Wouldn't it be great if there were a church...


...that truly welcomes all people regardless of religious background, age, race or sexual orientation?

...that is grounded in a long and amazing history yet

 embraces current forms of inspiration and the cultivation of soul?


...that refuses to concede the Bible to mean-spirited and literal-minded interpretations and instead holds up the clarion calls for compassion and justice we hear in the scriptures?

...that encourages people to bring their whole selves to a service on Sundays and not simply check their brains at the door?

...with a long history of working for social change that actually speaks to the major issues of the day?

Well, there is a church like this, and we invite you to come check out our services and programs.


Welcome to the First Church in Salem!

Universally Accessible and Universally Welcoming! 

The First Church in Salem, Unitarian is one of the oldest continuing Protestant churches in North America and the first to be governed by congregational polity, a central feature of Unitarian Universalism.

We are proud of our history and excited by our present.

The First Church in Salem is recognized by the UUA as a Welcoming Congregation!

First Church
Sunday Services 10:30am
Childcare is provided.

Our building is recently renovated and universally accessible
(with a full elevator).

We are a Welcoming Congregation!

Rev. Jeffrey Barz-Snell

Services and


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December 13
10am Choir Rehearsal


December 14
10:30am Service
12:15pm Pageant Rehearsal
7:30pm Youth Group

December 17
4:00pm Bagging Salem Pantry
6pm-8:30pm Minister's Yuletide Gathering


December 20
4pm Mandatory Pageant Rehearsal


December 21: Christmas Sunday
8:45am Pageant Players Arrival
10:30am Choir Service & Pageant
11:30am Community Fellowship Hour
12:00pm Family Holiday Party


December 24: Christmas Eve
7:00pm Lessons & Carols Service


December 28
10:30am Storybook Sunday


January 4
10:30am Epiphany Sunday




Dear First Church friends and families,
Our best loved and biggest Sunday is upon us. Our pageant and Holiday Party is this Sunday! The First Church elves have been very busy making sure all is ready for this special celebration. To help you and your family organize your busy lives we have this schedule of events for the weekend.
Saturday, December 20th:  
3:00pm Volunteers Needed to Set Up Platforms; Costumes Volunteers also arrive. 
4:00 to 6:00pm: Dress Rehearsal.
Please arrive on time.
Sunday, December 21st: 
8:45 am Pageant players and volunteers arrive.
10:30 am Pageant!  Children go to RE classes directly after performance.
12:00 All church Fellowship
12:15 Students head down to Willson Hall for some fun while waiting for Santa.
12:30 Children’s party begins in the Cleveland Room

We will all enjoy a holiday sing along in the Cleveland room while we wait for our special guest to arrive from the North Pole! Each child will receive a small gift. Pizza and desserts will be served right after our visitor departs. Please contribute as you are able to help with the expenses of the pizza and party ($15 -$20 per family- again, as you are able is humbly suggested).

Christmas Sunday Community Fellowship
Please bring a dish to share for Community Fellowship for this Sunday's Fellowship Hour. 

Cookie Bakers Wanted
Cookies are needed for the reception after our Christmas Eve service. If you have been doing some holiday baking and have extra cookies, need an excuse to bake, or find some particularly festive cookies at the store, could you please bring some in to share on Christmas Eve? Please drop them off in the kitchen prior to the 7pm start. 

Christmas Eve Service
Wednesday, December 24 7pm
Join us Christmas Eve at 7 pm for our annual Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols, followed by a time of fellowship.
Storybook Sunday Service
Sunday, December 28 -10:30am
Come and learn about the origins of some of your favorite carols as we sing songs and tell a few stories inspired by the season.

Second Sundays Yoga: Sun, January 11 at 9:00 AM
Come for Yoga, Stay for Church

Join us for the start of a new monthly program at the First Church, Second Sundays. Each month, we will host a 50-55 minute yoga class in the Cleveland Room from 9 AM to 9:55 AM. The class will be taught by Liz Gruenfeld, a teacher and practioner of yoga for 16 years. It will be geared towards beginner and intermediate skill levels. So bring your mat and any blocks you might have and join us for Second Sundays at the First Church. Note: While there is no formal charge, this program welcomes donations of $5-15 by those willing to support great events at the First Church.


Capital Campaign Draft Plaque on Display

The "first draft" of the recognition plaque for our capital campaign is now on display in the new vestibule by the Office Entrance. All those who made a donation are recognized for their generosity. Please check to make sure that your name is listed correctly.

And for those who missed the opportunity to make a donation to our campaign for our recent renovation project, it's not too late! We would love to have your name join the many others that will be recognized here for decades to come.




The First Church is a member society of the
Unitarian Universalist Association.