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.
“A Common Table”
The Rev. Dr. Stephanie May

On this Thanksgiving weekend, many people sit down to share a special meal with family, friends, or strangers.Why does food so often have such a prominent place in our cultural and religious practices? In what ways does food bring us together?

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

Sat 25

Areen Bell Choir Rehearsal

November 25 @ 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Sun 26

Decorating for the Holidays

November 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sun 26

SEEK Fundraiser for Guest at Your Table

November 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon 27

Grief Conversations

November 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

First Parish Coffee House presents The Boxcar Lilies

Saturday, November 4, 8:00 pm., Vestry The Boxcar Lilies and John Henry will be live and on stage. There are just a few tickets left so act fast if you want to hear the fabulous sound of this harmonizing Americana trio. Click here for a sneak preview. Thanks to the...

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“Balls: It Takes Some to Get Some” Book Discussion

Tuesday, October 24, 7:30 p.m., Minister's Office Join in a discussion of this heartwarming and hilarious memoir by Chris Edwards, former Wayland resident, about his gender journey and transition. Chris will discuss his book at the Wayland Free Public Library on...

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Community Walk and Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness

At any given time there are 20 to 40 restraining orders in effect in Wayland and Sudbury and towns of similar size.  There have been 19 murder victims of related violence in Massachusetts this year, girls and women largely by far. 3 to 4 women die similarly every day...

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Join Us for Halloween Family Fun!

Saturday, October 28, 5:30 p.m. All are invited to an outdoor family movie and games night! Bring your friends and join the fun! RSVPs via Facebook are encouraged. For questions contact Kate Holland,...

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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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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.