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Join Us for Lent and Holy Week Activities

— April 6, 9:45 to 11 am: “All Around Easter: An Introduction to Easter Worship for Children and Families,” first session of two-part program. Hands-on activities introduce kids in grades 1-5 to meaning of Easter.

— April 6, 8:30 am: Bible study meets upstairs in library.

— PALM SUNDAY: April 13, 9:30 am: Gather on the Newbury Green for Palm Sunday procession to the church building. Followed by session two of “All Around Easter” program for children from 9:45 to 11. Worship begins at 10.

— MAUNDY THURSDAY: April 17, 6 pm: Maundy Thursday potluck dinner, followed by Tenebrae service with Communion. Tenebrae service begins at 7.

— EASTER: April 20, 10 am: Easter worship for all ages at 10 am.

— April 27, 8:30 am: Bible study meets in Holton Hall.

Introduction to Easter for Kids and Families

On the two Sundays prior to Easter (April 6 and 13), we offer “All Around Easter,” an interactive program for kids in grades 1-5. Kids will participate in a small group, moving from skit to skit. They’ll do hands-on activities, complemented by music and video. Each week, kids will experience a different presentation, so they’re invited to attend both dates if possible. Program begins each week at 9:45 and adjourns at 11.

Adults are welcome to stay with their kids for “All Around Easter” and join in the activities, which will be held in the fellowship hall downstairs. Or they’re welcome to join the congregation upstairs for worship, which begins at 10 am.

All Around Easter” aims to help kids learn some basics of the Christian faith, even if they’re not regular attendees of church or Sunday school.

Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. Families interested to learn more about “All Around Easter” should call 978-462-4250.

Sunday Services

Come join us on any Sunday for 10 AM services at 20 High Road (Route 1A) in Newbury, just south of the Newburyport line. We will be celebrating the 12-day Christmas season and Epiphany through January and February.

Rev. Jeff MacDonald Receives Prestigious Journalism Award

Rev. Jeff  received a Wilbur Award on April 5th for his story about one church's response to the 2012 massacre in Newtown, CT. The story, entitled "Healing Newtown," was the March 2013 cover story in the Christian Science Monitor's weekly print edition.To research “Healing Newtown,” Rev. Jeff made three trips to Newtown over the course of two months. He visited sprawling makeshift memorials, attended worship services and interviewed more than a dozen parishioners, clergy and people with close ties to Sandy Hook School.

Readers can find the full “Healing Newtown” story here: How One Church is Helping Heal Newtown

Bible Study

Bible study continues at 8:30 AM on select Sundays including April  6th and 27th at 8:30 am.

Come enrich your understanding of Scripture in an open discussion format led by Rev. Jeff. Prior attendance not required.

First Parish/New Harmony Farm Eco Book Club

After three years and dozens of book discussions, we plan to meet next on May 15th.  The group has gone through many transformations, always welcoming new members and representatives from the Greater Newburyport area. Erin and I plan to celebrate the three year anniversary of the Eco Book Club with a garden party at The First Parish Church of Newbury on May 15th.  Weather permitting, we'll be able to spend some, if not all of our time, in the community gardens out back.

The community gardens were inspired and created by Erin as a manifestation of the church's mission.  Edwina established the Eco Book Club to reinforce that same mission. Thus it seems like a worthy venue to celebrate the wealth of connections and transformation that have grown out of these initiatives when we discuss Gardening at the Dragon's Gate, which is available at 

All are welcome to join us for this Spring book discussion, either in the church garden or in Holton Hall (depending on the weather).  Bring a dish, relax, and join us as we review where we’ve been and consider what the next chapter will be!

New Eden Gardens

New Eden Organic Garden is now beginning its 2014 growing season. Come visit us behind the church and see our community at work in their gardens. Visitors are always welcome.

Contact Patty McDermott, Director of New Eden Organic Gardens, for information. Email:

Panoramic view of the New Eden Gardens from August of 2009

For information about the New Eden Gardens, click the link below:

Link to New Eden Collaborative

Our Secret Garden Preschool

Registration is now being accepted for Summer Camp 2014. For information about the summer camp and the preschool, see Our Secret Garden.

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Message from Rev. Jeff MacDonald


Welcome! We’re delighted you’ve found First Parish Church of Newbury on the web. We worship our awesome redeemer God on Sunday mornings at 10 am. We have a lot coming up in April, including several Holy Week services. Hope we’ll see you soon at 20 High Road (Route 1A ) in Newbury, Massachusetts.

Rev. MacDonald