From September through early June, Sunday services are held at 10:00 a.m. on the second floor of the Meetinghouse (the name historically used for our church building). Services are led by a minister and assisted by lay leaders. The hour-long service includes choral music, hymns, readings and meditations, and a sermon. For individuals who care to, there is an opportunity to briefly share personal matters of joy or concern. You can learn more about what to expect at a Sunday Service here.
On a typical Sunday, children in kindergarten and older attend the first fifteen minutes of the service, which includes a story or message for all ages. The children are then dismissed to attend Sunday School classes in the Parish House (the building behind the Meetinghouse) while the service continues. On some Sundays, the children remain in the Meetinghouse for an intergenerational service suitable for all ages. Childcare through pre-K is available during every service from September through early June. Middle school and high school youth have their own Sunday programs, which include participation in some Sunday services.
After the Sunday Service, we gather downstairs for coffee, tea, light refreshments and conversation. Members of our congregation take turns serving as hosts. On tables and bulletin boards you’ll find information about First Parish and our activities, including opportunities to get involved. There may be “Fair Trade” coffee and tea for sale or tickets to a musical event.
Especially if you are new to First Parish, please join us at coffee hour! We would love to meet you. You can also look around and get to know a little about our community. At our newcomer’s table you will find friendly folks waiting to welcome you and answer your questions, as well as sermons and other written materials to take home for more in-depth exploration. We will be happy to tell you about the social and informational events scheduled each year for people who are new to our church and/or new to Unitarian Universalism. These events are a great way to learn more about our denomination and to meet others in the congregation.
During the summer months, from mid-June through late August, we offer smaller, more informal services led by lay members of the congregation. There is no Sunday School during the summer months.
For the most up-to-date information about Sunday services, guest speakers, topics, and other opportunities for worship at the church, please visit our parish calendar.
We are located in Wayland’s Town Center District, at the intersection of Routes 20 and 27/126 across from the Wayland Safety Building. Directions to 50 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778