2015-01-29 / Faith Community


Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will host a Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 8:30 a.m. Meet in the adult education room at 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth. This is an informal gathering and newcomers are welcome to jump in anytime. The group typically meets on the second and fourth Saturdays. Email pwestrom@neit.edu for more information.

Food Pantry Hours

East Bay Community Action Program has changed the hours for its food pantry at 19 Broadway. The pantry is now open Monday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 4 p.m.; and Thursday 1-7 p.m.

The MLK Community Center pantry, 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from 4:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.

Salvation Army food pantry hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 51 Memorial Blvd.

Sonnambula Viol Consort to Visit Trinity

New York’s Sonnambula Viol Consort, an early music ensemble, will visit Trinity Church the weekend of Feb. 7 and 8. On Saturday, Feb. 7, they will join the Trinity choir to present an Evensong for Epiphanytide at 5 p.m. Sung at the close of day in cathedrals and churches throughout the world, Evensong consists of hymns, choral music, and readings. The music of John Sheppard, William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons will be featured.

On Sunday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m., Sonnambula will present a program of music from the golden age of Spanish Theater featuring soprano Camille Zamora and Esteban La Rotta on baroque guitar in the Hawes Room in Trinity’s Honyman Hall.

Community Barn Dance at Emmanuel

The Newport String Project and Common Fence Music are bringing an old-time barn dance to Newport on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Church. All are welcome to learn what country folks did for fun in the good old days, when families, friends and neighbors set their work aside and gathered to kick up their heels. These simple old-time dances are fun for all ages, and no partner or experience is necessary.

Champion fiddler and co-director of the Newport String Project, EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and guitarist Tom Perotti will provide toetappin’ music, and master caller Jim Hicks will teach the dances. Admission is by donation. For more information, visit newportstringproject.org or call 309-256-0053.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Calvary Church’s prayer shawl ministry meets Fridays at 4 p.m. in Crocker Hall, 200 Turner Road in Middletown. Both novices and experienced knitters are invited to come together to share their time, talent, love and prayers while knitting for others. Prayer shawls are given to people to celebrate friendship, to comfort those who are grieving, and to aid those suffering from illness. They are also given to those who are moving or getting married. For more information, call 401-849-5761.

Lenten Series

Emmanuel Church will offer the Lenten program “Forgiveness: A Vital Spiritual Practice” on Wednesday evenings Feb. 18 - April 1. Each session will begin with a soup supper at 6:45 p.m. and the program will run until 8:15 p.m. The course will be based on material by The Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, Desmond Tutu, and individual experiences. No advance reading is required. To register, email admin@emmanuelnewport.org or call 401- 847-0675.

Book Club

The Emmanuel Church Book Club will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 17, to discuss “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend (whether you’ve read the book or not). Gather in the Guild Room at Emmanuel, 42 Dearborn St. For more information, call 401- 847-0675.

UCC Prayer Group

The United Congregational Church Prayer Group meets Tuesdays at 4 p.m. to offer prayers for members of the church, community, state, nation and world. They gather in the Manchester Room at the church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown, and new members are always welcome. The group is led by Rev. Jill Robertson. For more information, call 401-862-8580.

Touro Synagogue Tours

Touro Synagogue is open for tours on Sundays, through the Loeb Visitors Center. The center is open 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and synagogue tours depart at 12, 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m.

Warm Up Wednesdays

Neighbors are welcome to come in from the cold at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., during Warm Up Wednesdays. Drop in anytime 1-4 p.m. and enjoy fellowship, games, and refreshments.

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