2013-12-05 / Faith Community


Christmas Teas

Trinity Church will host its signature Silver Tea on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 12-4 p.m. in Honyman Hall on the Trinity campus in Queen Anne Square. In addition to the traditional fare of finger sandwiches, sweets, and tea, the afternoon event will also feature baked goods and holiday treats for gift giving. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, call 401-846-0660.

On Sunday, Dec. 15, St. Columba’s is offering a quiet Christmas Tea, and all are invited to enjoy an oasis of calm during this busy season. The tea will be held in the parish hall from 3-5 p.m. at 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, available at the door and in the parish office, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. For more information, call 401-847-5571.

Festal Vespers

St. Spyridon’s Greek Orthodox Church (corner of Brewer and Thames streets) will host a Festal Vespers service on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., in honor of the feast of its patron, Saint Spyridon. For more information, call the church office at 401-846-0555.

Classical Christmas Concert

Noted tenor Youngchul Park will perform a program of classical music in St. John’s Guild Hall, 61 Poplar Street, on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Accompanied by Pavel Gintov on the piano, Park will sing songs by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff, Italian love songs, and “O Holy Night” and “Amazing Grace.” Tickets are $20 and seating is limited. To reserve, call 401-848-2561, and leave a message with your name, contact number, and number required. Tickets can be collected on the evening of the concert at the will-call desk. Limited parking is available in the church’s parking lot on Willow Street.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Spanish community of St. Joseph’s Church and Reverend Raymond Malm will hold a celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the 10 a.m. Mass. The service will be in English and Spanish. A gathering after Mass will include traditional Latin American food and dance, with folk groups from Mexico, Bolivia, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Peru performing. All are welcome. St. Joseph’s is at the corner of Mann Avenue and Broadway. Weekly services, in Spanish, are held on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 401-848-2176.

Christmas Concert

The Jesus Saviour St. Vincent de Paul Society will present a Christmas concert featuring the Wakefield Concert Band at Jesus Saviour Church, 509 Broadway, on Monday, Dec. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

Touro Exhibit

The last day to see Redwood Library’s display documenting the rich history of Touro Synagogue is Sunday, Dec. 8. The exhibit celebrates the synagogue’s 250th anniversary and features objects, paintings, and photographs, some never before displayed publicly, drawn from the collections of the Touro Synagogue Archives, Redwood Library, Newport Historical Society, and private collections.

Day of Recollection for Women

There will be a Day of Recollection for Women at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, Salve Regina University, on Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The day will be led by Sister Eugenia Brady, Sister of St. Joseph of Cluny, and the topic will be “Mary, Mother of Hope; Mary, Woman, Model of Living into the Mystery.” Bring a bag lunch. Parking is available on Leroy Avenue and a free will offering will be accepted. For more information, call 401-683-1680.

Red Bell Ringers Sought

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help ring the fundraising kettle bells this holiday season. The signature red bells will be located around the island and ringers are needed for one-time or ongoing commitments. This is the Salvation Army’s largest fundraiser of the year and runs through Dec. 24. For more information, call Lt. Helen Johnson at 401-846-3234.

Vision Loss Support Group

Insight, a nonprofit organization that helps people living with vision loss learn how to be more independent, hosts a monthly educational group at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 10 in the church hall at 11 a.m. and is open to anyone living with a visual impairment, as well as family members and friends. For more information, contact Rick Andrade at 401-941-3322 or visit in-sight.org.

Call for Food

The Salvation Army is requesting donations of food to help keep the food pantry open and to fill holiday baskets. Canned goods, non-perishable food items, and monetary donations to purchase food supplies are urgently needed. For more information, contact Lt. Helen Johnson at 401-846-3234.

Warm Up Wednesdays

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., hosts Warm Up Wednesdays each week from 1 to 4 p.m. Neighbors are welcome to come in from the cold for friendship, games, reading, and refreshments.

Trinity Tours

Historic Trinity Church continues to offer guided tours on weekends through December, with extra tours during the week after Christmas. Trinity was founded in 1699 as the first Anglican Church in the colony, and the current building was built in 1726 by masterbuilder Richard Munday. Tours will be offered every Saturday from 1-3 p.m. and on Sunday after the 10 a.m. service, from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last tour begins at 2:45 p.m. and a donation of $5 is suggested; children are free. Email inquiries to trinitytours100@gmail.com or call 401-846-0660.

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