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 four divisions (grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6) plus an 8 week Kindergarten Clinic. 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 in mid November (see dates below) and progresses through the first full weekend in March, concluding with a Tournament on Saturday the 6th! If you have any questions, please contact our league director Matt Mason (matt.mason@salemfirstfriends.org).

After much discussion, consideration, and prayer, we have decided against hosting a 2021 Youth Basketball season. We deeply value the opportunities our league provides for athletic and personal development for our kids, as well as the relational connections with so many wonderful people that we will deeply miss. However, we feel the need to prioritize the safety of all players, coaches, referees, and spectators, and we did not feel confident that we would be able to host this league in a fashion that met those safety standards. We apologize for the disappointment, but know that we are already looking forward to the 2022 season and hope that everyone has a safe and healthy winter!

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 team leader, 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!

On Thanksgiving morning, we hold a pick-up back-yard football game. The game is aptly named the “Turkey Bowl” and a traveling trophy, which rotates between our pastoral offices based on winning teams, is 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 right now, there are two chair exercise sessions offered each week at First Friends Church.

Bethanie leads our classes on Monday and Friday mornings 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.

Bethanie, a certified instructor, gears this class 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).