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September 14, 2013

Church notes


Youth programs at Merrimacport church

“Skits and Grits” Kids Ministry at the Merrimacport United Methodist Church. The six-week class will be held Sept. 22-Dec. 8, on the second and fourth Sundays at 10 a.m. for K-6 during worship. Kids will act out Bible stories in fun, modern-language skits on some weeks and will cook up tasty recipes on other weeks that teach a culinary skill as well as connect with the Bible. Parents may stay or drop off.

Sex & Relationships Youth Study will meet first and third Sundays at the Merrimacport United Methodist Church beginning in October. There will be separate groups for middle and high school, led by Pastor Gwyneth. There will be a parent informational meeting tomorrow.

The church is located at 39 High St. in Merrimac. For more, or 978-346-8818.

VOTF kicks off 11th season tomorrow

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 o 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 tomorrow 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

St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, will hold its September Celebration tomorrow 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

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