Service Times

Sunday Services
10 AM
We will be holding our services online using Zoom throughout the fall

Religious Faith Formation for Youth
Resumes September 20th. Information is being sent to “RE" FF families. Please contact [email protected] if you want to be on “RE”FF email list.

  • Welcome to First Parish of Chelmsford!
    We invite everyone of good will to come to worship and to our community, in the fullness of who you are across age, race, gender, ethnicity, class, religious background, sexual orientation, ableness and family. We are a Unitarian Universalist congregation. While Unitarian Universalism began in the Protestant tradition, we have grown beyond our Christian roots into a non-creedal faith, welcoming of different spiritual and theological perspectives. Join us for worship, mutual care, and in service to the common good.

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    Warrant for the State of the Society Meeting on 10/18: SoS Warrant
  • On Wednesday, I met with my clergy coach, Larry Peers, who has been helping me be a better minister (I hope) since I started at First Parish. He is full of wisdom, both his own and what he learns from other colleagues. I shared with him my concern about keeping the congregation together when we can’t meet in person. The longer this pandemic goes on, the wearier and more frayed around the edges we can become. I am grateful that technology allows us to gather in virtual community but I know that it is not for everyone and it certainly does not replace being together in the same room. It requires more effort and intention. He shared with me something that my colleague the Rev. Nathan Detering has been saying to his congregation in Sherborn, even before all this: “We show up at church for ourselves. We stay for one another.” New people are showing up, looking for a spiritual and religious home for themselves. I know it can be hard but I trust that we will find ways to stay for them and for one another through this. While it may be for awhile, it won’t be forever.

  • Healing Conversations
    In keeping with the commitment in our First Parish covenant to care and be present to one another in our joys and sorrows, Rev. Ellen and the Pastoral Care Team offer this grief and loss group on the second and fourth Mondays of the month for virtual check-ins via Zoom to nurture and hold a sacred space to share stories, experiences, and emotions around love, loss and grief in a spirit of mutual care and deep listening. This is an ongoing group that folks in our First Parish community can join during the year, while maintaining it as a confidential and supportive space. The Zoom session will last only as long as needed for people to check in and get support if needed.
    If you are interested on joining, please contact Rev. Ellen
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Welcome Back! 

The Standing Committee and COVID Task Force welcome you back for the start of the church year. Enclosed a quick update from the COVID Task Force. Watch for upcoming

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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.

Nosotros, los miembros de la Primera Parroquia de Chelmsford, comprometemos convenimos juntos a sostener y fortalecer nuestra amada comunidad en:
  • Honrando y celebrando el Espíritu de la Vida
  • Nutriendo toda almas en búsqueda de la verdad y lo sagrado
  • Cuidar y estar presentes al uno y otro en nuestras alegrías y tristezas
  • Dar testimonio mediante servicio a la justicia y paz
  • Y ser buenos cuidadores de nuestra congregación, nuestro patrimonio, nuestros Principios Unitarios Universalistas y nuestra nuestro mundo.