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.


Fall Happenings at First Parish

a new look to the church front this fall

Sunday School  meets from 9:45 to 11:00 AM. most Sundays.  Child care for toddlers through age 4 and classes for grades K through 8 are available. Each Sunday all students meet at the Adventure Table for prayer and to complete a take-home project that introduces “Our Awesome God”. Grades K through 3 join together as a class using hands-on lessons from Genesis. Grades 4 through 8 will learn how to use the Bible to find God’s truths for their lives.

Bert & Sayre Noyes. 978-462-4250. are available to answer questions

Upcoming Events

advent wreath

Advent begins November 29th

Bible Discussions continue the second and 4th Sundays of each month with Rev. MacDonald.  All are welcome to join at 8:30 AM and the next meeting is scheduled to meet December 13th.

New Member Class, December 2nd at 6:30 PM

Anyone interested in joining the First Parish is invited to meet with Reverend MacDonald and a member of the Deaconate.

A light supper will be provided and information designed to facilitate a conversation about what it means to be members of this congregation.

Let Rev. MacDonald or one of the Deacons know if you’d like to attend.

Boston Camerata, Saturday, December 19th, 8:00 PM

boston camerata “A Medieval Christmas” is a Christmas narrative retold using songs, chants, and instruments…These works from Spain, Italy, Southern France, North Africa, and the Holy Land are drawn from old medieval manuscripts, archaic folklore, and oral traditions.

Tickets are available at




Friday, March 18, 7:30 PM

The Soggy Po Boys 

soggy po boys Much in the spirit of the great residency that exists at New Orleans’ own Spotted Cat Music Club where the legendary Vipers have thrown down on every Monday for the past god-knows-how-long, the Po’ Boys are steeped in tradition while in search of creating tradition all their own. With a repertoire of New Orleans standards, spirituals, contemporary music, and swing tunes, the Po’ Boys offer a lively blend of fun and insanity.

Advance tickets can be purchased at for $19.00 or at the door for $20.00

Friday, April 29, 7:30 PM

Don White 

Don WhiteIf you laugh and cry within the same ten minutes, you either need a vacation or are sitting in the audience at a Don White show.  This working class family man from Lynn, Massachusetts has emerged as the thoughtful song writer of the decade whose relevance to our lives is evidenced by the powerful reaction he evokes at every concert.  Radio audiences, too, are not safe from the Don White experience.  Valerie Adams of WNCS Radio, Vermont said, “I’ve never seen anything like it.  Everytime I play I Know What Love Is the phones light up like a Christmas tree.  Stereo Review Magazine called it, “a candidate for song of the year….”

 Advance tickets can be purchased at for $19.00 or at the door for $20.00

Paul waving from the boom

Steeple Repair Questions and Answers What’s happening with the FPC steeple?   Phase 1 raised funds to repair  the top part of the steeple to protect its structural integrity, which was at risk. Repairs included cross bracing to deter leaning, replacement of rotted boards, repair of historical millwork, rebuilding of louvers, replacement of flashing, sealing of areas that were enabling birds and water to enter, scraping, caulking, and repainting. Phase 2 has begun and the entire steeple and clock face has been repaired. Money was raised and allocated for painting the front of the church in the fall, including any windows on that side of the church.  Painting and restoring windows on the sides of the church will complete the project. How long to complete? Once funds are raised to paint and restore windows on the two sides of the church, the project will be completed.  Projected costs for this are $28,00. Many thanks to:  Paul Bastaanse and his crew from Steeple Restoration for their skillful work repairing the steeple and clock. Jim Dennis for cleaning and oiling, the clock so that it is running and ringing again. Friends of the church, Members, greater Newbury community residents, grants, and a bank loan that helped fund this project.  . Donations are always welcome and can be made by sending a contribution to The First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road, Route 1A, Newbury,MA

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. We serve a meal for and with our neighbors at the Salvation Army (40 Water St., Newburyport). We do this from 4 to 6 pm on the first Thursday of each month. It’s among the most profound and moving experiences we have together as a church.

*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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