Religion Listings: April 29, 2029 | News

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Central Congregational

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

Communion is on the first Sunday of the month. Hospitality coffee hour follows each Sunday service. Services can also be viewed on Facebook at Nursery care available. Children attend worship with their families and move to Sunday school after the children’s sermon.

On Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m., the youth group presents a film screening at the church social hall of “Youth v. Gov.” All are welcome.

The church hosts a community yard sale at the church Friday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The church offers a free community takeout breakfast on Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.

For more information, call 978-465-0533, email or go to

Seventh-day Adventist

Seventh-day Adventist Church, 171 Main St, Amesbury, will offer Sabbath School for adults at the church Saturday at 9:30 a.m. to study God’s message in the Book of Genesis.

No prior study is necessary. Children’s Sabbath School is still on hold. Vaccination is recommended.

There will be youth concert service, presented by the Spanish Lawrence Youth Group, on Saturday at 11 a.m. The special service will include praise, musical worship, prayer, scripture and preaching. It will also be available through livestreaming or for later viewing on the AmesburySDA YouTube channel or Facebook page.

Go to Click on the “Media” selection at the top of the page, then click on the YouTube icon for the most current services.

Congregation Ahavas Achim

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

In celebration of the synagogue’s 125th anniversary, there will be a tour of the historic building and a Q&A with Congregational Leader Alex Matthews on Sunday, May 15, at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, June 12, at 4 p.m., there will be a panel discussion of “Reflections on 125 Years of Rich Jewish History in

Newburyport.” Registration is requested at

For more information, contact

Old South Presbyterian

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

The church begins its new sermon series, “Cultivating the Heart of a Disciple,” with the sermon “Our Best Ability is Availability” by the Rev. Tim Dolan.

The Sunday Sandwiches ministry will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the School Street entrance.

For more about the church: or email

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

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

Divine Liturgy of the Life-Giving Font takes place at 9:30 a.m. Masks are no longer required. Visit the church’s website at to connect virtually.

The Greek food festival committee meets Monday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. The communication committee meets at 8 p.m. Morning prayers will be offered Thursday, May 5 at 8:30 a.m.

The St. Basil’s Kitchen community lunch is available for pickup on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to noon. No indoor seating permitted.

To reach the church office, call 978-465-5757 or email Check out the Facebook page. Information about Nicholson Hall, St Basil’s Hall or conference room reservations are available on the Nicholson Hall Facebook page or the church website.

FRS Unitarian Universalist

The First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, offers Sunday worship in person and livestreamed on YouTube at 10:30 a.m.

Masks are optional but vaccination is required. Those who are unvaccinated are welcome to watch the service online. Socially distanced seating is available in designated areas of the sanctuary. After worship, there will be a 30-minute outside (weather permitting).

On May 1, the church begins its monthlong focus on world religion. The service will be led by Alex Matthews, congregational leader of Congregation Ahavas Achim in Newburyport, and the Rev. Rebecca Bryan. There will be a handwashing station in the vestibule to honor the Jewish tradition of Netilat Yadayim.

Children in prekindergarten through eighth grade can join Young Church for ritual, connection, learning and games. For more information, 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.

Hope Community

Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport, holds an in-person worship service Sunday at 9 and 10:45 a.m.

The 9 a.m. service is livestreamed at The current sermon series is “Love Matters.” On May 1, the Rev. Pastor Gene Heacock preach on “Love Stands.”

A children’s program (nursery school through fifth grade) and the HighPoint youth program begin at 9 a.m. For more about the church, visit or call the office at 978-463-HOPE.

Holy Family Parish, Star of the Sea

Holy Family Parish, 9 Sparhawk St., Amesbury, and Star of the Sea Parish, 18 Beach Road, Salisbury, offer weekend worship services.

Masses in the Star of the Sea chapel are Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. Masses in the upper church of Holy Family Parish are Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

The churches are offering their Spring Fling Basket Raffle with tickets available through Saturday, April 30, for 15 theme gift baskets at The link will also be on the parish website and Facebook page. Tickets are $5 each or six for $20 (Must enter the coupon code that will appear when buying online).

Tickets may also be purchased by mail: Leave a message at 978-388-0330, ext. 101 for details. Calls will be returned within 48 hours. Each ticket purchased will also be entered for a door price valued at $50. The drawing will be held Sunday, May 1, in the Holy Family Parish Hall after the 9:30 a.m. Mass.

People’s United Methodist Church

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

Virtual worship via Zoom will be presented at 9 a.m.

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

Tai Chi classes, led by Barbara Tindall, meet on Mondays at Atkinson Common. Short-form classes begin at 9 a.m. and long-form classes at 9:45. Classes open to everyone. Donations accepted.

The newly refurbished Hartson Hall, on the church’s lower level, is available for rental. Call the church at 978-465-5145. Jazz and Coffee gatherings held Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

The church hosts a weekly gathering for those who like to play or listen to bluegrass on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.

Open Mike Night, sponsored by Imagine Studios, resumes Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. Poets, storytellers, performers, musicians, singers and those who just want to listen are invited. Coffee and snacks available.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the monthly lighting of the steeple and the Angel Gabriel Weathervane in honor of a loved one should call the church at (978) 465-5145. All months of 2022 available except for June and July.

West Newbury Congregational

West Newbury Congregational Church, led by Pastor Manny Cumplido, meets for worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. at 308 Main St., West Newbury.

On Saturday, May 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., the church hosts “The Gospel Shaped Family Conference,” featuring speakers from around the country who will engage and empower families.

The conference seeks to foster healthy marriages and support families in raising children and grandchildren with a culture-transforming faith in Christ. Lunch and child care are available. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 per couple and can be purchased at Use the discount code “Easter” for 50% off before Saturday, April 30. For child care, visit

For more information on the church: call 978-363-2673, see its Facebook page or email

Main Street Congregational

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

For anyone fully vaccinated, wearing a mask is optional. The service will be streamed on the church’s Facebook page. For questions about worship services, call the church office at 978-388-0982, text 978-696-8060 or email For more on the church, go to

On Saturday, May 21, the church hosts a flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, May 22.

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 during the same hours. Proceeds benefit the church’s ministries.

Belleville Congregational

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

There will be a coffee hour after the service. The service is also available via Zoom. To access the Zoom link, visit the website at

The thrift shop is open on Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Wedding gowns and prom dresses are now available.

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 those who are not vaccinated. Formation Hour at the church is from 10:15 to 11 a.m. with the opportunity for adults and children to go deeper in the faith, wrestle with questions and doubts, and grow together as a community. A service of Holy Eucharist is offered Wednesdays at noon.

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 service will be posted on the church’s YouTube channel to see whenever one wishes. 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.

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

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.

The April in-person Mass schedule — Saturday: 4 p.m., IC; 4 p.m., St. Ann; Sunday: 8:30 a.m., Nativity; 9 a.m., IC; 10:15 a.m., St. Ann; 11:30 a.m., IC.

A livestreamed weekly Mass is offered on the website at and on Saturday at 4 p.m. Weekday Mass: 9 a.m., IC, Monday through Friday.

The IC St. Vincent de Paul Society offers to-go meals each Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Parish Center, 42 Green St., Newburyport.

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

Union Congregational

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

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.

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

Merrimacport United Methodist

Merrimacport United Methodist Church, 39 High St., Merrimac, led by the Rev. Matt Willis-Goode, offers Sunday worship at 11 a.m.

The service can also be seen via Zoom: Meeting ID: 986 7048 1140; meeting password: 563426; meeting link: Join by phone: 1-929-205-6099.

First Parish Church

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

Anyone without computer access can call 1-929-205-6099. When prompted, enter ID 82647115553# and when asked for another number — press #.

The next Bible study meeting on Zoom will be Monday, May 9, at 7 p.m. with Henderson. The topic will be the Gospel of Mark 3 vs 7-12.

The food pantry is open Fridays from 2:30 to 5 p.m. for those in need and has moved temporarily to 89 Hanover St., Newbury. 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 donations are accepted Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a need for toilet paper, paper towels, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, razors, hearty soups, canned goods, cookies and cereal.

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

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.

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

This week’s Bible lesson sermon begins with a quote from Proverbs 14:34 “Righteousness exalteth a nation:” and is read in Christian Science churches around the world. It consists of texts from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and from “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy.

A virtual reading room featuring articles on many topics, including health, world peace and relationships, is at The downtown location for the Christian Science Reading Room (bookstore) is One Merrimac St., #9, and is open to the community Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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 from The Mother Church in Boston is at

East Parish United Methodist

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

There is social distancing and masks are optional. The service will also be broadcast on Facebook Live at

The weekly church bulletin is at and can be received by mail by calling the office at 978-465-8940. The church office is open by appointment only and can be reached by phone; messages left on the answering machine are received and responded to within 24 hours. The church is online at and

The annual meeting of the church’s standing committee is following the service at 11:30 a.m. Church members and Salisbury residents are invited to attend.

Unity on the River

Unity on the River is holding in-person services each Sunday at 10 a.m. at Congregation Ahavas Achim synagogue, 53½ Washington St., Newburyport.

The service is available on Zoom and through the church’s Facebook page and YouTube livestreams. Zoom log-in information can be found at and the services are available on the UOTR podcast as well as the YouTube and Facebook channels for later viewings.

Each service is a hybrid event with the option to attend virtually over Zoom, Facebook or YouTube. Zoom log-in information can be found on the front page of the church’s website,, and the videos of each are also available on the YouTube and Facebook channels.

After each service, people can join in Zoom Hospitality to talk about the service and check-in with friends and other UOTR members. More information is available on the front page of the church’s website.

Market Street Baptist Church

Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury, offers an in-person and livestreamed Sunday service at 10 a.m.

The livestreamed service is available on the church’s Facebook page. A coffee hour follows the service. Bible studies are available.

For more information:, or 978-388-0930.

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.

Byfield Parish

Byfield Parish Church, 132 Jackman St., Georgetown, led by the Rev. Brent Fugate, will stream the Sunday worship service on YouTube and Facebook Live.

For Facebook Live, go to the church Facebook page. To access on YouTube, go to, search for “Byfield Parish,” then click on that day’s service. A link to the YouTube service will also be posted in the church Facebook group and sent by email.

Since not everyone has access to a computer, those who don’t can listen to the worship service through a conference call. Call 712-775-7031, when prompted, type in meeting number 372041#. This is being done on a trial basis. When calling, please put the phone on mute.

For more information: 978-352-2022.

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.

First Congregational

First Congregational Church of Rowley, 175 Main St., offers Sunday school and a youth group via Zoom.

Contact the church office for more information and for Zoom log-in information at 978-948-3993, or through

Trinity United

Trinity United Church, 103 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, is offering Sunday worship at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary.

Bible study will be at the parish house, 29 Main St., on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

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

North Shore Bridge Church

North Shore Bridge Church holds Sunday morning worship services at Asbury Grove in South Hamilton on the first and third Sundays of the month at 10 a.m.

On other Sundays, the group meets on Zoom. For more information, contact the Rev. Drew McGee at 978-518-0207.

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