Welcome to Old South Church


Join us each Sunday for worship at 10am. We offer Children's Church and full Nursery Care.


From the Pastor...


The early church was challenged by the Apostle Paul to share in a concept of human oneness beyond anything that had ever been experienced.  To the Church in Galatia he wrote: 
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  (Galatians 3:28)

It was a vision of a church that was meant to be a harmonious tapestry of diversity.  “For Christ is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, . . . in order to create in Christ one new humanity, so making peace.”  (Ephesians 2:14-15)

Old South Presbyterian Church invites you to visit and experience the Good News of Jesus Christ that is meant for all people.  Come, no matter where you are on life’s journey.  Come, no matter if you do not fit into the stereotype of “church people”.  Come, and know that you will be welcomed and loved. 

For over 250 years Old South has been the spiritual home for many in Newburyport and the surrounding area.  While we cherish our history, we also look to the future.  We are expanding our mission, working to preserve our historic worship space, and seeking to grow in Christ. 

The Good News of the Gospel of Christ is that all people are included as the beneficiaries of Christ’s death and resurrection.  In the Church of Christ there can be no elitism, there can be no judgment based on cultural superiority, nor can there be any suggestion that any one person is of any less worth than any other person.
Our Gospel affirms all people in the richness of their racial and ethnic traditions.  Our Gospel sees God’s actions in our world as validating human diversity and celebrating the variety of gifts as expressions of God within the Christian community.

See you in Church!

The Rev. Dr. David VanArsdale, Supply Pastor at Old South


Take a moment and learn about our history and George Whitefield!

Start with a Brief History of our founder George Whitefield by clicking here, and then experience Old South via a virtual tour, or plan your visit, field trip, or Sunday Worship destination with us.

Our Mission Statement
We are a biblically grounded Presbyterian Church seeking to be true to our rich historical heritage by providing a community of worship for all who wish to embrace a faith-centered life in the Christian tradition.  We work to:

provide a welcoming and nurturing environment for families and individuals of all ages;
offer worship, service, and educational opportunities to deepen our understanding of what God is calling us to be; and
minister to the wider community.

Old South Church is thrilled to announce that they have received certification as an Earth Care Congregation. Please read our press release for more information!

We are now part of the Clipper Heritage Trail! Visit www.clipperheritagetrail.com and use your smartphone to load the mobile tour!

Contact Us

Rev. VanArsdale: 978-655-8345; pastor@oldsouthnbpt.org
Office Phone: 978-465-9666
Address: 29 Federal Street, Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950
Stacey Campbell, Church Administrator at admin@oldsouthnbpt.org

Church Office Hours
Tuesday - Friday: 9am – 12pm
Please call the church office at 978-465-9666 to schedule an appointment or tour, and leave a message if someone is not there. Your call will be returned as quickly as possible.



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Old South is a proud participant in these historical organizations:

Essex National Heritage Area

Yankee Homecoming

17th Century Saturdays