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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!
March with First Church in the North Shore Pride Parade!
Saturday, June 24 at 12pm
Join us for the sixth annual North Shore Pride Parade and Festival! The parade kicks off in front of the Post Office on Margin St. and there will be plenty of great spots to view the marching groups along the route with our Grand Marshal Pulse Orlando survivor Christopher Hansen, before we descend upon Salem Common for tons of fun at the festival. There will be tons of vendor tables to stop by, delicious food trucks and tasty beverages to satiate your appetites and some show-stopping live performances that the whole family will enjoy!
MARCH WITH FIRST CHURCH! The parade will take place in Salem, We will gather in front of the Post Office on Margin St. to start. The parade will then turn right on Norman St. and heading down New Derby. It will continue to Derby St. and onto Hawthorne Boulevard where it will end up on Salem Common, where the Pride festival will follow!
Parade registration starts at 10 a.m. and the Parade kicks off at noon!
To march with First Church contact Rev. Barz-Snell at email@example.com or call the office.
July at First Church
The First Church will not be holding services during the month of July. The Church Office will be open on a summer schedule, which is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9am-1pm. In the event of a pastoral emergency or to reach the Minister, please call the church office and then Ben Waxman, the Chair of the Standing Committee. For a specific pastoral concern, contact Deacon Claire Donaldson, Chair of the Pastoral Care Committee.
Wed, June 21
UUA General Assembly Begins: New Orleans
Thu, June 22
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Sat, June 24
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
12pm North Shore Pride Parade
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner
Sun, June 25
10:30am Final Service of the church year
UUA General Assembly Concludes