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.



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Join us for:

Sunday Worship at 10:00 AM

Fellowship and refreshments after regular Sunday worship.

Communion the first Sunday of each month. 

Bible Discussions at 8:30 AM the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.

Monthly pot lucks following worship the last Sunday every month

Nursery care and Sunday School is available for pre-school through 9th grade.  Details and registration materials can be found at


The Climate Action Project, Merchants of Doubt Screening has been re-scheduled

The New date is Sunday, February 26th at 3:00 P M

It is sponsored by CAP, Transition Newburyport, and the Firehouse Center for the Arts:  “Citizens in our community are encouraged to see this film, It can inform your choices and might inspire you to get involved”  Art Henshaw, Climate Action Project

Seats are $10:00.  If you already purchased a ticket or can’t attend on the re-scheduled date, call  the Firehouse box office Wednesday through Sunday between 12:00 to 5:00 PM or until 8:00 PM the evening of the screening.  They can be reached at 978-462-7336 and on line at




Don White returns to our stage April 28th at 7:00 PM

Tickets can be purchased at

Don WhiteNo artist on the coffee house circuit today is better that Don White at combining the heartfelt aesthetics of the singer songwriter with side splitting laughs”

Scott Alarik in the Bostonj Globe






Our 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.

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

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

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


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 2017 plot.  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 for this historic site accessible to all interested in visiting the graves of Newbury’s founders and veterans.

If you are looking for a family member who may be buried here, help is available!

You can Contact Karen King at 978-465-8101 or Tracey Goodwin at

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