First Parish Of Newbury, 20 High Road, Newbury, MA
Sunday Worship: 10:00 AM
First Parish Of Newbury, 20 High Road, Newbury, MA
Sunday Worship: 10:00 AM
Join us for:
Sunday Worship every Sunday at 10:00 AM
Parking 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 entrance.
Fellowship and refreshments are offered after Sunday worship services.
Communion is offered once a month, usually on the first Sunday.
Bible Discussions are every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Knitting for all levels, including beginners. The knitters will meet next in the parish hall February 20th at 6:30 PM.
Monthly pot lucks are 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. Next Potluck Lunch is 1/25!
Nursery care and Sunday School is open to all . Meet our teachers and caretakers any Sunday morning! Details and registration materials can be found at Details and registration materials can be found at http://firstparishofnewbury.org/ministries/sunday-school-for-kids/
Snow Cancellations will be posted here and on Channels 4 and 7.
Visit our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/fpcnewbury/
The season of LENT is when Christians traditionally ask the deepest questions of life and eternity to commemorate the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert before beginning his public ministry. It represents the suffering and sacrifice of Christ as well as the suffering of others. Lent officially begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.
Please join us for worship during this time and in our collective participation in the Ecumenical Carbon Fast. This UCC initiated fast is recognized by many denominations and faiths, throughout the U.S. and beyond. As Stewarts of Earth and Spirit we’ve chosen this challenge and view it as a source of empowerment..
An introductory quote from this initiative talks of how “Climate change now connects each and every one of us in a mutual web of interdependence. So ‘the fast that is required of us’ (Isaiah 58:6-9) is no longer limited to personal fasting. Truly we are all in this together.
You can sign on at https://www.macucc.org/carbonfast
SAVE THE DATE: For an FPC Strategic Planning Session with Rev. MacDonald (your perspective is needed!). Sunday, February 25th, 12:00 to 1:00, after the potluck lunch. This will be an activity to discover the many assets that can help advance our congregations goals. All perspectives are needed and appreciated!
Super Saturday workshops, March 17th: This is a UCC sponsored day of learning and inspiration for affiliated churches in MA and CT. Workshops cover practical topics and are an opportunity to collaborate with those affiliated with other UCC churches. More info is available at https://www.macucc..org/
Holy Week: We welcome all to join us for services on Palm Sunday, March 25h, Maundy Thursday, March 29th (details are forthcoming), Easter Sunday, April 1st.
We Welcome Elizabeth (Beth) Coffey, who is thrilled to be the new Ministry Associate at First Parish Newbury!
Beth served as Sunday School Director here at First Parish before receiving her M. Divinity in 2014.
She grew up in the Midwest and received a B.A. in English from Arizona State University in 1983. She lived in Texas and Colorado before settling in Gloucester in 1984.
In 2008 she experienced a call to ministry, which led to her enrolling in the M.Divinity program at Gordon-Conwell Theological seminary and becoming a Member in Discernment (MID) with the UCC.
Beth is currently a member of the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church (UCC). She lives in West Gloucester in an old house on Walker Creek, along with her daughter Rose (18), cat Mary, and beta fish Vladimir.
Thus far she has begun facilitating First Parish Bible discussions.
First Parish Missions:
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.
The 2017 New Eden garden organic community garden growing season has ended. If you want to know more about how it works and would like to consider renting a plot next year, contact Chuck Mead at email@example.com Details can be found at http://firstparishofnewbury.org/new-eden-gardens/
One of our Garden founders, Erin Stack, is the owner of a local organic farm. She has a Garden Club “geared toward the home gardener/homesteader who wants a deep understanding of environmental stewardship and a holistic approach to their landscape and garden.” You can find more about this offering by following the link to her website at: http://www.newharmonyfarm.com/garden-club
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
Also available to assist are Karen King at 978-465-8101 and Tracey Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org
A grant funded preservation project at First Parish’s Old Burial Ground enabled Joshua Gerloff and Rachael Meyer to restore and clean many valuable stones last summer. Visitors and community members are always welcome to tour the grounds and join us for upcoming stone cleaning workshops.
If you are interested in joining or supporting our preservation committee contact Karen King.
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.
Information about the program is available at http://www.oursecretgarden.org/home.html
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.