Orthodox Holy Week
This year the Orthodox celebrate Easter on May 5. The week previous is filled with awe-inspiring services that lead from the joy of Palm Sunday to the devastation of Holy Friday to the triumph of the empty tomb.
Holy Week schedule at Annunciation Greek Church, Newburyport, is:
Today: Saturday of Lazaros, Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m.
Tomorrow: Palm Sunday, Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. followed by the procession with palms for all
Tomorrow to Wednesday: Bridegroom Services at 7 p.m.
Thursday: Holy Thursday, Vesperal Liturgy of the Mystical Supper at 7:30 a.m.
Thursday: Service of the 12 Gospels (Vigil of the Passion and Death of our Lord) at 7 p.m.
Friday: Holy Friday, Royal Hours at 7:30 a.m.
Friday: Service of the Unnailing from the Cross at 3 p.m.
Friday, May 3: Service of the Lamentations at the Tomb and procession at 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 4: Holy Saturday, Vigil of Pascha Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m.
Sunday, May 5: Sunday of Pascha, Resurrection Service, Morning Prayer and Divine Liturgy beginning at midnight, followed by a festive reception
Sunday, May 5: Vespers of Agape (Love) at 11 a.m.
Spring Fest Crafter Fair today
A Spring Fest Crafter Fair with over 20 artisans and a gift basket boutique with breakfast and lunch available will be held today, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King St., Groveland. Admission is free. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.
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. All welcome. 978-388-0631. www.amesburyunion.org.
Interim pastor at South Hampton Baptist Church
South Hampton Baptist Church, 10 Jewell St., welcomes the Rev. James Smith as interim pastor. Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m.
Jazz service at First Religious Society
Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, Tom Stites will present a jazz service. He will bring a sermon entitled “Sharing the Divine Power of Creation.” The Jazz Vespers Band, featuring the baritone saxophone of guest artist Danny Harrington, will be an integral part of the service. Stites, who was the editor of Jazz Magazine before be was the editor of UU World, has brought jazz and blues services to 28 Unitarian Universalist pulpits in 14 states — today’s will be No. 50.
‘New Every Day’ at IC tomorrow
The public is invited to hear Sr. Janice Farnham’s lecture, “New Every Day”: A Spirituality for the Second Half of Life, on Sunday, April 28, 7 to 9 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Newburyport. Emily Dickinson wrote: “We turn not older with years but newer every day.” With aging, we move from an “onward and upward” pattern of achievement to the “inward and outward” pilgrimage of the heart. The spiritual burdens and the blessings of aging will be explored. Refreshments served and free-will offering appreciated. Sponsored by North Shore-Seacoast Affiliate of VOTF. For further information, call John and Barbara Gould, 978-535-2321.
May Breakfast at First Religious Society
On Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, will have its annual May Breakfast in the Parish Hall. A hearty breakfast of local eggs, fried or scrambled, ham, veggie sausages, baked beans, hash browns, pancakes with local maple syrup, fresh fruit salad, and baked goods will be served, as well as Fair Trade coffee, tea and juice. $6 adults and $4 children.
Blessing of the Pets May 4 in Merrimac
Blessing of the Pets will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Kimball Park, corner of Union Street and West Main Street (Route 110) in Merrimac. The event will be hosted by the Merrimacport United Methodist Church. All pets welcome whether they walk, creep, fly, slither or swim. In case of rain the event will be canceled – if the weather is questionable, call or check online. All pets should be on a leash or in a carrier to ensure the safety of all. For more information, www.MerrimacportUMC.org or 978-346-8818.
Yoga and Meditation Workshop
The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a half-day “Mindfulness Yoga & Insight Meditation” workshop that will explore how to create continuity between practice on the yoga mat and practice on the meditation cushion. Workshop will include short periods of sitting meditation, yoga and discussion. Beginners and experienced students are welcome. Saturday, May 4, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For registration information and fees, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.
Union Church flea market June 8
An old-fashioned flea market will be held Saturday, June 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Point Shore, Amesbury, across from Alliance Park. Spaces available for $10 with your own table, $15 with church table. Donations welcome, Lunch will be available on site. For Information, to reserve space or to donate quality Items, call Dottie Johnson: 978-388-2452, www.AmesburyUnion.org.
Sanctuaries and Sacred Spaces tour
The Rev. Martha Hubbard, rector of St. Paul’s Church in Newburyport, is leading a tour of Southern England, July 22 to 31, which will wend its way from Canterbury to London through some of England’s most beautiful cathedrals, visit the ancient stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury and enjoy the beautiful gardens at Sissinghurst and Highclere Castle (made famous by PBS’s “Downton Abbey”). Reservation deadline is May 1. Go to the website for more information, www.stpauls-nbpt.org, or call the office at 978-465-5351.
VBS at Market Street Baptist
The Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury, is hosting a Vacation Bible School for both girls and boys ages 5 to 9 years old, Monday to Friday, July 22-26, from 9 a.m. to noon. The VBS program “Follow God” includes games in the gym, crafts, bible study and new songs to learn. A snack of water and fruit will be provided each day.
A suggested donation fee of $10 per child is requested to cover expenses. However, the church does not wish to keep any child away for financial reasons, so it will accept can be afforded.
Register in advance by contacting the church by phone at 978-388-0930 or email: email@example.com. Visit on the web: www.MarketStreetBaptistChurch.
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 www.stjamesamesbury.org.
‘Wednesdays at the Well’ at Pilgrim Church
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac, holds a weekly “Wednesdays at the Well” adult gathering on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The series includes education, discussion and fellowship. The group is currently watching and discussing “The Jesus Lifestyle” to more deeply understand how Jesus’ teachings apply to ones’ lives. All are welcome. For more information, call the church office at 978-346-8400.
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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