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.
Amesbury Council of Churches
The Amesbury Council of Churches will hold its annual Thanksgiving service at Rocky Hill Meetinghouse on Sunday, Nov. 19.
The ecumenical service will begin at 2 p.m. under the direction of the Rev. Lucy Blood of Union Congregational Church of Amesbury. The meetinghouse is at the intersection of Elm Street and Rocky Hill Road. 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.
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.
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 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.
Fall and winter dates are available for renting the Rose Room. For more information, call the church office. The church office is open by appointment only. All messages left on the answering machine are responded to within 24 hours. The church is online at www.eastparishumc.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eastparishumc.
First Church of Christ, Scientist
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 22 Inn St., Newburyport, will present its weekly Bible lesson, “Soul and Body,” on Sunday, Nov. 19.
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.
A Thanksgiving service will be presented Thursday, Nov. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. The service will feature readings and be followed by church members and guests sharing their gratitude for blessings received during the past year.
The Christian Science Reading Room, also at 22 Inn St., is a bookstore offering Bibles, Bible translations and reference books, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” and other works by Mary Baker Eddy, and magazines with examples of contemporary spiritual healing. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, call 978-255-1031 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or visit www.christiansciencenewburyport.com.
Hope Community Church
Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport, holds worship services on Sundays at 9 and 10:45 a.m. This season, the congregation is learning about the life of David and how to strive to know God’s heart.
There are children’s programs (infants through fifth grade) during both services. The HighPoint program for grades 6-8 begins at 10:45am. During the week, there are message-based discussion groups; youth groups for grades 6-8 and 9-12; various groups for young adults, women, men, seniors and married couples; teams participating in local service opportunities; and short-term groups for a variety of topics.
There will be caroling Friday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. as part of Newburyport Invitation Night. The first candle in the advent wreath will be lighted Sunday, Dec. 3. The annual Angel Tree will benefit children in need through Somebody Cares in Haverhill. There will be a Day of Service at Somebody Cares to help distribute Christmas gifts. The church will host its annual children’s Christmas pageant and Christmas Eve candlelight services at 3 and 5 p.m.
A foster care/adoption information session is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. There will be a presentation by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to learn how to provide emergency care, respite/relief care or long-term foster care for a child in need. Preregistration for the info session is encouraged to assist with planning: https://FosterMA-hc.eventbrite.com.
Also on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., the church will host a GriefShare seminar, “Surviving the Holidays,” for those facing the holidays after the loss of a loved one.
The seminar will be facilitated by Hope’s associate pastor of care, Dennis Gill, and lay leaders who have lived through grief and want to help others. It consists of a video presentation featuring national experts on grief recovery topics, small group discussions and workbook exercises. There is a $5 suggested donation for the “GriefShare Survival Guide that can be obtained at the event.
For more information or to sign up, call the Hope office at 978-463-HOPE or visit the website at www.hopenewburyport.co/support.
Unity on the River
A service of celebration and inspiration with the Rev. Ogun Holder will be presented Sunday at 10 a.m. at Unity on the River, 58 Macy St., Amesbury.
A Thanksgiving eve potluck celebration and open mic night are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 22. To sign up to bring items, call the church at 978-834-7830 or visit the website, www.unityontheriver.org, and click on “Volunteer Opportunities”.
Garland Landrith, a quantum field psychologist/healer will be the guest speaker Sunday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. A manifesting and healing workshop, “Living Your Dreams by Unlocking Your Subconscious”, takes place that day from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 27, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sign up in advance either online or at the Spiritual Resource Center. The course fee for both days is $49 and $39 for one day. Participants receive instructional DVDs on manifestation, a manual on EFT and numerous papers.
Holiday decorating of the church takes place after the service Sunday, Nov. 26, at 11:30 a.m. will be our Holiday Decorating for the church.
First Parish Church of Newbury
Sunday school at First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road, 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 email@example.com.
Bible study begins at 8:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of each month in the downstairs fellowship hall. The food pantry is open every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. No residency requirements.
A potluck lunch after worship starts at 11 a.m. on Nov. 26. Bring a turkey soup, side dish beverage or dessert if possible.
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. A new members class will be held Sunday, Nov. 26, after worship. The annual Christmas fair is Saturday Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a basket raffle, cookie walk, bake sale, jewelry, crafts and the Souper Lunch.
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.
There will be demonstrations by local experts on holiday-themed topics, including decorating, baking and flower arranging. Crafts, cookie decorating and a visit from Father Christmas will keep children entertained throughout the day. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
All proceeds will go to the Pelican Intervention Fund, which helps people struggling with addiction. For more information on the festival, go to www.oldsouthnbpt.org/festivalofwreaths
A short-term mission trip is offered during the Newburyport public schools’ winter break Feb. 22-25. Twenty-four teens and adults from the church will travel to New York City to provide meals, service, park outreach and special projects through the Bowery Mission, which helps the homeless and others.
The teens must be at least 16 years old, and the cost is $100 to $150, which includes transportation and meals. For more information, contact Jeanine Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org. To join the mission trip, contact Stacey Campbell at email@example.com.
Congregation Ahavas Achim
Rabbi Benjamin Resnick leads Shabbat morning services every Saturday at 9 a.m. All are welcome.
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 www.grbcam.net or call 978-518-2308.
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.
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 more information, call 978-388-0631 or go to www.amesburyunion.org.
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 www.hriccatholic.org 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: hriccatholic.org 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.
For Catholics who have been away from the church, Holy Redeemer and Immaculate Conception invite them to return to a more active practice of their faith.
Landings is a program that offers “a safe place to land,” a place for listening and for being heard, a place for asking questions, and for reconnecting with the faith as an adult.
For more information, call or email: Mag McKinnon at Immaculate Conception, 978-462-2724, and firstname.lastname@example.org., or Doreen O’Leary at Holy Redeemer, 978-346-8604, ext. 7, and email@example.com.
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.
Armenian Apostolic Church
Morning service, 9 a.m., divine liturgy at 10 a.m. Fellowship hour follows church services.
The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe, 1280 Boston Road (Route 125), Bradford.
For information: 978-372-9227 or on the web: www.hyepointarmenianchurch.org.
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