Yard sale to benefit mission trip
A fundraiser yard sale for Maine mission trip will be held today, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at All Saints Episcopal Church, 893 Main St., West Newbury.
Strawberry Fair June 22
A Strawberry Fair will be held June 22 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Merrimacport United Methodist Church. There will be lots of great food including lobster rolls and strawberry shortcake. In addition, there will be free kids crafts, face painting and games. The church is located at 39 High St., at the corner of River Road (just up from Broad Street). There is ample on-street parking along River Road and High Street.. For more information, www.MerrimacportUMC.org or 978-346-8818.
Yard sale at Seeds of Hope Mission Church
Seeds of Hope Mission Church will hold a yard sale on Saturday, June 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 40 Whittier St., Amesbury.
MacDonald to speak at Hope Community Church
Gordon MacDonald, former pastor of Grace Chapel in Lexington and current chancellor of Denver Seminary, will be speaking at Hope Community Church on Sunday, June 23, at 9:30 a.m. MacDonald is a sought-after conference speaker and prolific author who will address the challenges facing the church in New England, where he presently resides. He has helped direct several major evangelical ministries, including World Vision, Christianity Today and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Hope Community Church is located at 11 Hale St. in Newburyport.
Summer worship at East Parish United Methodist
East Parish United Methodist Church in Salisbury will be changing its church services time for the summer. Effective July 7 through Sept. 1, worship time will be 9:30 a.m. Starting on Sept. 8, worship time will resume at 10 a.m.
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 every Sunday at 7 a.m. to Radio Rabbi, featuring Avi Poupko, on local WNBP (1450 AM and 106.1 FM).
June 23, Tour de Shuls
July 29, Annual Yankee Homecoming ice cream social, 6 p.m.
Special service at Old South Church
The church’s annual Outdoor Worship Service will be held on June 30 at Moseley Woods at 10:30 a.m. with guest preacher the Rev. Dr. Sara Singleton preaching. There will be a big luncheon afterward in the same place. All are welcome.
Introduction to Meditation events
The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer two events for beginning meditators: a drop-in beginner’s class on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., and an Introduction to Insight Meditation retreat on Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The events 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 www.imcnewburyport.org.
VBS at Market Street Baptist
The Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury, is hosting a Vacation Bible School for both girls and boys ages 5 to 9 years old, Monday to Friday, July 22-26, from 9 a.m. to noon. The VBS program “Follow God” includes games in the gym, crafts, bible study and new songs to learn. A snack of water and fruit will be provided each day.
A suggested donation fee of $10 per child is requested to cover expenses. However, the church does not wish to keep any child away for financial reasons, so it will accept can be afforded.
Register in advance by contacting the church by phone at 978-388-0930 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit on the web: www.MarketStreetBaptistChurch.
Bible study at Old South
A weekly Bible study is held at Old South Church in Fellowship Hall every Wednesday at 7 p.m. The group is studying the “Seven Deadly Sins.” Anyone can join in at any time. The church is located on Federal Street in Newburyport.
Weekly sharing of healing experiences
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. After readings from the Scriptures and the Christian Science textbook on a topic of current interest, the meeting is then opened for the informal sharing of healing experiences. The service includes the lively singing of hymns. Everyone in the community 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 www.stjamesamesbury.org.
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 www.hughdoyle.org.
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.
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, www.stjamesamesbury.org.
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 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 CFPByfield@gmail.com or by phone at 978-255-0135.
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