Welcome to First Parish in Wayland

We are a Unitarian Universalist congregation with open hearts and open doors.
We seek to deepen our spiritual and human connections.
We build community and join together to make a positive difference in the world.
Please join us!
Sunday Services, 10:00 a.m.

Curious About First Parish?

Visiting is the best way to get to know us. But you can also learn more here.

Not Your Parents' Sunday School.

Our Spiritual and Ethical Exploration program is for all ages. Learn more here.

Want to Change the World?

So do we. Our Social Action programs offer lots of ways to make a difference.

What’s New at First Parish

This Sunday

10:00 a.m.
“To Boldly Go”
The Rev. Dr. Stephanie May

Whether launching off into space, a new personal venture, or helping to build a community like First Parish, knowing one’s mission can help direct one’s action and imagination.

Archived sermons available online and on iTunes.

Sunday Service Ushers

Greeters & Ushers are a vital part of creating a welcoming experience for all at our Sunday worship services.
Click below to sign up. Confirmation and instructions will be sent the week prior to your committed date.

Thank you!
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Upcoming Events

Sun 24

First Parish Volunteer Fair

September 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mon 25

Sunroom Reserved

September 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wed 27

Archives Work Group

September 27 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wed 27

Knit 1, Laugh 2

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

STEAM Night & Potluck

Friday, September 15, 5:30 p.m., Vestry All ages are invited to participate in a variety of fun, brain-engaging STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities while enjoying a shared meal. Come work your brain and feed your body! RSVP to Kate...

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Watch General Assembly 2017 Online!

While Rev. Stephanie and Rev. Sam are getting the full NOLA experience, we can enjoy GA from the comfort of our...devices! Click here to stream live or bookmark for a binge later.  

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Flower Sunday Potluck is June 11

Don’t miss the END-OF-YEAR PICNIC following the Sunday service. Good food, good fun and good friends! The Community Life Committee will provide sandwiches, but we need your help with side dishes, salads (green, bean, pasta, etc.), fruit and dessert. Let us know what...

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Organ & Trumpet Recital

Polly Oliver, First Parish Music Director, and Charlie Anderson, First Parish member, will present a one-hour program of music for organ and organ with trumpet. Organ works include J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in b Minor, the Toccata from Charles-Marie Widor's...

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Digging In for Community

Sunday, May 21, 1:30 p.m., Wayland Town Building Courtyard. Beginning with a large group gathering of word, song, and a ritual of planting seeds, we will then spread out to sites across Wayland to plant our seeds. Sponsored by the Wayland Interfaith Clergy...

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Spring Family BBQ!

Saturday, May 20, 5:00 p.m., First Parish Courtyard. Come enjoy food, fun, and games with the First Parish family! Click here for flyer.

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Our Vision

To be a vibrant, multi-generational community and a sanctuary for diverse beliefs and passions, joyfully offering our hearts and hands to foster a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world.

Our Mission


To Build Community
by forging caring connections and supporting one another through the joys, sorrows and mysteries of life.

To Search for Meaning

by creating opportunities for all ages to explore values and principles that orient and guide us through life.

To Deepen Our Spirituality
by gathering to share words and music, by nurturing private moments of reflection, and by cultivating reverence.

To Make a Better World
by engaging in compassionate service and promoting social justice.


We are a Unitarian Universalist congregation that affirms human dignity, community action, freedom of religious thought, and the power of love.

Our History

Since 1640, First Parish has been a warm and welcoming spiritual home. We draw inspiration from our long history rooted in liberal religious ideas.

Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalism takes inspiration from the world’s great religions, the natural world, and the human experience. We affirm our values in seven UU Principles.