First Religious Society

First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, presents “From the Arizona Borderlands” on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 10:30 a.m.

B’Link, a group that made an immigration justice trip to the Arizona borderlands this past summer, leads the service. Youths and adults will share their reflections about what they learned on their journey. At noon, B’Link will host a slideshow and answer questions. Soup Sunday, a monthly time of fellowship with soups and chili, will be held after the service. The suggested donation is $5.

Buddhist meditation will be offered Monday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lower Meeting House. Enter from the parking lot side of the church. First-timers should come at 6 p.m.

Byfield Parish Church 

Byfield Parish Church, 132 Jackman St., Georgetown, will celebrate the installation of the Rev. Brent Fugate as its senior pastor Sunday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Fugate was formerly associate pastor of service and outreach at Hope Community Church in Newburyport. He heads the Newburyport Clergy Association and serves as president of the board of directors for the Pregnancy Care Center in Haverhill. For the past two years, he was a case manager at Constellation Hospice in Newburyport.

Fugate is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee and attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He interned for two years at Byfield Parish Church prior to graduating in May 2012 with a master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2015 and was sponsored by Byfield Parish Church.

A freewill offering will be taken at the service to support the UCC seminarians scholarship fund. Light refreshments in the Fellowship Hall will follow the service.

East Parish United Methodist

The Rev. Mary Jane O’Connor Ropp and the Rev. Charlotte Hendee will lead worship at East Parish United Methodist Church in Salisbury each Sunday at 10 a.m. After the service, there will be fellowship and friendship in the Rose Room. 

The church will host its annual turkey dinner Saturday, Nov. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. There will be coffee and conversation with Hendee during “Pastor’s Corner” at Dunkin’ Donuts in Salisbury for coffee and conversation on Friday, Nov. 19.

The final Hymn Sing of the year is Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3:30 p.m. There will be a service of lessons and carols followed by a potluck dinner.

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St. Paul’s Church

St. Paul’s Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, will offer Holy Eucharist services Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

An adult forum begins at 9:15 a.m. The Montessori-based Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. Nursery care is available at 10 a.m. in the church library.

An evening prayer service Rite 1 is every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the side chapel. A midweek Eucharist is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. in the main church. There will be contemplative prayer Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the church library.   

The church will host its annual fall fair on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will include bargain shopping for items such as clothing for children and adults, jewelry and accessories, baked goods, crafts, hand-knitted items, and holiday decorations and gifts donated by local merchants and families.

There will be a silent auction, with bids accepted from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair will also feature a breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m., and lunch from 11:30 to 1 p.m.

Event proceeds will support the church’s ministries, including the Among Friends meal program, numerous weekly 12-step programs, and global outreach programs that include the El Salvador Partnership.

Visit and facebook@StPaulsNBPT for news and upcoming events.

First Church of Christ, Scientist

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 22 Inn St., Newburyport, will present its weekly Bible lesson, “Mortals and Immortals,” at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

The lesson will consist of texts from the Old and New testaments with related passages from the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy. Child care is available for babies and toddlers, and the Sunday School welcomes school-age children and young adults up to age 20. 

The church holds Wednesday evening meetings from 7:30 to 8:30 at which members and visitors share their gratitude for healings they received through Christian Science.

For more information, call 978-255-1031 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or visit

Merrimacport United Methodist

Merrimacport United Methodist, 39 High St., Merrimac, will serve the monthly Second Sunday Lunch on Sunday, Nov. 12, from noon to 1 p.m.  The free luncheon features a variety of hot soups, bread, dessert, coffee and drinks. Voluntary contributions will be accepted for scholarships for Pentucket students. 

Unitarian Universalist 

Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport will present its Bohemian Boutique on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vendors will sell vintage clothing, books, glassware, jewelry, crystals, scarves and handmade soap among other items. Readers Wendy Fletcher, Jessica Marrocco and Dawn Drew will be available.

Insight Mediation Center

Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport, 443 Middle St., West Newbury, will offer a free “Introduction to Insight Meditation” drop-in class on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

No registration is required. This class is for anyone interested in learning insight meditation, or Vipassana. It is a simple practice, which originated in the Buddhist tradition more than 2,500 years ago, that steadies the mind by grounding attention in the present moment.

For more information, fees and registration for this and other classes, visit

Grace Reformed Baptist

Grace Reformed Baptist Church, 98 Kimball Road, Amesbury, holds regular worship services each Sunday. Bible study for all ages begins at 10 a.m., morning worship is at 11 a.m. and afternoon worship is at 2 p.m. For further information, go to or call 978-518-2308.

Pilgrim Church

Pilgrim Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac, will host its annual holiday fair Saturday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The fair will include handmade holiday items, children’s crafts, a cookie walk, a country store, quilted items, jewelry, holiday decor and a silent auction. A continental breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. followed by lunch at 11 a.m. Free coffee will be available to veterans.

First Parish Church of Newbury

Sunday school at First Parish Church of Newbury is at 10 a.m. for ages 4 and up. Sunday school is held concurrently with worship hour, presenting major themes and stories of the Bible along with hands-on activities.

Parents can worship upstairs, stay with the Sunday school or return to pick up their children at 11 a.m. Child care is provided for children under 4. New families are welcome. For more information, email

Bible study begins at 8:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of each month in the downstairs fellowship hall.

Unity on the River

A service of celebration and inspiration will be presented Sunday at 10 a.m. at Unity on the River, 58 Macy St., Amesbury.

Central Congregational 

Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport, offers Sunday worship beginning at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available.

Children attend worship with their families and move to Sunday School after the children’s sermon. Sunday choir rehearsals: Chancel Choir, 9 a.m.; Youth Choir, 11:30 a.m. Prayer Shawl Knitters meet monthly on the third Saturday at 10 a.m. and the fourth Monday at 1:30 p.m. The youth group meets monthly. 

The church offers a free community breakfast Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. Central is making preparations for its annual Christmas fair on Saturday Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For details, call 978-465-0533, email or go to

Old South First Presbyterian

Sunday morning prayer with Pastor Sara is from 9 to 9:30 a.m. in the Pastor’s Study at Old South First Presbyterian Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport.

The weekly worship service begins at 10 a.m. on Sundays followed by fellowship hour at 11:15 a.m. The adult and children’s Bible discussion and potluck dinner is from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.

The church will host its first Festival of Wreaths and Trees on Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25. The festival begins at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 and continues until 9 p.m. with an open house preview featuring local musicians, storytelling for children and light refreshments. Doors are open Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and children under 12 are free. Paid admission on Friday allows for free admission to the festival Saturday.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 for a 25-ticket sheet for a chance to win dozens of decorated wreaths and trees, as well as more than 30 gift cards and other items donated by local businesses.

All proceeds will go to the Pelican Intervention Fund, which helps people struggling with addiction. For more information on the festival, go to

Amesbury Thanksgiving service

The Amesbury Council of Churches will be holding its annual Thanksgiving service at the historic Rocky Hill Meetinghouse on Nov. 19.

The ecumenical service will begin at 2 p.m. under the direction of Rev. Lucy Blood of Union Congregational Church of Amesbury. The meetinghouse is located at the intersection of Elm Street and Rocky Hill Road in Amesbury. Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly and bring a blanket or two for warmth since the 1785 meetinghouse is as it was when congregations first held Sunday services there in the 18th century. Refreshments to follow.

Congregation Ahavas Achim

Rabbi Benjamin Resnick leads Shabbat morning services every Saturday at 9 a.m. All are welcome. For more information on services and programs, visit or email

Belleville Congregational

The Rev. Ross Varney of Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport, leads worship at 10 a.m. each Sunday in the chapel.  The youth choir will rehearse after the service. The adult choir rehearses Thursdays at 7 p.m. 

Union Congregational

Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. at Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Point Shore, Amesbury. Coffee hour begins at 11 a.m.

The Communion Service is the first Sunday of the month. The prayer group meets in the sanctuary at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays. Open jam sessions are held the first Saturday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. Musicians and guests are welcome. Spaghetti suppers are held the fourth Saturday of the month. 

Call to inquire about lighting the steeple in memory or in honor of a loved one. The church is led by the Rev. Lucy Blood. For details, call 978-388-0631 or go to

Holy Redeemer, Immaculate Conception 

Holy Redeemer/Immaculate Conception Catholic parishes announce their fall Mass schedule.

Weekend liturgies: Saturday, 4 p.m., IC, Newburyport; 4 p.m., alternates every six weeks between St. Ann, West Newbury, and Nativity, Merrimac. See for dates.

Sunday: 7:15 a.m., IC, Newburyport; 8 a.m., Nativity, Merrimac; 9 a.m., IC, Newburyport; 10:15 a.m. St. Ann, West Newbury; 11:30 a.m. IC, Newburyport (beginning Sept. 10).

 Visit the website: or on Facebook: Holy Redeemer — Immaculate Conception collaborative parishes.

Holy Redeemer will host its holiday fair Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nativity Parish Hall, 4 Green St., Merrimac. The fair includes cash raffles, gift baskets, baked goods, nearly new items, a silent auction and a lunch of homemade soup.


Chapel of the Holy Cross

The community is invited to attend worship in the Chapel of the Holy Cross (Episcopal) at Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center, 46 Elm St., Byfield. 

Compline: Monday through Saturday at 9 p.m. For additional information, call: 978-462-6721.

Market Street Baptist

Market Street Baptist Church invites the public to participate in its fellowship program on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

The evening begins with a meal and devotions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by group activities from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Groups include: Bible study for adults, a youth group for ages 10 and older, SHINE for girls ages 5 to 9, BOMers (Boys on Mission) for boys ages 5 to 9.

All are welcome every Wednesday for food, worship, fellowship and learning. The church is at 37 Market St., Amesbury, with parking behind the church building and also in the bank parking lot next door.

All are welcome to join Sunday worship at 10 a.m. followed by a coffee hour.

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