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.

The First Parish Choir and several guest musicians, under the direction of Music Director Pauline Oliver, will present J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat,” the renowned musical setting of the Biblical canticle of the same name. Boston Conservatory vocalists Michaela Voltz, Frankie Compofelice, and John Bitsas will perform with the choir and its own soloists, accompanied by a 17-piece orchestra.

The Rev. Dr. Stephanie May will deliver the homily, “In Promise of Birth.”

In our Spiritual and Ethical Exploration for Kids (SEEK) Program, we are welcoming Sharon Engler, a music enrichment specialist. She will be offering the children a fun hands-on musical experience.

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.

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Upcoming Events

Wed 13

Archives Work Group

December 13 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wed 13

Sunroom Reserved

December 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed 13

Knit 1, Laugh 2

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 14

Minister’s Lunch

December 14 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Our Christmas Eve Services

A 4:00 p.m. multigenerational service that will feature a fun and interactive presentation of the Nativity story (in which anyone can participate); and a service at 7:00 p.m. with carols, readings, and a homily. Each service will include a special, candlelit...

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Celebrating the Life of David Lang

Saturday, December 2, 2:00 p.m., Sanctuary. Please enter through the Commons. Doors to the Meetinghouse will open for seating at 1:00pm. Reception with artwork to follow in the Vestry and Commons. We anticipate a very large gathering and strongly encourage carpooling....

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Carol Sing & Community Open House

Sunday, December 3, 4:30 p.m., Meetinghouse Steps & Vestry Come greet Santa, ring some sleigh bells, and sing in the holiday season with family, friends, and neighbors to the accompaniment of The Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band and led by the Rev. Maddie...

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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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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.