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.
We are committed to service both within our own church and to the wider community. We hold WinterRest, May Breakfast, Fourth of July Breakfast, and the Holiday Fair annually which have become traditions here in Chelmsford. Members of the church provide food for those in need through Community Table, Table of Plenty and Open Pantry of Lowell. The Voices of Light Choir performs monthly at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Our RE youth work with the Lowell Wish Project, hold book drives and run the annual Mitten Tree. We also open our builiding for use by community groups, including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 12-step recovery groups Groups and Table of Plenty.
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 Chelmsford is officially recognized by the UUA as a Welcoming Congregation.
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.