2014-04-17 / Faith Community


The children of First Presbyterian Church prepare to process through the sanctuary waving palm fronds at the start of Palm Sunday services. (Photo by Alan Neff) The children of First Presbyterian Church prepare to process through the sanctuary waving palm fronds at the start of Palm Sunday services. (Photo by Alan Neff) Channing Coffee House

Channing Church will hold its last coffee house of the season on Saturday, April 19 in the parish hall beginning at 7 p.m. All are welcome to bring a dessert to share and/or a musical instrument to play. Enjoy coffee, fellowship, and music by the MetroGnomes and other Channing musicians. There is no charge, but donations are welcome to support the work of Channing Church. Interested performers should contact John Burnham at 401-849-1644 or johnsburnham@gmail.com.

Born This Way Prom

The fifth annual Born This Way Prom for LGBTQ students will be held on Friday, April 25 at the Easton’s Beach Rotunda. “ArtPops The Carousel” begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 11:30 p.m. with a full night of dancing and drag performances. Sign up at artpopprom. eventbrite.com.

The prom is free for LGBTQ students and their allies in Rhode Island and Massachusetts schools. The proceeds benefit Youth Pride Inc. and Interweave. For more information, contact Pam Goff at interweave@channingchurch.org or 401-846-5565.

Homework Help

There will be no homework help at Emmanuel Church on Monday, April 21. It will resume on Monday, April 28, 6-8 p.m. and students are invited to bring projects and problems they are working on in school. At least one parent or legal guardian of each student is asked to remain on the Emmanuel campus during the time the child is receiving assistance with homework. All teachers have classroom experience and are from Emmanuel Church. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

Homelessness Vigil

The Statewide Outreach Committee of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless and the Newport County Citizens to End Homelessness will host a candlelight vigil to celebrate the life of Michael Bourque on Friday, April 25. The vigil will take place at Eisenhower Park beginning at 7 p.m.

Bourque died in March in an abandoned truck fire, and members of the Statewide Outreach Committee made a commitment that anyone who died while homeless would not go unrecognized. The vigil is an opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate his life and also to promote awareness about affordable housing in order to prevent this from reoccurring. For more information, call 401-721-5685.

The Transcendentalist Spirit

Channing Church will lead a series on the Transcendentalist movement with Rev. Jay Deacon on Tuesdays, April 22 and 29, May 6, 13, and 20 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall, 135 Pelham St., with a final session on Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Transcendentalist movement that exploded around Ralph Waldo Emerson was the most luminous American contribution to religious and spiritual thought, and the course will examine how religion can serve either as a powerful lock on the past or as a powerful engine for the evolution of consciousness. Registration is $10. Sign up by contacting the church office at 401-846-0643 or office@channingchurch.org.

Trinity Forum

The Trinity Church Sunday Forum resumes at Honyman Hall on April 27 at 9 a.m. with Professor Tim Demy, of the U.S. Naval War College, presenting “A Dreadful Thing: C.S. Lewis and the Experience of War.” Demy will examine Christian ethics and modern warfare as viewed through the eyes of author and theologian C.S. Lewis. For more information, call 401-846-0660.


Touro Synagogue will hold Pesach services on Sunday, April 20 at 7 p.m. They will also be held Monday, April 21, and Tuesday, April 22, at 8:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. The synagogue is at 85 Touro Street. For more information, call 401-847- 4794 x201.

Temple Shalom will hold Shabbat Hol Ha-Moed Pesach worship on Friday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m., to be followed by a Kosher for Passover Oneg. Call Temple Shalom, 223Valley Rd., Middletown, at 401- 846-9002 for more information.

Easter Services


Calvary United Methodist, located at 200 Turner Rd., Middletown, Easter Sunday pancake breakfast from 7-8:30 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m. 401-847-6181.

Chapel of Hope, Newport Naval Station, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at 5 p.m. for Roman Catholics and 6:30 p.m. for Protestants; Easter Sunday, liturgical Protestant 7:45 a.m., Roman Catholic Mass 9 a.m., contemporary Protestant 10:30 a.m. Routine base access is required. 401-841-2234.

Central Baptist Church, 99 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, Maundy Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Good Friday 12 and 7:30 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 9:30 a.m. 401-423-1651.

Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m., the Vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. and concludes at 6 p.m. Good Friday with the liturgy; Easter Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m., with an Easter Egg Hunt following the 10 a.m. service. 401-847-0675.

Evangelical Friends Church, 70 Bliss Mine Rd., Middletown, Good Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 9 and 10:45 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Broadway at Everett Street, Easter Sunday services at 9 and 11 a.m. 401-847-1749.

The Salvation Army, 51 Memorial Blvd., Good Friday service at 6 p.m., following the soup kitchen; Easter Sunday breakfast at 9:30 a.m. with a worship service at 11 a.m., community Easter dinner at 4 p.m. 401-846-3234.

St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m.; Good Friday showing of “The Passion” at noon, with a fish chowder luncheon provided; Easter Sunday, 10 a.m. 401-846-0966.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway, Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m.; Good Friday watch “The Way of the Cross” at 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 8:15 and 10:15 a.m., with an Easter brunch and Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. 401-846-9567.

St. Columba’s Chapel, at 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown, Maundy Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Good Friday liturgy at 8:30 a.m., meditations 12-3 p.m., Good Friday requiem service 7:30 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. 401-847-5571.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m.; Good Friday, 12 and 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 8, 9 and 10:30 a.m. 401-846-9700.

St. John’s Easter Vigil

All Episcopal parishes on Aquidneck Island will join together for the Great Easter Vigil at St. John the Evangelist, corner of Washington and Willow streets, on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday services, 8 and 10 a.m.

Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m.; Good Friday, 12 and 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m., with an Easter Egg Hunt following the 10 a.m. service. 401-846-0660.

United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown, Easter Sunday services at 9 and 11 a.m. 401-849-5444.

Easter Sunrise Services

n Outdoors at Easton’s Beach
Rotunda, 6 a.m., led by members
of the Calvary United Methodist
Church Youth Group.

n Beavertail State Park (lot 3),
Jamestown, 6 a.m., by Central
Baptist Church, followed by
breakfast at the church, 99 Narragansett Ave., at 6:30 a.m.

n Evangelical Friends Church,
70 Bliss Mine Rd., Middletown,
6 a.m. out back by the pond, followed by breakfast in the church
at 6:30 a.m.

n Norman Bird Sanctuary, Third
Beach Road, Middletown, 6 a.m.,
led by Channing Church.

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