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!

This Sunday

Services at First Parish

10:00 a.m.

What’s Church For Anyway?

October 1, 2023

Rev. Deborah Bennett

It’s Sunday morning …. what are you going to choose to do? And perhaps more importantly, why? Over time the role of the religious community in life has gone through some changes. Once a central gathering spot in every town, a source of information (and gossip) and the place to go to ensure one’s soul was ‘right’ with ‘God’, times have changed. The liberal church / congregation of the 21st century now has some stiff competition. Need inspiration – YouTube a ted talk. Need information about history or religion? Wiki has you covered. Want to talk with God – the woods awaits. Want to gossip? Well while I highly discourage this, we all know texting is a 24/7 resource. So…. what’s church for anyway? Come on in, and let’s talk about it!! You may be surprised at the answer.

We are open for in-person services and also offer online access.
Click here to watch online, or get more information about our services here.

Past services are available online and on YouTube.

See our Covid policies and Service attendance info HERE.


Come to Our Welcoming Picnic, Sunday, Sept. 17

Come to Our Welcoming Picnic, Sunday, Sept. 17

Join us after service on Sunday, September 17 for a Welcoming Picnic in the courtyard (or indoors if necessary). Let’s welcome Rev. Deborah Bennett as our Interim Minister, and let’s welcome each other back to the regular church year. Please bring a dish to share, if...

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Sustainability Officer Roundtable, Sept 28, 7pm

Sustainability Officer Roundtable, Sept 28, 7pm

On Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. MetroWest Climate Solutions will host a moderated roundtable discussion with three sustainability professionals from local towns: Julie Gagen, Sustainability Coordinator, Weston Jillian Wilson Martin, Director of Sustainability, Natick Abigail...

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Arts Wayland Jazz – Sunday, Sep 10, 3 p.m.

Arts Wayland Jazz – Sunday, Sep 10, 3 p.m.

Arts Wayland Jazz Series at First Parish First Parish in Wayland will host an Arts Wayland performance on Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. Nando Michelin and Ebinho Cardoso will present their new repertoire of songs using poems by Manoel de Barros. This concert will feature an...

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Gardeners, Beekeepers Support Local Shelters

Gardeners, Beekeepers Support Local Shelters

The First Parish Pantry Gardeners had a productive summer, planting FEDCO Nor’eastern Pole Beans (2 oz for $7.00), which consistently yielded a basketful of beans, every week, for the two South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) shelters the team supports. During...

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September Theme: Welcome!

September Theme: Welcome!

Welcome to our month of Welcoming! This year our overarching worship theme is a simple one: What does it mean to be UU? Ok, maybe it’s not so simple. But it is an important question and one that I invite you to explore together this year. To do this we will be...

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We Welcome Rev. Deborah Bennett

We Welcome Rev. Deborah Bennett

In August, the Rev. Deborah Bennett joined First Parish in Wayland as our Interim Minister. Rev. Bennett comes to us from Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Marietta, Ga., where she served as Minister for the past four years. She and her husband Jim lived...

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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.

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.