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First Parish of Watertown
Contact Person(s):Rev. Mark W. Harris
First Parish, gathered in 1630 is a small (approx. 130 members) but active congregation that is known for its caring support for its members. It is a humanistic, friendly and informal congregation. The church has approximately 120 members and fifty children in Religious Education. In recent years the church has grown considerably from being quite small with a church school of 8 to a current registered enrollment of 60. They are good singers, and we have an excellent music program. We are a diverse congregation with respect to economic status and family situations. Historically, Watertown was an industrial, working class community, but that has changed somewhat. The population is 34,000 people. Ethnically it is a very diverse community, with a particularly large Armenian population. Approximately 25 languages are spoken at the high school. The community has an urban character with many businesses and retail operations, housing on congested lots, and many multi-family dwellings, with little open space.
Opportunities for Student Involvement:
The student will participate fully in the life of the church, dependent upon interest and skills. We would expect active participation in the worship life of the church, including preaching opportunities. We would hope for some form of support for our Religious Education program, especially in the area of adult education. There will be many opportunities for committee work, and church administration. Responsibilities would include some support for public relations outreach, community involvement and pastoral care opportunities.
The church is a short walk from the 71 bus from Cambridge (get off at Summer St.). There are also express buses to Boston in Watertown Square (also a short walk), and the 57 bus to Brighton and Kenmore.
Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:
- Administration and Program Development
- Denominational Polity
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
- Preaching and Worship
- Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Supervision will include weekly meetings with the supervisor. The student will also relate to the various committees within the church, and have his/her own support committee (Committee on Student Ministry). Any conflicts will be mediated through this committee and the supervisor's Committee on Ministry.
Number of Students: 1
Total Compensation: $5000.00
Type of Compensation: direct pay from site
Additional Notes: Site filled 2013-2015.