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We are glad you found our website and hope that you have seen some things here that resonate with you. We are a congregation committed to building the Beloved Community and we welcome you to join us!

Most answers to questions that people a have about visiting our church can be found here. If you have a question that is not answered in our FAQ and you don’t see the answer elsewhere on the website (or if you simply prefer to speak with someone) please call 508-994-9686 or email Linda in the office.

The First Unitarian Church of New Bedford is a gothic, stone church located on Union Street, between Eighth and County Streets. The main church entrance is on Union Street. The Parish House may be entered through the double green doors on Eighth Street or the handicapped entrance from the parking lot.


Our parking lot is very small. Please leave parking available for those in need of the handicapped entrance. On-street parking is available on all surrounding streets (meters not in use on Sundays).



From Rte 195 take “Downtown” Exit (15) at Rte. 18. Go through first stoplight. At next stoplight (Union Street) turn right, go up hill until Eighth Street (last right before County Street lights). Turn right onto Eighth Street for handicapped parking lot access. Stone church on left is the Unitarian Church and the parking lot is behind the building.


Take Rte 495 S or Rte128 South to 24 South. Take Rte 140 South to New Bedford. Take the Rte 195 East exit and follow the directions above.

First Unitarian Church
71 Eighth Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 994-9686