2015-07-16 / Faith Community

FAITH COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

‘Parents’ Great Escape’

OceanPointe Christian Church offers a special night geared specifically toward parents and caretakers of young children. “Parents’ Great Escape” is an evening of free child care on July 16 from 6-9 p.m. This event is a gift from the OceanPointe leadership and is open to the community. Children can be dropped off at their office space, “The Pointe,” at 1272 West Main Road, Middletown. A night of games, crafts, a movie and a lot of fun awaits the kids. For additional information and registration, visit oceanpointeri.com.

St. Matthew’s Fair

The annual St. Matthew’s fair will be held on Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 87 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. There will be a large selection of items for sale, such as household items, electronics, books and toys. Food and beverage selections feature lobster rolls and tiki punch. A bounce house will be available for the children. The silent auction offers a wide variety of higher value items to bid on, including but not limited to stays at vacation homes, boat excursions, spa services, tickets to sporting events, jewelry and art. All of the proceeds will support the mission and ministries of St. Matthew's. For more information, call 401-423-1762.

‘Hope and Cope’ Group

On Sunday, July 19, from 7-8 p.m., St. Barnabas Church will hold “Hope and Cope.” This program is a faith-based support group for those who are either in recovery or living with or supporting someone with a substance abuse problem. The group will meet in the church’s Chapel Meeting Room at 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Registration is not required. For more information, contact deaconjohn@jsilvia.com.

Summer Bazaar

Jesus Saviour Church will hold its annual summer bazaar on its grounds at 1 Vernon Ave., July 23- 25, from 7-11 p.m. The bazaar will feature bingo, pull tabs, booths such as Kiddie Land and White Elephant. Homemade malassadas, fava, chourico sandwiches and homemade pastries are the specialties of the kitchen each night. Nightly cash prize drawings are held at 11 p.m.; the grand cash prize drawing will be held on Saturday night. For more information, call 401-847-1267.

Music on the Lawn

St. John the Evangelist Church announces the return of Music on the Lawn on Thursday, July 23 at 6 p.m. featuring Mike Warner and The Ubiquitones, playing Johnny Cash to The Clash, and George Jones to the Ramones. Come enjoy the cool, funky, low down blues and rock and roll.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

Appetizer plates, wine and ale available for purchase. Some seating and tables will be provided, otherwise bring your blankets.

Music on the Lawn will also be presented on Aug. 20 as a kids night with the Toe Jam Puppet Band and a special performance by members of the Choir School of Newport County. Parking is permitted on the Point during the show. St. John the Evangelist is located at 25 Willow St., Washington and Willow streets.

St. Mary’s Thrift Shop

The St. Mary’s thrift shop is located at 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth, in the Gibbs House (the small stone building next to the church). Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The thrift shop offers a wide array of low-cost, gently-used clothing and household items. Donations of seasonal clothing and other things are accepted during shop hours only. For information or to volunteer, contact Priscilla Cousins at 401-680-3256.

‘Colossal Coaster World’ VBS

Middletown Baptist Church offers Vacation Bible School July 27- 31, from 9 a.m.-noon, for children who have finished K-6 grades. "Colossal Coaster World" is an amusement park themed Vacation Bible School where children can learn from the Apostle Paul’s example of “Facing Fear!” and “Trusting God!” Children will enjoy singing, crafts, storytelling and games. All are welcome. For more information or to register, call the church office at 401-846-8382.

Hellenic Fest

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church will hold its annual Hellenic Fest under the big tent in the lot adjacent to the church, located at the corner of Thames and Brewer streets. It is their biggest fundraiser of the year, and this is a special year as they are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their church community. The festival is on Friday, July 31, from 4 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday, Aug. 1, from noon-1 a.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 2, from noon-6 p.m. Taste authentic homemade Greek dishes such as souvlaki from the grill or a gyro from the cone. Greek desserts such as baklava, along with beer, wines and ouzo are available. There will also be music and dancing and a marketplace. Admission is free. For more information, call 401-846-0555, go to facebook.com/HellenicFest2015 or twitter.com/HellenicFest15, or visit hellenicfest.org.

Mini Concerts at St. John the Evangelist

"Bach & Friends at Quarter Till" is held on weekends until Sept. 6, with five identical programs in a given weekend; Saturdays at 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.; Sundays at 2:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 8:45 p.m. Enjoy these mini-demonstrations with organ music by J. S. Bach and another composer at each program, with a video monitor to see the organ’s mechanisms and Peter S. Berton’s hands as he plays. The concerts benefit the renovation of the 1894 Hook & Hastings pipe organ built in Boston and installed when the church building was new 121 years ago. Last summer, 110 of these mini-concerts raised more than $11,000 to begin restoration. St. John’s is located at the corner of Washington and Willow streets. For more information, call 401- 848-2561.

Guided Church Tours

Historic Trinity Church, an active Episcopal parish, offers guided tours through Nov. 1, Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m., and Sunday (after the 10 a.m liturgy) from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. During the noon Eucharist on Wednesdays, only silent self-guided tours will be available. Private group tours can be scheduled year round by appointment. Events of the parish (weddings, funerals, building maintenance, etc.) or a last-minute inability to schedule a volunteer docent necessitate closing the church to tours. Tours are $5 per person, free for children under 12. For additional information, e-mail trinitytours100@gmail.com.

Houses of worship are welcome to send information about upcoming events or to share special messages by emailing news@newportthisweek.net.

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