Religion Listings: Dec. 29, 2018 | Religion – The Daily News of Newburyport


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First Parish Church

Worship is at 10 a.m. on Sundays at First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road. Child care provided for infants and toddlers during worship as is Sunday school for children in prekindergarten through middle school.

Bible study group meets the second and fourth Sundays of each month in the downstairs hall. No prior experience expected and newcomers may join at any time. Food pantry is open from 3 to 5 p.m. each Friday for anyone in need of food.

On Sunday, Dec. 30, a potluck lunch will be served about 11 am. Bring a dish or beverage if possible and celebrate Eleanor “Midge” King’s birthday. The church council meets Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m.; deacons meet Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Jan. 13, and Jan. 27, Bible study meets at 8:30 a.m. in the downstairs hall.

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First Religious Society

On Sunday, Dec. 30, at the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, Newburyport, Zach Field and his gongs will lead the congregation in meditation.

The December ministry theme is “Creativity.” Half of December’s unpledged cash collection will go to Salvation Army fuel assistance.

Buddhist meditation begins at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31. Enter from the parking lot side of the church. First timers should come at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 9, the Justice Action Ministry hosts an evening of proactive dialogue on the opioid epidemic, 7 p.m., Lower Meeting House. Members of the Pelican Fund will share updates on how to fight opioid addiction.

Sunday, Jan. 13, Winsor Music Clarinet Trio performs, sanctuary, 4 p.m. $20 donation at the door, $10 for seniors, children and students free.

For more information, go to or call 978-465-0602.

St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, presents a service of Holy Eucharist on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 9 a.m.

Nursery care is available at 9 a.m., but church school will not be held this week. An evening prayer service, Rite 1, is every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the side chapel. Midweek Eucharist is Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. in the main church. Contemplative prayer is Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. in the church library.

Visit and facebook@StPaulsNBPT for the full church calendar.

Rock Church

Rock Church has locations at 146 Main St., Amesbury, and 190 State St., Newburyport. Compline: Monday through Saturday at 9 p.m.

“The King is Here: A Christmas Worship Musical” will be presented by the choir at the Amesbury church on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 10 a.m. No admission, but a free will offering will be taken with proceeds to benefit local schools. For more details:

For more information on Rock Church, call 978-462-6721.

St. James Episcopal

St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, offers Sunday services led by the Rev. John Satula at 8 and 10 a.m.

Christian education “Godly Play” classes begin at 9:45 a.m. Women on the Journey meets the third Saturday of the month and is open to all women.

For more information and updates, visit or Facebook at St. James Episcopal Church, Amesbury, Massachusetts. To contact the church, call 978-388-0030 or email

Annunciation Greek Orthodox

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 7 Harris St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Costin Popescu, celebrates Orthros at 9 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The Monday meal service will be closed Dec. 31. Information about Nicholson Hall, St Basil’s Hall or conference room reservation is available on the Nicholson Hall Facebook page or church website,

Office hours are by appointment Tuesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or drop in Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. To reach the office, call 978-465-5757 or email The church is on Facebook.

Belleville Congregational

The Rev. Ross Varney of Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport, leads worship at 10 a.m. each Sunday in the chapel.

Children experience a mixture of worship with family and classroom time. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service. Thrift shop sale continues though Sunday, Dec. 30. The thrift shop is usually open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, but will be closed in January.

Adult choir rehearsal is Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Youth choir rehearses after the Sunday worship. Bible exploration is Thursdays at 1 p.m.

For more information about the church, call 978-465-7734, visit or go to the Facebook page.

Old South First Presbyterian

Old South First Presbyterian Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport, is led by the Rev. Sara Singleton with a Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. and fellowship hour at 11:15 a.m.

Worship for children under 10 and nursery care available. Starting in January, all discipleship programs will be Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The discipleship class for adults is taught by a rotation of seminary professors. For more information about the Awana curriculum for children, visit

There will be an informal time of prayer and worship at 6 p.m. every third Sunday of the month.

For more information, visit or contact or 978-465-9666.

People’s United Methodist Church

People’s United Methodist, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport, offers music and worship for adults and children Sundays at 9 a.m. led by Pastor Matt Willis-Goode. Food and fellowship follows the service at Hartson Hall.

There will be a holiday break from “Unshakable Hope,” with study resuming Sunday, Jan. 20. For more information, contact Pat.

Tuesdays at 9 a.m. is Seniors Coffee Group for those interested in conversation and an activity geared toward them. Contact Joan McPhee for more information. The Angel Gabriel Quilters and Knitters meet Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Seniors Coffee Group and The Angel Gabriel Quilters and Knitters will not resume until Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. is an 11th step meditation meeting, 7 to 8 p.m. is an Emotions Anonymous meeting. EA helps people learn to live at peace despite difficulties in their daily lives. Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon is a free jazz jam session. Anyone interested in playing (instruments are available) or listening to jazz is welcome. Contact for more information.

Peoples Café is open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Monday and Wednesday through the winter. Free refreshments and restrooms are available. Open Mic Night for December has been canceled. There will be one Friday, Jan. 25.

The Angel Gabriel weathervane and steeple is being lighted in December by the MacBurnie family in honor of Duncan MacBurnie. For more information about the church, contact Barbara at 978-465-5145 or Willis-Goode at 978-308-9841. The church is on Facebook and its new website:

First Church of Christ, Scientist

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 22 Inn St., Newburyport, presents its weekly Bible lesson, “Christian Science,” on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 10 a.m.

The lesson will consist of texts from the Old and New testaments with related passages from the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy. Child care is available for babies and toddlers. Sunday School for children and teens is held at the same hour. Younger students learn Bible stories, the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount, while those in more advanced classes build on these early lessons and discuss how they are applicable to their own lives.

Wednesday evening meetings are from 7:30 to 8:30, with members and visitors sharing their gratitude for healings they received through Christian Science. The Christian Science Reading Room, also at 22 Inn St., is a bookstore offering Bibles, Bible translations and reference books, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” and other works by Mary Baker Eddy, and magazines with examples of contemporary spiritual healing. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 978-255-1031 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or visit or the church’s Facebook page.

Hope Community

Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Pete Balentine, holds worship services on Sundays at 9 and 10:45 a.m.

A bagel breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. Children’s programs (infants through Grade 5) during both services. Middle school Bible study at 10:45 a.m. Several classes available for adults each Sunday on spiritual topics.

Weekday activities for middle and high school students (Elevation412) Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Women’s groups meet Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Seniors meet Thursdays at 10 a.m. Life groups meet during the week in homes throughout the region for community, study and spiritual growth.

For more about the church and to register, call the office at 978-463-HOPE or visit

East Parish United Methodist

The Rev. Mary Jane O’Connor Ropp and the Rev. Charlotte Hendee lead worship at East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, on Sundays at 10 a.m. This is the fourth week of Advent. Bible study is at 8:45 a.m. and choir practice at 9 a.m.

Each month, the church collects items for The Pettengill House food pantry. This month’s collection includes items for a spaghetti dinner and is open to community members who wish to participate. Items will be delivered the first week of January.

Fall and winter dates available for renting the Rose Room. For details, call the church office: 978-465-8940. Office is open by appointment only. All messages left on the answering machine are responded to within 24 hours. The church is online at and on Facebook at Email:

Central Congregational

Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Christopher Ney, offers Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

Nursery care available. Children attend worship with their families and then move to Sunday school after the children’s sermon. A free community breakfast is served Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. The chancel choir rehearses Sundays at 9 a.m. The middle school youth group meets monthly. Prayer Shawl Knitters meet the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. and the fourth Monday at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call 978-465-0533, email, or go to

People’s United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport, offers music and worship for adults and children Sundays at 9 a.m. led by the Rev. Matt Willis-Goode. Food and fellowship follows the service at Hartson Hall.

Groveland Congregational

Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King St., Groveland, is led by the Rev. Chris Hart with Sunday services at 10 a.m.

There are monthly men’s prayer breakfasts and a Sunday school program for age 3 through eighth grade. There is a community yoga program Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5.

For more information, call the church office at 978-372-3463. Website:

Trinity United

Trinity United Church, 103 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, led by the Rev. Joseph Woodbury, offers Sunday worship for all ages at 11 a.m.

The service is followed by fellowship and coffee hour with refreshments. Adult Bible study, led by the pastor, is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Parish House, corner of Route 1 and Folly Mill Road. Monday blood drives are scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8.

For more information:

Unity on the River

The service on Sunday, Dec. 30, led by the Rev. Ogun Holder, begins at 10 a.m. at Unity on the River, 58 Macy St., Amesbury.

Music and celebration of all paths to God are welcome. For more about the church,

Holy Redeemer, Immaculate Conception

The Collaborative Catholic Parishes of Holy Redeemer and Immaculate Conception: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 42 Green St., Newburyport; Church of the Nativity Catholic Church, 4 Green St., Merrimac; St. Ann Catholic Church, 300 Main St., West Newbury. The weekend Mass schedule is as follows: Saturday: 4 p.m., IC, Newburyport; 4 p.m., St. Ann/Nativity (alternates every six weeks. Check website for dates); Sunday: 7:15 a.m., IC, Newburyport; 8 a.m., Nativity, Merrimac; 9 a.m., IC, Newburyport; 10:15 a.m., St. Ann, West Newbury; 11:30 a.m., IC, Newburyport.

For more information, Facebook: Holy Redeemer — Immaculate Conception Collaborative parishes. Website: Twitter: @HRICCatholic.

There are monthly men’s prayer breakfasts and a Sunday school program for age 3 through eighth grade. There is a community yoga program Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5. For more information, call the church office at 978-372-3463. Website:

All Saints Anglican

All Saints Anglican Cathedral, 69 Friend St., Amesbury, offers a worship service Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

There is a nursery for ages up to 4 years old and a children’s program for ages 3 to 10. Christian formation starts at 11:15 a.m.

For more information and to connect with the church, call the office at 978-388-0009 or visit

Holy Family Parish, Star of the Sea

Holy Family Parish, 9 Sparhawk St., Amesbury, and Star of the Sea Parish, 18 Beach Road, Salisbury.

The fall, winter and spring weekend schedule is in effect through May 18. Masses at Holy Family are Saturdays at 4 p.m. (confessions before) and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (confessions before). Masses at Star of the Sea are Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m. (confessions before) and 11 a.m.

Making Music Praying Twice Little Angels” is a music-based program for infants through age 5 along with a parent, grandparent or guardian. This one-hour program meets Mondays at 9 a.m. in the lower church in Amesbury or Thursdays at 10 a.m. in Father Morgan Hall in Salisbury.

To receive email and/or text reminders, alerts and announcements text LWC to 84576 or visit www.

Market Street Baptist

Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury, led by the Rev. Michael John, offers worship services at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

Nursery care available for up to age 4. Junior Church for ages 5 to 9 during worship. Coffee hour follows worship. Communion service offered first Sunday of the month. Worship services can be seen on cable TV 22 at 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays and heard on WSEW 88.7 FM at 9 a.m. on Sundays.

Men’s Bible study is offered at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays while women’s Bible study is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Everyone meets Fridays at 9 a.m. A youth group for ages 10 to 17 meets Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

Church office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 978-388-0930. For more information, go to or contact

Union Congregational

Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Point Shore, Amesbury, led by the Rev. Lucy Blood, offers a Sunday service at 10 a.m. Coffee hour is at 11 a.m.

A Communion service is the first Sunday of the month. Open jam sessions are on the first Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Musicians and guests welcome. Office hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

All-you-can-eat spaghetti suppers are the fourth Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 per person, takeout for $9 and $28 for families. Proceeds benefit meetinghouse’s preservation. Call to inquire about the hall rental policy or lighting the steeple in memory or honor of loved ones. For more information, call 978-388-0631 or go to

First Congregational Church of Rowley

First Congregational Church, 175 Main St., Rowley, offers Sunday services at 10 a.m. with Sunday school.

First Congregational, Kensington

The Rev. Pam Spain leads worship at First Congregational Church of Kensington, 108 Amesbury Road, on Sundays at 10 a.m.

The music is led by Ken Clark. There is a coffee hour and fellowship following the worship service.

For more information: go to, email or call the office at 603-772-5821.

Amesbury Quakers

Amesbury Quakers (Friends) meet every Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. at 120 Friend St. in an unprogrammed meeting for worship. There is no officiant.

The service consists of contemplative silence with occasional spoken ministry. Child care is available.

After the service ends, the group gathers for refreshments and conversation as well as planned discussions. Monthly potluck dinners are held the third Friday of every month. For more information, call 978-378-0553.

Newburyport Pentecostal

Newburyport Pentecostal Assembly of God, 13 Hale St., Newburyport, offers a worship service on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Children’s programs and adult Bible study are Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 978-462-9833 or go to

Grace Reformed Baptist Church

Grace Reformed Baptist Church, 98 Kimball Road, Amesbury, holds regular worship services each Sunday.

Bible study for all ages begins at 10 a.m., morning worship is at 11 and afternoon worship is at 2. For further information, go to or call 978-518-2308.

Merrimacport United Methodist

Merrimacport United Methodist Church, 39 High St., Merrimac, holds its Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. under the leadership of Pastor Matt Willis-Goode. Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month.

Congregation Ahavas Achim

Rabbi Benjamin Resnick of Congregation Ahavas Achim, 53 1/2 Washington St., Newburyport, leads Shabbat morning services every Saturday at 9 a.m.

For more information on services and programs, visit or email

Pilgrim Congregational

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac, led by the Rev. Gary Greene, holds weekly worship services every Sunday at 10 a.m.

Sunday School classes available for young children. Hospitality hour follows the weekly worship service.

West Newbury Congregational

The Rev. David Forsythe leads worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday at West Newbury Congregational Church, 308 Main St., West Newbury.

For more information about the church: 978-363-2673, and The church is also on Facebook.

Buddhist Study & Meditation

The Buddhist Study and Meditation Group of Newburyport, 53 1/2 Washington St., meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Congregation Ahavas Achim.

This is an eclectic peer-led group that seeks to educate its members and local residents about Buddhist ideas and practices.

For more information, go to, email, or call or text David Gibbs at 978-821-9504.

Armenian Apostolic

Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe, 1280 Boston Road (Route 125), Haverhill.

Morning service, 9 a.m., divine liturgy at 10 a.m. Fellowship hour follows church services. For more information: 978-372-9227 or

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