, Newburyport, MA

August 31, 2013

Church notes

Newburyport Daily News

---- — English high tea benefits triathlete

An English high tea benefit fundraiser will be held today from 2 to 4 p.m. at Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Amesbury. This is a benefit to help send the Rev. Lucy Blood, former pastor, to London to compete in the International Triathlon World Sprint Championship, an amateur event for which athletes must pay all their own expenses. Featuring: tea, trifle, tea sandwiches, scones with jam and Devonshire clotted cream and tiny sausage rolls. Take a chance on a raffle. Handicapped accessible. Donation of $20 or equivalent in English pounds. For information, call Helen Rankin at 978-387-3004,

Mass schedule change at IC

Staring the weekend of Sept. 7-8, the Mass schedule at Immaculate Conception Parish, Newburyport, will be: Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Belleville starts year out with breakfast

Sunday, Sept. 8, will be a time to celebrate together the beginning of a new fall term at Belleville Congregational Church, UCC, 300 High St., Newburyport.

Join us for a delicious pancake breakfast. The Sunday school teachers and the children of Belleville will be serving up pancakes for everyone. There will be coffee, juice, milk, sausage and light fluffy pancakes with butter and syrup. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 until 9:45 a.m. downstairs in the dining hall. (Handicap accommodations will be made available in the stage room upstairs.) Sunday school registration forms will be available. Sunday school is again using The Whole People of God curriculum this year. A take-home leaflet will be available for parents and anyone interested in what is going on in Sunday school.

Hope Church launches fall schedule Sept. 8

Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport, will begin its fall schedule on Sept. 8. The church will hold two identical worship services on Sunday, one at 9 a.m. and one at 10:30 a.m. Full childcare is available for ages 0 to 4 during both services.

In addition to worship, there are children, middle school and adult classes as well on Sunday morning.

On Monday nights, the Elevation 4:12 Middle School youth group takes place, and on Wednesday nights, the Elevation 4:12 High School youth group is held. Open to any student grades 6 to 12, this is a time of fun, community building, and practical Bible teaching.

Also being offered this fall is a Parenting Teenagers Course on Monday nights (at same time as the Middle School youth group).

Go to to find out more.

Worship time change in Merrimac Sept. 8

Beginning Sept. 8, worship will begin at 10 a.m. at the Merrimacport United Methodist Church, 39 High St. at the corner of River Road in Merrimac. Street parking along High Street and River Road.

The Merrimacport United Methodist worship is being broadcast over Merrimac TV channel 18 throughout the week, every week. For more, or 978.346.8818.

Fall season at Market St. Baptist begins Sept. 8

The Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury, will begin its fall season of programs on Sunday, Sept. 8. Sunday School classes will start at 9 a.m. Children in the kindergarten-third grade class will work through the Apostle’s Creed with songs, games and stories. The Youth class from grade 4 and above will meet with Pastor Michael John to study “Big Truths for Young Hearts, Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God” as baptismal preparation class. An adult class meets for study on a subject that will be determined later. All are welcome. The Youth Group for grades 5 and up will meet regularly beginning Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. All are welcome. For information, call the church office at 978-388-0930 or email: Visit on the Web at and also Facebook.

Healing service at Holy Family Sept. 9

Holy Family Parish Healing Service, “Triumph of the Cross,” will be held Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at 11 Sparhawk St., Amesbury. Holy Mass followed by healing, anointing and individual prayer. All are welcome.

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).

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. 7, Ava Grady’s Bat Mitzvah, 9 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.

VOTF kicks off 11th season Sept. 15

The 11th season of the adult faith formation series sponsored by the North Shore-Seacoast affiliate of VOTF begins Sunday, Sept. 15, at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, Newburyport, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thomas Groome of Boston College will be speaking on “Will There Be Faith: A New Vision for Educating & Growing Disciples.” Refreshments served and free will offering appreciated. For more, call John and Barbara Gould, 978-535-2321.

First Parish Church Sunday School

The First Parish Church of Newbury has re-established Sunday School with Bert Noyes as director. Sunday School will begin on Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. Classes will be based on exploring how the love of God informs life concepts every day. Registration forms are available by calling 978-465-5597. For more, visit the website at

September Celebration at St. James

All are invited to the St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, September Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the 10 a.m. service. At the 10 a.m. service, the choir and organist will be welcomed back, youths’ backpacks will be blessed for the new school year and cake and refreshments will be served in the parish hall. The Godly Play Christian Education Program registrations will take place in the parish hall. There is no charge. The Women of Faith and Men’s Bible Group leaders will be available to talk about the Adult Education Program. For further information check the website at, contact the Parish Office at 978-388-0030 or send an e-mail at

Intro to meditation class offered

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a six-week class entitled “An Introduction to Insight Meditation.” The class is 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. Class begins Thursday, Sept. 19, from 7-8:30 p.m. Cost is $114. For registration information, visit

Information night Sept. 15 for MVSM

The Merrimack Valley School of Missions (MVSM) is hosting an information night at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the West Newbury Congregational Church, 308 Main St., West Newbury. All are welcome to attend to learn about the school’s history, mission, teachers and classes. Testimonies will be heard from students as well as a presentation on future plans. Refreshments will be served.

MVSM is designed to equip believers with a deeper understanding of their faith and greater competency in ministry at an affordable rate. The lecturers are local pastors, missionaries and ministry leaders and the topics cover theology, history, Bible and practical ministry. The cost is $20 per course and students are welcome to jump in at any time. Contact Pastor John of Market Street Baptist Church, Amesbury, at 978-388-0930 for more information.

Intro to meditation class offered

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a six-week class entitled “An Introduction to Insight Meditation.” The class is 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. Class begins Thursday, Sept. 19, from 7-8:30 p.m. Cost is $114. For registration information, visit

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, Sept. 24 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: 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 ( or Mort Gilbert at 978-388-3831 ( 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

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.

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

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.