We cordially invite you to visit First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Canton, MA. Many of our newcomers have visited several congregations looking for a community, fellowship, and a place to explore their spirituality. We are proud to be a welcoming congregation. We’re glad you’re thinking of visiting us!
Our regularly scheduled Sunday services begin the Sunday after Labor Day and continue every Sunday through the second Sunday in June. Services begin at 10:30 AM in the sanctuary. Children and youth either attend the first part of the service before going to their religious education classrooms or stay for the entire intergenerational service. Services are led by Rev. Roger C. Peltier, a guest minister, a lay leader, or the youth.
Ushers will be at the door to welcome you, give you an order of service, and help you make out a name tag or find yours if you already have one. Large print orders of service and hearing assistive devices are available. You can also use the ramp entrance at the left side of the sanctuary. A Membership Committee member or other greeter will meet you at the door or inside the sanctuary to welcome you and answer any questions you have.
Our services are about an hour in length, and typically include contemporary or classical piano and organ music, music sung by our choir, hymns, readings, and a sermon. Services can be quite varied, and we invite visitors to attend several to gain a fuller impression of the rich diversity of our faith community.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their children. Children are an integral part of the congregation life. They attend the first part of all Sunday services. They participate in greeting others, ringing the Paul Revere bell, lighting the chalice and reading the covenant, and sometimes in the Time for All Ages, or in the choir or in a play.
Under the direction of Melissa Sturdy, our director of religious education (DRE), and the volunteer teachers and assistants, children can explore religion, spirituality, and values as guided by our seven principles, while having fun together. Children are age-grouped for a religious education program that emphasizes curiosity, activity, and community. Content varies from year to year and from group to group, but includes exploration of the world’s religions, community service and social justice concerns, and reflection on individual expressions of spirituality.
You may keep your infant or toddler with you in the sanctuary during the service or leave them in capable hands in the infant/toddler room, just down the hall from the sanctuary.
You can come a little early so that you can tour the building with your children.
Following Sunday service and the religious education program, everyone is invited to attend fellowship hour (sometimes referred to as coffee hour) for conversation and food, and to get to know each other. On some Sundays around noon, there are small group meetings, informal discussion about the sermon topic, poetry discussions, an activity such as a walk in the cemetery, or even a request for volunteers to help with some small project. All these activities give us a chance to learn more about each other and hopefully to feel First Parish may become your spiritual home.
Dress at our services is informal. People often feel comfortable in business casual or more casual attire, including jeans or shorts. The goal is to be comfortable.
Location and directions
We are located at 1508 Washington Street in Canton, between Pleasant Street and the Washington Street/Randolph Street split and across the street from the United Church of Christ.
Parking and entrances
Parking is available around the circle and at the right of the sanctuary. Accessible parking is available in three spaces to the left of the ramp entrance and in one space to the right of the main entrance to the sanctuary. Additional parking is available behind the police station (the building to the left of First Parish) at the back of their parking lot. Overflow parking is on First Parish Road, directly across the street from the driveway entrance to First Parish.
Building floor plans, exits, and safety information
The floor plans will help you:
- Find your way around our buildings
- Locate the entrances and exits
- Locate fire alarms, first aid kit, and defibrillator (AED)
More information and connection
Yellow visitor cards are located in the hymnal rack in the pews and in the vestibule as you enter the sanctuary. The information you provide on this card will enable us to send you information about First Parish activities, including email announcements and the weekly newsletter. We use the name(s) you provide on this card to prepare a name tag for you, typically for your next visit. Be sure to let us know the name you prefer to be called. Almost all of us will be wearing name tags during the service and fellowship hour, making it easier to get to know each other. The visitor card is also a good place to let us know if you would welcome a call from our minister or director of religious education to answer any questions you may have.
We hope you can find a religious home here at First Parish Unitarian Universalist – Canton, where community is nurtured, your joys and concerns shared, and your need to serve others is fostered.