Hello & welcome to First Parish Church of Newbury!  We’re a United Church of Christ congregation with a traditional worship service and dynamic mission programs that serve hundreds in our community.  Please join us for worship any Sunday.  See below for more info.  We look forward to meeting you!
Rev. Jeff MacDonald, Pastor of First Parish Church of Newbury


Sunday worship: 10 AM at

or by phone: Dial 301-715-8592. Then enter Meeting ID: 442 272 605.

 Sun, May 31: Pentecost Sunday. Wear red to show holy fire we mark the giving of the Holy Spirit to create the church.

Church and Community links:


We are beginning the “385 series”, the number of years this church has been in existence within the Newbury community.  

If you have questions or know someone who’d like to be on our list, let us know. Our ministries are in high gear during the pandemic, and we want to keep everyone informed.  Feel free to share our links. Our community is a refuge for all.

  We welcome guest musicians as well as anyone who would like to share a daily practice that has helped you grow in your knowledge and sense of God.  



Also available at

Join us for a pre-worship meet-up:  a drop-in casual conversation group every Sunday morning at 8:30 am at the usual church zoom site. There’s no ongoing agenda, meaning its fine to come as it suits you.  

This week we’ll be discussing Jeff’s new book, Part-Time is Plenty. It doesn’t matter if you’ve read the book or not — please join us if you’d like can.

5:30 Wed, June 3: Exploring Our Tradition looks at what it means to be part of a church that is: 1) First Parish Church of Newbury, 2) Christian Congregationalist & 3) United Church of Christ. 

Online book study group  

A book study group is still taking names of those interested to read and discuss our pastor’s new book, Part-Time is Plenty: Thriving without FullTime Clergy. Although the first group of 40 participants is full, the BTS Center is putting together a waiting list and might offer another session at some point. To learn more about the group and get on the waiting list, click here:

Save the date –
Sunday June 28: Annual Meeting of First Parish Church of Newbury. Meeting will begin shortly after worship.

Offerings or by mailing a check payable to First Parish Church to 20 High Road, Newbury, MA 01951



Food Pantry

 Food Pantry distribution guidelines:

If you need home delivery of groceries  please place order here:
We will deliver them between 11 am and 3 pm.

pandemic food distributers

If you can pick up your groceries,  use this form:

A volunteer will call to tell you what time, between 2:30 and 5:00 to come.  You’ll need to drive into the church parking lot, park, display your name on a piece of paper, and wait in the car while we retrieve/ load ordered groceries in your trunk.   

If you don’t have internet, call us at 978-358-1077.

Due to the volume of need at this time, we only have capacity to serve the communities of  Newbury, Byfield, Plum Island, Newburyport, Rowley and West Newbury.

First Parish Burying Ground

Tour anytime to see how preservation, restoration and maintenance efforts offer a glimpse into the area’s history as well as honoring and remembering the contributions of many Veterans and early settlers buried there.

A map of the burial ground and a list of descendants buried there can be found at



 New Eden garden organic community garden

The growing season has begun and most of the garden plots have been rented. 

Cooking lobster in the earth oven during a garden party

If you want to know more and would like to consider renting a plot, contact Chuck Mead at  or Adam Kowal at  Details can be found at


Used Clothing Re-purposing:  

We’ve partnered with St. Pauly Inc., granting permission for them to put a clothing shed in our parking lot.  We support their efforts to:   

Reduce waste in landfills

Enable your clothing to be used worldwide

Redistribute donations as whole garments

The shed accepts donations of all clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, towels, sheets, pillowcases, curtains, and stuffed toys.

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.  Our teachers are providing home learning activities for parents and students to do, video stories,  and morning meetings during the coronavirus generated closure of the school.  Though uncertain, when it re-opens, it will be resume its schedule of  5 days a week from September through June and are accepting new students.  We hope to offer a summer enrichment program in July and August.  For more info contact information is available at

Here are some links to the home learning happening now:





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 ae able to 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.



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

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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