First Parish in Framingham

24 Vernon Street
Framingham, MA 01701

(508) 872-3111

Welcome, Visitors and Newcomers!

Visitors and Newcomers are always welcome at First Parish in Framingham, Unitarian Universalist. We were all newcomers and visitors ourselves at one time and want to offer to you the friendship as well as the “space” to explore our religious community.

Our church is located at 24 Vernon Street, which is at the top of the town common in Framingham. Parking is available in our lot behind the Meeting House off Edgell Road, or in our larger parking lot off Vernon Street next to our Parish House. Our Sunday Services are at 10 am from September through early June in the Meeting House, and in the Parish House during the summer.

As you approach the Meeting House (or church), you will be greeted first by our Welcoming Team, who can answer any immediate questions you may have, and inside the building you will be greeted by ushers, who will give you a Sunday program and invite you to sign our guestbook if you would like to do so. If you arrive early and would like to look around the building, that is just fine—if you'd like a guided tour, just ask the greeter; they will be glad to find someone who can show you around.

We offer childcare during the regular church year for infants and toddlers in the Parish House, which is opposite the Meeting House. Infants and toddlers can be brought to the Parish house nursery before the service starts. Children aged six and older come with their parents into the Sanctuary in the Meeting House each Sunday for the first 15-20 minutes of the service before going to their religious exploration programs. If you have children or youth, you might want to arrive early and meet our Director of Religious Exploration, who can show you all where the groups meet. We think you will enjoy the RE program. Our primary concern is that our visitors of all ages feel as comfortable as possible!

A Coffee Hour in our social hall in the Parish House (across from the Meeting House) follows Sunday services. At the welcome table, just inside the door, you can stop to talk with our membership coordinator, Sara Morrison Neil,  and ask questions, gather pamphlets, and find out more. You can pick up a copy of the current church newsletter, which offers information about events, programs, and meetings for the month. There is also a pamphlet rack, on which you will find a myriad of program descriptions and activities. Please help yourself to all available information.

Throughout the week we offer a variety of programs, activities and events. We hope you will try one or more of these, in addition to Sunday services. We encourage visitors to attend services on several occasions, as no one service is representative of the great variety of  services, each emphasizing different thoughts, beliefs or paths. Please visit other sections of this web site for more complete information on ongoing groups and special events.

And, of course, please introduce yourself to our minister; Rev. Kathleen Hepler is eager to greet you and answer your questions about Unitarian Universalism and First Parish. Thank you for your interest. We hope we will see you in church!

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