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First Religious Society

The Rev. Rebecca Bryan’s sermon will be “And” on Opening Sunday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, Newburyport.

Bryan preaches on “Connection,” the ministry theme for September, during this flower Communion service. Church members are encouraged to bring a flower to place on a communal flower arch. Nursery care provided for children up to 2. The annual picnic follows the service.

First rehearsals for the young church choir and teen choir are also Sept. 8. The young church choir (grades 1-6) rehearses Sunday from 9:40 to 10:20 a.m. and the teen choir (grades 7-12) on Sunday from 9 to 9:40 a.m. Both rehearse in the Upper Parish Hall.

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. 

Genealogy specialist Wendy Whiston presents “The New Genealogy,” an exploration of new research resources into genealogy on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Lower Meeting House, at 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by the FRS Alliance. Whiston holds a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University and is a DNA specialist who is a member of the Association Professional Genealogists.

Since September is National Recovery Month, Bryan’s sermon will be “Out of the Shadows” on Sunday, Sept. 15. Bryan and  the FRS Addictions Ministry Team will lead a service dedicated to anyone touched by the struggle of addiction. Bryan will preach about the power of hope and coming out of the shadows. Members of the team will be available during and after the service.

Also that day, the Justice Action Ministry holds an “End Mass Incarceration Now” information session in the parish hall, second floor, at 11:45 a.m. All are invited to a discussion on supporting people who have been incarcerated and to hear about a group’s efforts to help former inmates transition to society.

Volunteers needed to help church members build seven Habitat for Humanity homes in Salisbury. Sign up for a fall or winter Saturday: Sept. 14, Oct. 26, Nov. 23 and Dec. 21. More information at: Email the church’s habitat coordinator,

For more information, go to or call 978-465-0602.

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.

A new sermon series has begun, “Thy Kingdom Come,” with the sermon “But Who Is It For?” by Singleton on Sept. 8.  

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.  

The church is assisting Habitat for Humanity with a local project Saturday, Oct. 5. Volunteers can help in more ways than just construction.  

Author Linda Petrat will speak about her new book, “From Stem to Stern: A True Life Adventure,” at a church brunch Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. It’s a story about sailing, farming, raising children, growing Christmas trees, and dealing with unexpected disasters. Tickets: $15. For reservations, call 978-465-9666.

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

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. Deacons meet Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.

Choir rehearsals this month will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays — Sept. 11 and Sept. 18. The choir, led by Nancy Reed, will sing in worship on select Sundays as songs are ready. Anyone may join the choir, regardless of experience. 

Gregory Jaczko, former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, will speak Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. and sign copies of his new book, “Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator.” The event is organized by the C-10 Research and Education Foundation.

The Good Vibes Festival on the town’s Upper Green will feature yard games, activities for all ages and food on Saturday, Sept. 14, starting at noon. Proceeds support the food pantry.

Antiques Appraisal Day is Saturday, Sept. 21. Bring antiques and art to receive professional appraisals from Kaminski from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee is $10 per item or 3 for $25. 

The food pantry is open Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. Help the food pantry by unloading the monthly delivery from the Greater Boston Food Bank on Thursday, Sept. 19. Truck arrives about 8:45 a.m., and it helps to be able to carry a load into the church.

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.

Refreshments and fellowship follow the service. 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 Sept. 7.

The annual pancake breakfast is Sunday, Sept. 8, at 8:45 a.m. followed by Sunday school registration.

The men’s fellowship dinner is Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. The Board of Stewardship & Finance meets Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Women’s Coffee & Conversation is Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m.

“Chair yoga & Easy Tai Chi” with Carla Mattioli returns Sept. 19 to Dec. 5 on Thursdays at 2 p.m. Cost: $150 for 10 weeks. Call Carla at 978-546-8018.

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

East Parish United Methodist

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

If weather permits, Fellowship Light — featuring coffee and lemonade — follows worship in front of the church from 11 to 11:30 a.m.  

The church’s strategic long-range plan will be presented at the service Sunday, Sept. 8. Hendee will be in the office and make visits as needed on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Her drop-in hour at Dunkin’ Donuts is Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Each month, the church collects items for The Pettengill House food pantry and community members can participate. Lunch snacks and school supplies will be collected this month. Items will be delivered the first week of September. 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 Congregational Church of Rowley

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

 The first of three special events at the church is End of Summer Vacation Bible School on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring games, crafts, music and Bible adventure stories. The theme is “Polar Blast” and the event is geared toward children in prekindergarten to fourth grade. They will also learn about polar bears and penguins. Parents are welcome to stay and have coffee and pastries in the parlor or come and go as they please.

The children will then be invited to give a presentation during church Sunday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. Call the church at 978-948-3993 to register or receive. 

The second event is Sunday School and a youth group open house Sept. 8, following the service and children’s presentation, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a barbecue, bounce house and games. Families are welcome to enjoy the barbecue, look at the Sunday School classrooms, meet the teachers and review the curriculum.

They will also learn about the youth group and activities. Sunday School is for kindergarten through 12th grade with special activities for nursery care and prekindergarten. The youth group is for children in middle and high schools. 

The third event is S’Mores Night on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the new fire pit area behind the church. This is a family event with music, fun and help from Boy Scouts.

For more information about the church: 978-948-3993.

St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, presents a service of Holy Eucharist on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. 

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. Monthly midday Eucharist is Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. in the church. Contemplative prayer will be Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in the church library.  

Visit and facebook@StPaulsNBPT for the full church calendar.

Congregation Ahavas Achim

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

Alex Matthews is the new congregational leader. He previously served as a spiritual leader and board member at the synagogue, and has lived in Newburyport since 2015. He is enrolled as a student in the rabbinical program at Hebrew College in Newton and expected to be ordained as a rabbi in 2023. Matthews can be reached at  

The High Holidays will be celebrated beginning with Rosh Hashanah — Erev: Sunday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m.; and Tuesday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. Yom Kippur — Kol Nidre: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m.; morning: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.; afternoon: meditation, 3:30 p.m.; evening: Mincha, 5 p.m.

For more information on services and programs, 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

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 “Family Matters!” continues Sept. 8. 

Children’s programs (infants through Grade 5) are held simultaneous to each service. Several classes available for adults each Sunday on spiritual topics.

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, “Man” on Sunday, Sept. 8, 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

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

“Discovering Christ” will be presented each Thursday from Sept. 12 to Oct. 24 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Immaculate Conception Parish Center. The program features Christian fellowship, faith formation and spiritual growth. Each session starts with a meal followed by prayer, a video lesson and a table discussion. Register at

The parishes will participate in the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s annual 3K Friends of the Poor walk on Saturday, Sept. 28. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. The walk starts and ends in Immaculate Conception’s parking lot. Proceeds benefit local residents in need of all ethnic backgrounds. To walk or donate, go to:

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

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.

New community yoga classes on Sundays at 4 p.m. begin Sept. 15 with Catherine Ross. Contact Barbara at

Tuesdays at 9 a.m. is Seniors Coffee Group. The Angel Gabriel Quilters and Knitters meet Tuesdays at 1 p.m. 

Wednesday, Sept. 4, is the church council meeting at Hartson Hall. For more information, contact Jim.

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. 

Fridays from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. is a hope and recovery for debtors meeting. Contact Nancy at 978-973-6208 for more information. 

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

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 September in memory of Harry Trout.

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.

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

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 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 per person; takeout available. 

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

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

For more information about the church:

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.

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,

Groveland Congregational

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

Community yoga is on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $5. A free community lunch will be served the second Saturday of each month.  The thrift shop is open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon. 

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

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.

Annunciation Greek Orthodox

The Rev. Costin Popescu of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 7 Harris St., Newburyport, will lead the Sunday service with Orthros at 8:30 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 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 on Mondays at 11 a.m.

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.  

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.

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.

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

West Newbury Congregational

The Rev. David Forsythe leads worship Sunday at 10 a.m. at West Newbury Congregational Church, 308 Main St., West Newbury.

Children’s Sunday School begins Sept. 8. Adult Fellowship Bible Class begins Sept. 29.

For more information about the church: 978-363-2673, and The church is also on Facebook.

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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