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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 weekend 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.

A Memorial Day Mass will be offered Monday, May 27, at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 36 Storey Ave., Newburyport. Bring a chair, sunscreen, sunglasses and if needed. If it rains, the Mass will be moved to Immaculate Conception. Check for updates.

From June 1 through Labor Day, the weekend Mass schedule is as follows: Saturday: 4 p.m., IC, Newburyport; 4 p.m., St. Ann, West Newbury (May 11 to June 15, Aug. 3 to Sept. 7); 4 p.m., Nativity, Merrimac (June 22 to July 27); 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.

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

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.

On May 19, the new sermon series is “Finding God in Unexpected Places” with the sermon “Is God Sometimes Unrecognizable?” given by Singleton.

Bible study for children under 12 and nursery care available. Pizza and play time for children is upstairs at 11 a.m. followed by “Growing Together” adult discipleship study at 11:30 a.m. It is taught by Singleton and a rotation of seminary professors.

Awana for children takes place at the same time. For more information about the Awana curriculum, visit 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 first and third Wednesdays of the month, including June 12, at 7 p.m. at The Port Tavern.

The church holds a plant sale May 19, from 11 to noon. Proceeds benefit the Pelican Intervention Fund. The Boston chapter of Teen Challenge USA will lead the service Sunday, May 26. Teen Challenge is a Christian organization that helps people escape addiction. Program participants will share songs and testimonies of how faith has transformed their lives.

Volunteers needed as Old South works with Habitat for Humanity on a local project Saturday, June 15. People can assist in more ways than construction.

For more information, visit the Facebook page, or contact or 978-465-9666. For the chorus, go to or email info@gncchorus.

St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, presents Sunday services on May 19 at 8 and 10:15 a.m.

Beginning Sunday, May 26, there will be a single service at 9 a.m. through summer.

An adult forum is at 9:15 a.m. in the church library. Nursery care and church school at 10 a.m. An evening prayer service, Rite 1, is every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in St. Anna’s Chapel. Contemplative prayer is Thursday, June 6, at 7 p.m. in the church library. Midweek Eucharist is Wednesday, June 22, at 11 a.m. in the main church.

Visit and facebook@StPaulsNBPT for the full church calendar.

First Religious Society

“Roots and Wings” will be the annual Young Church worship service for all ages Sunday, May 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, Newburyport.

Young people will provide readings and prayer, the teen and Young Church choirs sing, and the congregation honors and blesses graduating high school seniors. Nursery care provided for children up to age 2. The May ministry theme is “Rootedness.”

May’s Collection for a Cause goes to Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity. Buddhist meditation begins at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20. Enter from the parking lot side of the church. First timers should come at 6 p.m. For information: or 978-465-0602.

Wednesday, May 22, will be the Wizards and Sages meeting this month, open to all ages. The Rev. Rebecca Bryan focuses her homily for the worship service on the roots and history of Unitarian Universalism, including the Baltimore Sermon by William Ellery Channing. The worship service is from noon to 12:30 p.m. followed by a discussion from 12:30 to 12:50 p.m. and brown bag lunch, 12:50 to 1:30 p.m.

Volunteers needed to help church members build seven Habitat for Humanity homes in Salisbury. Sign up for a summer Saturday: June 22, July 20, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14. If not inclined to use a hammer, express your interests. More information at Email the church’s habitat coordinator, at

Holy Family Parish, Star of the Sea

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

The summer Mass schedule begins Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26. 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.

Amesbury Council of Churches

The Amesbury Council of Churches is accepting nominations for its Layperson of the Year award.

Nominees must have made a substantial contribution to the life and ministry of their Amesbury church or the Amesbury Council of Churches and the community.

Nomination forms are available at all Amesbury churches and can be mailed to: Amesbury Council of Churches, PO Box 983, Amesbury, MA. 01913. Deadline for submission is Sunday, June 7. The award will be presented at the Rocky Hill Meeting House service Sunday, June 30, at 4 p.m.

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.

Sunday School classes available. Hospitality hour follows the service. The church hosts its monthly dinner buffet, featuring homemade dishes, on Saturday, May 25, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dine in or take out. Admission: $8, free for children under 5. For more information, call 978-346-8400.

First Church of Christ, Scientist

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 22 Inn St., Newburyport, presents its weekly Bible lesson, “Mortals and Immortals,” on Sunday, May 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 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 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.

Workshops are offered Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. through May 20.: The final workshop May 20 is “How a Professional Decorates Cookies”; fee to be determined. Email or confirm to reserve a space.

A ham, bean and mac and cheese supper will be served Saturday, May 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: $10, adults; $4, children.

For more on the church: go to, email or call the office at 603-772-5821.

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

Volunteers of all ages and sponsors needed for Community Day of Serving on Saturday, May 18. The event will feature dozens of community service projects in 11 area communities followed by a barbecue at Rock Church, 90 Newton Road, Plaistow, N.H. Participants and sponsors must register at

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.

A bagel breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. Children’s programs (infants through Grade 5) during both services. Middle school Bible study at 10:45 a.m. Several classes available for adults each Sunday on spiritual topics.

Weekday activities for middle and high school students (Elevation412) Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday morning women’s groups meet at 9:30. Seniors meet Thursdays at 10 a.m. Life groups meet during the week in homes throughout the region for community, study and spiritual growth. Sign-up has begun for “Roar!” VBS, July 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon.

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

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.

The church hosts an indoor yard sale Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to noon in the gym to pay for chairs for the newly renovated chapel. People pay what they can afford.

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.

Congregation Ahavas Achim

Rabbi Benjamin Resnick of Congregation Ahavas Achim, 53½ Washington St., Newburyport, leads Shabbat morning services every Saturday at 9 a.m.

Jewish and interfaith families with children 8 years old and younger are invited to welcome in Shabbat with PJ Library Pizza in the Park on Friday, May 31, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the covered gazebo at Moseley Woods Park, 14 Spofford St. The free program includes a story, songs and pizza. RSVPs requested to Phyllis Osher at or 978-740-4404. Walk-ins welcome.

The event is sponsored by Congregation Ahavas Achim and Lappin Foundation, and supported by Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

For more information on services and programs, visit or email

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 June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

Vendors needed for a flea market Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact or 978-994-0734.

For more information about the church:

Belleville Congregational

The Rev. Ross Varney of Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport, leads worship at 10 a.m. each Sunday in the chapel.

Children experience a mixture of worship with family and classroom time. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service.

The thrift shop is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Adult choir rehearsal is Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Youth choir rehearses after Sunday worship. Bible exploration is Thursdays at 12:45 p.m., use Chapel Street entrance.

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 for those interested in conversation and an activity geared toward them. 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. 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 are being lighted in May 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

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.

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

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.

A 15-minute musical reflection and meditation time begins at 9:45 a.m.

For more information, call 978-388-0982 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

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.

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.

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

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 then move to Sunday school after the children’s sermon. A free community breakfast is served Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. The chancel choir rehearses Sundays at 9 a.m. The middle school youth group meets monthly. Prayer Shawl Knitters meet the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. and the fourth Monday at 1:30 p.m.

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

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.

No prior experience expected and newcomers may join at any time. Food pantry is open from 3 to 5 p.m. each Friday for anyone in need of food. For more about the church:

East Parish United Methodist

The Rev. Mary Jane O’Connor Ropp and the Rev. Charlotte Hendee lead worship at East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, on Sundays at 10 a.m.

Choir practice is at 9 a.m. Fellowship and friendship after the service in the Rose Room.

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.

Spring and summer 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:

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 benefit 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

Unity on the River

The Sunday service, led by the Rev. Ogun Holder, begins at 10 a.m. at Unity on the River, 58 Macy St., Amesbury.

Music and celebration of all paths to God are welcome. 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.

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.

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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