Greeting from Rev. Jeff MacDonald
Welcome to our site! We’re a Congregational Christian church with a  380-year history in Newbury and core ministries in worship, Bible study, fellowship and outreach. We believe loving God involves both serving neighbors and caring for the earth. Please have a look around and visit us on a Sunday morning. We’re glad you’re here.


 Fall Worship and Offerings

Lobster Dowsers fall meeting

We welcome Rev. Oliver Jones, who will be preaching the last two or three weeks of every month through the month of February.  He will also be leading bible discussion every fourth Sunday during this time.

Rev. Jeffrey MacDonald is still very much with us and will be preaching and assuming all other duties the first two weeks of each month . He is pursuing an exciting opportunity to visit, research, and publish different ways churches such as ours work with part time ministers. We look forward to hearing about his findings and resuming his usual schedule in March.

Worship Services begin at 10:00 AM.

Fellowship and refreshments follow worship in the downstairs Parish hall. .

Communion Services are the first Sunday of each month. 

Bible Discussions start at 8:30 AM the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. You can’t miss this group from many religious backgrounds – Congregationalist, Lutheran, Jewish, Catholic Christian Scientist, having fun stimulating conversations about what we hear in the scripture and what it might mean in our lives.  We welcome newcomers and meet next October 30th.

A Walk through the Old Burying Ground with Rachel Meyer after service and fellowship so we can get to know each other and the cemetery better.  Interested parishioners can meet there at 11:30 AM (located directly across the street from the church).

A time to share and break bread

A time to break bread together

Monthly pot luck meals following worship are the last Sunday of every month.  Join us October 30th even if you haven’t prepared something…there should be plenty of food to go around!

Nursery care and Sunday School is available for pre-school through 9th grade. Call Bert and Sayre Noyes at 978-462-425 for more information.  Details and registration materials can also be found at

John Merrow helps unload 3,137 pbls of food for the October FP community food pantry stock up

John Merrow helps unload 3,137 lbs of food for the October FP community food pantry stock up!

The church Food Pantry is open Fridays from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PMPerishable and non-perishables, food for special diets, toiletries, and pet food are available to all in need.  The entry door is located near the rear parking lot and is handicapped accessible.

More details about the founding of the pantry and ways to use or support it can be found at:

Open Council Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. 

Open Deaconate Meetings are  the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00.


The 2016 New Eden  Gardeners are reaping their final crops from yet another productive organic gardening season.  Contact Chuck Mead at if you are interested in reserving a plot for next year  More information is at


Many thanks to Donald Jarvis for initiating the First Parish Burial Ground Restoration Project!  The church fully supports and appreciates the massive undertaking of Donald and crews of community volunteers to make this historic site accessible to all interested in visiting the graves of Newbury’s founders and veterans.  Information about this project and ways you can help is at:

Donald is continuing the tradition he began last year, teaming up with Wreaths across America, to purchase wreaths for Veterans buried in town.  For more information about being be a sponsor, either follow the link on Facebook at or  You can also email Donald at


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Our Secret Garden Indoor/Outdoor Environmental Pre-school is open for enrollment.  It is an environmentally based center created to provide the community with quality care and education.  Information about the program is available at

Upcoming concerts:

Boston Camerata is returning December 3rd to perform A Medieval Christmas.  This year’s performance gives a glimpse of Christmas spirituality from medieval France, Italy, England, and Provence.  More information and tickets are available at 

boston Camerata

The Goodhues Band will be performing Friday evening, December 30th. More details to follow..  Visit their website at


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.




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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