2014-12-11 / Faith Community


Ready to Serve

Diners at the First Presbyterian community meal were served by parishioners wearing their bow-tie best at a recent holiday dinner at the church. The group prepares a meal for 80 on the first Wednesday of each month, but Coleen Spenser, program coordinator, said they wanted to do something special for December. The church choir sang Christmas carols during the dinner, and each guest received a gift bag containing toiletries and cold weather supplies.

Evening Compline

Emmanuel Church will hold Evening Compline on Thursdays, Dec. 11 and 18, on the front steps of the church at 8:15 p.m. The ancient half-hour end of day service will be led by the choir. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

Carols and Reflections

Central Baptist Church will offer Christmas Carols and Reflections, a community carol sing with readings and instrumental music, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. to noon, preceded by coffee and snacks at 10:30 a.m. Teresa Murray will read original poetry, and two new Jamestown instrumental groups, the Island Strings and the CBC Recorders, will make their debut. The church is located in Jamestown at 99 Narragansett Ave. For more information, call 401-423- 1651.

Quiet Christmas Tea

On Sunday, Dec. 14, St. Columba’s will host 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 $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and may be purchased at the parish office or at the door. For more information, call 401-847- 5571.

St. George’s Christmas Festival

St. George’s School will present its 103rd annual Medieval Christmas Festival on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel. The service traces its origins back to Roman times when the December celebrations of Saturnalia would provide a welcome respite from the rigors of winter. This is a ceremony that heralds the Incarnation with Christmas hymns and a procession of Mary and Joseph with the Baby Jesus, shepherds, kings and angels. The service has remained nearly the same at St. George’s throughout its 103-year history. The performance is free and open to the public, but early arrival is suggested. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. St. George’s School Chapel is located at 372 Purgatory Road, Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-6736.

St. Lucy’s Movie Night

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, St. Lucy’s Church will offer a free screening of the recently-released film “The Giver” at 6 p.m. in the parish center. In the year 2048, society has gotten rid of feelings and conflicts in order to become a perfect civilization – with no war, no pain, no pleasure, perfect weather, planned death, and no choices. But is this possible? Is this really the best solution for society? Immediately following the movie, a brief reflection by Fr. Robert Barron on the Christian message in the film will be shown and discussed. All are welcome. The film is rated PG-13. For more information, call 401-847- 6153. St. Lucy’s is at 909 West Main Road, Middletown.

Trinity Forum to Highlight Stained Glass

The stained glass windows on the north side of Trinity Church will be the focus of the adult forum on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 9 a.m. in Trinity’s Honyman Hall. From the Tiffany windows given by the Vanderbilts to the image of Saint Barbara, patron saint of artillerymen, each has a history and a story to tell. Harle Tinney, director of Trinity’s guide program, will discuss the works of art and the meaning behind them. For more information, call 401-846- 0660.

Breakfast & Photos with Santa

Portsmouth United Methodist Church will host a breakfast and photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 8-10 a.m. at the church, 2732 East Main Road. Tickets are $5 per person, with a maximum of $20 per family, and may be purchased in advance from Chris Farley at cfarley@c21newport.com or 401-465-4456.

Chanukah Candle Lighting Party

Congregation Jeshuat Israel of Touro Synagogue will host a Chanukah Candle Lighting Party on Sunday, Dec. 21, with latkes, music, dancing and more. The free event will be held at the Levi Gale House, 85 Touro St., from 3-5 p.m. Reserve at cji@tourosynagogue.org.

‘Blue Christmas’ Worship

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway, will hold a Blue Christmas worship service on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. The service acknowledges that many are struggling and offers a message of hope. For more information, call 401-846- 9567.

Russian Ensemble at Emmanuel

The St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble will perform at Emmanuel Church on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. with a program of Russian folk, secular, and sacred music. Tickets are $20. Call 401-847-0675.

Trinity Treasures

Trinity Church will hold a daylong celebration of local holiday shopping on Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Honyman Hall. Festive music will fill the air, refreshments will be available, and area artists will offer a wide assortment of items in the marketplace.

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. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Society’s many programs for the poor. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

Shabbat Chanukah Dinner

Temple Shalom will hold a Shabbat Chanukah dinner on Friday, Dec. 19, at the synagogue beginning at 6:30 p.m. Worship will follow at 7:30 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $22 for adults and $15 for children age 10 and younger. Reserve by Dec. 14. Mail payments to: Temple Shalom Chanukah Dinner (payable to Temple Shalom), 223 Valley Road, Middletown, RI 02842. For more information, call 401-846- 9002.

Christmas Services

Local houses of worship are invited to submit holiday service information to news@newportthisweek.net by Monday, Dec. 15, for inclusion in the Dec. 18 edition.

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