2013-12-19 / Faith Community


‘Blue Christmas’

The Christmas season can be difficult for people who have lost a loved one, struggle with financial or health problems, or face a difficult family situation or separation.

Jamestown’s Central Baptist Church will offer a special service at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22 for those struggling. This “blue Christmas” service will offer a quiet, meditative worship experience that acknowledges the sense of grief or loss that may come during the holiday season and offers the possibility of hope during difficult times.

The church is located at 99 Narragansett Ave. For more information, call 401-423-1651.

Children’s Mission Project

United Congregational Church in Middletown is holding its annual “Baby Shower for Jesus,” asking for new, unused baby products for donation to Lucy’s Hearth. They are looking for diapers, layettes, baby accessories, formula, baby food, etc. Drop off donations at the church’s Farnum Hall, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown by Sunday, Dec. 22. Call 401- 849-5444 for more information.

Retreat on the Priesthood

Bishop Tobin invites high school seniors, college, and post-college age men who are discerning a call to the priesthood to a retreat on the priesthood at the Seminary of Our Lady of Providence on January 10- 11 from 7 p.m. on Friday to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Contact Fr. Carl Fisette, Director of Vocations, at 401-331-1316 for more information.

Chanting at Emmanuel

The newly-formed chanting group will meet Saturday Dec. 21 at 9 a.m. at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., in the All Saints Chapel. Chanting improves receptivity and focus, raises energy levels, and helps listening skills. Donations will be accepted in support of the church’s community meal program. For information, call 401-847-0675.

Centering Prayer

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, offers a bi-weekly centering prayer group Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8-8:30 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-846- 5478 or email ppdavis44@gmail.com.

Concert at Calvary

The Calvary United Methodist Church Choir and Winfred Johnson, organist and director, will present an Advent Meditation with Sacred Music on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Calvary is located at 200 Turner Road, Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-6181.

Christmas a Sign of Hope

An old-fashioned traditional Christmas was more joyful and more peaceful. It focused more on Jesus Christ born of a Blessed Virgin in a manger in Bethlehem. Christmas is a Holy Day.

Christmas season begins with Advent, when we prepare for the Lord by setting up a Nativity scene with a Christmas tree and decorating our homes. We do this in remembrance of the abundant love, mercy and forgiveness of Jesus who became a person like us; this is what the crèche symbolizes.

Displaying a Nativity scene and a Christmas tree decorated in public reminds the world of the true meaning of Christmas; that our Savior is born, a sign of hope.

Hopefully this Christmas will be a special one. If we can rediscover Christ in our daily lives, miracles of healing and restored relationships will come to be. Through acts of love, kindness and forgiveness our lives will change for the better.

Take time from your busy schedule to be with the Lord in prayer.

While traveling, may God keep you safe.

Merry Christmas! Elizabeth Watts, Newport

Christmas Services

Calvary United Methodist Christmas Eve, 5:30 p.m. family candlelight service with lessons and carols. 200 Turner Rd., Middletown, 401-847-6181.

Central Baptist Church Christmas Eve, 7:30 p.m. candlelight service with special choir and instrumental music. 99 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, 401-423-1651.

Channing Unitarian Christmas Eve, 5 p.m. candlelight service. 135 Pelham St., 846-0643.

Chapel of Hope Christmas Eve, 6 p.m. ecumenical candlelight service; Christmas Day, 9 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass. Naval Station Newport, 401-841-2234, routine base access is required.

Community Baptist Christmas Eve., 6-9:15 p.m. service with Unity Choir. 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., 401-847-1707.

Emmanuel Episcopal Christmas Eve, 4 p.m. Christmas pageant, followed by the Holy Eucharist, 10:30 p.m. Christmas music in the church, followed by a Festive Eucharist at 11 p.m.; Christmas Day, 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with carols. 42 Dearborn St., 401-847-0675.

First Presbyterian Christmas Eve, 5 p.m. family candlelight service, 7 p.m. traditional candlelight service. 6 Everett St., 401- 847-0675.

St. Barnabas Catholic Christmas Eve, 4 p.m. children’s pageant in church and a traditional service in parish hall with Fr. Chew, 6:30 and 10 p.m. Mass.; Christmas, 10 a.m. Mass. 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 401-683-1343.

St. John the Evangelist Christmas Eve, 6 p.m. family Mass, 11 p.m. Mass.; Christmas Day, 10 a.m. Mass. Washington and Willow streets, 401-848-2561.

St. Lucy’s Catholic Christmas Eve, (no morning Mass), carols will be sung 20 minutes before Masses at 4, 6 and 10 p.m.; Christmas Day, 9 and 10:30 a.m., no evening Mass. 909 West Main Rd., Middletown, 401-847-6153.

St. Mary’s Catholic Christmas Eve, 5 p.m. Vigil Mass, 9 p.m. Mass.; Christmas Day, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Mass. Spring St. 401-847-0475.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Christmas Eve, 12 p.m. Eucharist, 4 p.m. family pageant and Eucharist, 6 p.m. music and Eucharist, 8:30 p.m. music and candlelight Eucharist; Christmas Day, 12 p.m. Eucharist. 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 401-846-9700.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Christmas Eve, 7 p.m. service of candles and carols. 12 Marlborough St., 401-846-0966.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Christmas Eve, 7 p.m. service with liturgical dance. 525 Broadway, 401-846-9567.

Trinity Episcopal Christmas Eve, 4 p.m. family celebration of Christmas, 10:30 p.m. music of the season, 11 p.m. Festive Christmas Eucharist with Bishop W. Nicholas Knisely; Christmas Day, 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with carols. Queen Anne Square, 401-846-0660.

United Congregational Church Christmas Eve, 5 p.m. children’s worship service, 7 p.m. worship service. 524 Valley Rd., Middletown. 401-849-5444.

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