coronavirus provisions are being taken at First Parish of Newbury
Dear Friends in Christ,
These are trying times, and our nerves are understandably frayed. But we are also a resilient people, knitted together as one body by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12). I write today to offer encouragement, solidarity and updates on measures we are taking at First Parish Church in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Our Southern New England Conference of the UCC has recommends that we suspend worship services. I’ve also spoken with the Town of Newbury’s Health Director. She agrees with that recommendation, as do members of our diaconate.  
These measures will reduce risk of exposure, especially for our seniors and other vulnerable populations.
Our food pantry continues to operate on Fridays from 3 to 5 pm but with modified distribution systems posted on the welcome page.

Please stay tuned for further updates as the situation is quite fluid. Some good resources:
The Town of Newbury:
The State of MA:
The number 211 is a hotline you can call anytime if you experience symptoms or have coronavirus questions
I will miss seeing you in worship, but I encourage you to keep up habits of prayer, Bible reading, gratitude and caring for the vulnerable in these difficult times. Feel free to reach out to me by email at or phone: 978.270.0114. Meanwhile please keep washing hands and avoiding crowds.
Yours in Christ,

Rev. Jeff MacDonald

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We send this to keep you posted on happenings at First Parish Church of Newbury.

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First Parish Church 20 High Road Newbury, MA 01951


Choir rehearsalChoir rehearsal – 7 pm on these dates: 3/11, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8. No musical training required. Just show up & Choir Director Nancy Reed will help you get up to speed.

Newcomers are welcome to join this fun and meaningful ministry of music. No musical training required.

Church council meeting – 7 pm Wednesday, March 4th.

Super Saturday workshops, March 14 – A day of learning & inspiration is coming up in Wilbraham, MA for UCC churches of Southern New England. Workshops will cover practical topics related to First Parish’s stated goals, such as congregational growth, stewardship and addressing climate change. Rev. MacDonald will lead a workshop on the topic of his forthcoming book: vitality in congregations with part-time clergy. Registration deadline is March 1. More info & register at

Food pantry delivery help needed – Supplies from Greater Boston Food Bank arrive at 8:45 AM on Thursday, March 19th. Stop by if you can help sort or carry a few loads into the church. Food pantry is open Fridays 3 to 5 pm for anyone in need of food assistance.  No proofs required.

some of our food pantry volunteers


We are hiring for our preschool at First Parish! Here is the job description, please share —
Our Secret Garden, an environmental preschool in Newbury, MA, , is seeking a director to begin September 2020.
Qualifications include a degree in early childhood education, Director 2 EEC certification, experience in pre-school administration and knowledge of EEC licensing requirements.
Please submit a resume, including references to: . Feel free to email or call the church with questions: 978-465-5597. 

Like to knit or want to learn? Speak to Wilma Buckley. She’s organizing a new group that will begin meeting in the spring.

Music opportunity at First Parish. Do children in your family play instruments? Or do you play? First Parish offers a standing invitation to play during worship in a supportive, encouraging atmosphere. Please speak with Rev. MacDonald or Music Committee Chair Virginia Champi