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

Sunday Worship:  10:00 AM  September through June at the First Parish of Newbury

Summer Worship:  9:30 AM  in July at the Belleville Congregational Church, High Street in Newburyport

                                 9:30 AM in August at the First Parish of Newbury







First Parish is a distinctive church where everyone can take part, where a food pantry feeds up to 100 people a week, where neighbors tend 40+ organic gardens, and preschoolers learn each day how to be curious, respectful caretakers of the earth.  Have a look around & be in touch if questions arise.
Grace & peace,
Rev. Jeff MacDonald


Join us for:

Sunday Worship at 10:00 AM through June

July Services will be at the Belleville Congregational Church, High Street, Newburyport, with Rev. Ross Varney leading worship at 9:30 AM

August Services will be at the First Parish of Newbury, 20 High Street, with Rev. Jeffrey MacDonald leading worship at 9:30 AM


For Fellowship and refreshments after all First Parish Sunday worship services

Communion the first Sunday of each month

Bible Discussions at 8:30 AM the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month

Monthly pot lucks the last Sunday of every month. Bring a dish or beverage if you can but don’t let that stop you from breaking bread with us..

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

The First Parish of Newbury Food Pantry for perishable and non perishable food to all in need.  It is open every Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 PM (details below)

The Golf tournament at Ould Newbury Golf Club to support renovations at First Parish will likely be held in September instead of June.  Details will be forthcoming.  For more information and to sign up, email Steve Spanger at







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 2017 organic New Eden garden growing season has begun.  Contact Chuck Mead at if you are interested in becoming a member of the church’s gardening community.  More information is at


To find a family member or founding father buried in the First Parish burying ground, contact Karen King at 978-465-8101 or Tracey Goodwin at

Many thanks to The Newbury Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council,  for funding a recent preservation project at the First Parish Old Burial Grounds.  Professional conservators, Joshua Gerloff and Rachael Meyer, taught and modeled simple, safe ways to clear destructive lichen and bird droppings from select  stones. Ten of us cleaned slate stones that had been etched by well known carvers, memorializing the lives of Newbury’s founding members. Stone’s of persons who lived in Newbury more then 300 years  ago were worked on.   See the posted after pictures!

We are currently seeking individuals interested in joining our efforts to preserve this historical gem by joining our committee and/or joining us for more stone cleaning..  Details are highlighted in an April Newburyport Times article:

Let Karen King know if you’d like to help.

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


growing organically in the children’s garden


Church members learn to dance at an OSG fundraiser


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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