Who We Are

First Parish Church Unitarian -Universalist is a religiously liberal and welcoming spiritual community in the heart of Beverly, Massachusetts affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Our Mission

  • First Parish is a Unitarian Universalist church that welcomes individuals and families who seek spiritual growth and nurturing.
  • We worship, celebrate and learn together.
  • We respect each other and value our differences in a way that reflects the love, compassion and openness of our faith.
  • We strive to build a better community for all people.

Our Vision

  • A Community of Lifetime Learning and Caring
  • A recognized Source of Active Support to the Larger Community
  • A Strong and Self-sustaining First Parish Community


We encourage you to visit us for a few months and join our activities, attend an orientation meeting, or have a conference with our minister. When you are comfortable with us – when you feel you’ve found your spiritual home – tell our minister that you would like to sign the membership book, and become a full-fledged member. Twice a year we have a ceremony at a Sunday worship service, a special welcome to those who have recently joined. While the ceremony is simple, the commitment is real. We have three basic expectations for our members:

  • A commitment to spiritual growth. Stay after the sermon to talk about it. Take a class, borrow a book from our library, read the UU World magazine, discuss theology at your circle dinner. We don’t have all the answers but we’ll ask interesting questions.
  • Volunteering with the work at church. We have many opportunities for service. Whatever your talent and inclination, we can use you. Volunteers make the coffee and bring the snacks every Sunday, teach the Sunday School classes, sing, plan some worship services, paint, prune, and trim. Our web master, circle dinner coordinator and Treasurer, among others, are volunteers.
  • Your financial support. Our budget runs about $220,000 per year. A pledge of financial support is a good faith estimate of what you will contribute to support the operating budget. We hold a Budget Drive each February when we ask people to pledge according to their means, for our next fiscal year, July 1 through June 30.
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First Parish Church is governed by by-laws created by the congregation. Committees and Task Forces plan and oversee the operations, conduct fundraising and special events. A Parish Council comprised of leaders from each Committee and Task Force meet monthly to communicate and coordinate their efforts. A Nominating/Volunteer Involvement Committee both encourages participation and recruits team members for all Committees and Task Forces. If you would like to become more involved, contact Laura Knight, Chair of the NVI committee.


First Parish Church

225 Cabot St

Beverly, MA 01915


Office Hours: T-F, 9-1

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