, Newburyport, MA

September 21, 2013

Church notes

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Kick-off today for Community United Methodist Church

Community United Methodist Church in Byfield will kick off their new year and vision for the future today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day will feature free food, music and a bouncy house. There will be a chance to learn about Sunday School.

Bean Supper at St. James today

St. James Episcopal Church is having a Bean Supper today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Parish Hall, 119 Washington St., Groveland. Adults $7, children $3. For more information about this event and other events at St. James Episcopal Church, visit online at

Events at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Blessing of Animals: Bring four-footed family members to be blessed under the protection of Sts. Modestos and Mamas at courtyard of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 7 Harris St., Newburyport, today at 5 p.m. All are welcome.

Interested in Icons?: A fall study, “Reading Icons,” will be held on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m., beginning Wednesday. The group will be looking at the making and use of icons, and spending time looking at icons of Christ, Mary and the great Feasts to “read” the symbolism and message in them. For information, call the church at 978-465-5757.

Curious about Orthodoxy?: A fall study, “Introduction to Orthodoxy,” will be held on Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m., beginning Thursday. The group will be discussing the fundamentals of the Orthodox faith, prayer, the Liturgy and Sacraments, the Saints and other topics.

For information on any of the events, call the church at 978-465-5757.

Introduction to Meditation

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer two Introduction to Insight Meditation events: an Intro class on Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. and a morning retreat for beginners on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. These are designed for anyone interested in 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. For registration and details, visit

Haitian Boy Choir in concert Thursday

Les Petits Chanteurs will be in concert on Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 166 High St., Newburyport. These boys are a talented 30-voice Haitian Boy Choir from the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince. They are accompanied by a chamber ensemble from the Holy Trinity Philharmonic Orchestra. Their goal is to raise awareness of the rich musical traditions in Haiti and the importance of school in the life of the country. A free-will offering will be collected to aid with the tour expenses, and to further support the rebuilding the Holy Trinity Music School and Holy Trinity Cathedral, both of which were destroyed in the 2010 Haitian earthquake. For more information, contact the church office daily between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 978-465-5351.

New Testament sermon series at Rock Church Amesbury

Rock Church Amesbury is conducting an in-depth study and sermon series on The New Testament. Each week the sermon focuses on a different section of The New Testament. There is a corresponding reading plan that can be found on the website, The church also offers various life groups to dig deeper into the weekly topic and readings. Check the website for details on dates, locations and times for the Life Groups.

Sunday Services are at 9:30 a.m. featuring a contemporary praise team. The church is located at 146 Main St., Amesbury.

Sale at St. James to benefit African children

St. James Episcopal Church is hosting their annual African Team Ministries Jewelry and Gifts Sale tomorrow after Sunday School. The African Team Ministries is a Christian ministry working as an intermediary between African and American churches. They provide funding for orphan and refugee relief missions and evangelism in East Africa. Money raised is used to provide tuition, books, uniforms and other fees associated with sponsoring the education of children located in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The gift sale will take place at St. James Parish Hall, 119 Washington St., Groveland. For more information, visit

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 and 29, Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 17 and 24 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 begin soon at the Merrimacport United Methodist Church, led by the Rev. Gwyneth Arrison and husband, the Rev. Jamie Arrison. Depending on community interest, there will be a study for middle as well as high school. All youth are welcome.

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

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).

Tomorrow, 10 a.m., Holiday Prayers with the Lulav Bunch followed by Brunch under the Branches of the Sukkah.

Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m., Simchat Torah. Join us for an hour of singing and dancing with the Torahs as we conclude the 5 Books of Moses.

Oct. 6, 10 a.m., Shmooze with the Jews Brunch; 3 p.m. Food Pantry and Social Hour

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

The Crossing in concert Oct. 3

Celtic Concert with The Crossing will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Old South Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Donations will be received at concert in lieu of ticket sales. The concert is sponsored by FirstLoveWorks. For more information visit

The Crossing is a Celtic group that has been entertaining audiences since 1984; their original songs carry on the centuries-old tradition of good storytelling found in the Celtic lands. The Crossing is affiliated with Grrr Records and Jesus People USA (Chicago, IL). The band’s members reside in inner-city Chicago.

Ecumenical Taize Service for Peace

This service will have an emphasis on prayers for peace and will last about a half hour. It will consist of scripture readings, prayers, petitions, simple musical refrains and an extended period of silence. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King St.

ALPHA Parenting Teenagers offered at Hope Church

The Parenting Teenagers Course is for any parents, step-parents or caregivers of children aged 11-18 years. Meeting teenagers’ deepest needs, setting healthy boundaries, helping to develop their emotional health and teaching them how to make good choices takes skill and dedication. Taking time to reflect on the end goal can help build relationships with teenagers now. The course will be held at Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St. in Newburyport from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for five weeks beginning Monday, Oct. 14. The course costs $40, but scholarships are available. To sign up, email or call the church at 978-463-4673.

Prayer is topic at Salvation Army

“Praying through the Bible” will be offered weekly at The Salvation Army.

Every Wednesday, participants will explore various forms of prayer as found in the scriptures. What is prayer? Is there a right or wrong way to pray? Share your own experiences with prayer in this open learning environment. All are welcome. Group will meet from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the chapel at The Salvation Army, 40 Water St., Newburyport. For more details, contact Mary Schmidt at 978-465-0883.

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 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

Weekly sharing of healing experiences

Hear and share experiences of Christian healing. 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. The meeting opens with hymn singing and readings from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook on a topic of current interest. The meeting is then opened for informal sharing of healing experiences showing how lives have been uplifted, guided and protected by God. The public 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.