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:


The Season of Advent:

Let Rev. MacDonald know if you’d like to do a reading during this special season of advent.


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

Food pantry: Fridays 3 to 5 pm. Open to anyone in need of food assistance. If you’d like to help unload the monthly delivery truck, please arrive around 8:45 am on Thursday, Dec. 19.

Our Christmas Eve candlelight service of lessons & carols begins at 5 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 24.

New singers welcome in the Christmas Eve choir. Anyone may be in the choir! All we ask is that choristers kindly attend two or more rehearsals so that we’re all feeling confident & well-prepared on the 24th! Rehearsals will be at 7 pm on:
Thu Dec. 5
Wed Dec. 11
Sun Dec. 15
Wed Dec. 18

Boston Camerata will perform at 8 pm Sat., Dec. 21 here at First Parish. This year’s holiday program is called, “La Estrella: A Hispanic Christmas.”

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.

Tickets can be purchased at

Bible study meets next at 8:30 am on Sunday, Jan. 12. Please note: there will be no Bible study on Sunday, Dec. 22. The group generally meets on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month in our downstairs hall. Newcomers are always welcome. No background is expected.

Please note: there will be no Bible study on Dec. 22.

Many thanks to Wally Ziehler for coordinating the restoration of the First Parish handicapped ramp with troop 44.  We are honored and grateful to be benefitting from his Eagle Scout project!  


Stay tuned for the new church sign that will be fitted between these newly installed granite posts!







Pickup Choir: on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Just come at 9:00 on Sunday











Potluck lunch

The last Sunday of every month. Food is served at approximately 11 am. Bring a dish
or beverage if you can. Great opportunity to introduce friends to First Parish


Regular Offerings: 

Food pantry: Fridays 3 to 5 pm. Open to anyone in need of food assistance.

Our Secret Garden Pre-school student helping stock the pantry

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.

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


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 planned the project depicted below.  You are welcome to join the group.

Before and after pictures of restoration


First Parish Missions: 

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.


The 2019 New Eden garden organic community garden growing season is complete.


Cooking lobster in the earth oven during a garden party

If you want to know more about how it works and would like to consider renting a plot next year, contact Chuck Mead at  or Adam Kowal at  Details can be found at


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.

Now Offering Cooking classes:



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 ae able to 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?

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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