First Parish Of Newbury, 20 High Road, Newbury, MA

Sunday Worship:  10:00 AM.  

Summer worship services begin July 7.
July worship: Sundays 9:30 am, Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High Road, Newburyport.
August worship: Sundays 9:30 am, here at First Parish.
Please note First Parish will not host worship services in July

     

 

 

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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

 

 

Announcements:

Summer worship begins July 7th.  All July and August services begin at 9:30.

July services will be at the Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High Road, Newburyport.

August, services will be back at First Parish.

 

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 brunch after worship Sunday, June 30. Bring breakfast-type food or beverage if you can… Or just come for the food & fellowship. There’s always plenty! Brunch is served after worship at about 11

                                                      Ongoing and Upcoming Events:

August 4th: Autoharpist Kim Goodhue and pianist / bassist Jane Wang will feature special music at the August 4th worship service.

Summer reading Just like last year, we’re inviting everyone from Belleville and First Parish to read a couple of books and discuss them together over coffee after worship.  The books are: 

Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change by former MACUCC Conference Minister James Antal

Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger. Both are available at libraries and bookstores. August discussion dates TBD. Happy reading!

Pickup choir resumes in September.  Its an opportunity join the choir for a day the third Sunday of each month! Bring a friend who likes to sing.

The Bible Study group will resume in the fall after a summer break.

 

Keep an eye out for more death café events in months ahead. These events are popular around the country as they provide a rare forum to discuss and ask questions about death-related issues.

 

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity welcomes volunteers from First Parish at its affordable housing construction projects going on this Spring & summer in Salisbury. Skilled and unskilled help are needed. This is a great way to do good, make friends and hone a few practical skills simultaneously. College kids welcome! Must be age 18 or older. For information and to get on the volunteer list, contact Thea Shapiro at 978-681-8858 ext 13 or thea@merrimackvalleyhabitat.org

 

Bible Study resumes the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month in September.  Newcomers are welcome anytime: no background is expected.

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.

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.    

 

 

 

 

A time to share and break bread

Potluck lunches are after worship the last Sunday of every month, September through June. Bring a dish if you can or just come for food & fellowship!

Deacons meet the second Tuesday of each month.

Church council meets the first Wednesday of each month from September to June.

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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.

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 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.

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

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The 2019 New Eden garden organic community garden growing season is underway.  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/

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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