If you think that First Parish may be the place for you, one of the best first steps that you can take is to join us for a service on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. The mood is relaxed and dress is casual. New people join us here at First Parish all the time, so you never need to feel awkward, or as though you’ll be the only one who doesn’t know everyone else. Visitors arrive as singles or couples; some people come with friends. Children are always welcome. New children may choose to follow the crowd into Sunday School after the story, or stay with their parents.
Don’t be too surprised if you know a few of us already! Our congregation includes many who are active in the schools, libraries and town committees of Cohasset and surrounding towns; you may well get here and see some familiar faces.
You will be welcomed warmly and may be asked to fill out a contact card. These allow us to keep you in touch with what is going on here at First Parish, but there will be absolutely no pressure to join our congregation unless or until you are sure that this is where you want to be. Join us for coffee after the service across the street in the Parish Hall.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the questions that get asked a lot by our guests and newer members of our community. If you have questions that are not answered below, of course, feel free to contact our office administrator or minister, or click here to read more about what to expect when you get here on Sunday morning.
Can I just “show up” for a worship service or Sunday school if I have never been to First Parish before?
Of course! Adults who fill in a contact card will be added to our newsletter and email lists and generally be contacted by someone in the church.
How do people dress for Sunday worship services?
Our congregation is casual and open. Come in whatever makes you comfortable.
Should I bring my children when I come to First Parish on a Sunday?
Yes! Children’s programming and/or childcare are available during most worship services, and children are always welcome to stay with their parents. Children of any age are always welcome in the service – but most will be participating in the children’s programming that overlaps the adult worship services
What makes First Parish different from other churches?
There is no test of creed to join – “we need not believe alike to love alike.” Within our congregation you will find diversity of belief.
In our Sunday School we do not indoctrinate children by teaching them what they should believe, but rather we try to spark their own curiosity about religious questions and provide them with the tools they need to make their own decisions.
How do I meet other people at First Parish?
Come! Fill out a Contact Card at the Welcome Table or in coffee hour. Start with a Class and explore our Small Groups. Offer to help in the Sunday School. Sing in the choir. Call any of our staff members to discuss even more options for getting involved. Discover more about how to connect.
What do Unitarians believe?
Ours is a free faith. We believe in “life before death” and in a free search for truth and meaning. As a liberal religion born of Jewish and Christian traditions, we keep our minds open to the religious questions that people have struggled with in all times and places. We are guided by our personal experience, conscience and reason in developing our beliefs, values and ethics.
Do you pray in your church?
We have time for prayer or meditation in all of our services.
Do Unitarian Universalists consider themselves to be Christian?
Actually, some do and some do not. Unitarianism grew out of the Protestant Reformation in 16th century Europe. At that time Unitarian thinkers began to question the authority of creeds and dogmas. In so doing, they strived to follow the example of Jesus rather than to keep to the various belief structures that had been created by men long after his death. What they aimed for was to follow the religion of Jesus rather than the religion about Jesus.