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Greetings
First Parish is a distinctive church where everyone can take part, where a food pantry feeds up to 100 people a week, where neighbors tend 40+ organic gardens, and preschoolers learn each day how to be curious, respectful caretakers of the earth.  Have a look around & be in touch if questions arise.
Grace & peace,
Rev. Jeff MacDonald

 

Join us for:

Sunday Worship every Sunday at 10:00 AM

Parking is available behind the church and is permissible at the front of the church.

Entrances include the handicapped one near the parking lot, the pre-school entrance near the bottom of the driveway, and the front entrance.

 Fellowship and refreshments are offered after Sunday worship services.

Communion is the first Sunday of each month

Bible Discussions resume September 10th at 8:30 AM and every 2nd and 4th Sunday thereafter.

Monthly pot lucks are the last Sunday of every month. Bring a dish or beverage if you can but don’t let that stop you from breaking bread with us..

Nursery care and Sunday School is open to all .  Meet our teachers and caretakers any Sunday morning!

Details and registration materials can be found at http://firstparishofnewbury.org/ministries/sunday-school-for-kids/

 

Welcome Elizabeth (Beth) Coffey, who is thrilled to be the new Ministry Associate at First Parish Newbury!

Beth served as Sunday School Director here at First Parish before receiving her M. Divinity  in 2014.

She grew up in the Midwest and received a B.A. in English from Arizona State University in 1983.  She lived in Texas and Colorado before settling in Gloucester in 1984.

In 2008 she experienced a call to ministry, which led to her enrolling in the M.Divinity program at Gordon-Conwell Theological seminary and becoming a Member in Discernment (MID) with the UCC.

Beth is currently a member of the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church (UCC).  She lives in jWest Gloucester in an old house on Walker Creek, along with her daughter Rose (18), cat Mary, and beta fish Vladimir.

Thus far she has begun facilitating First Parish Bible discussions.

 

 

                                                                                                                    The Advent Season has begun!

We welcome all to join us in worship during this time of anticipation before Christmas.

On Sunday, December 24th, a candlelight service of lessons and carols will be held in lieu of morning worship.

Choir rehearsals for the Christmas Eve Service are open to anyone interested in singing with them.  Rehearsals are Sunday, December 17th at 9:00 AM and December 24th at 3:30 PM.  Contact Virginia Champi on the church website if you’d like to join us.  .

The Choir will perform two songs and the Goodhue’s band will sing a Christmas themed prelude and anthem.

 

First Parish Missions: 

food pantry volunteers

The Food Pantry provides food for special diets, toiletries, pet food, and perishable/non-perishable food.  We are open to all in need and welcome volunteers.  The entry door is located near the rear parking lot and is handicapped accessible.

One of our patrons recently described her experience. highlighting ways in which the pantry has served her special needs as “a disabled resident of Newburyport living below the poverty line.  “At many pantries there is very little I can take because of my environmental illness (allergies and such.)…The foods I receive have contributed enormously to my health.”

She and we want to thank every person who works to make the First Parish Food Pantry successful.  Farmers, volunteers, gardeners, drivers, coordinators, and community members.

http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/food-pantry-reopens-at-new-location/article_3cf365ae-72e2-5827-b172-7e71b93f28c3.html

EveGarden

The 2017 New Eden garden organic community garden growing season has ended.  If you want to know more about how it works and would like to consider renting a plot next year, contact Chuck Mead at chuckmead1@yahoo.com   Details can be found at http://firstparishofnewbury.org/new-eden-gardens/

A stone being repaired

 

Cemetery Preservation: To find a family member or founding father buried in the First Parish burying ground a comprehensive map of the burying ground can be viewed at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f4mgtxkhs61l0l3/AACC2zC7KoWTvz5bNKKGW3tOa?dl=0

Also available to assist are Karen King at 978-465-8101 and Tracey Goodwin at blur_of_fur@verizon.net

Stone Cleaning

A grant funded preservation project at First Parish’s Old Burial Ground enabled Joshua Gerloff and Rachael Meyer to restore and clean many valuable stones last summer.  Visitors and community members are always welcome to tour the grounds and join us for upcoming stone cleaning workshops.

 If you are interested in joining or supporting our preservation committee contact Karen King.

seeking historical relics during the scavenger hunt

Rails and Trails scavenger hunt participants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Secret Garden Indoor/Outdoor Environmental Pre-school is a nature based pre-school created to provide quality care and education for children ages 2.9 to 5.  The school is open 5 days a week from September through June and a summer enrichment program is available in July and August.

A Pre-Kindergarten teaching position is currently available:  It is opportunity to join a unique nature-inspired pre-school and passionate teaching team.  EEC certified, Early ed. or Elementary education, Pre-school/Kindergarten experience preferred, strong communication skills, a desire to plan and implement a desired curriculum for Kindergarten readiness while guiding children through an emphasis on the natural world.  

Approximately 35 hours weekly, paid holidays, vacation time, snow days, etc.  

Competitive salary.

Submit a resume to ellie@oursecretgarden.org

Information about the program is available at http://www.oursecretgarden.org/home.html

growing organically in the children’s garden

 

                                                                                             

What happens at First Parish Church?

Here’s a quick introduction:

*Worship. We praise, proclaim, petition and encounter the living God together every Sunday  morning in our historic 1869 sanctuary.

*Education. Our Biblically knowledgeable teachers help elementary & middle school kids learn and grow spiritually during worship hour (9:45 am – 11 am Sundays) from mid-September through mid-June.

*Formation. We explore scriptures in depth together in our discipleship & Bible study group, which meets twice a month before worship. Here we consider what it means for us, both as unique individuals and as a faith community, to live in light of the Gospel. Open to ages 14 on up.

*Outreach. Parishioners established a food pantry that provides non-perishable food and pet supplies every Friday afternoon.  During the growing season New Eden Organic garden share holders donate a percentage of their produce to the food pantry.

*Fellowship. We have social time with refreshments weekly after worship & monthly over a community meal.

 

 

FAQ

Q: Do I have to be a member of the church to, say, attend Bible study or volunteer at the Salvation Army?

A: No! Newcomers are welcome to hop in anywhere and anytime. That’s how spiritual experiences happen and how authentic relationships grow.

Q: Am I supposed to dress up for church?

A: You may if you would like, but it’s not required. Some wear ties and dresses; others come in t-shirts and jeans. Whatever is comfortable for you is OK.

Q: Do I need to believe something in particular?

A: We teach the scriptures and doctrines of Christianity. We regard them as true and trustworthy. However, we don’t expect everyone to arrive as experts or anything close to it. We’re all curious to learn more. We strive to see our life experiences anew through lenses of Christian teachings and to live in relationship with the living God of the Bible. First Parish provides a safe space to ask questions, learn and grow. And we equip individuals and families with resources for making progress from week to week.

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