FRS Unitarian Universalist
The First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, Newburyport, led by the Rev. Rebecca Bryan, offers a Sunday service, “Unfolding,” on Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Bryan will preach on how process theology offers a perspective that life and God are relational and evolving, and that people are co-creators in this unfolding — and how this approach can lead people out of despair and into joy.
Also Dec. 8, FRS Pastoral Care Associates hosts “Connecting Conversations: When the Holidays are Difficult” in the Lower Meeting House from noon to 12:45 p.m. This 45-minute conversation is for anyone who finds the holiday season difficult for whatever reason and will be led by Susan Cooper and Betsy Hazen.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Justice Action Ministry and Small Solutions Big Ideas invite people to meet some of the many Kenyans who live in Massachusetts. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Lower Meeting House. There will be a featured speaker, discussions about the Kenya of today, video testimony from youths talking about climate change, and African food and music.
On Sunday, Dec. 15, the service will be the annual “Christmas Pageant for Everyone” with volunteers of all ages acting out the traditional story. This service includes singing Christmas carols and the church’s traditional “Twelve Days of Christmas.”
The second annual Holiday Tea is Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the Lower Meeting House from 2 to 3:30 p.m. All are invited.
Candlelight Chorale rehearsals, open to area choral singers, are Sundays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the parish hall and continue until the candlelight service Sunday, Dec. 22, at 7:15 pm. Buddhist meditation continues at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays. Enter from the church’s parking lot side. First timers should come at 6 p.m.
Wizards and Sages, open to the public and all ages, meets every fourth Wednesday in the sanctuary and Lower Meeting House from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday services are livestreamed on the FRS YouTube channel, http://bit.ly/FRSyoutube. For more on the church, go to www.frsuu.org or call 978-465-0602.
Old South First Presbyterian
Old South First Presbyterian Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport, is led by the Rev. Sara Singleton and will present a Sunday service Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. with fellowship hour at 11 a.m.
The sermon series “The God Who Comes” continues with the sermon “One Act of Faith” by Singleton. Nursery care for children under 12. Soup and sandwiches served to neighbors in need at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
A Blue Christmas service will be held Sunday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m., including music, candlelight and a message of hope. A candlelight service, “Joy to the World!” is Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
Men’s fellowship is offered the second and fourth Wednesdays.
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 move to Sunday school after the children’s sermon.
The church offers a free community breakfast on Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. The chancel choir rehearses on Sundays at 9 a.m. The middle school youth group meets monthly. Prayer Shawl Knitters meet on the first Monday at 7 p.m. and the fourth Monday at 1:30 p.m.
The Christmas Fair & Basket Raffle is Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Longest Night service will be offered Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. for those facing grief and loss during the holiday season or those who just need a break during the busy month of December.
Two services offered Tuesday, Dec. 24. The 4 p.m. service includes lively music by the Central Church Christmas Band. The one at 7 p.m. is a traditional candlelight service of lessons and carols with music by the Chancel Choir. Both end with candlelight.
Merrimacport United 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.
On Dec. 8, the church serves its monthly Second Sunday Lunch, featuring soup, bread, desserts and drinks. Lunch is free, but donations will be collected to benefit Feed the Dog Inc., which raises money to provide service dogs to veterans.
Communion served on the first Sunday of each month.
First Church of Christ, Scientist
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 22 Inn St., Newburyport, presents its weekly Bible lesson, “God the Only Cause and Creator,” on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m.
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. Sunday School for children and teens is held the same hour. Younger students learn Bible stories, the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount, while those in more advanced classes build on these early lessons and discuss how they are applicable to their own lives.
Wednesday meetings are from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., with members and visitors sharing their gratitude for healings they received through Christian Science. 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.
St. Paul’s Episcopal
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, presents a service of Holy Eucharist on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 8 and 10:15 a.m.
Nursery care and church school at 10 a.m. The adult forum is at 9:15 a.m. in the library. An evening prayer service, Rite 1, is every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the chapel. Contemplative prayer will be Thursday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. in the church library.
First Parish Church
First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road, is led by the Rev. G. Jeffrey MacDonald and offers a Sunday service at 10 a.m.
Refreshments served downstairs after worship. The candlelight service is Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. Bible study is on the second and fourth Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in the downstairs hall. Newcomers welcome, no background expected.
The food pantry is open Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. for anyone in need. For more about the church: www.firstparishofnewbury.org.
The Rev. Ross Varney of Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport, leads worship each Sunday at 10 a.m. in the chapel.
Children experience a mixture of worship with family and classroom time. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service.
Bible exploration is Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in the parlor. The adult choir rehearses Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. The youth choir rehearses after Sunday morning worship. The thrift shop is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The Christmas Extravaganza Room is now open.
The “Christmas in New England” Concert Tour is Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. General admission tickets at the door are $15.
For more on the church, call 978-465-7734, visit www.bellevillechurch.org or go to the Facebook page.
Holy Family Parish, Star of the Sea
Holy Family Parish, 9 Sparhawk St., Amesbury, and Star of the Sea Parish, 18 Beach Road, Salisbury, are led by the Rev. Scott Euvrard.
The fall, winter and spring weekend schedule is now in effect through May 17. Masses at Holy Family are Saturday at 4 p.m. (confessions before) and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (confessions before).
Masses at Star of the Sea are Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. (confessions before) and 11 a.m.
The deacons and priests will offer an Advent series of messages during the Sunday services — Dec. 8: “180 degrees”; Dec. 15: “Show and Tell”; Dec. 22: “The Silent Partner.”
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Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Pete Balentine, holds worship services Sundays at 9 and 10:45 a.m.
The sermon series “Future Things!” concludes Dec. 8. Children’s programs (infants through Grade 5) are held simultaneous to each service as well as several adult classes. A middle school program is held at 10:45 a.m.
The high school youth group (grades 9-12) meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. and the middle school youth group (grades 6-8) meets Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Community groups meet during the week in homes throughout the region for study and spiritual growth.
For more about the church, visit hopenewburyport.com or call the office at 978-463-HOPE.
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. Community hatha yoga classes on Sundays at 4 p.m. with Catherine Ross. Contact Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information.
Tuesdays at 9 a.m. is Seniors Coffee Group. Contact Joan McPhee for more information. The Angel Gabriel Quilters and Knitters meet Tuesdays at 1 p.m. The church council meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Contact Jim for more information.
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. Contact Duncan at 978-223-3102 for more information.
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 email@example.com for more information.
Peoples Café is open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free refreshments, WiFi and restrooms available. The Cookie Walk and Craft Fair is Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit community projects and activities at Emma L. Andrews Library and Community Center.
The Angel Gabriel weathervane and steeple is being lighted in December in memory of Harry Trout.
For more information about the church, contact Barbara at 978-465-5145 or Willis-Goode at 978-308-9841. The church is on Facebook and at peoplesnewburyport.com/church.
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 Mass schedule is as follows: Saturday: 4 p.m., IC, Newburyport; 4 p.m., St. Ann/Nativity (alternates every six weeks. Check website 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.
An Advent vespers service will be presented Tuesday, Dec. 10, and Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Ann. The service will be led by the Rev. George Morin and Mary Schmidt.
For more information, Facebook: Holy Redeemer — Immaculate Conception Collaborative parishes. Website: hriccatholic.org. Twitter: @HRICCatholic.
East Parish United Methodist
East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, offers a worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Advent Bible study, “Three Gifts, One Christ,” continues each Sunday through Dec. 22.
Each month, the church collects items for The Pettengill House food pantry and community members can participate. Lunch snacks, school supplies and socks are being collected this month. The program is open to community members who wish to participate.
Dates available for renting the Rose Room. For details and more information on the church, call 978-465-8940. 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. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Spaghetti suppers are usually the fourth Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: $8; takeout, $9. 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 www.amesburyunion.org.
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.
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 information, call the church at 978-388-0930 or go to www.msbcnews.org or the Facebook page.
Congregation Ahavas Achim
Congregation Ahavas Achim, 53½ Washington St., Newburyport, offers Shabbat services every Saturday at 9 a.m.
Alex Matthews is the new congregation leader and can be reached at email@example.com.
For more information on services and programs, visit www.caa-newburyport.org.
Main Street Congregational
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.
For more information, call 978-388-0982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For more information about the church: 603-474-7900 or email@example.com.
St. James Episcopal, Amesbury
St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, offers Sunday services at 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite I, and 10 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II, with choir and Christian education classes at 9:45 a.m.
Cherub Chapel, a playful worship time for infants and preschoolers accompanied by an adult, is offered the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall. The program, led by Christian Education Coordinator Linda Davis Siess, includes games, and simple, fun prayers.
For more information on the church and updates, visit www.stjamesamesbury.org or Facebook at St. James Episcopal Church, Amesbury, Massachusetts. For more information, to contact the church, call 978-388-0030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is open Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
West Newbury Congregational
The Rev. David Forsythe leads worship Sunday at 10 a.m. at West Newbury Congregational Church, 308 Main St., West Newbury.
Unity on the River
The Sunday service 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrl1LrlK_mksmltr7f9Tviw.
For more about the church, www.unityontheriver.org.
Amesbury Quakers (Friends) meet every Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Amesbury Friends Meeting House, 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 or go to www.amesburyquakers.org.
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 www.allsaintsamesbury.org.
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 newburyportassembly.org.
Grace Reformed Baptist 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 www.grbcam.net or call 978-518-2308.
Rock Church North 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 rock-church.org.
First Congregational Church of Rowley
First Congregational Church, 175 Main St., Rowley, offers Sunday services at 10 a.m.
For more information about the church: 978-948-3993.
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 about the church, call 978-346-8400.
Annunciation Greek Orthodox
The Rev. Costin Popescu of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 7 Harris St., Newburyport, will lead the Sunday service with Orthros at 9 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m.
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 at 11 a.m. to anyone needing food or company. St. Basil’s Kitchen is looking for volunteers to help on Mondays.
Information about Nicholson Hall, St. Basil’s Hall or conference room reservation is available on the Nicholson Hall Facebook page or church website, annunciation.ma.goarch.org.
Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King St., Groveland, offers a Sunday service at 10 a.m.
For more information, call the church at 978-372-3463 or go to www.grovelanducc.org.
Buddhist Study & Meditation
The Buddhist Study and Meditation Group of Newburyport meets on the first and third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8 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 www.meetup.com/Buddhist-Study-Meditation-Group-of-Newburyport-BSMGN, email email@example.com, 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.
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 www.hyepointarmenianchurch.org.