Reverend Terry will be taking questions for a Question Box Service to be held on Sunday, May 26! Please submit your questions via the box on the piano in the Cleveland Room or via the submission box below. See you in church!

And so the bell rang.

32 times.  Because she’s the 32nd minister.

Plus one more.  Because she’s the first female minister in our 390 year history. 

On Sunday, May 5, 2019, First Church in Salem, Unitarian Universalist overwhelmingly and joyously called Pastor Elizabeth M. Ide as our 32nd minister.  

Candidate Week was a whirlwind. Through 23 occasions in nine days (including one that ended with deep conversation by candlelight when the power failed), Elizabeth eventually met the entire staff and the majority of our active members. Her intense interest in our church community was palpable, whether during worship, in meetings, or socializing.  She spoke quietly and confidently from her heart about things that matter to her and to our community.  She is our minister now, and we are her congregation. 

The work of the search is over, and the work of a new shared ministry begins.  Our walk together continues and the First Church community is thrilled at the prospect.

Question Box Service 
Sunday, May 26

Reverend Terry will be taking questions for a Question Box Service to be held on Sunday, May 26! Please submit your questions via the box on the piano in the Cleveland Room or via the submission page on our website. Thank you!  

First Church Annual Picnic
The Annual Picnic will take place on Sunday, June 2 (rain date: June 9). The Annual Picnic is a wonderful tradition here at First Church and it takes many hands to make it happen. We are need of folks to help primarily with putting up tents and shopping the week of, as well as set up and clean up the day of. If you are available for any of that please contact the Church Office at
Our annual Church Picnic is a special event where church friends new and old come together to share a meal. We will grill hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers.  The rest of the picnic is potluck style, so please bring a side item or dessert item to share.  We then get to enjoy our beautiful side yard as we eat yummy food and visit with our church community.  Rain date: Sunday, June 9.

RE Sunday: Sunday, June 9
Join us in our annual celebration of our children and their work and journeys over this last year. Each child will receive a book and a flower, a longstanding tradition here at the First Church. We will also recognize our high school seniors who are moving on to the next chapter in their lives.  


Sign Up to be a Fellowship Host
Children's Table: June 9 and 23
Members and friends of The First Church volunteer to host part of Fellowship each week: one person/family/group for the Cleveland Room (often referred to as the Adult Table) and one person one person/family/group for the Barnard Room (often referred to as the Children's Table). Each month we hold one or two Potluck Fellowships where we ask anyone attending that upcoming Sunday to bring a bite to share! 

Garden Clean Up 
May 18, May 21, May 25, May 29
Dates for garden clean up are being planned to get our space in shape for the Annual Picnic (on June 2)! If you'd like to know more please email the Church Office at 

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2019-2020 Pledge Campaign: 400 Years of Hope
We kicked off this year's pledge campaign earlier this season with a goal of 100% participation from First Church Members and Friends before our ministerial candidate arrives. With only two weeks to go we’re about 90% of the way there. Download your card here and email it or mail it back today! Please contact First Church Administrator Catherine Bertrand with any questions: or at 978-744-1551. Pledge cards can be left in the envelope outside the church office or in the collection.


Tue, May 21
10am-1pm Garden Work Day

Sat, May 25
4:45pm Lifebridge

Sun, May 26
10:30am Service

Sun, June 2
10:30am Service
11:30am Annual Picnic

Mon, June 3
7pm HR Committee Meeting

Sun, June 9
10:30am Service

Tue, June 11
7pm Standing Committee Mtg