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


First Parish Church is governed with by-laws created by the congregation. Committees and Task Forces plan and oversee operations, conduct fundraising and special events. Parish Council with leaders from each Committee meet to coordinate their efforts. A Nominating / Volunteer Involvement Committee encourages participation and recruits team members for Committees and Task Forces. We have various opportunities for service. Volunteers make coffee and bring snacks, teach Sunday School, sing, plan worship services, paint, prune, and trim. Our meal coordinators, webmaster and treasurer, among others, are volunteers. Contact Laura Knight about Volunteer Involvement.


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 these expectations of our members:

  • Be present – attend regularly and bring your authentic self.
  • Grow your own faith – seek to develop a spiritual life.
  • Make this part of your community – venture into deeper connections with others.
  • Give of yourself at least three ways each year: e.g., help our children, do something for social justice, care for those in need, help with a Sunday service.
  • Support the church financially by making an annual pledge.

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 Stewardship Campaign each February during which we ask people to pledge, according to their means, for our next fiscal year, July 1 through June 30.

Click here for an overview of Finance at First Parish.


Black Lives Matter Purpose Statement

On Displaying a Black Lives Matter banner @ First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist, Beverly, MA:

As Unitarian Universalists we believe in every person’s inherent right to have equal access to a dignified existence. We recognize that the devaluing of Black lives is a legacy of slavery and Jim Crow, systems that were in place for hundred of years in this country. Today Black people continue to be at risk from systems that devalue or endanger them: mass incarceration, economic inequality, housing discrimination, unequal education opportunity and lack of legal accountability for violence born of racial bias. We join other Unitarian Universalist churches across the country in the support of the Black Lives Matter movement. We display a banner in the front of our church which is a demonstration of our intention to strive for justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Our goal as a faith is a world community with peace, liberty and justice for all; we believe that rising in support of Black lives is essential to pursuing that goal.



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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