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.

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

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Please note that summer church services will take place at 10:30am this year. August 3
10:30am Founder's Day Service August 10 10:30am Service August 17 10:30am Service
August 24 10:30am ServiceAugust 31: Labor Day Weekend No Service September 7 10:30am Homecoming Service September 14 10:30am Service  

Summer Hours

The First Church will not be holding services during the month of July. The Church Office will be open on a summer schedule Tuesday through Friday 9:00am-12pm. In the event of a pastoral emergency or to reach the Minister, please call the church office and then Donna Fritz, the Chair of the Standing Committee. 

Next Sunday Service: August 3,10:30 AM

Founders Day Celebration and Service at the First Church.

Join us as we celebrate our 385th birthday and the many ways our community has made a difference over the centuries. Jeff Barz-Snell preaching and Paul Madore playing. 

Summer Giving

It’s a great time of year in New England when people relax and go on vacation and the church functions on a much more casual level.  Unfortunately, with no services in July and low attendance in August, giving decreases during the summer, but the invoices and bills still need to be paid!  Please remember the church with your usual contributions during the next couple of months so that we don’t have to dip into our cash reserves.  You can mail checks to the church, drop them off in the church office or send them via the bill payment service of your bank.
If you have any questions about any of these very important topics, please contact the Stewardship Committee at stewardship@firstchurchinsalem.org or 978-744-1551.


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