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

Services and


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September 21 9am Choir Rehearsal 10:30am Choir Service 12:30pm Apple Picking September 24 5pm Salem Pantry Bagging 7:30pm Music & Worship Committee September 27 9am Salem Pantry Distribution 4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team September 28 10:30am Service 12pm Family Promise Presentation 1pm Standing Committee Retreat 7pm Youth Group October 5 10:30am World Communion Sunday October 12 9:00am Stewardship 10:30am Service October 13 12pm Lunch with the Pastor October 17 6pm Halloween Family Fun Night   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  

Apple Picking DATE CHANGE!!!

NEXT Sunday, September 21 at Russell Orchards, Ipswich

If you have never been to the Russell Family Orchards then you are in for a treat.  Upon your arrival at the orchards enjoy some hot or cold apple cider and freshly made apple doughnuts.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the orchard or nearby at Crane’s Beach. Hay Rides will be running through the orchard and they have a variety of farm animals to visit.

Carpools and families will leave from First Church following Fellowship Hour.


Sunday, September 21

The Rev. Mr. James Matarazzo will be preaching. The First Church Choir will be singin.


Sunday, September 21,


People’s Climate March,

New York City

In advance of the United Nations Climate Summit, this large public march will urge government leaders to agree to aggressive greenhouse gas emission reductions. Over 1000 organizations are participating including CCL and UU Mass Action. If interested contact the First Church office: firstchurchinsalem@gmail.com.


Lifebridge Volunteers Needed

Saturday, September 27 at 4:45pm

If you are available and willing we need a handful of volunteers to help the Lifebridge Dinner Team serve dinner Saturday, September 27. If you can help please contact Duncan Cox at coxes3@verizon.net (mailto:coxes3@verizon.net) or 978-745-6207. You may also simply show up tomorrow between 4:30pm and 5pm at Lifebridge located at 59 Margin Street in Salem. Thank you in advance!


Social Justice Committee

The new Social Justice Committee wants to hear your voice. What causes are you passionate about? What change do you want to make in the world? Take a moment to fill out this survey so the Social Justice Committee can learn what causes our congregation is passionate about. Click here for survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DQFSPS5) .

Take a look at our Facebook Page:

First Church Social Justice (https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Church-Social-Justice)



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