Councils and Committees
The Board of Assessors, the Board of Trustees,
councils and numerous
govern, run, and/or are responsible for most of the wide-ranging
programs and activities at First Parish.
Board of Assessors
One of the most important groups of volunteers within the church is the
Board of Assessors, which is the elected governing body of the church.
It consists of ten assessors, who serve three-year, rolling terms; a
treasurer; and a clerk.
The Board works with the ministers and staff. It
is responsible for the business affairs of the church, including
praparing and reviewing the annual budget; personnel issues; the annual
parish meeting; and defining and implementing First Parish policies and
directions, in accordance with the bylaws and wishes of the
congregation. The Board meets on the second Thursday of each month.
Board members serve as liaisons to the various
committees and councils to assess the overall health of the
Members of the congregation are invited to contact
the chair or another Board member with any questions or concerns about
First Parish business matters.
Board of Trustees
The First Parish Trustees are responsible for the First Parish
Endowment consists of a general fund and several smaller sub-funds,
for specific long-term purposes. The Trustees invest the assets of the
for long-term growth and income. The goal is to make the assets
to provide a growing stream of annual contributions to the operations
The Maintenance Council consists of a
group of lay leaders and a staff member responsible for extending
through repair and/or component replacement the useful life of First
Parish's facilities to prevent premature capital outlay for
Religious Exploration Council
The Religious Exploration Council oversees the operation of the church school and youth
groups. It works with the Director of Religious Exploration to
establish policies and budget, welcome new families, support the
contributions of the volunteer teaching staff and advisors, and to
The Council sponsors several annual events, such as intergenerational
social gatherings, the December
Intergenerational Service, the Undecorate the Christmas Tree Project,
the Intergenerational Holiday Service, and the Eighth Grade Statements
Justice Coordinating Council
The Social Justice Coordinating Council
is an overarching council that coordinates communications, Share-the-Plate donations, volunteer recruitment and volunteer recognition for the social action working groups. The SJCC meets monthly, and is open to newcomers who are interested in learning more about the existing working groups, or in starting a new social action project.
Worship and Arts Council
The Worship and Arts Council consults with the minister and music
director in supporting Sunday morning worship services through the
year. The Council sponsors Sunday services when the ministerial staff
is not in the pulpit. The Council is comprised of the following
Sunday Morning Ushers and Greeters ensure
that the Meeting House is ready, greet parishioners and visitors and
direct them to their seats, distribute the Order of Service, and close
the Meeting House after services.
Christmas Eve Meeting House Decorations Committee
decorates the Meeting House for the holiday season.
Sunday Morning Chancel Decorations Coordinator offers an
opportunity for individuals, families, or groups in First Parish to
provide Sunday service flowers or other decorations in memory or
honor of a loved one, a celebration, or an event. This is noted in
the week’s Order of Service. Parishioners are invited to reserve a
Sunday during the year through an online form.
Summer Sundays are lay-led services on a wide range of
topics at 10 am on Sunday mornings, followed by a social
The Canvass Committee organizes the yearly pledge drive. The type of
campaign varies from year to year (Celebration Sunday event,
contact, small group dinners) but the goal is always the same: to
obtain a commitment
of financial support from all our members. Pledges from our members
of our operating budget. The team welcomes volunteers to assist in its
The Bylaws Committee publishes the Bylaws in proper form and recommends
amendments to the Parish.
The Music Committee meets monthly with the goal of integrating music
more completely into the life of First Parish. The committee’s
responsibilities include advocating for the Music Director and
parishioners, publicizing music activities and the goals of the music
program, soliciting opinions from the parishioners, recruiting for the adult and children’s choirs, and
working with the Worship and Arts Council in planning services through
A six-member elected Nominating Committee meets during the year to
identify and recruit nominees to present at the next annual meeting, as
required, for the positions of Moderator, Clerk, Treasurer, Collector,
Canvass Chair, Registrar, Historian, Assessors, Trustees, Auditor, Bylaws Committee
Chairperson, and members of the Nominating Committee. The committee
also fills vacancies that have occurred during the previous year.
Pies on the Common Committee
Pies on the
Common is our annual church fair held on
Framingham Centre Common on the first Saturday
following Columbus Day in October. Pies on
the Common was conceived during a coffee hour in
A few members were discussing ways to
augment the annual church budget. One of
the women suggested using the Common to sell
home baked pies.
The idea was to raise some extra money
from people other than parishioners, involve
First Parish members in a united volunteer
effort, and have some fun at the same time. Each year
we sell over 500 home baked pies.
popular attractions include Kids’ Corner, with
children’s games and crafts; hot drinks and
breads at the Coffee Shop; the Food Court which
sells hot dogs, sausages and more for lunch and
the Candy Shop offering homemade fudge, novelty
candies and treats for every age group. Renting
space to over 50 local crafters is another
source of income for the church.
year more than a hundred First Parish members
and friends volunteer in the effort, making the
quilt, baking pies, selling raffle tickets,
setting up tents, and working at the fair. The
committee holds early planning meetings once or
twice in the spring, but we really swing into
gear in September. All
parishioners at every level are invited to join
in helping to make this major fundraising event
a huge success.
It’s a wonderful way to make friends and
deepen your connection to the church community.
more information, read the notices in church bulletins, visit the
Committee table during
Sunday Coffee Hour, call
the church office at 508-872-3111, or contact
the Pies chairman at
Talent and Treasure Auction
Each spring, First Parish holds an annual fundraiser called the Talent and Treasure Auction.
The live and silent auctions feature items donated by parishioners and
local businesses. The items offered have been as diverse as weekend
getaways, handcrafted items, writing wills, dinners on the town, and
homemade biscuits for a dog.
Themed baskets, created by church councils and
committees, are raffled during the evening. Each year, a Pay It Forward
item is chosen, to benefit a worthy program, and a significant amount
is raised from the many contributions, small and large. All this is
enjoyed in Scott Hall, with entertainment, wine, dinner, and dessert.
For the unfortunate souls who are unable to attend the event, proxy
bidding is available.
This significant fundraiser for First Parish
rivals only Pies On The
Common for monetary success. The committee is growing every year and
help is needed in many areas, big and small. It is a fun event to plan