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.


a Lenten rose

 Join us for:

Sunday Worship at 10:00 AM

Fellowship and refreshments after regular Sunday worship.

Communion the first Sunday of each month. 

Bible Discussions at 8:30 AM the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month (next one March 12th).

Monthly pot lucks following worship the last Sunday every month

Nursery care and Sunday School is available for pre-school through 9th grade.  Details and registration materials can be found at

Our Food Pantry is open every Friday to all in need.(details below).  Come to an upcoming fundraiser event.

The Season of Lent begins February 26th.  One way our community has chosen to commemorate lent is to partake of the daily devotional readings offered by the Society of St. John the Evangelist  Their Christian wisdom is offered in daily readings, videos, and reflection logs, which they freely offer during this 40 day period proceeding Easter.

If you prefer to utilize one of their books instead of an on line version, they are available at the back of our sanctuary.  Again, this is a free offering from a local group of Episcopalian monks residing at Emery House in West Newbury.

This brotherhood regularly donates freshly grown produce from their gardens and unused dairy products re-cycled from local schools to our food pantry.  Their mission is to nourish those in need of food assistance while building community.  Their volunteers have been a source of enormous assistance and light to our food pantry volunteers.

We are grateful to them for their enlightened offerings and hope you can log into their site to benefit from the wisdom they generously share.                             

Don White returns to our stage April 28th at 7:00 PM

Tickets can be purchased at

Don WhiteNo artist on the coffee house circuit today is better than Don White at combining the heartfelt aesthetics of the singer songwriter with side splitting laughs”

Scott Alarik in the Bostonj Globe






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

Our Food Pantry is open Fridays from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PMPerishable and non-perishables, food for special diets, toiletries, and pet food are available to all in need.  The entry door is located near the rear parking lot and is handicapped accessible.

More details about the founding of the pantry and ways to use or support it can be found at:


The 2016 New Eden  Gardeners are reaping their final crops from yet another productive organic gardening season.  Contact Chuck Mead at if you are interested in reserving a 2017 plot.  More information is at

Many thanks to Donald Jarvis for initiating the First Parish Burial Ground Restoration Project!  The church fully supports and appreciates the massive undertaking of Donald and crews of community volunteers for this historic site accessible to all interested in visiting the graves of Newbury’s founders and veterans.

If you are looking for a family member who may be buried here, help is available!

You can Contact Karen King at 978-465-8101 or Tracey Goodwin at

Our Secret Garden Indoor/Outdoor Environmental Pre-school.  It is an environmentally based center created to provide the community with quality care and education.  Information about the program is available at

a church member visiting before growing lesson to share some music


growing organically in the children’s garden


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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