, Newburyport, MA

July 27, 2013

Church notes

Newburyport Daily News

---- — New place of worship in Seabrook

Beth Qowl (The House of Yahweh’s Voice) is holding services every Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Senate Room of The Hampshire Inn Hotel & Conference Center, 20 Spur Road, Seabrook. Apostle Tim Mayer will lead. For more information, email “Revival is here.”

New clothing sale fundraiser at Market St. Baptist

The Market Street Baptist Church is hosting a New Clothing Sale fundraiser today from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the gym at the back of their building at 37 Market St., Amesbury. The clothing is new, men’s and women’s, brand name and for all seasons donated by Fuller’s Menswear Store, Amesbury. Proceeds help cover expenses for a Church Family Retreat Weekend. Shop for school, birthday and early Christmas gifts.

Union Church Spaghetti Supper today

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

Outdoor worship with MVCB Sax Pack tomorrow

Outdoor Worship on the River will be held tomorrow at Carey Park, 111 River Road, Merrimac (near the corner of Broad Street and River Road), at 11 a.m. hosted by the Merrimacport United Methodist Church. The Merrimack Valley Concert Band Sax Pack will be leading worship music. Bring a blanket or beach chair. Pets on leash welcome too. In case of rain, the event will be held at the church (one block up from the park).

For more, go to or call 978-346-8989.

Tours offered at St. Paul’s tomorrow

St. Paul’s Church offers its annual Historic Tours & Open House tomorrow, noon to 4 p.m., during Old Fashioned Sunday. Tour guides dressed in period Colonial garb will escort visitors back through time to the founding of the parish in 1711 in British America, through the Revolutionary War period and into Colonial times. Visitors will tour the present church building to see historic artifacts like the Paul Revere bell and learn about the history and design of this beautiful church building. The church labyrinth will be open at the rear of the church building. Refreshments and a gift table are in the hall. Gather for the tours at the front doors of the church. Tours are on the half-hour. Free-will donations welcome. The church is located at 166 High St., Newburyport.

Holy Day Masses at IC

Masses on Holy Day of Obligation, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 7:15 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish, Newburyport.

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).

Monday, Annual Yankee Homecoming ice cream social, 6 p.m.

Sept. 4, Rosh Hashanah Eve, services at 6:45 p.m. Yom Tov Oneg following services.

Sept. 5, Rosh Hashanah Day 1, services at 8:45 a.m. Children’s Service at 9:30 a.m., Shofar at 10:15 a.m., Tashlich at Cashman Park immediately following services.

Sept. 6, Rosh Hashanah Day 2. Morning services at 8:45 a.m. Shofar at 10:15 a.m.

Sept. 13, Yom Kippur Eve, Kol Nidrei services at 6:45 p.m. Fast begins at 6:40 p.m.

Sept. 14, Yom Kippur Day. Morning services at 8:45 a.m.; Children’s Service at 9:30 a.m., Yizkor at 10:45 a.m., Mincha at 5:30 p.m., Ask the Rabbi and Neilah Service at 6:30 p.m., Shofar and End of Fast at 7:40 p.m.

Sept. 15, Hebrew School Sukkah Decorating and BBQ, 3 to 5 p.m.

Visit the new website,, for more information on upcoming services and events.

Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport offers a variety of meditation opportunities including: classes, retreats, workshops and daily sittings. Located in a rural setting close to I-95 and downtown Newburyport, the center provides an ideal environment for the practice of Insight Meditation (Vipassana). Originated in the Buddhist tradition more than 2,500 years ago, Vipassana is a simple practice that steadies the mind by grounding attention in the present moment. For the most current schedule information, visit or call 978-499-0325.

Bag sale at Belleville Thrift Shop

At Belleville Church Thrift Shop, 300 High St., Newburyport, August is Bag Sale Month. Fill a bag with clothes for just $5. The shop is open Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Union Church Flea Market Aug. 10

An old-fashioned Flea Market will be held Saturday, Aug, 10, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Point Shore, Amesbury, across from Alliance Park. Spaces available: $10 with your own table; $15 with church table. Donations welcome, Lunch will be available on site. Rain date: Saturday, Aug. 17. For Information, to reserve space or to donate Items, call Dottie Johnson: 978-388-2452.

Free event for kids

The Market Street Baptist and the Rock Church, both of Amesbury, will be hosting “Kid’s Kingdom” in the Amesbury Park, 140 Friend St., on Friday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. There will be an inflatable obstacle course and bouncy house, games and plenty of popcorn and sno-cones.

Residents may be familiar with us as we usually partner with the Kid’s Day in the Park event during Amesbury Days, but due to poor weather we postponed our activities that day. It is our goal to provide a safe and fun event for your family to enjoy the day together at no cost to them or the town.

Rock Church Amesbury Hymn Sing and dessert

Has it been a while since your favorite hymn has been sung? Then come join us Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. as we join together to sing some of our favorite hymns. This will be the first of two special summer Hymn Sing events. Following the hymn sing will be fellowship, dessert and drinks. The church is located at 146 Main St., Amesbury. There is parking next to the church, behind the parish house.

Summer services at First Parish, Belleville

During July and August, the First Parish Church of Newbury and Belleville Congregational Church will be combining summer services. Worship service for July will be at Belleville Church at 9:30 a.m., led by the Rev. Ross Varney. August worship services will be held at First Parish Church of Newbury at 9:30 a.m., led by the Rev. Jeff MacDonald. For more information, visit the website at

Public welcome at Adelynrood

The public is invited to Chapel of the Holy Cross at Adelynrood, 43 Elm St., Byfield, from July 13-Aug. 24 for the following:

Visit anytime, Tuesday through Friday: 7:15 a.m., Morning Prayer; Noon, Thanksgivings/Prayers; 9 p.m., Night Prayer. Also Wednesday, 7:15 a.m., Holy Communion.

Bible study at Old South

A weekly Bible study is held at Old South Church in Fellowship Hall every Wednesday at 7 p.m. The group is studying the “Seven Deadly Sins.” Anyone can join in at any time. The church is located on Federal Street in Newburyport.

Weekly sharing of healing experiences

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. After readings from the Scriptures and the Christian Science textbook on a topic of current interest, the meeting is then opened for the informal sharing of healing experiences. The service includes the lively singing of hymns. Everyone in the community 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

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

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.

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 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,

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: 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

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 or by phone at 978-255-0135.

If you have an item for Church Notes, contact Merrily Buchs at, 978-462-6666, ext. 3248.