Worship is currently only through YouTube at 10 a.m. on Sunday which will also be posted directly afterward on our Sermons page. Normally, we worship on Sundays at 8:45 a.m. (MICAH) and 11: 15 a.m. (Historic Sanctuary)

You are welcome here!

Whoever you are and wherever you are in your faith journey, you are loved by God and welcomed here. We are an active church and offer a variety of ways to connect within the church and to serve the needs of the greater community.

We welcome all into our church and into a walk with Jesus Christ, regardless of race, gender, marital status, nation of origin, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, economic status, or any other label placed upon people. If there are any event changes due to inclement weather, they will be listed below.

Job Opening - Director of Christian Education

We are hiring for the Director of Christian Education! This is a part-time and permanent position. For a full description, click the button below.

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Our sanctuary on the corner of Church St. and State St. is on the National Register of Historic Places. To read about our history and the beginnings of Methodism in Salem, click here.

Sunday Worship

Join us on Sundays at 10 a.m. via YouTube (You must have a YouTube account to comment but you can watch without an account.)

January 17th at 10 a.m. (Announcements start at 9:45 a.m)

Saturdays of service

Celebrate MLK Weekend with Saturdays of Service 
Saturday, January 16, 1-3 pm
  • Where – You Choose! 
  • Bryan Johnston Park, laying down bark dust (unlimited #s)
  • Trinity UMC Food Bank (limited #s)
  • Write letters or call Open Door Church members and friends to stay connected (stop by Las Naciones UMC between 1-3pm to get your list). If you’re interested in helping with this but can’t be there on Saturday, call or text Melissa Berry at (503)851-8969.
  • Drop by Las Naciones UMC – 820 Jefferson Street SE – with a jar (or two) of peanut butter for the Jason Lee Food Bank 
  • Drop by Las Naciones (again!) to donate diapers, wipes and new baby blankets for precious babies
Can’t join us in person? We will be collecting financial donations to two causes: 
  1. BackPack Buddies – for gift cards to families at Hoover Elementary (see link below)
  2. Nellie Thompson-Dorothy Patch scholarship – this scholarship supports students of color who need assistance in pursuing post-high school education (and Dorothy Patch was a long-time FUMC member!)
Donations can be made on-line at OpenDoorChurches.org
Sign-ups are a must. It’s Easy!
Go to Sign-Up Genius and let us know where or how you’d like to serve.
We look forward to seeing you – in person but still socially distant.
“Anybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Email us at SaturdaysOfService@gmail.com or call or text Melissa Berry at (503)851-8969.

Celebrating a diversity of views!

At First United Methodist we have a great diversity of views on social, theological, and political issues and we celebrate this fact. Such diversity draws many to our fellowship and truly makes this church a gracious place. Here is a church where there is room to think and to question, to affirm faith and to listen to others, at times to argue and disagree, but always to appreciate the richness and wonderful complexity of God’s creation, especially as it is revealed in the variety of people and opinions in our congregation.

This doesn’t mean there is nothing that binds us together. Quite the contrary is true. We are a community of people who are working out our faith together and we draw on Holy Scripture, Church tradition, Christian experience, and inspired reason as our sources of authority. We are joined by our United Methodist heritage and are being shaped by our common desire to walk as disciples of Jesus Christ. There is a diversity in our church which gives space for personal faith development and encourages actions of social justice and love.

Feeding the hungers in our community


Join us for worship! Worship at First United Methodist Church of Salem is expressed through praise, prayer, song, and connection with each other! We humbly bring ourselves to God’s table.


Caring for the people in our community, we love to serve others through community service, ministry projects, and our partnership with Family Promise.


We offer a wide variety if educational opportunities for all ages. These classes are designed to inspire, challenge, and encourage participants in their faith and life.


First United Methodist Church is active both in our building and in the Salem community. We provide ministries in the multiple areas for a variety of ages including children, youth, and adults.

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