Christmas Eve Services at First Parish in Wayland

Please join us for two special services Christmas Eve services:

  • 4:00 p.m. OUTSIDE
  • 7:00 p.m. REGISTER for ONLINE or in-person OVERFLOW seating (Sanctuary is full). Or watch a live broadcast OUTSIDE.

At 4:00 p.m., join our Multi-generational Living Pageant as our annual tradition of retelling the Christmas story with the lively help of the congregation returns. This year we will be outside enjoying the fresh air like those gathered on the hillside with their sheep or walking the streets of Bethlehem. Masks are required for the safety of all. In the event of bad weather, a decision will be announced by 9:00 a.m., Thursday, December 23 about moving the service inside. If moved inside, a link to register for the limited capacity sanctuary will be shared.

At 7:00 p.m., we will have a traditional candlelight service of carols, readings. The homily is by Rev. Dr. Stephanie May, “Unexpected Resilience” – How might the extraordinary stories of the resilience of bees inspire our own hope for a brighter future this Christmas Eve? The service will be held inside the sanctuary and online and will conclude with a candlelight procession outdoors for caroling. Masks are required and vaccination for eligible persons is expected. Please do not attend in-person if you are feeling ill. Get the Order of Service HERE.

NOTE: In Sanctuary space is FULL. You may participate in the following ways:

  • Outside, in person – We’ll have screens set up with Zoom and you can join our in person, outside sing-a-long afterwards!
  • Zoom from wherever you are! (Register for link or watch eblast for Zoom connection information)
  • On Facebook (