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First Parish Church Historical Committee

Parish Historians provide a vital service in keeping our church history documented and available.
They are also a valuable resource for the town.

     

Significant Events
1698 Church "gathered" as Puritan town church    
(farmers parish of Watertown)
1700 First meeting house in use
1713 Town of Weston established
1722 Second meeting house built
1801 Paul Revere bell installed
1822 First Sunday school opens
1830 Gradual shift to Unitarian theology started  
1840 Third meeting house built
1841 Ladies' Benevolent Society organized
1875 Town placed town clock on church
1879 Voluntary system replaced tax assessment
1888 Fourth meeting house finished
(present stone church)
1899 Tiffany window installed
(west end of sanctuary)
1913 Conant Road parsonage built
1918 Transept provided more space for choir
1918 Hook and Hastings organ installed
1924 Parish House completed
1930 Sears Memorial Chapel completed
1953 Connick window installed above altar
(east end of sanctuary)
1966 Roxbury-Weston Preschool opened
1968 New wing built and breezeway enclosed
1991 New name adopted:
  The First Parish Church in Weston
1998 Memorial Garden established
2000 "It's Our Turn" Capital Campaign – a three-year campaign to finance $1.5 million in renovations to the church facilities
2002 Sears Chapel Organ rebuilt by Nobscot Organ Company
2004 Benevolent Alliance disbands
2010 Sanctuary Organ rebuilt and enhanced with a digital capability by Marshall & Ogletree Associates, Inc.

For information about the early history of Weston, see
History of the Town of Weston
by Col. Daniel S. Lamson:
http://www.archive.org/stream/historyoftownofw00lams/historyoftownofw00lams_djvu.txt
(Nov. 2, 2009)

       

Ministers
1. 1703 - 1706 Mr. Joseph Mors
2. 1709 - 1750 Rev. William Williams, Jr.
3. 1751 - 1782 Rev. Samuel Woodward
4. 1783 - 1814 Rev. Samuel Kendal
5. 1815 - 1865 Rev. Joseph Field, Jr.
6. 1866 - 1876 Rev. Edmund H. Sears
7. 1876 - 1879 Rev. Francis B. Hornbrooke  
8. 1880 - 1882 Rev. Hobart Clark
9. 1882 - 1916 Rev. Charles F. Russell
10. 1916 - 1926 Rev. Palfrey Perkins
11. 1927 - 1964 Rev. Miles Hanson, Jr.
12. 1964 - 1995 Rev. Harry H. Hoehler
13. 1975 - 1995 Rev. Judith L. Hoehler
14. 1995 -   Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Wintle

Assistant and Associate Ministers
1996 - 1999 Rev. Edwin J. Moreano Assistant
1996 - 1999 Rev. Jean M. Sullivan Assistant
1999 - 2006 Rev. Suzanne R. Spencer  Associate
2007 -  2010 Rev. Peter Boullata Associate

Covenants
1709 First, Having perused the Confession of Faith put
forth by the last Synod of Churches, held in Boston ... 
1720 You do thankfully acknowledge ye Divine goodness
towards you, that you have bin by ye act of Your ...
1741 Voted, Whereas Some serious Persons may have
Scruples in their minds about Making a Relation of ... 
1867 The following Statement of Faith, the original of
which was prepared for the Channing church in ...
1884 At a meeting of the church of the First Parish of
Weston, February 24, 1884, the Reverend Charles ...
1984   In the love of truth and in the spirit of
  Jesus Christ we join for the worship of God
  and the service of humankind.

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