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Welcome to Salem!
The First Church is an active congregation with a long and fascinating history. We are proud of our open-minded approach to matters of faith informed by our past and inspired by our values.
Today, we are a growing, multi-generational Unitarian Universalist church still grounded in the Biblical tradition but open to many different religious paths that we all encounter here in the 21st Century. We call it our "walk together" as our old covenant so elegantly states it.
We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association dedicated to the ideals of individual conscience, a reverence for the sacred, the dignity of all people, the interconnectedness of all things, and a vision of world community. We are a gathering of people from different backgrounds, traditions and perspectives coming together to celebrate, to serve, to enjoy one another’s company, and make a difference in our world. And we do this in a variety of engaging and inspiring ways each and every Sunday.
We invite you to join us for a service or attend one of our programs. Explore our historic Meetinghouse (built by Unitarians in the 1830’s), ask questions, introduce yourself to a few people, and take a few minutes to attend Fellowship Hour after the service.
If you are visiting, feel free say hello to one of our ushers before church or stop by our Welcome Table after church, located near the piano in the parlor (aka the Cleveland Room). We offer great programs for kids and have infant and toddler care each Sunday. We are always happy to meet new people and make connections. Before the age of computers this is what “friending” was all about!
We know how limited our time is and how many options all of us have on Sunday mornings. But we also believe in the difference just one hour can make in how we live our lives—an hour set aside for reflection, spirit, joy, and community.
Welcome to the First Church!
The Stocking Project is back!
Starting Sunday, December 3, members of the church will once again team up with the Salem YMCA to help provide presents and clothes for 15 local families that are having a hard time. People can team up or "adopt" a family (with one or two kids) on their own. For more information, call the Church Office, or speak with Jim Ognibene of Social Outreach Committee. And look for the Stockings on display in the Cleveland Room.
December Holiday and Caroling Party hosted by the First Church Youth Group
Friday, Dec 15 from 6:30 -8:30 ish
The Youth Group of the First Church invites you to join us for a night of caroling, game playing and cider sipping by the fire. We will gather at 6:30 and spend some time caroling in the neighborhood. We will then return for warm cider and stew by the fire, and perhaps a few games. Plan to dress warmly as we plan to be outside for 45 minutes to an hour. All are welcome.
Christmas Eve Services at First Church
Sunday, December 24th
10:30am Yuletide Themed Morning Service full of stories and song
7:00pm Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols Service
Join us for our annual service of festivity and inspiration, with special musicians, the First Church choir, stories and song followed by our annual cookie fellowship.
Sun, December 10
During Fellowship: Decorating of Meeting House
12pm Pageant Rehearsal
Tue, December 12
12pm Lunch with Pastor
Hanukkah begins at sundown
Wed, December 13
7pm HR Committee Meeting
Fri, December 15
6:30pm Caroling & Holiday Party hosted by Youth Group
Sat, December 16
9am Choir Rehearsal
10am Pageant Dress Rehearsal
Sun, December 17
9am Choir Rehearsal
Christmas Pageant and Multigenerational Holiday Party
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
Wed, December 20
7:15pm Standing Cmte Meeting
Hanukkah ends at sundown
Thu, December 21
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Sat, December 23
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner
Sun, December 24
10:30am Yuletide Theme Service
5pm Choir Rehearsal
7pm Christmas Eve Carols and Lessons Service
Mon, December 25: Christmas
Sun, December 31
10:30am New Year’s Eve Janus Ritual Service