Welcome, Rejoice & Come In

Welcome to First Parish Church! Whether  a guest, friend or member, you are warmly invited to step into our freshly-painted historic building in the center of Beverly. You will find a congregation rejoicing in a diversity of personal spiritual journeys, an outstanding music program, and a nurturing environment for all lifestyles. We seek to lift each others’ spirits through a strong sense of community, caring fellowship, rich educational opportunities for all ages, as well as service outreach.  Come and see what First Parish has to offer. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!


Summer Services @ the Beach!

Outdoor summer services June 28 – September 6, 2015. Come to Dane Street Beach at 10:00 am Sunday (110 Lothrup St. Beverly). Bring a blanket or chair. We will meet under the trees to share inspiring text (sacred or secular). If it rains, meet at FPC.

Rummage Sale – August 15 (Sat)

We will host a Rummage Sale fundraiser at FPC on Saturday August 15 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. (If you have items to donate, bring them to church on weekday mornings. Clothes, collectables, kitchen  items, toys, small appliances, sports equipment.)

Wayside Quotes

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.

- Alexis de Tocqueville

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

- Abraham Lincoln


  • Summer Services begin

    Sun Jun 28, 2015

    Our first service of the summer season will be led by Music and Worship Committee chair Charlie Gerrior. We’ll meet at the usual time – 10 am – outdoors at Dane Street beach on Lothrop Street, in the shade of the trees at the south end of the park (between Ives St. and Ocean St.). Feel free to bring a beach chair or a blanket, or just yourself. In the event of rain, find us in our usual location at 225 Cabot Street.

    Our outdoor services continue through July and August, with the last service at Dane Street Beach on September 6th. There are still a few dates open later in the summer, if you are interested in helping to lead one – please contact Charlie Gerrior –

  • Animal Blessing

    Sun Sep 6, 2015

    In our last service of the season at Dane Street Beach, we will celebrate the non-human animals with whom we share the world, and for many of us, our homes. We will meet at Dane Street Beach in the shade of the trees at the south end of the park, near the corner of Lothrop and Ocean Streets. All are welcome, including beloved pets.

  • "Crossing the River"*

    Sun Sep 13, 2015

    Join us for our annual In-Gathering and Water Communion ceremony as we gather to renew the loving spirit of our religious home. This year the festivities will include a special ceremony recognizing the coming together of First Universalist Salem and Firs Parish Beverly, beginning at 8AM – see the details in a special announcement below.

    *For this Year’s Water Communion:

    The water communion service is a beautiful symbol of how the many streams of our daily lives meet and merge into the mighty river of our religious community. In this and many other congregations it is a treasured part of the church year. Owing to the nature of our free faith, it is also a ritual which is constantly evolving. This year we will reflect on water as the marking point between where we have been and where we are going.

    SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Please take a moment, before September 7th, to think of some boundary you have crossed or barrier you have overcome – or are trying to. Please bring your water to church as a symbol of that crossing, whether from a literal body of water you’ve crossed, or a stage or event in life whose transition is a part of your story. All are invited to submit the source of their water to Rev. Kelly by email ( or phone (978-922-3968) to be woven into the liturgy for the Water Communion.

  • "Who Killed the World?"

    Sun Sep 20, 2015

    In this service, we will bless the Sunday School teachers, board members and committee chairs who will lead, guide and encourage us this year as a spiritual community. This will also be the first Sunday exploring our worship theme for the year – Privilege & Oppression: In Our World and In Our Selves.

  • Lay Led Service

    Sun Sep 20, 2015

    This service will be organized by the First Parish Worship Associates.


We invite you to consider using our space

for meetings, lectures, musical performances, weddings, memorials and other occasions. Our sanctuary space with its outstanding accoustics, accommodating 300 comfortably, is especially well suited for music. The first floor is accessible with a ramp leading to the rear entrance and a restroom adjacent to it.
Downstairs, Hale Hall is an excellent place for coffee-house style music, lectures, workshops, showers and other receptions. There are tables and chairs, with comfortable seating in the 60-100 person range, movable partitions a full kitchen and restrooms.
Combined Rental Rules and Application
Wedding Letter, Fees & Application


First Parish Church

225 Cabot St

Beverly, MA 01915


Office Hours: Mon 8:00 - 11:00 am & Tue-Fri 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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