Religion Listings: Nov. 24, 2023

Autor: The Daily News of Newburyport

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Amesbury Council of Churches

The Amesbury Council of Churches holds its annual Thanksgiving service on Sunday, Nov. 26, at Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Amesbury.

The ecumenical service begins at 2 p.m. under the direction of the Rev. Scott Chase. Refreshments will be served following the service.

The council is accepting nominations for its Layperson of the Year award. Qualifications: Nominees should have made a substantial contribution to the life and ministry of the Amesbury church with which they are affiliated and/or the council and the community. Nomination forms are available at all Amesbury churches and can be mailed to Amesbury Council of Churches, c/o Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Amesbury, MA. 01913. The deadline for submission is Dec. 8. The award will be presented on a Sunday in January or February.

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 7 Harris St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Costin Popescu, offers Orthros matins at 9 a.m. on Sunday with Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in person and through livestreaming.

Visit the church’s website at to connect virtually. Morning weekday services are Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30. A virtual Bible study takes place Thursdays at noon. This interdenominational group discusses the readings in the Common Lectionary.

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, there will be a service at 8:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St. Andrew will be Thursday, Nov. 30, at 9:30 a.m.

The Sunday School is collecting cans for Our Neighbors’ Table. Cans can be left in the basket in the Narthex.

Bible study is Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. with the Gospel of John being studied.

The St. Basil’s Kitchen community lunch program offers takeout and indoor dining on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To add your name to the parish Christmas card, contact John Housianitis at

Information about Nicholson Hall and conference room reservations are available on the Nicholson Hall Facebook page or the church website. To reach the church office, call 978-465-5757 or email

Old South Presbyterian

Old South Presbyterian Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport, offers a Sunday service at 10 a.m. in person and via livestream at

On Nov. 26, the church continues its sermon series, “Matthew’s Messiah,” with the sermon “On the Right Hand Side” by the Rev. Laurel Cockrill. The service will be available online at

Supper and Study will be held Wednesday evenings as church members discuss “The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism” by Tim Keller. The group meets at 6 p.m. for a light supper and discussion of the book begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Sunday Sandwiches ministry continues each Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church’s School Street. For more about the church, visit the website,, or email

Central Congregational

Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Christopher Ney, offers a worship service Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Nursery care is available during worship. A hospitality social hour with refreshments follows each Sunday service. Communion is shared on the first Sunday of each month. Services can also be viewed on Facebook at

Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. offers the Montessori-inspired Godly Play program for children ages 4 and up and the Grapple curriculum for middle school students and up. Registration is open.

The church hosts its Christmas fair on Saturday, Dec 2., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair features a basket raffle, cookie walk, bake sale, jewelry sale, fresh wreaths, handmade crafts and ornaments, and the Souper Luncheon. For more on the fair:

On Saturday, Dec. 16, the church offers reindeer games for the entire family at 5 p.m. Central Song Circle gathers that day at 7 p.m. for cocoa and caroling. No singing experience required. Musical instruments encouraged.

A free community breakfast will be served Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. with indoor seating or takeout service. For more information: 978-465-0533; email:; website:

FRS Unitarian Universalist

First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, offers Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. with livestream on YouTube.

On Nov. 26, the service will be at First Congregational Society Unitarian Church, 143 Exeter Rd., Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, as the Rev. Rebecca Bryan, Justin Murphy-Mancini and choir members celebrate autumn, gratitude and beauty.

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m., Carol Decker presents “Native Plants For Every Yard … and Why It Is Vital To Plant Them.” Decker is a former director of the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary and is a naturalist and leader of Audubon bird walks. She is now involved with West Newbury Wild and Native.

The Young Church program for children in prekindergarten through eighth grade runs through May. For more information and to register, contact Director of Children’s Ministry Mara Flynn at

For more information about worship services and programs, go to, email or call 978-465-0602.

Union Congregational

Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Point Shore, Amesbury, offers in-person and online worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Scott Chase.

On behalf of the Amesbury Council of Churches, the church will host the annual ecumenical Thanksgiving service on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. Refreshments will follow the service.

Communion is on the first Sunday of the month. Call to inquire about lighting the steeple in memory or honor of loved ones: 978-388-0631. The church’s spaghetti dinners are held on the third Saturday of each month, including Dec. 16, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 ($9 for takeout).

Steeple notices, church contact information and Sunday services are available on

East Parish United Methodist

East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, hosts a Sunday service at 10 a.m.

On Nov. 26, Pastor Milka Gonzalez continues her sermon series about being grateful. The service can be viewed later on Facebook at East Parish UMC in Salisbury.

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the public is invited to the church for cookies and hot chocolate following the town Christmas tree lighting on the green at 6:15 p.m.

The pastor is available to meet in person or speak by phone at 508-615-8016 or the church office at 978-465-8940.

Holy Redeemer, Immaculate Conception

The Collaborative Catholic Parishes of Holy Redeemer and Immaculate Conception: Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green St., Newburyport; Church of the Nativity, 4 Green St., Merrimac; St. Ann Church, 300 Main St., West Newbury.

Weekend Mass schedule: Saturday: 4 p.m., IC; 4 p.m., Nativity; Sunday: 8:30 a.m., Nativity; 9 a.m., IC; 10 a.m., St. Ann; 11:30 a.m., IC. A livestreamed weekly Mass is offered on the church website,, on Saturday at 4 p.m. Weekday Mass: 9 a.m., IC, Monday through Friday.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society offers a sit-down supper on Tuesdays from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. at the Parish Center, 42 Green St., Newburyport. To-go meals available at 5:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 26, The New England Tenors performs a concert, featuring many holiday favorites, at Immaculate Conception Church at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20.

For updates and more information, Facebook: Holy Redeemer – Immaculate Conception Collaborative parishes. Website: Twitter: @HRICCatholic. Instagram: HRICCatholic.

St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, offers a Sunday service of Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m.

Masks required for anyone not vaccinated. Child care available. Services are also available online at 9 a.m. via YouTube Live. Go to the following link about five minutes before the service starts: ChurchNewburyportMA/live.

The midweek Eucharist is Tuesday at noon. Morning prayer is Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.

The service can be seen on TV on Channel 8 in Newburyport, Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; Channel 9 in Newbury on Wednesday at 9 a.m.; and Channel 18 in Salisbury on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 25, the church hosts its Christmas festival and wreath sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church’s front yard and at St. Anna’s Chapel.

For more on the church:, 978-465-5351 and

Hope Community

Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport, holds a worship service on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

The current sermon series is “Pregnant with Possibility”. On Nov. 26, the lead pastor, the Rev. Deryk Richenburg, preaches on “Abraham and Sarah.

The service is also livestreamed at A children’s program is held simultaneous to the service each Sunday.

For more on the church, visit or call the office at 978-463-HOPE.

Belleville Congregational

Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport, led by the Rev. Ross Varney, offers Sunday worship in the chapel at 10 a.m.

Coffee hour follows the service, which is also available on Zoom. Visit the church’s website,, for the link.

The Christmas Holiday Sale & Celebration will be Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature trees, ornaments, gifts, refreshments and music.

“Bible Exploration” is Tuesdays at noon in the parlor (Use the Chapel Street entrance). The thrift shop is open Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The church’s website is

Trinity United

Trinity United Church, 103 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, led by the Rev. Chung “Daniel” Ho Lee, offers Sunday worship at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary.

Bible study is offered in the parish house on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. A craft fair and bake sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The church will host blood drives on Mondays from 12:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: Monday, Dec. 11; Saturday, Dec. 30; Monday, Jan. 1; Saturday, Jan. 20; Monday, Feb. 5; Saturday, Feb. 10.

For more information on the church: 603-474-7900 or

First Church of Christ, Scientist

First Church of Christ, Scientist, One Merrimac St., #4, Newburyport, offers in-person Sunday services from 10 to 11 a.m. and testimony meetings on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

On Nov. 26, the sermon in the Christian Science church is on the concept of light over darkness. Sermons consist of texts from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy.

To join remotely via Zoom, inquire about Sunday school or for more information, email, call 978-255-1031 or go to

For anyone wanting to explore Christian Science, the church offers the Christian Science Reading Room (bookstore and study room) at One Merrimac St., #9, Newburyport. It is open to the community Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Or visit a virtual reading room featuring articles on many topics, including spiritual health, world peace and relationships, at

The Christian Science Monitor, an international weekly news magazine, is available at the Reading Room and online daily at For a free one-month online subscription, go to

Information about Christian Science, as well as times for services at The Mother Church in Boston, is at

First Parish Church

First Parish Church, 20 High Road, Newbury, worships in person Sunday at 10 a.m. and also at its Zoom address,, with the Rev. Raymond Henderson.

Anyone without computer access can call 929-205-6099. When prompted enter, ID 82647115553#. When asked for another number, press #.

Bible study will be held Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The topic of discussion will be Mark 8 vs. 31-39.

The food pantry at the church is open Fridays from 12:30 to 5 p.m. for those in need. To receive food, go online the prior Wednesday or Thursday and register at or call 978-358-1077. To donate: Send check payable to First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road, Newbury, MA 01951 and put “food pantry” in the memo.

Food and toiletry donations are accepted Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Needed are toilet paper, paper towels, diapers of all sizes, Knorr and Uncle Ben’s rice, mayonnaise, canned goods, canned tuna, pasta side dishes, cereal, cake and muffin mixes, pie crust mix and pie filling.

The church’s clothing shed is in the back parking lot for anyone wishing to donate clothing.

People’s United

People’s United Methodist, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport, led by Rev. Matt Willis-Goode, offers Sunday morning live in-person worship and interactive Zoom worship at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Zoom information: Meeting ID: 986 7048 1140, meeting password: 563426, meeting link: To join by phone, call: 1-929-205-6099.

The Angel Gabriel Quilters meet Tuesdays at 11 a.m. for quilting and knitting. The People’s Cafe hosts jazz from 1 to 3 p.m. each Saturday and bluegrass from 3 to 5 p.m. Bring an instrument to join in or just listen. Light snacks and activities for children. Donations accepted. On-street parking only. Musicians of all abilities welcome.

The Drum Circle meets on the third Friday of each month at 7 p.m. in Hartson Hall. No experience necessary.

Open Mike Night, sponsored by Imagine Studios, is held the first Friday of each month, including Dec. 1, at Hartson Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. for musicians, singers, poets and storytellers. The church’s Hartson Hall is available for rental. Call the church at 978-465-5145.

If interested in sponsoring the lighting of the steeple and Angel Gabriel weathervane to honor a loved one, contact the church at 978-465-5145 and leave a message with a return telephone number.

Congregation Ahavas Achim

Congregation Ahavas Achim, 53½ Washington St., Newburyport, led by Rabbi Alex Matthews, offers weekly Shabbat services each Saturday at 9 a.m. in person and on Zoom.

Email questions to to receive Zoom links to join services or for more information, or call 978-255-3144 and leave a message.

Main Street Congregational

Main Street Congregational, 145 Main St., Amesbury, offers worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. led by the Rev. Joan MacPherson.

The service is also streamed on the church’s Facebook page at live.

Step Up Thrift Shop, adjacent to the church, is open Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations can be dropped off in the shed 24/7. Proceeds benefit the church’s ministries.

The church office is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and can be reached at and 978-388-0982. Visit for more information.

Seventh-day Adventist

Seventh-day Adventist Church, 171 Main St, Amesbury, offers two Sabbath meetings on Saturday.

Bible study for adults at the church begins at 9:30 a.m. with studying the book of Ephesians. No prior study necessary.

Worship is offered in person at 11 a.m. and can also be seen through livestreaming or later on YouTube. The service includes prayer, praise, scripture and preaching. The children’s program, “Come Join the Treasure Hunt,” begins at 10 a.m. and features crafts, games, surprises, singing and stories.

For more about the church, check, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, amesburysda.

First Congregational

First Congregational Church, 7 Andover St., Georgetown, offers Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. led by the Rev. Holly Brauner.

Services can also be attended through Zoom. For more information, including the Zoom link, visit the website at, e-mail the church office at or call 978-352-8443.

Amesbury Quakers

Amesbury Quakers (Friends) gather in a meeting for worship each Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Amesbury Friends Meeting House, 120 Friend St.

Worship consists of silent inner listening, with participants sharing as they feel moved to do so. After the service ends, the group gathers for refreshments and conversation as well as planned discussions. All are welcome. For more information, go to

Groveland Congregational

Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King St., Groveland, offers a Sunday service at 10 a.m.

The service will also be livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page. For more information: or call 978-372-3463.

Unity on the River

Unity on the River holds a service celebration each Sunday at 10 a.m. at Congregation Ahavas Achim synagogue, 53½ Washington St., Newburyport.

Unity offers a practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer.

Check the website,, for further details and Zoom and livestream information.

Rock Church North Shore

Rock Church North Shore, 58 Macy St., Amesbury, offers indoor in-person weekly worship every Sunday at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Preregistration required. For more information, go to:

The church is also offering a professionally produced online worship experience every Sunday morning. It is available at at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

St. André Bessette Parish

St. Joseph Church (formerly Holy Family) 2 School St., Amesbury – Weekend Masses: Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Star of the Sea Chapel, 141 N. End Blvd. Salisbury – Weekend Masses: Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. The chapel is open from Memorial Day weekend to October.

Star of the Sea Church 18 Beach Road, Salisbury – Weekend Masses: Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. The church is open from Columbus Day weekend to May.

Weekday Mass schedule – St. Joseph Church: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.; Star of the Sea Church, Tuesday, 9 a.m.

West Newbury Congregational

West Newbury Congregational Church, led by the Rev. Patricia Batten, meets for worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. at 308 Main St., West Newbury.

For more information: call 978-363-2673 or email

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, 40 Water St., Newburyport, offers worship on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

The weekly soup kitchen (sit down or to go) is open Wednesday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and Thursday from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Saint James Episcopal

Saint James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, offers Sunday services of Holy Eucharist: Rite I at 8 a.m. and Holy Eucharist Rite II with choir at 10 a.m.

The Godly Play program is for children in prekindergarten through fourth grade. For more information and to register, contact the church office at

For more information about worship services and programs, go to, email or call 978-388-0030.

First Congregational

First Congregational Church of Rowley, 175 Main St., led by the Rev. Tom Bentley, offers Sunday worship in the sanctuary at 10 a.m.

Sunday School is offered on the first and third Sundays of the month.

AA meets Saturday at 7 p.m. and Al-Anon on Thursday at 7 p.m. The thrift shop is open Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church hosts a pancake breakfast on the second Saturday of the month. Cost is $10. A bonus coupon to the thrift shop comes with breakfast.

Armenian Apostolic

The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe, 1280 Boston Road, Haverhill, led by the Rev. Fr. Vart Gyozalyan, offers a Sunday worship service at 9 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m.

There will be fellowship after services. Email address: On Facebook at The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe.

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