August 2020 Worship
Time: 9:30 AM Sundays
Location: Online at bit.ly/firstparishworship
Joint summer services with the Belleville Congregation are at First Parish in August.
Worship begins at 9:30 AM every Sunday online at bit.ly/firstparishworship
If you have questions or pastoral care concerns, please let Rev. Jeff MacDonald know.
Church and Community links:
We welcome guest musicians as well as anyone who would like to share a daily practice that has helped you grow in your knowledge and sense of God.
http://firstparishofnewbury.org/giving or by mailing a check payable to First Parish Church to 20 High Road, Newbury, MA 01951
Food Pantry distribution guidelines:
If you need home delivery of groceries please place order here:
We will deliver them between 11 am and 3 pm.
If you can pick up your groceries, use this form: https://www.nourishingthenorthshore.org/newburypickup
A volunteer will call to tell you what time, between 2:30 and 5:00 to come. You’ll need to drive into the church parking lot, park, display your name on a piece of paper, and wait in the car while we retrieve/ load ordered groceries in your trunk.
If you don’t have internet, call us at 978-358-1077.
Due to the volume of need at this time, we only have capacity to serve the communities of Newbury, Byfield, Plum Island, Newburyport, Rowley and West Newbury.
First Parish Burying Ground
A map of the burial ground and a list of descendants buried there can be found at
New Eden garden organic community garden
The growing season has begun and most of the garden plots have been rented.
If you want to know more and would like to consider renting a plot, contact Chuck Mead at firstname.lastname@example.org or Adam Kowal at email@example.com Details can be found at http://firstparishofnewbury.org/new-eden-gardens/
Used Clothing Re-purposing:
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. Staff are preparing to re-open after labor day in compliance with pandemic licensing requirements. Tours and openings are available via the website: http://www.oursecretgarden.org/
Here is a link to the home learning provided virtually last spring:
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 ae able to 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?
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.