, Newburyport, MA

January 28, 2012

Church notes

Spaghetti Supper at Union church today

Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Point Shore, Amesbury (across from Alliance Park), will host a Spaghetti Supper today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Spaghetti with homemade sauce, meatballs, bread, salad and dessert. All you can eat for $7! Family $24. Takeout available for $8. Ample parking. Handicapped accessible. For more information, call 978-388-0631.

Change of service at St. Paul's Church

Tomorrow at St. Paul's Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, there will be a single service of Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m., followed by the annual meeting in the sanctuary. Child and nursery care will be available throughout the service and meeting by adult child care providers beginning at 8:45. Church school, 9 a.m. No adult or youth forums tomorrow.

Change of service at People's United Methodist

People's United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport, is changing the time of worship. Church will now be at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Coffee Hour will be before the service.

Events at Congregation Ahavas Achim

The following are planned at Congregation Ahavas Achim, corner of Washington and Olive streets, Newburyport:

Visit: for more information or call 978-462-2461.

Today: 9 a.m., Junior Congregation.

Friday, Feb. 10: 6:30 p.m., Family Friday Night Service followed by Oneg.

Old-fashioned N.E. dinner at East Parish

East Parish United Methodist Church on Lafayette Road in Salisbury Square is serving an old-fashioned New England dinner today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu will include baked beans (navy and kidney), hot dogs and rolls with homemade relish, brown bread and coleslaw, capped off with homemade desserts. Tickets are $8.

Meagher to speak at First Religious Society

Jen Meagher will be the guest speaker at the First Religious Society at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. The title of her sermon is "Teaching Antigone in the Age of Corporate Education." She is a mother and educator and the vice president of the Andover teacher's union.

The First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Taize service at Groveland Congregational

An ecumenical meditation service will be held in the candlelit sanctuary of the Groveland Congregational Church tomorrow at 7 p.m.

This service is modeled after those held at the Taize community in France. Taizé© prayer is a simple form of ecumenical Christian prayer centered on scripture, silence and song.

For further information, call the church at 978-372 3463 or visit the website:

Live Internet chat Tuesday

"Personality: Charisma vs. Christliness." Join our live chat on Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m., with Diane Dailey, an experienced Christian Scientist, to discover the spiritual identity of ourselves and others.

Bring your questions and gain new insights into the good and pure nature within us all. This chat is sponsored by the Christian Science Church in Boston. Anyone is welcome to participate, or just listen in at the Christian Science Reading Room, 22 Inn St., Newburyport, 978-255-1031.

All chats are archived and will be available 24/7 at and the new website

Church changes meeting location

Operation Snowbird! Merrimacport United Methodist Church will be worshiping at the Merrimac Senior Center, 100 East Main St. (Route 110), Merrimac, beginning tomorrow until the end of February due to limited parking in snowy conditions.

Children's basketball program at Market St. Baptist

The Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury, will host an eight-week Junior Church Basketball Program for both girls and boys ages 5 to 9 in the church gym. It will begin Friday, Feb. 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with registration at 6. This program is a noncompetitive, instructional league designed to teach fundamental basketball skills and basic Bible knowledge in a fun and engaging manner. A suggested donation of $10 per child is requested to help defray expenses. Make check payable to: MSBC/basketball. To register, contact the church office at 978-388-0930 or email All are welcome.

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 Janet Hawkes at 978-465-1688 or go to

Thrift shop in Rowley

Fellowship Thrift Shop located in lower hall of First Congregational Church of Rowley, 175 Main St., Rowley, has new hours.

The shop is open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, weather permitting.

Check out daily half-price sales and the special tag sale the first Saturday of each month. When the shop is open, it accepts donations of gently used clothing and household items, but no electronics, books or toys.

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.

Volunteer opportunity

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 three 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,

Compassionate Friends

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: Saturday Food Pantry: 9:30 a.m. to 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. Merrimac Mobile Pantry: first and third Saturday of each month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Merrimac Senior Center, 100 East Main St., Merrimac. Open to Merrimac residents only.

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

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 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.

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