Parish Hall.  Bring your favorite dish and show off your inner rock star (or just enjoy the song stylings of your fellow First Parish families). Let Jim Long know if you have any special requests for songs you’d like to see included. We hope to see you there!


Positively Aging: Antiques Road Show — Needham Style

Tuesday, May 9, at 4pm in the Parlor

We are lucky to have in our church an antiques expert, Jamie Turbayne, who will be our guest at our May 8 Positively Aging meeting. Jamie will talk a little about how he got into antiques and what he does now, and then he’ll talk with us about the “antiques” that we bring in.So, it’s up to YOU! Have you wondered about the value of that vase at the back of your china closet? Do you have a painting, a small chair, a lamp, a wall hanging, etc., etc., that you have inherited from your family? Do you have a “what’s it?” that is in a drawer or in the garage?

Please bring one or several things that you’d like to get Jamie’s opinion on. This is our own version of Antiques Roadshow. Come to have fun and learn about antiques either at your house or someone else’s house. Most of all, come to enjoy being with friends.

The meeting will start at 4:00, with refreshments and lots of good conversation. We hope you’ll be there.

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