Visiting the First Church
Worship Services are held every Sunday at 10:30am, September through June, with the exception of Labor Day weekend. The church is on break during the month of July and we hold summer format services in August. Please see below for more information about July and August services.
During the month of July the church is closed and office hours are limited. Our services resume in August.
Childcare is provided during the service,. Visit our Families Visiting with Children page for more information.
The First Church, UU is a granite "castle-looking" building located at 316 Essex Street at the edge of downtown Salem in the McIntyre District.
First Church is just off of route 114 near the intersection of Essex Street and North Street. We are two doors down from the Witch House, not to be confused with the Witch Museum on Salem Common, (which is actually and ironically a former building of ours!)
From 95/128: Follow signs for 114 East all the way into Salem. Turn right onto Essex Street at the intersection where North Street turns to Summer Street. Just after you turn you will see First Church on your right behind a black wrought iron fence.
The First Church is conveniently located just three blocks from the Salem Commuter Rail station and parking is available along the sides of the front circular driveway and along Essex Street.
The First Church is ideally set up for transportation options in the 19th and 21st centuries! Our parking onsite is limited. There are a limited number of parking spots in the front along our circular driveway and behind the church where we have a small parking lot. (The driveway is accessed off of North Street). Plenty of street parking is available on Essex Street. In addition, the municipal lots near the Salem YMCA (further down Essex Street towards the center of town) is free on Sundays.
For those looking to access our building via wheelchair or walker, please use our Office entrance where you will find our new lobby and elevator both of which are "at grade" and fully ADA compliant. Almost every part of our building is readily accessible.