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Holy Redeemer, Immaculate Conception

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

The October in-person weekend Mass schedule — Saturday: 4 p.m., IC; Saturdays in October: 4 p.m., St. Ann; Sunday: 8:30 a.m., Nativity; 9 a.m., IC; 10 a.m., St. Ann; 11:30 a.m., IC. A livestreamed weekly Mass is offered on Facebook at on Saturday at 4 p.m. Registration for Mass is no longer required.

4 p.m., St. Ann; Sunday: 8:30 a.m., Nativity; 9 a.m., IC, 10 a.m.; St. Ann, 11 a.m., IC. A livestreamed weekly Mass is offered on Facebook at on Saturday at 4 p.m. Registration for Mass is no longer required.

Weekday Mass: 9 a.m., IC, Monday through Friday.

The IC St. Vincent de Paul Society offers to-go meals each Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Parish Center, 42 Green St., Newburyport.

Donate clothes this weekend: The IC St. Vincent de Paul Society is providing an opportunity to donate clothes and shoes that are no longer needed. Clothes for every season and all sizes can be donated. No toys or household items can be accepted. A truck will be parked behind the school in the IC parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24. Receipts available.

For updates and more information, Facebook: Holy Redeemer — Immaculate Conception Collaborative parishes. Website: Twitter: @ HRICCatholic. Instagram: HRICCatholic.

FRS Unitarian Universalist

The First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, offers Sunday worship, both in person and livestreamed on YouTube at 10:30 a.m.

On Oct. 24, the church holds its animal blessing service with congregational singing outdoors at Atkinson Common beginning at 10:30 a.m. Members are encouraged to bring their small pets to be blessed at this service led by the Rev. Rebecca Bryant and Julie Parker Amery. They are also invited to bring photographs of animals who find such gatherings overwhelming and of those beloved animals who have passed away.

Masks are required for in-person worship and inside church buildings.

For more information on the church, our worship services, and our programming, go to, email, or call 978-465-0602.

Hope Community

Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport, holds in-person worship services on Sundays at 9 and 10:45 a.m.

On Oct. 24, the fall sermon series continues, “Turnaround … Turning Points in the Life of Gideon,” with interim Pastor Gene Heacock.

Coffee is served between services. The 9 a.m. service is livestreamed at

A children’s program (nursery school through fifth grade) begins at 9 a.m. A young mothers group meets each Tuesday at 9 a.m. Seniors meet each Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

There will be a youth group fall fest on Saturday, Oct. 23. A men’s breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30, at 8 a.m.

For more about the church, visit or call the office at 978-463-HOPE.

Old South Presbyterian

Old South Presbyterian Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport, will offer a worship service Sunday at 10 a.m.

The sermon series, “What Is This Thing Called The Church?” continues with the sermon “Jesus People” by Tyler Lenocker.

A bubble drive will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, to support First Parish Food Pantry. Donations of bar soap, liquid soap, and dish and laundry detergent are needed. Volunteers will be available to receive donations from 9 a.m. to noon near the Federal Street entrance.

The Sunday Sandwiches ministry continues each week from noon to 1 p.m. at the School Street entrance. For more about the church: or email

Merrimacport United Methodist

Merrimacport United Methodist Church, 39 High St., Merrimac, offers a Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. under the leadership of the Rev. Matt Willis-Goode.

People are asked to enter through the basement door on the left side of the church. Anyone not fully vaccinated is asked to wear a mask.

The live service will be broadcast simultaneously via Zoom. To join this service by Zoom or phone, call or text James Marshall at 978-395-0125 for instructions.

Amesbury Council of Churches

Amesbury’s firefighters, Police Department and emergency medical technicians will be recognized by the Amesbury Council of Churches on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. as part of National First Responders Day.

The presentation will be at the gazebo in front of Amesbury Public Library. The public is invited.

Rand Memorial

Rand Memorial Congregational Church, 134 S. Main St., Seabrook, will host a craft fair Saturday, Nov. 6.

The craft fair, with at least 20 vendors, is from 4.30 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 603-474-2988.

Insight Meditation

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport offers its seven-week “Introduction to Insight Meditation” on-site class series beginning Thursday. Oct. 28, and running through Thursday, Dec. 9, (no class on Nov. 25). The class will meet every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This class is designed for anyone interested in learning insight meditation (Vipassana) and is appropriate for those with little or no meditation experience. 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 further information and registration, go to

Seventh-day Adventist

Seventh-day Adventist Church, 171 Main St., Amesbury, will offer a Sabbath meeting at the church Saturday and through livestreaming.

Sabbath School for adults begins at 9:30 a.m. with discussion of the covenants and deuteronomy. No prior study necessary. Room for a dozen or more guests suitably spaced. Masks requested for those who are not vaccinated. Children’s Sabbath School is still on hold.

The midday service begins at 11 a.m. with prayer, praise, scripture and preaching but with limited singing in the building. Service is also available online: Go to AmesburySDA Facebook or and click on the “Media” selection at the top of the page for the YouTube link. Watch later on the YouTube channel at AmesburySDA.

For more on the church:

Main Street Congregational

Main Street Congregational, 145 Main St., Amesbury, offers in-person worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. led by the Rev. Joan MacPherson.

Masks are required for unvaccinated people and strongly recommended for anyone fully vaccinated. The service will be streamed on Facebook Live, which can be accessed through the church’s Facebook page.

If interested in what is happening at the church, call the office at 978-388-0982 or email

Step Up Thrift Shop, adjacent to the church, is open Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations can be dropped off during the same hours.

The church’s annual pumpkin sale continues through October: each weekday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pricing is by size, not weight.

Belleville Congregational

Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Ross Varney, offers a worship service at 10 a.m. in the Meetinghouse.

Face masks are recommended. The service will be followed by coffee hour. The service will also be available live via Zoom. To access the Zoom link, go to the church’s website: Bible Exploration Fridays begin at noon in the Bannister Room. They are also available on Zoom.

Thrift shop hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Union Congregational

Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Point Shore, Amesbury, offers in-person or online worship on Sundays at 10 a.m.

Communion is on the first Sunday of the month. All denominations and religions welcomed. Call to inquire about lighting the steeple in memory or honor of loved ones: 978-388-0631.

A paper-shredding benefit will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon in the church parking lot. Documents and other papers can be shredded. Nonperishable food donations will be collected for Our Neighbors’ Table.

Steeple notices, church contact information and Sunday services are available on

St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., offers Sunday Mass at 9 a.m.

Registration is not necessary for inside services but masks are required. Sunday services will continue to be available online at 9 a.m. via YouTube Live. Go to the following link about five minutes before the service starts: ChurchNewburyportMA/live.

The service will be posted on the church’s YouTube channel to see whenever one wishes. The service can be seen on TV on Channel 8 in Newburyport, Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; Channel 9 in Newbury on Wednesday at 9 a.m.; and Channel 18 in Salisbury on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Mass in the Grass, a service of Holy Eucharist, is presented in the church’s backyard on Sunday at 11 a.m. and Wednesday at noon. Register at

For more on the church:, 978-465-5351 and

Annunciation Greek Orthodox

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 7 Harris St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Costin Popescu, begins its Sunday services with Orthros/Matins (the service of morning prayers) at 8:30 a.m. followed by the celebration of Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. at the church and through livestreaming.

Masks and sign-up are not required. Check the church website at for updates or changes in services.

The St. Basil’s Ministries Monday lunch program resumed Oct. 18 after being on a hiatus during the pandemic. Takeout meals are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information on the Orthodox faith, services, links, etc.: visit the church’s website, email or call the office at 978-465-5757. Send an email to join the listserve for weekly emails and join the Facebook page: @AnnunciationNewburyport.

Unity on the River

Unity on the River is now holding in-person services each Sunday at 10 a.m. at Congregation Ahavas Achim synagogue, 53½ Washington St., Newburyport

Each service will be a hybrid event with the option to attend over Zoom for those unable to gather in person. To attend virtually, Zoom log-in information can be found at and the services are available on the UOTR podcast and YouTube channels for later viewings.

On Oct. 24, the guest speaker will be the church’s original minister, the Rev. Shipley Allinson. The service will be followed by a community meeting at which the church’s future and board activities will be discussed.

COVID-19 regulations will be observed at in-person services. It is recommended that vaccinated as well as unvaccinated people at risk wear masks to protect themselves. Social distancing of at least 6 feet is encouraged

Please ask if a handshake or hug is welcome before touching someone.

First Parish Church

First Parish Church, 20 High Road, Newbury, worships in person and online Sunday at 10 a.m. on Zoom,, with the Rev. Raymond Henderson.

Anyone without computer access can call 1-929-205-6099. When prompted, enter ID 82647115553# and when asked for another number — press #. The next Bible study will be with Henderson on Monday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. The topic will be Gospel of Mark.

The food pantry, which is open Fridays from 2:30 to 5 p.m. for those in need, has moved temporarily to 89 Hanover St., Newbury. To receive food, go online the prior Wednesday or Thursday and register at To donate to the food pantry: Send check payable to First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road, Newbury, MA 01951 and put “food pantry” in the memo.

Food donations are accepted Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a need for paper products, toothpaste, pasta, rice, cookies, cereal, hearty soups and canned goods.

The church’s clothing shed is in the back parking lot for anyone wishing to donate clothing.

First Church of Christ, Scientist

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Newburyport, offers services at One Merrimac St., #4, each Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. and testimony meetings on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday School for children and teens is at One Merrimac St. #9, from 10 to 11 a.m. To join remotely via Zoom or for more information, email, call 978-255-1031 or go to

This week’s lesson-sermon, “Probation After Death,” is read in Christian Science churches around the world, consists of texts from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and from “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy.

First Church of Christ, Scientist, offers its virtual Reading Room, featuring articles on many topics, including health, world peace and relationships, at A brick-and-mortar Reading Room (bookstore) is at One Merrimac St., #9. Hours are on the website.

The Christian Science Monitor, an international weekly news magazine, is also available at the Reading Room:

There is information about Christian Science as well as times for services from The Mother Church in Boston at

People’s United Methodist Church

People’s United Methodist, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Matt Willis-Goode, offers live worship at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary.

With caution and concern for the most vulnerable, the church council has voted to require the wearing of masks and spaced seating to avoid the danger of COVID-19 and its variants.

The Angel Gabriel weathervane and steeple is being lighted in October in memory of James and Priscilla Lancaster and Alfred and Natalie Marshall by the Marshall family.

If interested in sponsoring the steeple and weathervane lighting to honor a loved one, contact Barbara at 978-462-4647.

For more about the church, call 978-465-5145 and leave a message.

Pilgrim Congregational

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac, is hosting a pie sale fundraiser.

Frozen homemade apple and turkey pies can be preordered. Apple pies are 9 inches and cost $10 each. Turkey pies come in three sizes: 9 inches for $12, 7 inches for $7 and 5 inches for $4. To place orders, call the church at 978-346-8400 or email Renee Lundy at Supplies limited and orders must be placed by Oct. 31.

Pickup will be at the church and dates can be arranged for early November.

Trinity United

Trinity United Church, 103 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, is offering Sunday worship and Bible studies using social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Worship will be in the church sanctuary at 11 a.m. Bible study will be at the parish house, 29 Main St., on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Blood drives will be held in the Parish House, 29 Main St., on the following dates: Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 8, 1 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 13, 1 to 6 p.m.

For more information about the church: 603-474-7900 or

Central Congregational

Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Christopher Ney, is meeting in the sanctuary and online for worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

The worship service can also be seen on Scroll down for the live service. A free grab-and-go breakfast is offered Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. For those attending with children, nursery care is available. Sunday school and the youth group have begun.

For more information about services or the community breakfast, call 978-465-0533, email or go to

Congregation Ahavas Achim

Congregation Ahavas Achim, 53½ Washington St., Newburyport, hosts weekly online services Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Email Congregational Leader Alex Matthews for more details and Zoom links at

For more information, including details for in person services or Zoom links, email Alex Matthews at or

For more on the synagogue, visit the website at, email Matthews or contact Marie Katzen, the administrator, at

Market Street Baptist Church

Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury, is streaming its Sunday worship services on

For more information: 978-388-0930 or

East Parish United Methodist

East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, will host an in-person worship service Sunday at 10 a.m.

Masks are optional, and state and federal coronavirus guidance will be followed. The service will also be broadcast on Facebook Live at The bulletin may be found online at for those who wish to follow along.

The church offices are open by appointment only: 978-465-8940; messages left on the answering machine are received and responded to within 24 hours. The church is online at and

Rock Church North Shore

Rock Church North Shore, 58 Macy St., Amesbury, offers indoor in-person weekly worship every Sunday at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Preregistration required. For more information, go to:

The church is also offering a professionally produced online worship experience every Sunday morning. It is available at at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

North Shore Bridge Church

North Shore Bridge Church usually meets for worship Saturdays at 5 p.m. in The Salvation Army chapel, 40 Water St., Newburyport (Fair Street entrance), except on the third weekend of the month.

On that weekend, the church meets at Asbury Grove in Hamilton on Saturday at 10 a.m.

For more information, leave a message for Pastor Drew McGee at 978-518-0207.

West Newbury Congregational

West Newbury Congregational Church, led by the Rev. Manny Cumplido, meets for worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. at 308 Main St., West Newbury.

For more information: call 978-363-2673, see the church’s Facebook page or email

Byfield Parish

Byfield Parish Church, 132 Jackman St., Georgetown, led by the Rev. Brent Fugate, will stream the Sunday worship service on YouTube and Facebook Live.

For Facebook Live, go to the church Facebook page. To access on YouTube, go to, search for “Byfield Parish,” then click on that day’s service. A link to the YouTube service will also be posted in the church Facebook group and sent by email.

Since not everyone has access to a computer, those who don’t can listen to the worship service through a conference call. Call 712-775-7031, when prompted, type in meeting number 372041#. This is being done on a trial basis. When calling, please put the phone on mute.

For more information: 978-352-2022.

Groveland Congregational

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

People are asked to wear a mask. The service will also be livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page.

For more information:

First Congregational

First Congregational Church of Rowley, 175 Main St., offers Sunday school and a youth group via Zoom.

Contact the church office for more information and for Zoom log-in information at 978-948-3993, or through

Holy Family Parish, Star of the Sea

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

Masses in the Star of the Sea chapel are Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. Masses in the upper church of Holy Family Parish are Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

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