Meditation retreat offered
The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a meditation retreat for beginners entitled “Waking Up to Your Life.” The retreat is 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. Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $37. For registration and details, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.
New Bible study program at Market Street Baptist
The Market Street Baptist Church invites the public to LifeWay’s “Gospel Project” small group study being held at the church at 37 Market St., Amesbury. This 13-week study begins on Feb. 13 and is a narrative of the Old Testament showing that Christ’s death and resurrection is the focal point of the story line.
The Women’s group will meet on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon and will include child care. The Men’s group will meet on Wednesday evenings at 7. To register, call the church office at 978-388-0930 or email: email@example.com or visit marketstreetbaptistchurch.org.
Focus on Afghan women for discussion series
“View from a Grain of Sand,” a film chronicling the story of three Afghan women through three decades of war and how they survive, rebuild their lives and help others, will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. The presentation is part of an ongoing documentary and discussion series exploring global issues for women.
Rachel Williams, president of Help Women Heal, will speak about her work with Afghan women as part of the program. Williams’ organization provides Afghan women with scholarship funding for health care education. Admission is free. Call 978-465-0602 for more on the program.
Holy Redeemer Parish Mass schedule
Holy Redeemer Parish in both Merrimac and West Newbury has changed its church service schedule.