Welcome current and prospective members. Those of you who are members of the First Parish Kingston congregation will have access to the membership directory and to other services exclusively for members once you have logged in. Those of you who are considering joining the congregation will find information about membership, including how to join and the benefits and responsibilities of membership. Whether you are a member or friend of the congregation we want you to know that we welcome your participation in the life of this religious community and we appreciate your financial support in the form of an annual pledge. Should you have any questions about membership at First Parish, we urge you to contact the minister or Membership chairperson. We welcome you to join us, with open arms and open hearts.
Becoming a Member
of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Kingston
Guests who are interested in joining the Church should contact the minister, or a representative of the Membership Committee to discuss the benefits and responsibilities of membership. Before signing the membership book, potential members are strongly encouraged to meet individually with the minister and commit to attending an orientation class that offers an overview of Unitarian Universalism and First Parish in Kingston.
When the minister is informed of an individual's intention to join the church, the minister, or a representative of the Membership Committee, witnesses the new member's signing of the membership book. The minister invites the new member to participate in the next inclusion ceremony and a representative of the Membership Committee follows up with a phone invitation. Inclusion ceremonies are formal welcoming celebrations that mark the inclusion of new members into the congregation.
Inquirers and new members are invited to participate in UU and Me, a class that presents information on the programs and committees of the First Parish in Kingston, and provides an overview of the activities and resources of the Unitarian Universalist Association. It is designed to foster a personal connection to the congregation, and to facilitate long term, committed membership. During the class, participants are encouraged to match church activities with their personal interests and spiritual goals.