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St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., will host an online Sunday service at 9 a.m. via YouTube Live.

Go to the following link about five minutes prior to the start of the service:

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.

On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, the service will air on YouTube at 8 a.m. and will be broadcast that day at 9 a.m. on Salisbury cable access TV after the regular Sunday service.

The church’s Among Friends Meals Program offers free meals to go Mondays at 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. with food to be picked up at the Parish Hall. Meals can be delivered to anyone unable to get to the church by calling the office at 978-465-5351. Wear a face mask when picking up meals.

For more about the church:, and 978-465-5351.

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.

A livestreamed weekly Mass is offered on Facebook at on Saturday at 4 p.m. In-person Masses will be offered weekends at the churches. Visit for more information and to learn how to sign up to attend a live Mass. Anyone without internet access may call the offices at 978-462-2724 or 978-346-8604 to reserve a space at a Mass.

The in-person weekend Mass schedule — Sunday: 8 a.m., Nativity; 9:30 a.m., St. Ann; 11:30 a.m., IC.

Ash Wednesday schedule: Mass with distribution of ashes: 9 a.m., IC, (livestreamed on the Facebook page). Prayer services with distribution of ashes: 7:15 a.m., IC; 9 a.m., St. Ann; noon, IC; 7 p.m., IC; 7 p.m., Nativity. Facemasks and social distancing required at in-person Masses.

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 most worship services and programs online due to COVID-19.

The livestream Sunday service broadcast usually begins at 10:30 a.m. on the church’s website at or through the YouTube channel at

On Feb. 14, the Rev. Stan Barrett will preach on love as action. The sermon, “The Practice of Love,” will consider how people’s behavior and everyday habitual practices show love in relationships with family members, friends, strangers and the community. This service will also be on Zoom. For link information, go to the church website.

Young Church for preschool through eighth grade is online only. Contact Mara Flynn at to learn more.

Visit the church website to view a full list of programming and editions of the newsletter The Steeple. To join the newsletter distribution list, or for more information on the church, email, go to or call 978-465-0602.

Old South Presbyterian

Old South Presbyterian Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport, will offer its service via Zoom at on Sunday at 10 a.m.

The church continues its sermon series, “Walking in the Light,” with the sermon “Love in Times of Fear” by Tyler Lenocker. 

The Sunday Sandwiches ministry continues each week from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the School Street entrance.

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the church hosts the third of 11 Zoom sessions in its Alpha program, exploring life, faith and meaning through conversation. Each session includes time to connect with others who have similar questions, hear a talk on an element of faith, and share questions and perspectives in an honest, friendly and open environment. Register at There is no obligation to return. More about Alpha:

For more about the church:, go to the Facebook page or call the office at 978-465-9666.

Central Congregational

Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Christopher Ney, will offer a Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook Live at Scroll down for the live service.

A grab-and-go breakfast is offered Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. using social distancing protocols.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, the church hosts a drive-by pet food drive from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in its Pleasant Street parking lot. The church seeks adult dog and cat food, but especially small bags of cat food, wet/canned food and pee pads. Donations benefit the First Parish Church Pet Food Pantry, the Newbury Elder Pet Fund and the Merrimac River Feline Rescue Society.

For more on the church, contact the office at 978-465-0533 or

First Parish Church

First Parish Church, 20 High Road, Newbury, worships online Sunday at 10 a.m. at its Zoom address,

On Feb. 14, the guest minister will be the Rev. Skip Walker. Anyone without computer access can call 1-929-205-6099. When prompted, enter: ID 82647115553# and when asked for another number — just press #.

Bible study occurs on the second and fourth Sundays at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom at The next meeting is Feb. 14 at 8:30 a.m. The topic is “God’s promise of peace.”

The food pantry is open Fridays from 2:30 to 5 p.m. for those in need. 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.

The food pantry is holding several drive-by food drives on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon — Feb. 20, March 20, May 22 and July 17.

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

Congregation Ahavas Achim

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

The synagogue and The Lied To’s, a folk duo, present the Old-New Coffeehouse with a concert via Zoom on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The coffeehouse includes an open mic for local performers and a 30-minute performance by The Lied To’s.

The Old-New Coffeehouse is an ongoing series, featuring top songwriters in the area, with a goal to foster community and a broad spectrum of artistic expression. Visit for more information and to register.

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

First Church of Christ, Scientist

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Newburyport, offers a live Zoom service on Sundays at 10 a.m. and a Zoom testimony meeting on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

To receive the Zoom link or for more information, email, call 978-255-1031 or go to

This week’s Sunday lesson-sermon, “Soul,” 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.

The Christian Science Reading Room (bookstore), 1 Merrimac St., #9, is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Gift ideas: Bibles, children’s nondenominational Bible stories, cards and more.

The Christian Science Monitor’s international news is available at the Reading Room and at Free articles cover the coronavirus and other topics. At, there are free articles offering healing ideas in regard to current issues. Information is also on Facebook.

The Mother Church in Boston at offers a live online service every Sunday at 10 a.m. with replay 24/7. A testimony meeting from The Mother Church is also on the same website every Wednesday at 2 p.m. with replay available until 8 a.m. Friday. Participants from around the world share accounts of healing they have experienced through their study of Christian Science.

People’s United Methodist Church

People’s United Methodist, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport, led by Pastor Matt Willis-Goode, will offer Sunday worship on Zoom at 11 a.m.

Services will continue to be held on Zoom until the church council deems it appropriate to reopen for in-person worship. The church is proceeding with patience, caution and concern for the most vulnerable before reopening the building.

Check the church’s Facebook page at for the link or see the pastor’s live message on the page. To listen to the service by phone, call Willis-Goode at 978-308-9841 for directions.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all activities at the church have been postponed until further notice. The Angel Gabriel weathervane and steeple is being lighted in February in honor of the Stanwood family. A few months of 2021 — July, September and November — are available for lighting the steeple in memory or honor of a loved one. Contact Barbara MacBurnie at 978-462-4647.

For more about the church, if you need prayer or need to talk to someone, contact Willis-Goode or MacBurnie.

Belleville Congregational

Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Ross Varney, offers a worship service via Zoom on Sunday at 10 a.m.

To access the Zoom link, go to the church’s website:

The thrift shop is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. There is an ongoing rummage sale during thrift shop hours.

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 9 a.m. followed by the celebration of Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. with social distancing and through livestreaming.

Livestreaming occurs on the church’s website, Facebook and YouTube under Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Newburyport, MA. All services available for replay on these sites.

Sunday School is in session and all children through high school are invited to attend church in person each Sunday. For more information, check the church’s website. The soup kitchen is closed until further notice.

For more information on the Orthodox faith, services, links, etc.: visit the church’s website at, 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.

Main Street Congregational

Main Street Congregational, 145 Main St., Amesbury, will be streaming worship on Facebook Live. People can access it on the church Facebook page. There will also be a Zoom broadcast. Anyone interested can email the church for the meeting link.

The Rev. Joan MacPherson, 978-388-0982. Online:

Groveland Congregational

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

The service will be shared on the church’s website at and its Facebook page.

For more information, call the church at 978-372-3463 or visit the website.

East Parish United Methodist

East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, led by the Rev. Nancy Wichmann, offers a virtual worship service from the sanctuary Sunday at 10 a.m.

Worship services are also available live and later on the church’s Facebook page at “East Parish UMC Salisbury” (

Wichmann has office hours and makes visits as needed on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m. Call the office to make an appointment. Prayer requests, joys or concerns can be emailed to Wichmann or messaged to her through Facebook.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Rose Room. Social distancing rules in place. Participants may enter through the door on the side of the church adjacent to the CVS parking lot.

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

For the church website, go to

Unity on the River

Unity on the River, 14 Cedar St., Suite 203, Amesbury, offers virtual services on Sundays at 10 a.m.

For log in information, go to

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

Hope Community

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

Preregistration is required on the church website at or by calling 978-463-HOPE and registering with the office.

The service will also be livestreamed each Sunday at 9 and 10:45 a.m. at A recording will also be available on the church website.

Life groups are meeting over Zoom and at the church throughout the week for community, study and spiritual growth.

For more information about the church, visit the website or call the office.

West Newbury Congregational

West Newbury Congregational Church, led by the Rev. Manny Cumplido, meets for worship Sunday at 10 a.m. at 302 Main St., West Newbury.

The service will be held in the sanctuary according to all recommended guidelines from the state for places of worship. Sermons are recorded and available by request or on the YouTube channel. Everyone must wear a mask and instructions will be given upon entry to keep the required distance.

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

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.

Limited seating available in both parishes. Masses in the Star of the Sea chapel are Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. Masses in the lower church of Holy Family Parish are Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Parishioners must register in advance to attend Mass by going to the website,, or calling the parish office to register at 978-388-0330 beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Seventh-day Adventist

Seventh-day Adventist Church, 171 Main St., Amesbury, led by the Rev. Brian Gonzàlez, will offer a Sabbath meeting at the church Saturday.

Sabbath School for adults begins at 9:30 a.m. with discussion of life as a disciple and witness. No prior study necessary. Limited seating with room for a dozen or more guests widely spaced. Children’s Sabbath School is still on hold.

The midday service begins at 11 a.m. with prayer, praise, scripture and preaching but no singing. The service is also available on Zoom. To Join Zoom meetings: call George Odell at 978-609-3677. Leave a message if no immediate answer.

For more on the church: 978-388-3352 or

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.

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.

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 parish house at 11 a.m., instead of the sanctuary, until further notice. Bible study will be in the parish house on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The church is holding regular blood drives on Mondays.

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

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