Whether you are just passing through, or seeking a new religious home, we hope you will visit us. Please feel free to contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (978-256-5555), the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(978-256-5133) with other questions.

Our current COVID policy is available on our Sanctuary Status page

Questions about our Services

Questions about our Church

Where are you located?

We are the big white church in the center of Chelmsford. Our address is 2 Westford St. View Map
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What times are your services?

During the regular church year (The first Sunday after Labor Day in September through to late June) we hold a Sunday morning service at 10:00 am. Summer services (July and August) are at 9:00 am. 
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Are your services online?

Yes. We livestream our services, both on our website and on YouTubeLive (Summer services, and any other service not in the Sanctuary are only on available YouTube). The links are on the home page of the website.
First Parish Livestream Worship Services  (Sanctuary Services only)
First Pariish on YouTube Live 
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What time should I arrive?

For the 10:00 service, we suggest you aim to arrive at the parking lot by 9:45. If this is the first visit for your children, we suggest you arrive at 9:35 so that you can meet the Religious Education staff. They will ensure your children are placed in the right class. Your children are also welcome with you during the service.
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Where should I park?

We have a very small parking lot next to the church on Westford Street.  We try to keep the limited spaces in this lot avaliable for newcomers, visitors, families with young children and those who need to use our handicapped parking spaces. So, if you are new to us, please feel free to use this lot. 

In addition to the church parking lot, parking is available at the following places:

  • At the intersection of North Road (Route 4) and Academy Street, turn downhill into the small one-way street to Number 9, North Road, beside the small public garden. 
  • Behind Number 10 North Road - Lampert, Hauser, Rodman
  • In the public lot behind the Fiske House/Santander Bank (entrance on Rt 129 just past the intersection
  • There is some additional on-street parking on Westford Street and in the center of town. 

The town has requested that we do not use the spaces behind the Chelmsford Center for the Arts (CCA). Please also respect the requests from the owners of 6 North Road, Brickhouse Pizza, Gingerale Plaza and the strip mall by the CCA not to park on their properties. 
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Where do I go for the service?

You can enter the church through the main doors on Westford Street. The main doors are accessible, and there is an elevator to the sanctuary. You will find coat racks on to the right of the main doors.
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What do people wear?

You may dress up or dress casually. People wear whatever makes them feel comfortable for the occasion. Adults wear everything from suits to jeans. Children are encouraged to wear clothes appropriate to the activities in which they will be engaged.
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What do children do during the services?

Youth ages 4 through Grade 12 are invited to attend Sunday UU Faith Formation Program during the morning service. Nursery care is provided for children aged 1 - 3 at the morning service. See the Religious Faith Formation pages for more information.
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Is First Parish accessible?

Yes. We have handicapped accessible parking available in our parking lot,  an elevator to the sanctuary and all of our bathrooms are accessible and gender-neutral. Our accessible entrance is the main entrance on Westford St. We also provide assistive hearing devices and have Braille hymnals for the service. These are available from the ushers at the back of the sanctuary. For online viewers, closed captions are available on the YouTubeLive stream
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Where do you post snow cancellations?

Snow cancellation notices will be on the WBZ storm center (TV Channel 4,WBZ AM radio 1030, and on the web). There will be also notice of a closure on the church's main answering machine (978-256-5133). We will also try to get the word out via email (the Events list), FacebookTwitter (@uuchelmsford), and here on the web site, but we cannot guarantee this.  When in-person worship is cancelled, online worship is also cancelled.
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What kind of church is First Parish?

First Parish Church is Unitarian Universalist church, and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
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What kind of religion is Unitarian Universalism?

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Judeo-Christian roots. It has no creed, but we do share a core set of principles based on the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and the freedom of belief and search for advancing truth. For more information of Unitarian Universalism, visit the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) website.
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How big is First Parish

We are considered a small to medium size congregation with approximately 200 adults and 120 young adults and children.
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Is everyone welcome?

Yes, we welcome all who visit our services. We invite and encourage you to join with us celebrating the diversity of life among our fellowship and in our communities.
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What do you mean by "Welcoming Congregation"?

As of July, 2007, First Parish Chelmsford became officially recognized by the UUA as a Welcoming Congregation. A “Welcoming Congregation” is defined by our Unitarian Universalist Association as open, tolerant, and welcoming of Gay, Bi-Sexual, Lesbian, and Transgender (GBLT) persons.
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How do I get more information about First Parish?

Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  or the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions. For more general information, and to sign up for our newlsetters, visit our contact information page.  We are also on Facebook.  Most importantly, come visit us.
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What are the Church Office hours

The office is normally open weekdays from 8:00am to 12:00pm. A call ahead is advisable to check to see if the office is attended.

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