Welcome to First Parish in Wakefield – we’re so glad you’re here!
Whether you are just curious about Jesus and the Gospel or have been following Christ for years (or anywhere in between), First Parish welcomes all people. We can’t wait to get to know you better and hope you’ll find what you’re looking for here!
What to Expect
What are Sunday services like?
The 9:30am service is traditional and has a choir, beautiful organ music, and hymns.
The 11:00am service is contemporary, with a lively praise band and lots of singing.
Childcare and Children’s Chapel are offered for birth-5th grade during the 11:00am service.
What do you offer for kids?
Your children can always stay with you in the sanctuary during the service (we have “Pew Projects” for them to enjoy!), or they can participate in First Parish’s kids program for children newborn-grade 5. Children’s programs are available during our 11:00am contemporary service. An usher, classroom teacher, or a member of the Christian Education Committee will be happy to show you to your child’s classroom!
What do you offer for youth?
First Parish has a robust youth group called “The Lion’s Den,” specifically geared for teens and pre-teens in grades 6-12. Youth meet up on Wednesday night in the Lion’s Den Café (located on our lower level) to discuss life’s big questions and Christianity together with our Youth Leader, Julie. On Sundays teens generally attend our regular church services to enjoy worship and hear the pastor’s message.
Am I expected to donate?
There are no expectations to give financially. Many give as an expression of worship and gratitude to our generous God, but it is never required. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
When do you celebrate communion?
We serve communion during worship services on the first Sunday of each month, and on special occasions like Good Friday. This is when we recognize and remember the sacrifice of the body and blood of Jesus. Those who have come to faith in Jesus Christ are invited to share in communion with us. If you are not ready to partake, you can simply “pass the plate.”
Is there a dress code?
No! God doesn’t care about outside appearances, He looks at the inside (1 Samuel 16:7). Some attendees dress casually, others dress up for Sunday services. Wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable and able to come to the Lord with an open heart.
Is there food?
Yes! At the conclusion of both services we host fellowship times with free coffee, refreshments, pastries, and snacks to enjoy while you catch up on conversations with others.
Where do I park and enter the church?
Our private parking lot is located in the rear of the building. There is a door off the rear parking lot to enter the church. If you enter this way, go up the half flight of stairs to enter our vestry and sanctuary.
There are two other entrances at the front of the building off Church Street:
- Enter through the arch (takes you directly into the sanctuary), or,
- Enter through the front left-most door (nearest the cemetery, at the top of the ramp and staircase).
This entrance takes you to our office and the vestry where coffee hour is hosted – go through the vestry to find our sanctuary for worship!
Can I watch the sermons online?
Yes! We’d love for you to attend church in person with us if you’re able, and we also offer live-streaming on our YouTube page. You can find past sermons there as well.
Can you accommodate me if I'm hearing and/or visually impaired?
Yes! It helps if we know to expect you (contact firstname.lastname@example.org). Then just let an usher know your needs on Sunday morning and they can provide you with a hearing assistance device to amplify the audio from the service, and/or a large-print bulletin.
Are you wheelchair accessible?
Yes, our main level is wheelchair accessible with an entrance ramp at the front, cemetery-side entrance. The main level includes our sanctuary for worship, vestry for fellowship, Covell Chapel, church office, Pastor’s and youth leader’s offices, and a restroom.