Gentle Voices for First Religious sermon
Congregation member Bettina Gellinek Turner, founder and director of the all-female, hospice/bedside singing collaborative Gentle Voices, will present a sermon titled “Singing at the End of Life” on Sunday, April 7, at 10:30 a.m. at First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.
Members of the volunteer Gentle Voices group make visits at bedside to sing for individuals who are ill or dying. They visit patients in nursing homes, hospice facilities or at home in small ensembles of two or three singers at a time. Their intent is to provide comfort, connection and joy. Turner will speak about the many rewards and joys of the work and members of Gentle Voices will participate in the service. For more information about Gentle Voices, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘True Community’ at Rock Church Amesbury
Rock Church Amesbury, 146 Main St.,is introducing a new Sunday morning series titled “True Community.” Throughout the Bible, from Adam and Eve through the early church, it seems clear that people were meant to live in community. But pastor Steve Murray says many people tend to be living lives in isolation. The series is intended to explore the issue and create a stronger sense of community. Rock Church offers a contemporary worship service on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. followed by a more traditional service at 11 a.m. For more, visit www.rock-church.org.
Gospel of John for Beginners
Gospel of John for Beginners, a six-week evening course taught by Pastor Dennis Gill of Hope Community Church, will meet Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hope Church on Hale Street in Newburyport starting April 24. The class examines the basic message of the entire Bible, using the Book of John as foundation. It will address such topics as how to know for certain that the Bible is true and how to have a dynamic relationship with God. The class is taught in a discussion format and questions are welcome. It is seen as the next step for anyone beginning their spiritual journey. For more information, contact Dennis Gill at dennis@hopenewburyport or 978-463-4673.
Community Breakfast in Groveland
The men of St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland are hosting a community-wide breakfast for all in the Parish Hall on Saturday, April 6. Join us between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. for a full breakfast including bacon, eggs, sausage, pancakes, yummy breakfast treats and more. $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. St. James Episcopal Church, 119 Washington St., Groveland. For more, call 978 373-1270 or www.saintjamesgroveland.org.
Sanctuaries and Sacred Spaces tour
The Rev. Martha Hubbard, rector of St. Paul’s Church in Newburyport, is leading a tour of Southern England, July 22-31, which will wend its way from Canterbury to London through some of England’s most beautiful cathedrals, visit the ancient stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury and enjoy the beautiful gardens at Sissinghurst and Highclere Castle (made famous by PBS’s “Downton Abbey”). Reservation deadline is May 1. Go to the website for more information, www.stpauls-nbpt.org, or call the office at 978-465-5351.
Bible study at Old South
A weekly Bible study is held at Old South Church in Fellowship Hall every Wednesday at 7 p.m. The group is studying the “Seven Deadly Sins.” Anyone can join in at any time. The church is located on Federal Street in Newburyport.
Events at Insight Meditation Center
The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer two events for beginning meditators: a drop-in class on Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m.; and an Introduction to Insight Meditation retreat on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The events are designed for anyone interested in Insight Meditation (Vipassana). Vipassana is a simple practice that steadies the mind by grounding attention in the present moment; it originated in the Buddhist tradition more than 2,500 years ago. For registration and details, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.
The Kirkin of the Tartan Service
Clan MacKenzie of the Northeast invites one and all to attend The Kirkin of the Tartan Service and Celebration. The service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, on Sunday, April 7, at 10 a.m. There will be several Scottish clans in attendance to have their clan tartan flags blessed. You do not need to be Scottish to attend. There will also be a meet and greet with the clans after the service in the Parish Hall. For more information, www.stjamesamesbury.org, 978-388-0030 or e-mail email@example.com.
Events at Congregation Ahavas Achim
Upcoming events at Congregation Ahavas Achim, corner of Washington and Olive streets, Newburyport:
Shabbat services every Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
Tune in every Sunday at 7 a.m. to Radio Rabbi, featuring Avi Poupko, on local WNBP (1450 AM and 106.1 FM).
April 6, 7:45 p.m., in observance of Yom Hashoah-Holocaust Memorial Day, Anna Smulowitz will be presenting her award-winning performance, “Terezin: Children of the Holocaust.”
April 13, 9 a.m., Amy Wolpert’s Bat Mitzvah
April 20, 9 a.m., Rebecca Black’s Bat Mitzvah
Join Rabbi Avi Poupko every Wednesday starting April 24 at 7:30 p.m. for his Adult Education series on “The Great Prophets of Israel: An In-Depth Study.” All are welcome.
Holy Redeemer Parish Mass schedule
Holy Redeemer Parish in both Merrimac and West Newbury has swapped its church service schedule.
Mass will be said at St. Ann Parish at 300 Main St. in West Newbury on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 10:15 a.m. At the Church of the Nativity, 4 Green St. in Merrimac, Mass will be said on Sundays at 8 a.m.
The 4 p.m. Mass on Saturdays switches every six weeks between the two churches.
The daily Mass schedule is Wednesdays at 9 a.m. at Church of the Nativity in Merrimac and Thursday and Friday at 9 a.m. at St. Ann in West Newbury.
Weekly sharing of healing experiences
The Christian Science Church, 22 Inn St., holds a one-hour meeting every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. specifically for sharing gratitude to God. After readings from the Scriptures and the Christian Science textbook on a topic of current interest, the meeting is then opened for the informal sharing of healing experiences. The service includes the lively singing of hymns. Everyone in the community is invited.
Women’s, men’s Bible study groups meet
St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury has a Bible study group, “The Women of Faith,” that meets every other Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Check the website for meeting dates. On Saturday Morning, join the Men’s Group for enlightening conversation and readings of the Bible. The Men’s Group meets on Saturdays at 9 a.m. Both Bible Study groups are open to the public. For more information, check the website at www.stjamesamesbury.org.
‘Wednesdays at the Well’ at Pilgrim Church
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac, holds a weekly “Wednesdays at the Well” adult gathering on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The series includes education, discussion and fellowship. The group is currently watching and discussing “The Jesus Lifestyle” to more deeply understand how Jesus’ teachings apply to ones’ lives. All are welcome. For more information, call the church office at 978-346-8400.
Helping those in need
Hugh Doyle Resource Center Collaborative Meeting is a monthly gathering of leaders and representatives of social service agencies and religious organizations in the area. It meets the first Wednesday of each month to share ideas on how to help those in need in Greater Newburyport. Interested? Contact Ingrid Cyros at 978-465-1688 or go to www.hughdoyle.org.
Thrift shop in Rowley
Fellowship Thrift Shop located in lower hall of First Congregational Church of Rowley, 175 Main St., Rowley, is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. Clothing in all sizes, household goods and some special items are available at reasonable prices. The thrift shop also has occasional sales.
Donations of gently used clothing and household items are gladly accepted, but only when the shop is open. No electronics, books or household items, please.
Reflections on the Life of the Spirit
The Baha’is of Amesbury will host the study group Reflections on the Life of the Spirit every Friday evening at 7 at the Powow Community Building. For more information, call Cara Smoley at 978-388-4987.
Belleville Church thrift shop
The Belleville Church thrift shop at 300 High St., Newburyport, is open. Hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Looking for a way for your business, church group, club, organization or yourself to give back to the community? The Salvation Army, 40 Water St., offers the following:
Community meal served every Thursday. Each week a different group of six to 12 people prepares and serves the meal to about 80 people. Time required is two to four hours, including preparation, serving and cleanup. Call 978-465-0883, ext. 10, for more information.
Centering prayer at St. James
St. James Episcopal Church in Amesbury offers centering prayer as one of its Saturday alternative services. Centering, or contemplative prayer, is a meditation practice based on the work of the Rev. Thomas Keating, who believes that silence is “God’s first language.” St. James will continue to offer a twice-weekly opportunity for centering prayer in the meditation chapel. Those interested in participating or learning more should call St. James at 978-388-0030 or check the website, www.stjamesamesbury.org.
The Compassionate Friends of Greater Newburyport Chapter meet every fourth Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center, St. James Chapel Room, corner of Green and High streets, Newburyport. The meetings are for parents who have lost children and grandparents who have lost grandchildren. For more information, call 978-388-1514.
Tuesday meal at Immaculate Conception
The Immaculate Conception Church offers a free hot dinner every Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Parish Center, 42 Green St., Newburyport. Call 978-462-2724 for more information.
The Friendship Table
For all who enjoy good food and fellowship, the Friendship Table serves meals Thursdays beginning at 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 40 Water St., Newburyport. Volunteers are also needed. For more information, call 978-465-0883.
Our Neighbors’ Table
Free meals are served every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Our Neighbors’ Table, Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St., Amesbury. All are welcome. Our Neighbors’ Table also offers the following food pantries: Friday, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon every Saturday, open to residents of Amesbury and South Hampton; last Saturday of the month: open to residents of Amesbury, South Hampton, Merrimac, Salisbury, Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Groveland, Byfield, Boxford, Rowley and Georgetown.
St. Basil’s Kitchen
The Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Harris and Park streets, Newburyport, offers free luncheons Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the church hall. All those hungry for food and companionship are welcome. For more information or to volunteer services, call 978-465-5757.
Among Friends is the mission of St. Paul’s Church to provide nutritious, hot, home-cooked meals. Lunch is served every Tuesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. in St. Paul’s Hall, 166 High St., Newburyport. Evening Among Friends serves home-cooked meals every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Donations of food items, supplies and services are needed; call 465-5351.
Seabrook Community Table
Every Monday Seabrook Community Table serves free meals at the Church of Christ at 867 Lafayette Road (beside the dance studio) from 5 to 6 p.m. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, meals are served at the Trinity Parish House (beside the Seabrook Post Office) from 5 to 6 p.m. Meals are offered to residents of surrounding communities as well as Seabrook residents. For more information or to volunteer, contact Joyce Addison, 603-474-9608.
Seabrook food pantry
The Seabrook Church of Christ Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. to all who live on the Seacoast. The church is on Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 603-474-2660.
Community Food Pantry in Byfield
The Community Food Pantry located at Community United Methodist Church, 11 Central St., Byfield, is open to residents of Byfield and Newbury every Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. In addition, a free community meal will be offered every second and fourth Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.
For more details, contact the Community Food Pantry at CFPByfield@gmail.com or by phone at 978-255-0135.
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