Steeple Preservation Project


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.

Stepping up in our community

Our annual Community Service of Newburyport Food Drive takes place in November 2016, sponsored by the Human Services Committee. You can support this project by bringing food to the table in the vestibule and/or make a donation and we will do your shopping. A member of the Committee will be collecting donations after church service each Sunday in November. This year Community Service needs include: crackers, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, regular coffee, spaghetti sauce, boxed potatoes, hamburger helper, soups, canned fruit and veggies.

Read your work at Jazz Vespers

Calling all FRS authors to read excerpts of your work at Jazz Vespers!
If you have written books, short stories, or other works that contain pieces that fit well with a season (holidays, seasonal or other traditions, seasonal weather); passages that provide reflections on love, family or personal growth; or sections that feature a unique perspective, creativity or insight, please consider sharing with us a 3-4 minute reading at Jazz Vespers. The reading should be of poetic, inspirational or thoughtful nature.

Racial justice resources from the UUA

Here are some workshops and connections to others through which you can engage in racial justice.
1. Navigating Whiteness workshop
On Saturday, November 12, 2016 in Weston, MA, the New England Region will offer "Navigating Whiteness," an opportunity to gather with folks from other congregations to explore through worship, story, and reflection ways we can navigate whiteness within Unitarian Universalism for the purpose of liberation and transformation. Go to for more information.

Sign up for an FRS potluck dinner

Circle Dinners, our traditional twice-yearly potlucks, will take place on Saturday evening, November 12, 2016. These dinners provide people in the FRS community a chance to get to know each other better in a relaxed setting as they gather in groups of four to ten to share dinner in a home. Sign up as a host or guest during Coffee Hour any Sunday. Questions? Contact Vicki Dyer.

Chalice Circles and more

Chalice Circles to begin soon

As we anticipate the second year of our FRS Chalice Circle program we are pleased to announce a strong response with seven group leaders and 52 participants signing up for the coming year. Chalice Circle groups will begin during the last week of October and the first week of November.

Healing and transformation in small groups


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