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.



Welcome to the First Parish Events Page:

the red doorSummer Sunday Worship Services start at 9:30 AM through August at the First Parish Church of Newbury.  We are grateful for the opportunity to join with Belleville congregants again this summer.  The 10:00 worship time resumes in September.

Coffee, snacks, and fellowship are in the parish hall following Sunday worship

A Communion Service and Pot Luck Brunch is held every first Sunday from September to June

Bible Discussion convenes in the Parish Hall at 8:00 AM the 2nd and 4th Sunday during August to accommodate the earlier service time.. We next meet August 28th  in the downstairs Parish Hall. Newcomers are always welcome.

Sunday School resumes in September.  Nursery care is available throughout the year. ..

The Food Pantry is open every Friday from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Council Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM.  The council will not be meeting in July.

Deaconate Meetings are  the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00.  Deacons will not be meeting in July.



The New Eden Community Garden Season is underway.  Contact Chuck Mead at if you are interested in reserving a plot for next year or joining them for a garden party that includes pizza made in the earth oven.


The Food Pantry is available to anyone needing food assistance all Fridays except major holidays from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. The entry door is located to the side of the driveway and is handicapped accessible. Donations of fresh produce from the New Eden gardeners is now available..

Contributions of non-perishable food, toiletries, and/or pet food can be left at the First Parish of Newbury on 20 High Road any Sunday between 9:30 and 11:00 AM.

More details are included in an article released by the Newburyport Daily News at:


First Parish Cemetery Restoration Project information can be found at:

Please let us know if you are interested in assisting with the restoration and preservation of this historic site.

an enrichment event at the OSG environmental pre-school

an enrichment event at the OSG environmental pre-school,  Enrollment is still available for the upcoming school year that begins in September…



Paul waving from the boom

Church restoration Questions and Answers:

What’s happening?   Phase 1 raised funds to repair  the top part of the steeple to fortify its compromised structural integrity.  Phase 2  has included repairing and painting the steeple and the entire front of the church. Painting and restoring windows on the sides of the church remain to be done..

. How long to complete? Once funds are raised to paint and restore the windows on the  two remaining two sides of the church, the project will be complete.

Many thanks to:  Paul Bastiaance and his crew from Steeple Restoration for their skillful work repairing the steeple, Mike Mullins for painting and repairing the front of the church, Jim Dennis for cleaning and oiling, the clock, Friends and Members of the church, Greater Newbury community residents,  and grants providers that helped fund this extensive project. 

Donations are always welcome and can be made by sending a contribution to The First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road, Route 1A, Newbury,MA

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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