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August 31, 2013

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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.

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