We offer a number of sports and fitness opportunities at First Friends Church!  For an overview, browse the links below for more information on each activity.

Our youth basketball league is a seasonal ministry that occurs each winter for kids in grades K-6. It is broken up into three divisions (grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6). This year, we are introducing a new Kindergarten Clinic. This will be an 8 week clinic beginning on Saturday mornings in January.  Our intention is for this to be a welcoming and instructional league for children of all skill levels. The league begins with a skills assessment on the first Monday after Thanksgiving (November 27th) and progresses through the first weekend in March, concluding with a tournament on Saturday (3rd) and a Recognition Banquet on Sunday (4th)!

2018 Youth Basketball Schedule

2018 Youth Basketball Picture Schedule

2018 Youth Basketball [UPDATED] Rules





We offer various Men’s and Women’s open gym times throughout the year for exercise, friendly competition, and fellowship. These schedules flex based on the season. Please call the church office for more info (330-332-0001).






Our church places a team in the local church softball league each summer. The season runs from June through August, and all games are played in Salem. Please contact our sports director, Mike Barnes (mike@salemfirstfriends.org) in April if you would like to play.






We have a standing Tee Time at Flying B golf course for 9 holes on Monday nights at 5:30 during the golf season. Come out and join us for some golf and fellowship any time!







Twice a year, on Thanksgiving and Mother’s Day Weekend, we hold a pick-up back-yard football game. The games are aptly named the “Turkey Bowl” and the “Yo Mamma Bowl,” and traveling trophies, which rotate between our pastoral offices based on winning teams, are up for grabs! Come on out and enjoy the fun!




Sit, Stretch, and Strengthen your way to a happier, healthier you! Chair exercises has numerous benefits, and there are two different chair exercise classes offered at First Friends Church, each with a different style.

The Monday morning class, led by Bethanie, is from 9:30 – 10:45am. It is a time of worship, praise, and connection to Christ, practiced to Christian music, including scriptures and devotions. This experience teaches us to take time to love, nurture, accept, heal, and grow ourselves in God’s Word and in His Spirit.

The Thursday evening class, led by Melissa, is from 6:45 – 7:30pm and focuses strictly on the exercise practice.

Both of these classes, taught by certified instructors, are geared for adults of all ages, both men and women with all levels of flexibility/range of motion, as well as for those with limited mobility. No previous experience is necessary. The cost is $5 per class. We hope you’ll come and try it out! Questions? Contact the church office for more information (330-332-0001).