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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!
Family Fun Night Halloween Party
Friday, October 20 at 6:00pm
Come in costume and be ready for some spooky fun. We will have games, crafts and some special surprises.
Requested donations of $5/person or $10/family for pizza being provided. Thank you!!!
Family Promise: We Walk to End Homelessness
Saturday, October 21, 8:30am-10:30am
On Saturday, October 21, join neighbors and friends to support Family Promise. The 4th Annual Walk begins and ends at seaside Lynch Park. Enjoy coffee and breakfast pastries before heading off for a scenic 3-mile loop along the shore and through downtown Beverly. Tee-shirt pick-up starts at 8:00 a.m. Helping families who experience homelessness has never been so easy or enjoyable. Please join us and show your support! Register or donate online, and find out more at www.familypromisensb.org.
Small Potluck Dinners in November
A few years ago we began a successful program of small-group pot luck dinners at members' homes. These dinners give people a chance to meet and talk with other members of the church in an informal, relaxed setting. The groups are formed randomly so that people meet with a cross section of church members. Some groups include both adults and children. We are starting a new round of dinners in November. The host(s) for the dinner will be responsible for timing, what to bring, etc. The only official order of business for each group will be to schedule a second dinner some time in February. To participate in one of these groups please print this form, complete it and scan it and return it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org OR drop it by the Church Office. PLEASE SIGN UP BY OCTOBER 23.
Lifebridge Dinner Team
Next Dinner: Sat, October 28 at 4:45pm
Click here to sign up for SUNDAY or SATURDAY.
The Lifebridge teams of the First Church serve dinners at 56 Margin Street on the third Sunday and the fourth Saturday of every month. You can sign up online or in the Barnard Room.
October Parking Fundraiser
The Halloween season is upon us once again. Some of you know what that means – All of you can participate. We have the opportunity to raise money for the church fiscal year. Last year, we had a successful month of fundraising in October by renting the church parking lot the weekends before Halloween and Halloween itself.
This is a fundraiser that requires little overhead and is easy and fun to do. For those who would like to offer two to three hours of your time during this month, please look for the sign-up sheet in the Cleveland room or online. This is a fun way of meeting people at the church and to contribute to the church as well. Please sign up in the Barnard Room or contact Helen Jacoby at email@example.com if you are interested or have any questions regarding this church fundraiser.
Family Promise Volunteers Needed!
First Church will once open our doors to 3-4 homeless families for seven nights from November 12-19. 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 Jess Kane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fri, October 20
6pm Family Fun Night
Sat, October 21
10am-6pm Parking Fundraiser
6pm Youth Group Pumpkin Carving
Sun, October 22
1pm-4pm Parking Fundraiser
Thu, October 26
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Fri, October 27
5pm-8pm Parking Fundraiser
Sat, October 28
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
10am-6pm Parking Fundraiser
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner
Sun, October 29: All Hallow’s Eve Sunday
10:30am Service with Guest Speaker Dr. Rose Wolf
12pm Youth Group Jack-o'-lantern Pumpkin Fundraiser
1pm-5pm Parking Fundraiser
Tue, October 31
2pm-9pm Parking Fundraiser