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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!
Fall Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, November 18 8:30am-10am
Join us in Willson Hall for our Fall Pancake Breakfast! Organic eggs and pancakes will be served. Volunteers needed to cook, serve and clean up. Sign up here! Breakfast will be served from 8:30am-10:30am. We are asking for a donation of $5/person or $12/family to help cover the cost. Thank you!
Host Fellowship Hour
Sign Up Here!
Members and friends of First Church often volunteer to host part of Fellowship Hour each week: one person/family/group for the Cleveland Room and one person one person/family/group for the Barnard Room. Each month we hold one or two Potluck Fellowship where we ask anyone attending that upcoming Sunday to bring a bite to share! Fellowship Hour takes place following the service and coffee, tea, and light refreshments are served.
Please note all sign ups will take place online. Click the link above or email the Church Office with any questions: email@example.com. Thank you!
Meeting House Flowers
Meeting House Flower Sign Ups are available online or at the Sign Up Table in the Barnard Room. Currently the Garden Committee is coordinating flowers which are a wonderful way to celebrate an event, memorialize or honor a loved one. For further questions you may email Catherine in the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jan Eschauzier directly at 978-969-1820 or email@example.com.
Tue, November 13
7pm Standing Committee Meeting
Thu, November 15
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Sat, November 17
All Day OWL at First Church
9:30am Salem Pantry Distribution
Sun, November 18: Thanksgiving Sunday
8:30am Pancake Breakfast
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Choir Service
Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Fellowship
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
Sat, November 24
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
Sun, November 25
9:30am Bridged Student Reunion Brunch
12pm Pageant Rehearsal