Service Times

Sunday Services
10:00 am 

Religious Faith Formation for Youth

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Pre-K through High School
Nursery: Infants to Pre-K

Worship Schedule 
Recent Sermons

We are a liberal religious community in the Unitarian Universalist tradition. We do not hold one another to any creed or doctrine. Our mission is to be a welcoming, inclusive and nurturing environment for worship and spiritual growth. Our community promotes and encourages respect for each individual in his/her search for truth and development of personal values; learning through an open-minded exchange of ideas; and compassion for and commitment to each other and the world.

Rev. Ellen Rowse Spero

Ellen Rowse Spero


Rev Spero has been  serving as our Minister since  the fall of 2002.

Phone: 978-256-5555
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Office Hours: Rev. Ellen is generally in the office mid-day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and by appointment. Please note that Fridays are her day off.
Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Intern Minister

Jennifer Johnson is serving as our Ministerial Intern.

Phone: 978-256-5133
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Office Hours: Sun - Tues by appointment.

Our Staff

Dolores Heredia-Wood, DRE
Dolores GHeredia-Wood
Lifespan Faith Formation Director
Emma Warila REFAA
Emma Warila
RE Faith Formation Assistant
Steve Zocchi Music Director
Steve Zocchi
Music Director
Cindy Gist Church Administrator
Cindy Gist
Church Administrator
Jessica Volk
Events Coordinator



Our Church

Founded in 1655, First Parish was the first, and for many years, the only church in Chelmsford. For nearly 200 years, the Chelmsford town meeting and the First Parish meeting were one and the same. Our vestry served as the Town Hall until 1880 when the Old Town Hall (now the Center for the Arts) was built across the street. Its history is inextricably connected with that of the town.

First Parish Church


Steps for the Steeple

Help us celebrate the new steeple, a large undertaking by the Unitarian Universalist First Parish of Chelmsford and the Community of Chelmsford.

2 1/2 miles
Walk or run —
just have fun!
All participants receive a
that can be filled with

at the May Breakfast at the Unitarian Universalist First Parish Church steps from the end of the race. Parking available in the municipal lot behind the Fiske House.

Saturday May 5, 2012
8:00 a.m. Runners, 8:30 a.m. Walkers

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail
Chelmsford Center near Brick House Pizza
Rain or shine!

Suggested Donation:
$20 over 18 $10 ages 10-17 Free under 10 $50 cap per family
Register now!

Welcoming Congregation
Proud to be a

Welcoming Congregation


We are a Welcoming CongregationHandicapped accessibleassisted listening devices available

Worship Notes

First Parish Covenant

We, the members of First Parish of Chelmsford, covenant together to sustain and strengthen our beloved community by:
Honoring and celebrating the Spirit of Life
Nurturing all souls in our search for truth and the sacred
Caring and being present to one another in our joys and sorrows
Bearing witness through service to justice and peace
And being good stewards of our congregation, our heritage, our Unitarian Universalist Principles, and our earth.


Worship Schedule

Welcome Newcomers




Assisted Hearing Devices availableWheelchair AccessibleUUA Welcoming Congregation

Contact Info

First Parish Church
2 Westford St
Chelmsford MA 01824