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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 Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. with fellowship hour at 11 a.m.

A new sermon series, “Conversations That Make a Difference,” continues with the sermon “Starting All Over?” by the Rev. Jim Singleton.

Nursery care for children under 12. Soup and sandwiches served to neighbors in need at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. 

For more information, visit the Facebook page, or contact or 978-465-9666.

Groveland Congregational

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

On Sunday, Jan. 26, a candlelight mediation service modeled after services held in the Taizé community in France begins at 7 p.m. If there is snow, the service will be held Sunday, Feb. 9. 

Taizé prayer is a simple form of ecumenical Christian prayer centered on scripture, silence and song. It involves singing and listening to the word of God in an atmosphere of silence and peace with a multitude of candles. The music consists of simple, repeated refrains, calming the mind and opening the soul.

 For more information, call the church at 978-372-3463 or go to

St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, presents a service of Holy Eucharist on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 8 and 10:15 a.m.

There will be no church school, but classes will resume Sunday, Jan. 26. The adult forum is at 9:15 a.m. and confirmation preparation begins at 11:30 p.m.

Nursery care and church school at 10 a.m. The adult forum resumes. An evening prayer service, Rite 1, is every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the chapel. Contemplative prayer will be Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the library. 

Visit and facebook@StPaulsNBPT for the full church calendar.

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.

The church hosts its monthly dinner Saturday, Jan. 18, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dine in take out. Cost: $8; free for children under 5.

For more about the church, call 978-346-8400.

Insight Meditation 

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport offers “The Mindful Moment: A Retreat for Beginning and Newer Students” on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

This offering, led by Ted Jones, is designed for anyone interested in learning insight meditation (Vipassana).

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 fees, visit

Hope Community

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 January sermon series is “REST.” Baptisms will be celebrated Sunday, Jan. 19. Children’s programs (infants through Grade 5) are held simultaneous to each worship service as well as several adult classes. A middle school program begins 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 or call the office at 978-463-HOPE.

First Church of Christ, Scientist

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 22 Inn St., Newburyport, presents its weekly Bible lesson, “Life,” on Sunday, Jan. 19, 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.

For more information, call 978-255-1031 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or visit or

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.

Spaghetti suppers are usually the fourth Saturday, including Jan. 25, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 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

Belleville Congregational

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 2 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, but will be closed until Wednesday, Feb. 19. 

Women’s Coffee & Conversation will be Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. in the parlor. 

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

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. 

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. 

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 for more information. 

Peoples Café is open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free refreshments, WiFi and restrooms available. Open Mic Night is Friday, Jan. 31, at 7. People’s joins Image Studios for a church fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. featuring singer-songwriter Pamela Means as she pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album. Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Advance tickets available through

The Angel Gabriel weathervane and steeple is being lighted in January in memory of Richard MacBurnie.

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

FRS Unitarian Universalist

The First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, Newburyport, led by the Rev. Rebecca Bryan, offers a worship service Sunday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 a.m.

Registration has begun at for Bryan’s process theology discussion group on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The group will discuss the book “God of Becoming and Relationship” by the Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson. 

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.

Sunday services are livestreamed on the FRS YouTube channel, For more on the church, go to or call 978-465-0602.

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.

The church will host a blood drive Monday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Parish House, 29 Main St.

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

Rock Church North Shore

Rock Church North Shore is led by the Rev. Paul Nolden and meets for Sunday worship at 10 a.m. at Vision Max Theater, 201 Elm St., Salisbury. 

Coffee and refreshments served before and after worship. A nursery is available. The NextGen children’s program begins at 10:30 a.m. Children can remain in worship if families choose.

For more information, go to

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 move to Sunday school after the children’s sermon.

The church offers a free community breakfast Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. The chancel choir rehearses on Sundays at 9 a.m. Prayer Shawl Knitters meet on the first Monday at 7 p.m. and the fourth Monday at 1:30 p.m.

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

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

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.

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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 or the Facebook page.

West Newbury Congregational

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.

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. 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:

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. Volunteers needed in the kitchen 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,

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

Congregation Ahavas Achim

Congregation Ahavas Achim, 53½ Washington St., Newburyport, offers Shabbat services every Saturday at 9 a.m.

The new congregation leader, Alex Matthews, can be reached at For more information on services and programs, visit

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 or Facebook at St. James Episcopal Church, Amesbury, Massachusetts. For more information, to contact the church, call 978-388-0030 or email The office is open Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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:

For more about the church,

Amesbury Quakers

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

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

Newburyport Pentecostal

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

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 or call 978-518-2308.

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.

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.

Communion served on the first Sunday of each month. 

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, 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.

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

East Parish United Methodist

East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, led by the Rev. Charlotte Hendee, offers a worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19.

Hendee will be in the office and making visits as needed on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m. Drop-in hours are at Pat’s Diner in Salisbury from 10 to 11 a.m.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Rose Room. Enter the door on the side of the church (adjacent to CVS parking lot).

Each month, the church collects items for The Pettengill House food pantry and community members can participate. 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 and on Facebook at Email:

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, email, or call or text David Gibbs at 978-821-9504.

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

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