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First Religious Society

“Youth Voices” will be the worship service on Sunday, June 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, Newburyport. Join us for this service led by our senior high youth group, in which they share reflections, musings and music. 

Half of June’s unpledged cash collection will go to Community Service of Newburyport, where the mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals in need by providing economic assistance in a caring environment.

Nursery care provided for children up to age two. The June ministry theme is Play. “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” -- Khalil Gibran.

The First Religious Society’s annual meeting this Sunday will be a time to celebrate the congregation’s successful annual campaign, affirm its faith and build for the future. Members will gather after the worship service to vote on items made possible by this year’s successful fundraising.

Buddhist meditation begins at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10. Enter from the parking lot side of the church. First-timers should come at 6 p.m. For information, go to or call 978-465-0602.

Union Congregational

Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Point Shore, Amesbury, led by the Rev. Lucy Blood, offers a Sunday service at 10 a.m. Coffee hour is at 11 a.m.

A Communion service is the first Sunday of the month. Open jam sessions are the first Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Musicians and the public are welcome. No admission charge, but donations welcome. For more details, contact Carol Finn at 978-388-6591. Office hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

The church hosts a neighborhood yard sale Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit the meetinghouse. No early arrivals. Rain date is Saturday, June 8.

All-you-can-eat spaghetti suppers are the fourth Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 per person, takeout for $9 and $28 for families. Proceeds go toward the meetinghouse. Call to inquire about the hall rental policy or lighting the steeple in memory or honor of loved ones. For more information, call 978-388-0631 or go to

First Parish Church

Annual meeting of First Parish Church, 20 High Road, Newbury, will be Sunday, June 16 after worship, starting at about 11:15. All are welcome to be part of the conversation. Members of First Parish will have vote on agenda items.

Pickup choir sings Sunday, June 16. Anyone may take part. Just arrive at 9 for a brief rehearsal, then sing in the choir at 10 am worship.

Death café: 6 pm Monday, June 17. The Cafe will be held in First Parish Burying Ground. Rachel Meyer of Epoch Preservation will lead a tour of the historic site. Participants will see current restoration projects as well as historic gravesites. There will be refreshments and conversation following the tour. In case of rain, the Cafe will be held downstairs in the church building. Cost is $10.00. Please send an email to to register.

No Bible study on Sunday, June 23. The group will resume in the fall after a summer break. Summer worship services begin July 7. First Parish will not host services in July. We’ll worship that month at Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High Road, Newburyport. Worship will return to First Parish on August 4. All summer services in July and August begin at 9:30.

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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. Children experience a mixture of worship with family and classroom time. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service.

The thrift shop is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Adult choir rehearsal is Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Youth choir rehearses after Sunday worship. Bible exploration is Thursdays at 12:45 p.m., use Chapel Street entrance.

For more on the church, call 978-465-7734, visit or go to the Facebook page.

Old South First Presbyterian

Old South First Presbyterian Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport, is led by the Rev. Sara Singleton, and presents a Sunday service at 10 a.m. and fellowship hour at 11 a.m.

A new sermon series, “Finding God in Unexpected Places,” continues with the sermon “Why is Life Such a Struggle?” given by Singleton.

Bible study for children under 12 and nursery care available. Pizza and play time for children is upstairs at 11 a.m. followed by “Growing Together” adult discipleship study at 11:30 a.m.

Awana for children takes place at the same time. For more information about the Awana curriculum, visit Soup and sandwiches will be served to neighbors in need at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Men’s fellowship is offered the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, including June 12, at 7 p.m. at The Port Tavern.

Volunteers needed as Old South works with Habitat for Humanity on a local project Saturday, June 15. People can assist in more ways than construction.

For more information, visit the Facebook page, or contact or 978-465-9666. For the chorus, go to or email info@gncchorus

Holy Redeemer, Immaculate Conception

The Collaborative Catholic Parishes of Holy Redeemer and Immaculate Conception: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 42 Green St., Newburyport; Church of the Nativity Catholic Church, 4 Green St., Merrimac; St. Ann Catholic Church, 300 Main St., West Newbury.

The weekend Mass schedule through Labor Day: Saturday: 4 p.m., IC, Newburyport; 4 p.m., St. Ann, West Newbury (May 11 to June 15, Aug. 3 to Sept. 7); 4 p.m., Nativity, Merrimac (June 22 to July 27); 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 a.m., IC, Newburyport.

For more on  Facebook: Holy Redeemer — Immaculate Conception Collaborative parishes. On the web: Twitter: @HRICCatholic.

St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, presents a service of Holy Eucharist on Sunday, June 9, at 9 a.m.

There will be a single Sunday service at 9 a.m. through summer. 

Nursery care available at 9 a.m. and church school begins at 10 a.m. An evening prayer service, Rite 1, is every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in St. Anna’s Chapel. Contemplative prayer is Thursday, June 11, at 7 p.m. in the church library.

Visit and facebook@StPaulsNBPT for the full church calendar.

Holy Family Parish, Star of the Sea

Holy Family Parish, 9 Sparhawk St., Amesbury, and Star of the Sea Parish, 18 Beach Road, Salisbury.

Masses at Holy Family are at 6 p.m. on Saturdays (through Oct. 12) and 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. Masses at Star of the Sea are at 4 p.m. on Saturdays at the beach chapel (through Oct. 12) and Sundays at 8 a.m. at the beach chapel (through Sept. 1) and 11 a.m. at the town church.

To receive email and/or text reminders, alerts and announcements text LWC to 84576 or visit www.

People’s United Methodist Church

People’s United Methodist, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport, offers music and worship for adults and children Sundays at 9 a.m. led by Pastor Matt Willis-Goode.

Food and fellowship follows the service at Hartson Hall. Every second Sunday, the church collects food and monetary donations for the Newbury Food Pantry. Being a member of the church is not required to participate.

Tuesdays at 9 a.m. is Seniors Coffee Group for those interested in conversation and an activity geared toward them. Contact Joan McPhee for more information. The Angel Gabriel Quilters and Knitters meet Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. is an 11th step meditation meeting, 7 to 8 p.m. is an Emotions Anonymous meeting. EA helps people learn to live at peace despite difficulties in their daily lives.

Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon is a free jazz jam session. Anyone interested in playing (instruments are available) or listening to jazz is welcome. Contact for more information. The Drum Circle meets June 7 at 7 p.m.

Peoples Café is open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free refreshments, WiFi and restrooms available. For more information about the church, contact Barbara at 978-465-5145 or Willis-Goode at 978-308-9841. On Facebook and at

Market Street Baptist

Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury, led by the Rev. Michael John, offers worship services at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Child care available for up to age 4. Junior Church for ages 5 to 9 during worship. Coffee hour follows worship.

Worship services can be seen on cable TV 22 at 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays and heard on WSEW 88.7 FM at 9 a.m. on Sundays.

Men’s Bible study is offered at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays while women’s Bible study is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Everyone meets Fridays at 9 a.m. A youth group for ages 10 to 17 meets Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

The church hosts an indoor yard sale Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to noon in the gym to pay for chairs for the newly renovated chapel. People pay what they can afford.

Church office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more, call the church at 978-388-0930 or go to or the Facebook page.

Hope Community

Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Pete Balentine, holds worship services on Sundays at 9 and 10:45 a.m.

A bagel breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. Children’s programs (infants through Grade 5) during both services. Middle school Bible study at 10:45 a.m. Several classes available for adults each Sunday on spiritual topics.

Weekday activities for middle and high school students (Elevation412) Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Life groups meet during the week in homes throughout the region for community, study and spiritual growth. Sign up now for VBS: ROAR! July 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon. For more about the church, visit or call the office at 978-463-HOPE.

Pilgrim Congregational

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac, led by the Rev. Gary Greene, holds weekly worship services every Sunday at 10 a.m. For more information, call 978-346-8400.

 Trinity United

Trinity United Church, 103 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, led by the Rev. Joseph Woodbury, offers Sunday worship for all ages at 11 a.m.

The service is followed by fellowship and coffee hour with refreshments. Adult Bible study, led by the pastor, is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Parish House, corner of Route 1 and Folly Mill Road. Monday blood drives, from 1 to 6 p.m., are scheduled at the Parish House for June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

Vendors needed for a flea market Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact or 978-994-0734.

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Central Congregational

Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Christopher Ney, offers Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

Nursery care available. Children attend worship with their families and then move to Sunday school after the children’s sermon. A free community breakfast is served Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. The chancel choir rehearses Sundays at 9 a.m. The middle school youth group meets monthly. Prayer Shawl Knitters meet the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. and the fourth Monday at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call 978-465-0533, email or go to

CongregationAhavas Achim

Rabbi Benjamin Resnick of Congregation Ahavas Achim, 53½ Washington St., Newburyport, leads Shabbat morning services every Saturday at 9 a.m.

For more information on services and programs, visit or email

West NewburyCongregational

The Rev. David Forsythe leads worship Sunday at 10 a.m. at West Newbury Congregational Church, 308 Main St., West Newbury.

For more information about the church: 978-363-2673, and The church is also on Facebook.

Amesbury Quakers

Amesbury Quakers (Friends) meet every Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. at 120 Friend St. in an unprogrammed meeting for worship. There is no officiant.

The service consists of contemplative silence with occasional spoken ministry. Child care is available. After the service ends, the group gathers for refreshments and conversation as well as planned discussions. Monthly potluck dinners are held the third Friday of every month.

For more information, call 978-378-0553.

All Saints Anglican

All Saints Anglican Cathedral, 69 Friend St., Amesbury, offers a worship service Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

There is a nursery for ages up to 4 years old and a children’s program for ages 3 to 10. Christian formation starts at 11:15 a.m.

For more information and to connect with the church, call the office at 978-388-0009 or visit

Main StreetCongregational

Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St., Amesbury, is led by the Rev. Joan MacPherson and offers a Sunday worship service at 10 a.m.

A 15-minute musical reflection and meditation time begins at 9:45 a.m.

For more information, call 978-388-0982 or email


Newburyport Pentecostal Assembly of God, 13 Hale St., Newburyport, offers a worship service on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Children’s programs and adult Bible study are Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 978-462-9833 or go to

St. James Episcopal,Amesbury

St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, holds its worship service at 8 a.m. during June and July. Beginning August 4 to September 1, there will be one service at 9 a.m.

Cherub Church is held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This is a playful worship time for infants-preschoolers and their caregivers; simple and fun prayers, games and togetherness. Led by Linda Davis Siess, Christian education coordinator.Women on the Journey meets the third Saturday of the month and is open to all women.

For more information and updates, visit or Facebook at St. James Episcopal Church, Amesbury, Massachusetts. To contact the church, call 978-388-0030 or email

Grace ReformedBaptist Church

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 and afternoon worship is at 2. For further information, go to or call 978-518-2308.

MerrimacportUnited Methodist

Merrimacport United Methodist Church, 39 High St., Merrimac, holds its Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. under the leadership of the Rev. Matt Willis-Goode. Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month.

Rock ChurchNorth Shore

Rock Church has merged to become Rock Church North Shore and meets for worship at 146 Main St., Amesbury, on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

A nursery is available for both regular services. Sunday morning breakfast and lifegroups available at 9:30 a.m. The NextGen children’s program begins at 10:30 a.m. Dinner Church is every Thursday at 6 p.m. For more information, go to


Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King St., Groveland, offers Sunday services at 10 a.m.

There are monthly men’s prayer breakfasts at 9 a.m., and a Sunday school program for age 3 through eighth grade. For more information, call the church at 978-372-3463 or go to

AnnunciationGreek Orthodox

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 7 Harris St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Costin Popescu, presents a Sunday service beginning with Orthros at 9 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy.

Fellowship in Nicholson Hall after the service.

To learn more about the Orthodox faith, contact Popescu at the church or drop in on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon.

St Basil’s Ministries’ community lunch is served Mondays beginning at 11 a.m. to anyone needing food or company. St. Basil’s Kitchen seeks volunteers to help on Mondays. If interested, call the church office at 978-465-5757 and leave a message.

Information about Nicholson Hall, St. Basil’s Hall or conference room reservation is available on the Nicholson Hall Facebook page or church website,

To reach the office: 978-465-5757 or More information: and on Facebook, @AnnunciationNewburyport.

East ParishUnited Methodist

The Rev. Mary Jane O’Connor Ropp and the Rev. Charlotte Hendee lead worship at East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, on Sundays at 10 a.m.

Choir practice is at 9 a.m. Fellowship and friendship after the service in the Rose Room.

Penetecost is celebrated this Sunday, June 9, also known as the birthday of the modern church. 

On Sunday, June 23, immediately following worship there will be a potluck picnic at the home of Alaina and Mike Gilbert as we say farewell to Pastor Mary Jane O’Connor-Ropp., who is leaving for a position at a new retreat house at the Preacher’s Aid Society in Wells, Maine. Pastor Charlotte will move into a half-time position, continuing her work with our community.

Each month East Parish collects items to donate to the Pettengill Food Pantry. This month’s collection is for canned meats and toilet paper. 

 The phone number of the church is 978-465-8940; messages left on the answering machine are received and responded to within 24 hours. On the web: or on Facebook at

Unity on the River

The Sunday service, “Ask the Minister,” will be led by the Rev. Ogun Holder at 10 a.m. at Unity on the River, 58 Macy St., Amesbury.

Music and celebration of all paths to God are welcome. The Sunday service on livestream:

For more about the church,

Buddhist Study& Meditation

The Buddhist Study and Meditation Group of Newburyport meets on the first and third Thursday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Yoga Center of Newburyport, 12 Maple St.

This is a peer-led group that educates its members and local residents about Buddhist ideas and practices.

For more information, go to, email, or call or text David Gibbs at 978-821-9504.

First Congregational,Kensington

The Rev. Pam Spain leads worship at First Congregational Church of Kensington, 108 Amesbury Road, on Sundays at 10 a.m.

The music is led by Ken Clark. There is a coffee hour and fellowship following the worship service.

For more on the church: go to, email or call the office at 603-772-5821.

First CongregationalChurch of Rowley

First Congregational Church, 175 Main St., Rowley, offers Sunday services at 10 a.m. with Sunday school.

Armenian Apostolic

Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe, 1280 Boston Road (Route 125), Haverhill.

Morning service, 9 a.m., divine liturgy at 10 a.m. Fellowship hour follows church services. For more information: 978-372-9227 or