2014-05-22 / Faith Community


Faith Formation Classes

Registration forms for St. Barnabas’ Faith Formation for the upcoming school year are located at all entrances to the church. They can be dropped off at the Faith Formation Office during working hours. Children who are currently enrolled are not automatically registered for the next year, and classes are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call Marcia Blackburn or Melissa Carty in the Faith Formation Office at 401-683- 3147 or email mblackburn@stbarnabas. necoxmail.com or mcarty@ stbarnabas.necoxmail.com.

Emmanuel Sunday

Celebrate Founder’s Day at Emmanuel Church on Sunday, June 1. The day will include a special service, a celebration of those who have joined the church during the past two years, and a cookout courtesy of the Men’s Group. For more information, call the church office at 401-847-0675.

Handbell Concert in Jamestown

The Shoreline Ringers, under the direction of Jane Nolan, will give a return performance at St. Matthew’s Church on 87 Narragansett Avenue in Jamestown, on Sunday, June 8, at 4 p.m.

The Connecticut-based choir rings five octaves of Malmark handbells and five and one-half octaves of Malmark handchimes. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, where they participated in the “Christmas Time in the City” concert, and also with Scott Haney in the “Joy for the Kids Concert.”

There is no admission charge, but a free will offering will be taken. A reception will follow the concert. For more information, call the church office at 401-423-1762 or visit shorelineringers.org.

Touro Tours

Touro Synagogue is open for tours Sunday – Friday, through the Loeb Visitors Center, 52 Spring St. The center is open from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and synagogue tours depart at 12, 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit tourosynagogue.org.

Buddhist Lecture Series on Karma

Jeffrey Allen and the Newport Buddhist Group’s series on karma continues on Thursday nights through June 5, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Channing Church parish hall, 135 Pelham St. For more information, contact Virginia Spaulding at 401-845-9621 or at ginny57@gmail.com.

Community Yoga

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth offers community yoga classes in the St. George’s Chapel, 324 East Main Road, with Shelley Dungan of Healing Touch Yoga. Gentle Yoga will be offered Mondays at 6 p.m. and Slow Flow Yoga will be offered Thursdays at 6 p.m. A donation of $10 is requested. For more information, call Shelley at 860-965-9995.

Newport String Project

The Newport String Project will perform at Trinity Church’s Honyman Hall on Saturday, May 24, at 3:30 p.m. In their final professional chamber music concert of the season, directors EmmaLee Holmes- Hicks and Ealain McMullin will play with guest artists Shawn LeSure, Rhiannon Bannerdt, Lauren Latessa, and Annalisa Boerner. The guest artists are from the fellowship program at Community MusicWorks in Providence. The group will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 7, Op. 59 #1 and the Four Violin Quartet by Grazyna Bacewicz. The concert is free and there will be a reception to follow. For more information, contact eholmes-hicks@communitymusicworks.org or 309-256-0043.

Channing Spring Auction

Channing Memorial Church will hold a festive night of fine food, drinks and live music on Saturday, May 31, at St. Mary’s Church parish hall, 324 East Main Road in Portsmouth, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The evening will include the opportunity to purchase unique items and services provided by the church and local community. The auction will feature handcrafted treasures, baked goods, escorted Newport tours, gardening and technical services, sports lessons, themed dinner parties, and classes. Families are welcome and babysitting will be available at the auction.

The Feast of the Ascension

The Feast of the Ascension, a major feast day in the church calendar, will be celebrated collaboratively with Episcopal and Lutheran congregations from around Aquidneck Island at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., on Thursday, May 29 at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

‘Genesis’ at St. Lucy’s

St. Lucy’s adult education program will offer “The Story of Creation,” with Jane Parillo discussing Genesis 1 and 2, on Tuesday, May 27. The talk will run at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the parish hall, 909 West Main Road, Middletown. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-847-6153.


The Aquidneck Island CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Saturday, May 31. All walkers/runners start off together at 9 a.m. from the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. The 4 and 5-mile routes will go through downtown Newport and return to the MLK. Local funds raised will go to support Community Baptist Church and St. Joseph’s Church, both of which offer a soup kitchen every week.

The registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the “fee” is a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. Sponsor envelopes are available at the Community Baptist Church, 50 Marcus Wheatland Blvd. For more information, call 888-297-2767, contact your house of worship, or visit cws/crophungerwalk.org/newportri.

Baby Needs Drive

The Community Action Committee at St. Lucy’s Church will collect diapers of all sizes, wipes, and coupons at all services through June 8. The supplies will be distributed to St. Lucy’s Food Pantry, Lucy’s Hearth, and other local area organizations in need. Monetary donations may also be made by placing them in an envelope marked “Diaper Donation” in the collection basket during Mass. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

Zen at Channing

Channing Memorial Church offers Zen meditation Monday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish hall, 135 Pelham St. This practice teaches how to clear the mind, understand the true self, and live with clarity and compassion. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Bring cushions and/or a blanket. For more information, contact Jamie Caster at 401-619-0791 or hosoi71@yahoo.com.

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