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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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Sun, May 26
Sun, June 2
11:30am Annual Picnic
Mon, June 3
7pm HR Committee Meeting
Sun, June 9
PICNIC RAIN DATE
Tue, June 11
7pm Standing Committee Mtg