MERRIMAC — The Merrimacport United Methodist Church is relocating worship services during the winter months from their building on High Street to the Merrimac Senior Center, 100 East Main St. Worship begins at 11 a.m. with nursery provided. Youth Group, Bible Studies and other ministries will continue to be held at the church.

After meeting with several town leaders, including Merrimac police Chief Eric Shears and Merrimac fire Chief Ralph Spencer, the Rev. Gwyneth Arrison realized that the snowy season can present unsafe travel with narrowed streets and only on-street parking available.

A few days later, Arrison approached Laura Dillingham-Mailman, Merrimac Senior Center director, about using this space for Sunday morning worship.

"It seemed like a great fit because of the relationship the church already has with the Senior Center; the church even helped begin the Senior Food Pantry there, and this is still one of our key ministries," Arrison said.

The church is excited about this new opportunity and hopes that it will be mutually beneficial.

"We hope people coming for worship will see the many resources the Senior Center provides, and that people from the community who don't attend church might try out worship at the center," Arrison said.

For more information, call Arrison at 978-346-8989 or visit

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