First Meetings & Services of On-Campus Religious Groups and Spiritual Communities

First Meetings & Services of
On-Campus Religious Groups and Spiritual Communities

Welcome to Williams!

Many on-campus religious and spiritual communities will hold services or special meetings to welcome you during your first days at Williams. All of the events listed are open to anyone, regardless of background or religious affiliation.

The Chaplains’ Office website has more information on religious services, spiritual life at Williams, and community service and you’re always welcome to drop by the Chaplains’ Office in Paresky 205 for more information – or just to say hello!



Sunday, September 1st: Welcome FYS Mass, 6:30 PM, (Blessed Sacrament Chapel)

Sundays, starting September 8th:
4:30 p.m., Student Mass, (TMC main Sanctuary, upstairs).
8:30 p.m., Evening Mass, (Blessed Sacrament Chapel)
Weekday masses will be announced.
[Blessed Sacrament Chapel is located on the lower level of Thompson Memorial Chapel (TMC), enter through the Interfaith Common Room. The main sanctuary is upstairs.]

Saints Patrick and Raphel Parish Mass Schedule – Church located at 63 South Street, Williamstown


First meeting: Friday, September 6th, 7:00 p.m., Griffin 3
Friday Night Fellowship is WCF’s weekly large-group meeting. In addition to Friday Night Fellowship, WCF also offers regular service trips and conferences, has daily prayer gatherings, and offers four weekly Bible studies, including First-Year Bible Study (FYBS).


Sundays, starting September 8th at 5:30 p.m., “Upper Room” St. John’s Episcopal Church on Park Street.
– A faith-based student organization of progressive Christian students and their friends committed to radical and inclusive hospitality, respect for the other religions of the world, and explorations of the links between the Christian journey and social justice.
Come for a meal, fellowship, and prayerful reflection on the intersections between the Christian story and our own stories. Come when you can; leave when you must! There is always a place for you at the table. Everyone is welcome!


Meets twice a week. Join the conversation about faith and life, beliefs and holidays, different practices and common hopes with students from many of the world’s religious traditions over weekly dinners. For more information, look for the IF table at the Purple Key Fair on Thursday, September 5th from 8-10 p.m. in the Towne Field House.


Wednesday, September 4th: 12:30-2:00 p.m., “The NewBQ” a Welcome-to-Williams Barbeque for new and returning students.
Fridays, starting August 30th: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Shabbat Services & Dinner
(All events will be held at the Jewish Religious Center [JRC] unless noted.)


Fridays, starting September 6th: 1:00 p.m., First Jumu’a Prayer and Social Gathering
Other programs held by the Muslim Student Union or Islamic Campus Chaplaincy will be announced.
(All events will be held in the Muslim Prayer Room on the lower level of the Thompson Memorial Chapel, entrance facing Stetson Hall.)


Wednesday evenings, starting September 11th, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m., Thompson Memorial Chapel, main sanctuary. Candle-lit worship with songs and prayer from the French Taizé community with roots in social justice & humanitarian service. Come for half an hour of music and meditation. All are welcome!


Led by Luke Valadie ‘ 22 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting September 10th and 12th at 12 p.m. in the Meditation Rm., lower level of the Thompson Memorial Chapel. Everyone is welcome!


All students are invited to a BBQ on the Park Street lawn of St. John’s on Thursday, September 5th beginning at 5:30 p.m. 
St. John’s Episcopal Church located on Park Street facing the Paresky Center, invites you to enjoy worship, fellowship, food, and outreach.  We offer the intimacy of an intergenerational parish community and the opportunity to make a difference in the world through local and global outreach.  Enjoy good food and good conversation! For more information, call 458-8144.


The members and friends of the First Congregational Church, UCC, the white church located across Chapin Lawn from the Paresky, invite all students to engage with us in worship (every Sunday at 10 a.m.), fellowship, food, lively discussion, outreach, and social activism.  Let us provide you with a church home away from home, and the opportunity to make a difference locally and globally.  For more information, contact the church office by calling 458-4273, email [email protected], or visit our website.

All students are invited to the Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday, Sept 8 at our 10:00 a.m. service.  Following the service, we celebrate the opening of the academic year with a frittata
brunch.  All are welcome.

For more on-campus and local communities of worship, visit Communities at Worship.