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January 12, 2013

Church Notes

‘Being a Quaker in the 21st Century’

On Sunday, Jan. 27, Edward Gerrish Mair, treasurer of the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends and longtime member of the Amesbury Monthly Meeting of Friends, will speak at the First Religious Society of Newburyport, 26 Pleasant St., on the subject of “Being a Quaker in the 21st Century.”

The New England Yearly Meeting of Friends is the oldest Yearly Meeting of Friends, having been founded 352 years ago in Newport, R.I. Early Puritans had little tolerance for early Friends, going as far as hanging four of them on Boston Common.

Mair says that most people don’t realize that today, the largest group of Quakers in the world is not in England or the United States. They are in Kenya and they are Bible reading, born-again Christians. The beliefs of Friends in East Africa contrast sharply with the humanist, liberal and universalist thinking of many Quakers in New England.

Mair will present a brief history of Quakers in the US., including the 19th century schisms between Hicksite, Wilburite and Gurneyite Friends. He will also discuss the reunification of Wilburite and Orthodox Quakers in New England in 1945. He will introduce Quaker ideas such as the five testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community and equality and Quaker concepts such as the inner light.

Sermon series on self-esteem

“Self-Esteem, Seeing Ourselves as God Sees Us” sermon series starts tomorrow at Merrimacport United Methodist Church, 39 High St. (corner of River Road) in Merrimac. Worship begins at 11 a.m. The series is aimed at people who struggle with self-esteem. For more information, call 978-346-8989 or go to www.MerrimacportUMC.org.

Youth basketball at Market Street Baptist

Market Street Baptist Church at 37 Market St. in Amesbury is hosting an eight-week Junior Church Basketball Program for both girls and boys ages 5 to 8 in the church gym. This program is a noncompetitive, instructional league designed to teach fundamental basketball skills and basic Bible knowledge in a fun and engaging manner. It begins Friday, Jan. 25, and runs through Friday, March 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 per child is requested to help defray expenses. All are welcome. Registration takes place Jan. 25 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Make checks payable to: MSBC/Bball. Space is limited. To register in advance, contact the church office at 978-388-0930 or msbcsec@verizon.net.

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