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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

 

 

Worship  Sundays at 10:00 AM

Parking at First Parish 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 entrances:

 

 

Potluck lunch: after worship the 4th Sunday of each month after worship! Come downstairs, grab a plate & enjoy.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Choir rehearsals begin in October. They will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM, starting October 9th.  All are welcome to join us as we expand the fall music program and sing selected Sundays and holidays.

And, The Pickup choir is an opportunity join the choir for a day the third Sunday of each month! Bring a friend who likes to at First Parish.

 

 

Beth Coffey will be facilitating this year’s bible discussion  the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 8:30 am.

 

Boston Camerata is returning Friday, December 20th to perform at First Parish.

This exuberant, vivacious program celebrates Christmas with music from the Spanish speaking parts of the globe: Renaissance Iberia, and the Hispanic settlements of the New World. Encounters among indigenous Americans, the Spaniards, and West Africans produced some extraordinary musical results — unusual vocal colors, soulful melodies, and irresistible rhythms, sustained in our production by winds, keyboard, gamba, baroque guitar, and Iberian harp. The exceptional singers and instrumentalists of the Camerata are joined by local choirs, including the marvelous Fleurs des Caraïbes

Communion is offered once a month, usually the last Sunday

 

 

 

Music opportunity at First Parish. Do children in your family play instruments? Or do you play? First Parish offers a standing invitation to play during worship in a supportive, encouraging atmosphere. Please speak with Rev. MacDonald or Music Committee Chair Virginia Champi to learn more.

The Food pantry is open every Friday from 3 to 5 pm for all who need food assistance. 

Want to help the First Parish Church Community Food Pantry? Help unload the monthly delivery from the Greater Boston Food Bank on Thursday, Sept. 19. Truck arrives about 8:45 AM. It helps if you can carry a load into the church.

 

Tour the First Parish Burying Ground 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 here can be found at

http://firstparishofnewbury.org/firstparish_cemetery_list-1/

http://firstparishofnewbury.org/resources/firstparishcemetery_4mb-1/

We are grateful to the Newbury Cultural Council for again granting the First Parish preservation funds, this time in the amount of $260.00  to support renovation of the Cast iron fence in the Burying Ground. Our friends of the cemetery group will be planning the project and you are welcome to join the group.

First Parish Missions: 

Fresh produce is provided during the summer.

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.

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

EveGarden

The 2019 New Eden garden organic community garden growing season is coming to a close.  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  or Adam Kowal at aakowal@comcast.net  Details can be found at http://firstparishofnewbury.org/new-eden-gardens/

Re-purposing/recycling of used clothing:  

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.  The school is open 5 days a week from September through June and a summer enrichment program is available in July and August.

Photos from Summer enrichment camp 2018:  Hands on learning about sea creatures in “Mermaid Lagoon”



The OSG website is at http://www.oursecretgarden.org/home.html

growing organically in the children’s garden

 

                                                                                             

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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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