Guest speaker at First Religious Society

Guest speaker the Rev. Keith Kron will speak on “The Voice of the Spirit” tomorrow at First Religious Society’s 1:30 a.m. service. Kron is director of Ministerial Transitions at Unitarian Universalist Association of congregations.

First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Activities at Unity on the River

Unity on the River Annual Meeting will be held tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served and child care will be available during the meeting.

Monday at 7 p.m.: LGBTQ & YOU support and discussion group. Join Malik Marerro and Allyson Arcand for a discussion of supportive resources for the LGBTQ community. For more information call the church, 978-834-7830. Meeting is free. All are welcome.

Wednesday at 7 p.m.: the Wednesday night service with guest facilitator Seth Waleryszak. The topic is “Sympathy for the Devil: Sublimating the Inner Adversary Through Loving Awareness.” 

Sunday, Feb. 12 at noon:  “Learning and Living with the Angels of Romance and Relationship” with Peg Jones. Visit for more details.

Unity on the River is located at  58 Macy St., Amesbury.

Breath awareness workshop Feb. 11

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport is offering a workshop entitled “Breath Awareness for Your Whole Life” on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. In this workshop we will practice expanding our sense of the breath in the body leading to a more open awareness that embraces our life with freshness, clarity and ease. This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as experienced meditators. This offerings 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. For registration information and fees, visit

A talk on ‘Making Meaningful Change’ Feb. 12

Mark McCurties, CS will talk about “Making Meaningful Change: How God’s love can change your life and the world” on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Senior/Community Center, 331 High St., Newburyport.

McCurties’ career was in education working as a resident councilor, camp director and athletics coach, before becoming a full-time Christian Science practitioner.

For information on this free Christian Science talk, call 978-255-1031 or visit

Celebrating 100th year of church organ

East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, is inviting the public to join in a hymn sing and potluck supper on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. Bring voices, friends, and a dish to pass. Birthday cake and beverages will be provided by the church. A good-will offering will be taken up to support the People’s United Methodist Church Angel Gabriel project. 

The organ was built in 1917 in Maryland and has lent its voice to prayer and praise to God in Salisbury, seen and accompanied 100 years of the church’s history. A time line is developing in the Rose Room, so anyone with photos or articles to share should bring them, too. Call 978-465-8940 for information.

Second Sunday lunch on Feb. 12

The Merrimacport United Methodist Church (The Port) will be serving the Second Sunday Community Lunch on Sunday, Feb. 12, noon-1 p.m. The lunch is free to everyone who would like to come. This month, they will be accepting free-will offerings to benefit Merrimac Baseball Association in their goal to replace the lighting on the field before spring arrives.  

The Merrimacport United Methodist Church is located at 39 Main St., Merrimac, 978-346-8818. 

Community Blood Drive on Feb. 25

The Knights of Columbus Council in Salisbury and Amesbury is partnering with Boston Children’s Hospital for a blood drive on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Family Parish Hall in Amesbury. Appointments for blood donations are encouraged and can be made by through the BCH donor center at 617-335-6677 or

Congregation Ahavas Achim

Rabbi Benjamin Resnick leads Shabbat morning services every Saturday at 9 a.m.

Monday Adult Education with the Rabbi, 7:30 p.m., Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Judaism (But Were Afraid to Ask). Ongoing, all are welcome.

Wednesday Adult Education with the Rabbi, 9 a.m., ongoing Zohar reading group, all are welcome.

For more information on services and programs, visit or email

GriefShare support group begins Feb. 23

Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St. in Newburyport, will offer a special 13-week GriefShare seminar and support group starting Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. for those rebuilding their lives after the loss of a loved one.

The sessions will be facilitated by Hope’s associate pastor of care, Dennis Gill, and experienced lay leaders who have lived through grief and want to help others through the difficult grief process. It is made up of a combination of video presentations, small group discussions and workbook exercises. There is a $15 donation for the GriefShare workbook that can be paid at the first class.

For more information or to sign up,  call the Hope office at 978-463-HOPE, or visit the Hope website at

Divorce Care support group begins Feb. 23

A Divorce Care seminar and support group begins Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at Hope Community Church for those experiencing divorce or separation. The goal of this 13-week support group is to find help for your hurts, discover hope for the future and experience God’s wonderful healing.

The sessions will be facilitated by experienced counselors, who understand the pain and brokenness of divorce and desire to help those living through this difficult journey. The sessions include video presentations, small group discussions and workbook exercises. A personal workbook is included (suggested donation: $15).

For more information or to sign up, call the Hope office at 978-463-HOPE, or visit the Hope website at Hope Community Church is located at 11 Hale St. in Newburyport.

Buddhist Meditation every Monday

Buddhist Meditation is held every Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Lower Meetinghouse, First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. Led by Joyce Haydock, Dharma teacher with the international Kwan Um School of Zen. The purpose of the meditation practice is to clear the mind to become peaceful and compassionate and then help save other beings from suffering. First-timers should come at 6 p.m. for an orientation. Contact

Celebrate Recovery meetings in Amesbury

Celebrate Recovery has come to Rock Church Amesbury, 146 Main St., Amesbury. Celebrate Recovery is a support group for anyone with a hurt, habit or hang-up that keeps them from the life God intended for them. Recovery is hard but God does not intend for us to go through it alone. Celebrate Recovery meets every Tuesday evening at 5:30 for dinner and 6:30 for the program. For more questions, email Pastor Jon Howard 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.

Find social services you need

When you need help and don’t know where to find it, use your mobile phone or computer to go to the website: There you can sort through a listing of 190-plus social service agencies by choosing:

Your town (Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, West Newbury, Rowley, Salisbury).

Who needs the service (adult, child, youth, senior, family, veteran, disabled)

The kind of help you need (food, affordable medicine, job training, child care, etc.)

You will get full contact information for the agencies providing the help you need and descriptions of their services. 

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.

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 with daily deals and kid’s shop.

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.

Wednesday lunch, Thursday dinner at Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Newburyport serves lunch on Wednesdays at 11 a.m., and, with the help of other local churches, organizations and families, dinner on Thursdays at 5 p.m. For more information, call 978-465-0883.

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

Our Neighbors’ Table has new hours. Meal programs are Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. at Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St., Amesbury. The market will be open at 194 Main St., Amesbury, Thursday from 3-6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. 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 to 6 p.m. All are welcome. Donations of food items, supplies and services are needed; call 465-5351.

Seabrook Community Table

Seabrook Community Table is a nonprofit organization serving free meals to residents in need from Seabrook and surrounding towns. Hours of operation are 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at Trinity Parish House, Route 1. For more information, contact Joyce Addison at 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.

Newbury food pantry 

The First Parish Church Community Food Pantry is open every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. Anyone may receive from the well-stocked shelves, which contain quality non-perishables, basic household items and pet food. There are no residency or identification requirements. Enter through the rear of the building via the handicapped entrance ramp.

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