We are the First Religious Society, a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Newburyport, Massachusetts.  We're glad you're here. We aspire to be a welcoming and inclusive community that encourages spiritual growth as we strive for truth and meaning and serve the social and spiritual needs of our larger community.

Membership class starts March 5

We’re offering a membership class in March, for folks new to FRS to explore Unitarian Universalism and learn more about our congregation. The class will meet on three Thursdays, March 5, 12, and 26, 7-8:30pm in the Lower Meeting House.

Session 1: Who Are We? UU history and principles.
Session 2: Who Are You? Reflecting on your own spiritual journey.
Session 3: What Can We Do Together? FRS programs and activities, and what becoming a member means.

Singing Meditation

Try something new with us! Singing Meditation will be offered on Saturday, February 21 and 28, from 10:30 to 11:30am in our Lower Meeting House. Use the door on Unicorn St. 

Many cultures use communal singing and chanting as a way to connect with each other and that which is greater than us. You are invited to come and sing simple, repetitive songs and chants from different traditions together, interspersed with periods of silence. Previous experience or singing ability are not required, just a willingness to participate. All songs will be taught, and ages 10 to 100 are welcome.

Pine Ridge Alliance of Youth (PRAY)

In June, 2015, a group of ten high school youth will be heading out to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for a week of service and learning. This is our first-ever youth mission trip! The youth are working hard from now until then to build community, raise money, learn about justice issues, and engage in local service projects. In December, they went to the UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury to help children make Christmas gifts for their loved ones.

New Choir Members Welcome

Join the Choir!
Do you enjoy singing? Come and join the First Religious Society Choir as we begin a new season of music. We sing music in a variety of styles, and we include pieces from various faith traditions. We rehearse on Thursday nights, 7:30-9:00, and again on Sunday mornings, 9:00-10:00.

From the Director of Religious Education

Greetings! I hope that you will familiarize yourself with our Young Church program through perusing our pages under "Children and Youth". There, you will find the themes our children in grades p/k through 8th will be exploring from now through mid-May. You'll also find answers to some FAQs, if you are considering a visit.

If you are new to Young Church--or are planning to visit--and would like to be paired up with a buddy family, please let me know. This is a great way to get to know some friendly folks who can answer your questions and just be a welcoming presence.

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