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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 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.

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. Guitar Hootenanny is Friday, Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Willis-Goode teaches a lay servant basic course Saturday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Merrimacport United Methodist Church. Register with him at 978-308-9841.

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 October 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

First Religious Society

The First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, Newburyport, offers a Sunday service Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m.

The Rev. Rebecca Bryan looks at moving forward with the sermon, “As We Move Forward.” She will preach on forgiveness and humility, what they mean and how people can take steps to realize them. A guest minister, the Rev. Karlene Griffiths Sekou, will speak on justice and equity using a framework of cultural regeneration.

Bryan hosts a tea for newcomers from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Lower Meeting House. Also that day: Griffiths Sekou leads a public film clip screening and discussion on “Race: the Power of an Illusion” takes place in the Lower Meeting House from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. This film series dispels the idea that race is innate biology which creates inborn racial difference.

Wednesday night church, a service for all ages, begins Oct. 16 in the sanctuary from 6 to 8 p.m. and continues every third Wednesday until June. A potluck meal starts the evening followed by a short worship led by Bryan and then programs for all ages. This includes a hymn sing for adults, programming for young children and youths, and a homework center. RSVP for the children’s programming by contacting the church.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, Bryan’s sermon will be “From Trash to Treasure and Back Again.” She will preach on the idea that asking the right questions is key to going with the flow, knowing when to accept what is happening, and when to take steps to change it.

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.

For more information, 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.

Monday blood drives, from 1 to 6 p.m., are scheduled at the Parish House for Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

A buffet-style turkey dinner will be served Saturday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Parish House. Adults, $10; children, $4.

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

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.

Anyone interested in the new fellowship group is invited to attend a meeting Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall. For more information, call Karen at 603-560-6536 or Arthur at 978-918-3232.

For more information on the church and updates, visit or Facebook at St. James Episcopal Church, Amesbury, Massachusetts. To contact the church, call 978-388-0030 or email

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, Oct. 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dine in take out. Cost: $8; free for children under 5. The holiday turkey and apple pie sale has begun, pies made fresh and then frozen. Orders must be received by Oct. 26 and pies will be ready for pickup Sunday, Nov. 3, at the church.

There will be a holiday craft fair and silent auction Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A continental breakfast featuring scones and muffins will be served from 8 to 10 p.m. A full lunch menu follows at 11 a.m. Free coffee for veterans,

For more information about the church or to order pies, call 978-346-8400.

East Parish United Methodist

East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, offers a worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, with the Rev. Charlotte Hendee.

Hendee usually make visits as needed on Wednesdays until 2 or 3 p.m. Her drop-in hour is Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Pat’s Diner in Salisbury.

The Blessing of the Pets is Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. Dogs must be leashed, cats must be in carriers, and other pets must be appropriately contained. Those who do not bring animals are welcome to bring photos of pets. Cider, doughnuts and coffee will be served.

For those interested in joining, the choir has resumed rehearsals every Sunday from 9 to 10 a.m.

Each month, the church collects items for The Pettengill House food pantry and community members can participate. Lunch snacks, school supplies and socks will be collected this month. 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:

Insight Meditation

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport offers “Insight Meditation for Beginners: A Retreat for Beginning and Newer Students” on Saturday, Oct. 19, 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 more information and registration fees, visit

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, “Thy Kingdom Come,” continues with the sermon “The Mission, Message, and Method” by Singleton. Nursery care for those under 12.

Soup and sandwiches served to neighbors in need at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Prayer ACTS meetings continue on Thursdays at 11 a.m. All are invited to pray. Men’s fellowship is offered the second and fourth Wednesdays, including Oct. 23.

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

Rand Memorial

Rand Memorial Congregational Church, 134 S. Main St., Seabrook, offers a ham and bean supper Saturday, Oct. 12.

The supper is from 4.30 to 6 p.m. Cost: adults, $9; children, $5; free for children 5 and under. There will be a bake sale to benefit the church’s missions.

The church hosts Trunk or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 31, to provide a safe environment for trick or treating with free refreshments and a family photo booth.

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 sermon series is “Family Matters!”

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 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, “Are Sin, Disease and Death Real?” on Sunday, Oct. 13, 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

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

For more information on services and programs, visit

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 Oct. 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: $8.

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

Central Congregational

Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Christopher Ney, offers Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

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.

Nursery care is available. Children attend worship with their families and move to Sunday school after the children’s sermon.

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

St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, presents a service of Holy Eucharist on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 9 a.m.

Nursery care and church school 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, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the church library.

Visit and facebook@StPaulsNBPT for the full church calendar.

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.

The Rite of Christian Imitation of Adults, or RCIA, program for people interested in joining the Catholic Church and learning about the Catholic faith is beginning at Immaculate Conception. Anyone over age 7 who wishes to become baptized or has been baptized in another church and is interested in the sacraments of Eucharist or confirmation is welcome. Contact Marin Fortune at

Immaculate Conception presents its annual Christmas fair on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school gym, featuring crafts and food. Interested crafters can contact Melinda at for information to sign up as a crafter at the fair.

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

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 presents a fair Saturday, Nov. 2, featuring a soup luncheon, refreshments, crafts, and used and new items for sales. Proceeds benefit the church.

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.

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,

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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,

Belleville Congregational

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

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.

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

First Parish Church

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

Refreshments served downstairs after worship. The food pantry is open Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m.

For more about the church:

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.

Groveland Congregational

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

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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