First Parish Waltham Offers Unique Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- First Parish in Waltham, a welcoming Unitarian Universalist congregation, will hold a Christmas Eve service on Tuesday, December 24th at 7:00pm that is designed especially for families and individuals of diverse religious backgrounds in Waltham and surrounding communities.  

This special service will include familiar carols, stories and reflections in a sanctuary filled with singing, candlelight and warm holiday spirit. Adults, youth, and children of all ages are welcome and encouraged (but not required) to bring an ornament to help decorate the First Parish tree.

"Families today often have members with varying religious beliefs and traditions and this can make it difficult to find a holiday service where everyone feels welcomed" says Reverend Marc Fredette, minister at First Parish Waltham.  "We hope these families will consider our Christmas Eve service at First Parish and we welcome the entire community to come share in this multifaceted commemoration of Christmas as a celebration of midwinter, a remembrance of the birthday of Jesus, and as a festival of giving and sharing and of joy".


First Parish Waltham is located at 50 Church Street (on the corner of Church and School Streets and across from McDevitt Middle School). Parking is available in lots to either side of the main entrance and on nearby streets.

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Founded in 1696, First Parish Waltham is one of over 1,000 member societies affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Unitarian Universalist congregations are bound by common principles, rather than a creed or dogma, and encourage the pursuit of a personal religious vision, a commitment to social justice and to building a supportive community.

First Parish in Waltham welcomes people of every ethnicity, religious background, economic status, and sexual orientation. We strive to create a more just, compassionate, and peaceful world through weekly worship, educational programming, community building, and social action.

The congregation has an active religious education program for children, youth and adults.  The popular Waltham Connect program at First Parish provides opportunities for learning and dialog about important issues. First Parish also runs social outreach programs to support the Waltham community and, through it's Jones Partnership Fund, provides financial grants to support local charitable groups. Recent grant recipients include: Chaplains on the Way, Chesterbrook Learning Center, Community Day Center of Waltham, Downtown Waltham Partnership, Greater Waltham ARC, Healthy Waltham, More Than Words, Reagle Music Theatre, Thom/Charles River Early Intervention, Waltham American Legion Trolley Band, Waltham Family School, Waltham Farmers' Market, Waltham Mills Artists Open Studios, Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, Waltham Riverfest, and WATCH.

Come meet us and see what we can do together.

For more information, visit our website at or call the church office at (781) 893-6240. 

Media Contact: Rev. Marc Fredette, First Parish in Waltham, MA, 781-899-0174,

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