Youth Group
Calling all youth! We have an exciting year ahead of us for Youth Group. We will be meeting Sunday September 17th and 24th from 6-7:30pm. Bring your best energy, and we will start to get our projects off the ground! Feel free to contact Hannah Peterson at with any questions, inspiration, or dog memes.

Committee Fair
Sunday, September 17

Ever wondered about the various committees making a difference here at the First Church?  Are you curious about how different groups are organized?  Here's your chance to learn more and meet some great people along the way. 
The Standing Committee (our board) is hosting a Committee Fair after church on Sep 17.  We will have tables set up and hosted by many our committees, all accompanied by some tasty treats and Fair Trade coffee and tea.  This is a great way to meet fellow members and friends and learn more about the many different activities and ministries of the congregation.  There are so many ways and opportunities where we can make a difference, and enjoy one another's company. 

Trails and Sails Tour Guides Needed
September 17 and 24
Tours of First Church will be part of Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, a free annual event presented by the Essex National Heritage Commission to introduce residents of Essex County to the extraordinary cultural and natural resources located here. Hundreds of organizations participate each year, and we will be among them!
If you would like to lead tours or answer questions for those just stopping in for a quick look, please join us in the sanctuary after the service on Sunday, September 10, once you’ve had something to eat at Fellowship Hour. You will receive your very own copy of the tour, and we’ll do a very quick run-through. Questions? Can’t make the 10th but would like to volunteer? Please contact the office if you’re interested: or 978-744-1551. It’s a lot of fun! Please join us!

Lifebridge Dinner Team
Next Dinners: Sun, September 17 and Sat, September 23 at 4:45pm

The Lifebridge teams of the First Church serve dinners at 56 Margin Street on the third Sunday and the fourth Saturday of every month. There are THREE ways you can sign up to help; the easiest is to just use the sign-up sheet in the Barnard Room. Alternatively, you can always join our Facebook page, or send an email to Alan Hanscom ( to be put on the email list.

Family Promise Volunteers Needed!
Click here to volunteer.
First Church will once open our doors to 3-4 homeless families for seven nights from October 1 - 8. We will need volunteers to make dinner, host dinner, and stay overnight.  Ideally, we need one male and one female to sleep over night for each of the seven days we are hosting the families. Overnight volunteers have their own private room (one of the two offices upstairs) and a comfortable bed to sleep on. To sign up please email the office or Jess Kane. Click here for more information about Family Promise.


Sun, September 17
10:30am Service
Annual Committee Fair
1pm Trails and Sails
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner
6pm Youth Group

Wed, September 20
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown
7:15pm Standing Committee Mtg

Sat, September 23
9am Choir with Michael Kraft
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner

Sun, September 24
10:30am Service.
Rev. Colin Bossen Guest Preaching
1pm Connors Farm Corn Maze
1pm Sails and Trails
6pm Youth Group

Thu, September 28
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging

Sat, September 30
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
9am Choir with Michael Kraft

Sun, October 1
8am Family Promise Move In & Set Up
9am Choir with Michael Kraft
10:30am World Communion Sunday Service

Fri, October 6
6:30pm Resistance Speaker Series
Featuring former CIA Office John Kiriakou