Founded in 1883

Making Sense of God, Christ, Spirit and Religion Through 4000 Years of Spiritualism

The World’s Oldest Spiritualist Church

~ Celebrating 138 Years of Continuous Service Since June 28, 1883 ~

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The Pastor and Trustees of the First Spiritual Temple welcome you. The First Spiritual Temple is an Interfaith Spiritualist Church Community, founded by Marcellus Seth Ayer on June 28, 1883. The Temple emerged from the budding Modern Spiritualist Movement of the mid-1800’s. Our fundamental doctrine states that God is Spirit, we are Spirit, our departed loved ones are Spirit, all life is Spirit; and that is how we are connected.

Our church is both universal and ancient. We seek to understand the many and varied aspects of religion which have existed upon our planet from the moment we stepped into physical form. We look to the collective Christ Consciousness, as manifested most recently in the Master Jesus, as a profound example of Spirit alive in the world. We embrace his teachings and accept his challenge to do even greater things than he.

Marcellus Ayer founded our church in order to address the growing needs of people to understand God, Spirit, Spiritualism, death and dying, and the grand journey of the Soul in a more practical and working manner. He stood firmly upon the highest ethics and standards of excellence in working with Spirit. We proudly carry that banner today.

We have a 2,600-volume library devoted to Spiritualism, mediumship, parapsychology, and a diversity of religious and spiritual teachings.

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  • Everyone is welcome to join us for community worship.
  • You do not have to relinquish your membership in any other house of worship to become a member of our church.
  • Love and Forgiveness are the foundation stones of all we do, preach, and teach.
  • We are an LGBT-Friendly Church Community.

We hope that you will find the information within these pages helpful and inspiring. More importantly, we hope that these pages touch your heart, your Spirit, and your hope! We are all Spirit, and that is how we are connected.

First Spiritual Temple
55 Main St., Route 28
West Harwich MA 02645

Mailing Address:
56 John Ewer Rd.
Sandwich MA 02563

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Church Telephone: 508-292-6609