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Directions & Parking

Public Transit  — Bus

Take the 74/75 bus from Harvard Square. First Church is across the street from the Post Office, just before the bus turns to go under a stone bridge.

Public Transit — Commuter Rail

Take the Fitchburg line from North Station. First Church is across the street from the Belmont Center stop.

Driving — from Boston and Cambridge

From Storrow Drive westbound:

  1. Exit at Fresh Pond Parkway/Arlington/Route 2W

  2. Follow signs for Arlington, Route 2W, Belmont

  3. At first rotary, follow main flow of traffic 3/4 way around rotary

  4. At second rotary (Fresh Pond), go STRAIGHT onto Concord Avenue

  5. Follow Concord Ave for 1.5 miles, until Belmont Post Office is on right

  6. Turn LEFT at 404 Concord Avenue into church parking lot

Driving — from other locations

From Route 2 eastbound:

  1. Take exit 59 (Route 60, Belmont Center) and bear RIGHT at the light onto Pleasant Street

  2. At the second traffic light, turn LEFT onto Leonard Street

  3. Go through Belmont Center and under the bridge

  4. Turn LEFT; the church is directly in front of you

  5. Turn first RIGHT into church parking lot

Parking at First Church

Parking has been a First Church issue since our founding members needed to “park” their horses and buggies in 1857. Our lot has 24 spaces only, so we ask that you use the following guidelines:

  • Reserve the spaces in our lot for the physically challenged, people with small children, and newcomers who may be discouraged from visiting if they cannot find parking.

  • Use only designated spots. Parking on the grass and the driveways damages the grass and blocks fire lanes.

  • Please do not park in the “hatched” area between the two designated handicapped spaces — it is not a parking space. The hatched space enables wheelchairs and physically challenged individuals to enter and leave vehicles.


Suggested parking on Sundays:​

  • On Concord Avenue.

  • In front of the Lions Club/Train Station.

  • In the Claflin Street municipal lot in the Town Center (a 5-minute walk; free on Sundays)

  • At the Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Ave.

  • We encourage you to walk or bicycle to church. There is a bicycle rack by the Lower Hall entrance and Google Maps can generate a bicycle-friendly route map from your starting point.

In Cases of Severe Weather

If a service is to be canceled a message will be placed on the church’s website, voicemail (617-484-1054, ext. 18) and Facebook page. However, in any weather condition which concerns you or your family, it should be clear that no one should ever feel pressure to come to the church if their travel conditions seem unsafe.

Lost & Found

Found items are located in a bin outside the Congregational Administrator’s office in the Lower Hall. Lost and found items are taken to a donation center every three months. Please come by during office hours (M – F, 9 – 2), call (617-484-1054, ext. 10), or email if you’ve lost something.

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