Blessing of the Animals and the Feast of St. Francis
St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis tomorrow at the 10 a.m. service. Bring your pets, their pictures, or your stuffed friends. Small pets should be in carriers. Larger pets should be on leashes. If your pet is particularly rambunctious, we will happily join you in the narthex or on the steps. There will be a prayer for all creatures and especially for endangered species. Donations will be accepted such as small blankets, used towels, pet coats, toys, treats, etc., and for a local animal shelter.
Animals welcome at St. Paul’s tomorrow
The annual Blessing of the Animals service will be held tomorrow at St. Paul’s Church, 166 High St., Newburyport. For the 8 a.m. service, bring a special toy, memento or photo of your animal(s). At the 10:15 am service, well-mannered pets of all kinds are welcome to come to the church for a special blessing.
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 Sundays at 7 a.m. to Radio Rabbi, featuring Avi Poupko, on local WNBP (1450 AM and 106.1 FM).
Oct. 6, 10 a.m., Shmooze with the Jews Brunch; 3 p.m. Food Pantry and Social Hour
Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., Weekly Adult Education on Wednesday evenings begins with Rabbi Avi Poupko. “From Reform to Renewal, the Jewish Movements: Their History and Relevance Today.”
Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., Open mike at the Shul hosted by local folksinger Susan Levine.
Visit the new website, www.caanewburyport.org, for more information on upcoming services and events.
The Crossing in concert Oct. 3
Celtic Concert with The Crossing will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Old South Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Donations will be received at concert in lieu of ticket sales. The concert is sponsored by FirstLoveWorks. For more information visit http://grrrrecords.com/crossing.cfm.
The Crossing is a Celtic group that has been entertaining audiences since 1984; their original songs carry on the centuries-old tradition of good storytelling found in the Celtic lands. The Crossing is affiliated with Grrr Records and Jesus People USA (Chicago, IL). The band’s members reside in inner-city Chicago.
MUMC Youth Group meetings set
The Merrimacport United Methodist Church Youth Group will meet on the first and third Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 8 and Dec. 22. All youth grades 6 to 12 are welcome. During regular groups we share a meal, study and discuss faith topics, play games and connect with one another. We also host special outings such as laser tag, Christian concerts, sledding and lock-ins. The church is located at 39 High Street in Merrimac. Abundant street parking along High Street and River Road. For more information, visit www.MerrimacportUMC.org or 978-346-8989.
Ecumenical Taize Service for Peace
This service will have an emphasis on prayers for peace and will last about a half hour. It will consist of scripture readings, prayers, petitions, simple musical refrains and an extended period of silence. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King St.
ALPHA Parenting Teenagers offered at Hope Church
The Parenting Teenagers Course is for any parents, step-parents or caregivers of children aged 11-18 years. Meeting teenagers’ deepest needs, setting healthy boundaries, helping to develop their emotional health and teaching them how to make good choices takes skill and dedication. Taking time to reflect on the end goal can help build relationships with teenagers now. The course will be held at Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St. in Newburyport from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for five weeks beginning Monday, Oct. 14. The course costs $40, but scholarships are available. To sign up, email email@example.com or call the church at 978-463-4673.
‘Skits and Grits’ Kids Ministry
Merrimacport United Methodist Church will hold a 6-week class on Sep 29, Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 17, and Nov 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. for Kindergarten through Grade 6 during worship. Kids will act out Bible stories in fun, modern-language skits on some weeks and will cook up tasty recipes on other weeks that teach a culinary skill as well as connect with the Bible. The church is located at 39 High Street in Merrimac. Abundant street parking along High Street and River Road. Parents may stay or drop off. FMI www.MerrimacportUMC.org or 978-346-8989.
Prayer is topic at Salvation Army
“Praying through the Bible” will be offered weekly at The Salvation Army.
Every Wednesday and Thursday, participants will explore various forms of prayer as found in the scriptures. What is prayer? Is there a right or wrong way to pray? Share your own experiences with prayer in this open learning environment. All are welcome. Group will meet from noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, and from 3 to 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, in the chapel at The Salvation Army, 40 Water St., Newburyport. For more details, contact Mary Schmidt at 978-465-0883.
Mom to Mom at Hope Community
Mom to Mom is designed for all moms (of all ages, grandmothers, too) and will meet every other Tuesday morning, 9:30-11:30, at Hope Community Church beginning in September through May 2014. There will be a special brunch on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Hope to begin the season. It is the goal of Mom to Mom to educate, encourage and equip women for the most important job in all the world — parenting. Registration is $50 per mom and includes a workbook and child care (newborn through preschool age). For more, contact the church office, 978-463-4673 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The church is located at 11 Hale St. in Newburyport.
Men’s Bible Group at St. James
The Men’s Group at St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, meets each Saturday to read aloud and discuss appointed selections in the Holy Bible and related resources. They learn about the circumstances of biblical events, their significance and the people involved.
Currently the focus is upon appointed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, which is the Protestant Christian Worship Schedule of Bible readings that takes into account daily services and the liturgical year’s observances of festivals and seasons.
The customary meeting place is the St. James Parish’s Chandler Hall. Call Arthur Yarranton at 978-346-4749 (email@example.com) or Mort Gilbert at 978-388-3831 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
Women of Faith at St. James
St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, welcomes women of all ages to join this monthly meeting of women interested in growing deeper in faith through Bible study and reflection.
This study of Bible will take place the second and fourth Thursday in the months of September through May from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of the church. Parking is available in the back of the church, as well as street parking. Please bring your NRSV Bible.
For more information, contact the office at 978-388-0038 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Weekly sharing of healing experiences
Hear and share experiences of Christian healing. 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. The meeting opens with hymn singing and readings from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook on a topic of current interest. The meeting is then opened for informal sharing of healing experiences showing how lives have been uplifted, guided and protected by God. The public 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.
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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