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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

 

 

Ongoing and Upcoming Offerings at First Parish:

Sunday Worship at 10:00 AM: Parking 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 entrance. In the event of a weather related cancellation you will be notified on this website, Facebook, and TV channels 4 & 7.  A message will also be available on the Church phone recording at 978.465.5597.

Communion is offered once a month, usually the last Sunday.

Nursery care and Sunday School run from mid-September through mid-June in the Holton Hall pre-school area (downstairs) between 9:45 and 11:15, while the congregation worships upstairs.

Details and registration materials can be found at http://firstparishofnewbury.org/ministries/sunday-school-for-k
Visit our Church Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/fpcnewbury/

 

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.

Pick Up Choir sings the third Sunday of every month. If you’d like to participate, please arrive at 9 AM for a brief rehearsal. Then have fun singing together in our 10 AM worship! Anybody can jump in anytime.

food pantry volunteers

Food pantry is open every Friday from 3 to 5 pm for all who need food assistance. If you can help unload the monthly delivery truck, please stop by at 9 AM Thursday, Jan. 17. It comes on the 3rd Thursday of each month.

Registration is open for Super Saturday on March 16 in Wilbraham. Each participant attending can participate in morning worship, two workshops, an optional lunch activity, continental breakfast, lunch, marketplace and closing worship. To learn more and register, visit https://www.macucc.org/eventdetail/11156586?

Potluck lunch served after worship Sunday, Feb. 24. Bring a dish, beverage or dessert if you can (this month’s theme is pasta). Or just come for the food & fellowship – there’s always plenty!

Bible study meets downstairs on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 8:30 AM. The next session coming up is Sunday, Feb. 24. Newcomers are welcome anytime; no background is every expected.  Current topic: the Book of Job & making sense of suffering.

Newbury’s first Death Café, featuring conversations on topics related to end of life, will cover preservation of historic gravestones, including hundreds found in our own First Parish Burying Ground, which dates to the mid-17th century. Join us for this event here at First Parish at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 4. Refreshments will be served.

Admission is $10. All proceeds go to benefit maintenance and preservation work in our Burying Ground. For a reservation, contact kwakefield1@comcast.net

Deacons meet Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 pm.

Church council meetings are the first Wednesday of each month. Next meeting is 7 pm Wed., Feb. 6

Visit our Church Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/fpcnewbury

 

 

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.

 

 

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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: 

food pantry volunteers

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.

One of our patrons recently described her experience. highlighting ways in which the pantry has served her special needs as “a disabled resident of Newburyport living below the poverty line.  “At many pantries there is very little I can take because of my environmental illness (allergies and such.)…The foods I receive have contributed enormously to my health.”

She and we want to thank every person who works to make the First Parish Food Pantry successful.  Farmers, volunteers, gardeners, drivers, coordinators, and community members.

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

EveGarden

The 2017 New Eden garden organic community garden growing season has ended.  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   Details can be found at http://firstparishofnewbury.org/new-eden-gardens/

A stone being repaired

 

 

Cemetery Preservation: To find a family member or founding father buried in the First Parish burying ground a comprehensive map of the burying ground can be viewed at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f4mgtxkhs61l0l3/AACC2zC7KoWTvz5bNKKGW3tOa?dl=0&preview=FirstParishCemetary.tif

Also available to assist are Karen King at 978-465-8101 and Tracey Goodwin at blur_of_fur@verizon.net 

Stone Cleaning

A grant funded preservation project at First Parish’s Old Burial Ground enabled Joshua Gerloff and Rachael Meyer to restore and clean stones.  Visitors and community members are always welcome to tour the grounds. Visit the Burial Ground page to see our new restoration initiative http://firstparishofnewbury.org/resources/

 If you are interested in joining or supporting our preservation committee contact Karen King.

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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