2014-06-05 / Faith Community


‘Fill the Backpack’ to Return

The Salvation Army will once again run a summer food program for children in partnership with the Newport Public Library during the school vacation. At the initial meeting, youngsters will go to a library-sponsored story time at the Salvation Army’s headquarters, 51 Memorial Blvd., and receive backpacks filled with healthy foods and children’s books for at-home reading. The backpacks will be refilled during the weekly sessions. The program is designed to help struggling parents feed their children during the summer months, a time of particular difficulty for families that participate in the school lunch programs during the academic year.

Donations are requested to help keep the backpacks filled with healthy, kid-friendly food: tuna, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta, tomato sauce, canned fruit and vegetables, yogurt, healthy snacks, juices and shelf-stable milk. Gently used children’s books are also welcome. To donate or for more information on the program, call Lt. Helen Johnson at 401-846-3234.

St. Mary’s Bible Study

St. Mary’s Catholic Church offers Bible study and prayer group every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. in the parish center, Memorial Boulevard and Spring Street. Everyone is welcome, either for a one-time visit or regular attendance. For more information, call 401-847-0475.

Blood Drive at St. Barnabas

St. Barnabas will host a blood drive for the Rhode Island Blood Center on Sunday, June 15, from 9 a.m.-noon. St. Barnabas is at 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth.

St. Lucy Movie Night

St. Lucy’s Church will show a screening of “Saint Barbara,” on Thursday, June 12, at 6 p.m. in the parish hall, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown. The young saint, the 20-year-old daughter of a Roman governor in 303 A.D., was a convert and martyr of the early church during a time of intense Christian persecution. Although raised a pagan, she led an escape of many of her Christian friends from prison. This movie runs 100 minutes and is in Italian with English subtitles. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

Bishop at Emmanuel for Pentecost

The Right Reverend Nicholas Knisely, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, will be at Emmanuel Church on Sunday, June 8, to celebrate Pentecost. The bishop will preach and celebrate at the 8 a.m. service and at the 10 a.m. worship will also receive new members into the church. All are asked to wear red. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Service Change

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth will offer Super Summer Sundays from June 15 to Sept. 7. There will be food and fellowship in the parish house from 8-9 a.m.; full worship with Eucharist 9-10 a.m.; and coffee and conversation from 10-10:30 a.m.

There will be no changes to the 5 p.m. Saturday service. For additional information, call 401-846-9700.

CBC Festival

Jamestown’s Central Baptist Church will hold its annual June Festival on Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., with food and treasures to suit every taste. Shoppers will find an indoor flea market with garden and book centers; marine and sporting goods areas; white elephant and vintage sections; and a spot just for children.

Diners will enjoy clam chowder, hamburgers, hot dogs and strawberry shortcake, as well as a variety of baked goods. The festival will also include a raffle and a silent auction with tickets, gift certificates and pieces of art and jewelry. The church is located at 99 Narragansett Ave. For more information, call 401-423-1651.

‘A Walk With Me’

United Congregational Church in Middletown is offering an opportunity to honor and remember loved ones with personalized bricks to be placed along existing walkways at the church. The 4x8 inch bricks will be gray with black lettering and each brick costs $40. Order forms will be available at the church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown. Memorial bricks must be ordered by June 8 and are expected to be installed by September. For more information, call the church at 401-849-5444.

Trinity Strawberry Festival

Trinity Church will host the second annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 14, overlooking Queen Anne Square. A day of fun for the whole family, the festival features fresh Rhode Island strawberries in a variety of treats - with the group’s signature homemade shortcake right at the heart of all of it. The day will include musical performances and an artisan craft fair, and tours of the historic church will also be offered. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. and run until 7 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, call 401-846-0660 or visit trinitynewport.org.

Steeple Sunday at Channing

Channing Memorial Church will hold Steeple Sunday on June 15 to celebrate the end of the capital campaign to fund the church steeple and bells. The 10 a.m. service will be filled with bell music and a reception will follow.

Emmanuel Book Club

The Emmanuel Church Book Club meets the third Tuesday of each month to discuss great works of literature. The next book to be discussed is “Siddhartha,” by Herman Hesse, on Tuesday, June 17, at 6 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, contact 401- 847-0675 or admin@emmanuelnewport.org.

Pentecost Sunday

All parishioners at St. Mary’s Newport are asked to wear red to all Masses during the weekend of June 7 and 8 to help celebrate Pentecost Sunday.

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