Worship is currently held at 11 a.m. in the 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.

Salem First Methodist Church Banner

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

First United Methodist Church Worship for the month of August is at 11:00 a.m. in the Historic Sanctuary for all Sundays in August. Register using the internet link or by calling, 503-364-6709 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. If you do not get your registration in by Thursday, plan to fill out your name and contact information upon entering for worship. (Registration for worship is for seating preparedness and for contract tracing purposes. Contact tracing is still one of the First UMC re-entry guidelines.) Please wear a mask.

August 8th at 11 a.m.

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.

Saturdays of Service - August 21st, 9:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

We are happy to be able to gather together and serve our community and we invite you to join others to work on these projects! We have 2 sites for you:

  1. Serve at the Marion Polk Food Share warehouse packing food to distribute to the food insecure in our community.  Masks are required at this location and this can require some lifting. Meet at the Marion Polk Food Share warehouse site, (1660 Salem Industrial Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97301).
  2. Donate needed school supplies to support Four Corners Elementary through Trinity UMC.  Pastor John and Velma and Paul Hampson will be present at Trinity UMC from 9:45-11:00 a.m. to collect items.  This collection will take place outdoors. Specific items we are requesting:
  • packs of 12 Pencils
  • boxes of 24 Crayons (must be Crayola Brand!)
  • packs of 12 Colored Pencils
  • packs of 4 Glue Sticks
  • single sets of Scissors
  • packs of Printer Paper

Sign up now via the link on the FUMC or Open Door Churches newsletter – and that arrives in your email weekly news.  If you have questions feel free to email us at saturdaysofservice@gmail.com or call 503-364-6709.

Mark your calendars now for the third Saturday in October (the 16th)  and thank you for making a difference in our community. We are looking forward to offering more opportunities on October 16th,  including support for backpack buddies at Hoover Elementary with school back in session.

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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