Religion Listings: July 20, 2019

BRYAN EATON/Staff photoThe steeple of the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist Church on Pleasant Street in Newburyport looms over the iconic brick buildings on Inn Street. 

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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 presents a Sunday service at 10 a.m. and fellowship hour at 11 a.m.

The sermon series, “Finding God in Unexpected Places,” continues July 21 with the sermon “What is Strange About the Christmas Story?” by Singleton. 

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 at 7 p.m. at The Port Tavern.

People are invited to the church on Thursdays at 11 a.m. for a time of prayer leading to loving action toward God and neighbors. 

This summer, Kimberly Fick leads a discovery Bible study of the Gospel of Mark, a book that tells about the beginning of good news. Participants can bring a bag lunch to the church on Thursdays from noon to 1p.m. Newcomers are welcome; no previous Bible study experience necessary. Email for more information.

The church will work with Habitat for Humanity on a local project Saturday, Sept. 7. Volunteers can help in more ways than just 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.

Summer Mass schedule: Saturday: 4 p.m., IC, Newburyport; 4 p.m., alternates every six weeks between St. Ann and Nativity (see for details; 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. 

The Strawberry/Blueberry Dessert Festival will be held as part of Yankee Homecoming on Sunday, July 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Immaculate Conception lawn. Homemade shortcake with strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream will be served for $5 along with bottled water. Proceeds benefit the collaborative’s ministries. Since Yankee Homecoming’s theme is “Remembering our Past,” a “A Brief History of Our Collaborative” and tours of Immaculate Conception will be available at the festival.  

The church is selling 300 raffle tickets for a three-night stay through Houseboats at Newburyport ( Tickets: $10 each or five for $40. Winners, who do not need to be present, will be selected at the festival. Call Kathie for tickets at 978-992-6450 or the IC Parish Center at 978-462-2724. Tickets can also be purchased after Mass.

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

Belleville Congregational

The Rev. Ross Varney of Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport, leads worship each Sunday in the chapel. Services in July begin at 9:30 a.m.

Refreshments and fellowship follow the service. In August, Sunday services begin at 9:30 a.m. at First Parish Church of Newbury.

“Man of La Mancha” will be presented in the meetinghouse Saturday, July 20, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m. 

 The thrift shop is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. For more on the church, call 978-465-7734, visit or go to the Facebook page.

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.

Children’s programs (infants through Grade 5) held during both services. Several classes available for adults each Sunday on spiritual topics.

Life groups meet during the week in homes throughout the region for community, study and spiritual growth. 

A GriefShare seminar, “Loss of a Spouse,” will be presented Tuesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. for those grieving a spouse’s death.

For more about the church or to sign up for the seminar, visit or call the office at 978-463-HOPE.

West Newbury Congregational

The Rev. David Forsythe leads summer worship Sunday at 9:30 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.

St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, presents a service of Holy Eucharist on Sunday, July 21, at 9 a.m. The Very Rev. Kenneth Poppe will be the celebrant and preacher.

Nursery care available at 9 a.m. An evening prayer service, Rite 1, is every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in St. Anna’s Chapel. Contemplative prayer will be Thursday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. in the church library. 

Visit and facebook@StPaulsNBPT for the full church calendar.

East Parish United Methodist

East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, offers a worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 21.

Volunteers with musical talent are invited to sign up to present musical selections during the service as part of Special Summer Sundays. 

For the rest of the summer with weather permitting, Fellowship Light — featuring coffee and lemonade — will follow worship in front of the church from 11 to 11:30 a.m.  

The Rev. Charlottee Hendee’s schedule changed Wednesday, July 10. She will be in the office and make visits as needed on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m. The schedule may occasionally need to be adjusted. Her drop-in hour at Dunkin’ Donuts is now Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m., although she may switch to another location.

Each month, the church collects items for The Pettengill House food pantry and community members can participate. The program is also 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:

First Parish Church

Worship is at 10 a.m. on Sunday at First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road. 

Child care provided for infants and toddlers during worship as is Sunday school for children in prekindergarten through middle school. Bible study group meets the second and fourth Sundays of each month in the downstairs hall at 8:30 a.m. Newcomers welcome. Food pantry is open from 3 to 5 p.m. each Friday for anyone in need of food.

Bible study group resumes in the fall. No worship services at First Parish in July. Services will be at Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High Road, Newburyport. Worship returns to First Parish on Aug. 4. All services in July and August begin at 9:30 a.m.

For more about the church:

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.

Central Congregational 

Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Christopher Ney, offers Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m.

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

First Church of Christ, Scientist

 First Church of Christ, Scientist, 22 Inn St., Newburyport, presents its weekly Bible lesson on Sunday, July 21, 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 at 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 evening meetings are from 7:30 to 8:30, 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

First Religious Society

The First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, Newburyport, led by the Rev. Rebecca Bryan, does not hold worship services during the summer. 

But a Unitarian Universalist service is held Sundays at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Society, 143 Exeter Road, in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.

Summer office hours in Newburyport run through Sept. 8, Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon.

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

To join the church’s team of volunteers building seven Habitat for Humanity homes in Salisbury, sign up for a Saturday: Aug. 24 or Sept. 14. Email the church’s Habitat coordinator at

The annual book sale will be during Yankee Homecoming on Thursday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Books donations welcome the week of July 22. Store boxes and bags in the corner of the vestibule. If help is needed to transport books, call or text Tom Pagel at 978-790-0853.

The Justice Action Ministry will gather over the summer with its members and the Immigration Team supporting undocumented people detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Contact Susan Cooper,, for more information.

A summer gathering at the Moseley Woods pavilion will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. There will be a playground, games for all ages and a picnic. All ages welcome.

Bryan will preach at the Hampton Falls service on Sunday, Aug. 25. Carpooling may be available; contact the church at to inquire.

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 Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

For more information about the church:

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. 

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

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

Congregation Ahavas Achim

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

For more information on services and programs, visit or email

First Congregational Church of Rowley

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

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

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

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 is served on the first Sunday of each month.

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.

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 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.

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

Groveland Congregational

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

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,

Annunciation Greek 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. 

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.

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.

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 following the service at Hartson Hall is on hold until September. Every second Sunday, the church collects food and monetary donations for the Newbury Food Pantry. Being a church member is not required to participate.

In July, Gail Rowinski is collecting donations for backpacks with supplies and for brown bag lunches to help veterans and the homeless who attend the lunch at GAR Park in Haverhill every Friday at 1 p.m. Contact Rowinski at 978-270-1641 for more information, the list of items needed, or to volunteer for distribution. Church membership is not required to participate.

Tuesdays at 9 a.m. is Seniors Coffee Group. 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. 

Peoples Café is open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free refreshments, WiFi and restrooms available.The Angel Gabriel weathervane and steeple is being lighted in July 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

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.

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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