Blessing of the Animals tomorrow at All Saints
Blessing of the Animals will take place after church tomorrow at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 893 Main St., West Newbury.
Orthodoxy on Tap Tuesday in Amesbury
Enjoy some good fellowship, good food and good discussion at Orthodoxy on Tap on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Amesbury Alehouse, 33 Main St., Amesbury. This month’s discussion is “9-5 Spirituality: How to fit it into a busy life.” Everyone is welcome to join the discussion. For more information, call the Annunciation Church Office at 978-465-5757.
‘SURGE’ for teens on Wednesday
On Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Salisbury Cinemagic Theater, Acquire The Fire & Teen Mania present “SURGE,” a high-energy interactive movie theater event that fuses music, comedy, and inspirational messages. “SURGE” features inspirational messages by Ron Luce interwoven between the comedy of John Gray and musical performances by award-winning Christian artists Casting Crowns, Newsboys, Lecrae and worship artists Acquire the Fire. Bring a cellphone to use social media during the movie. Theater charges regular movie ticket prices. FMI http://www.screenvision.com/cinema-events/acquire-the-fire-presents-surge/.
Italian Dinner Oct. 26 at Pilgrim Church
Plenty of good food and company will be on hand when the Pilgrim Congregational Church hosts an Italian dinner on Saturday, Oct. 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Available at the door, tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 6-12 years with children under 6 years admitted free of charge. Fully accessible, Pilgrim Church is located at 27 Church St. in Merrimac. For further information, call the church office at 978-346-8400.
VOTF hosts women and Vatican II talk
The public is invited to St. Rose of Lima Church in Topsfield on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 7-9 p.m. to hear Francine Cardman, Ph.D. from Boston College. Her talk is “Vatican II, Women, and the Church Today.” The lecture will look at the council’s legacy in regard to women: their presence at Vatican II, participation in ecclesial ministries, authority as theologians, changing familial roles and social roles, and the implications that they have for theology and church practice. This presentation will be the second lecture of the faith education series by the North Shore Seacoast VOTF Affiliate in collaboration with Boston College Theology and Ministry School.
Refreshments served and free-will offering always appreciated. For further information, call Mo Donovan, 978-518-0133, or Eleanora Paciulan 978-462-4882, or John and Barbara Gould, 978-535-2321.
Turkey Dinner at Salisbury church
East Parish United Methodist Church will be having its Annual Turkey Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Cost is $9 per person, children 6 and under, $6. All meals include beverage and dessert. Takeouts are also available. The church is located at 8 Lafayette Road, Salisbury Square. Tickets will be sold at the door.
Zen meditation instruction offered
Free, Zen meditation instruction is offered Monday nights at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. The practice sessions meet in the lower meetinghouse from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For first-time participants, the 6 p.m. orientation session is recommended. The instructor is Joyce Haydock, Dharma teacher with the Kwan Um School of Zen (KUSZ) for more than 22 years. For more information, contact Joyce Haydock at 978-363-5457.
Intro to meditation classes offered
The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a drop-in beginner’s meditation class on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7-8:30 p.m,, $15; there will also be a five-week class entitled “An Introduction to Insight Meditation” starting Thursday, Nov. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., $95. The classes are designed for anyone interested in learning 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 information visit www.imcnewburyport.org.
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. The course costs $40, but scholarships are available. To sign up, email email@example.com or call the church at 978-463-4673.
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. 17, 7:30 p.m., Open Mic at the Shul hosted by local folksinger Susan Levine.
Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Jewish Film Series, showing “Footnote.”
Oct. 27, 10 a.m., Visit to Mayyim Hayyim Mikvah in Newton.
Nov. 3, 3 p.m., Food Pantry and Social Hour
Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Jewish Film Series, showing “The Debt.”
Nov. 17, 4 p.m., Israeli Folk Dancing with Fran Kaplan.
Nov. 27, First night of Chanukah.
Visit the new website, www.caanewburyport.org, for more information on upcoming services and events.
New Testament sermon series at Rock Church Amesbury
Rock Church Amesbury is conducting an in-depth study and sermon series on The New Testament. Each week the sermon focuses on a different section of The New Testament. There is a corresponding reading plan that can be found on the website, rock-church.org. The church also offers various life groups to dig deeper into the weekly topic and readings. Check the website for details on dates, locations and times for the Life Groups.
Sunday Services are at 9:30 a.m. featuring a contemporary praise team. The church is located at 146 Main St., Amesbury.
Prayer is topic at Salvation Army
“Praying through the Bible” will be offered weekly at The Salvation Army.
Every Wednesday, 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. 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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