2015-09-10 / Faith Community


Welcoming Sunday

Central Baptist Church begins a new church year on Sept. 13 with Welcoming Sunday, celebrating the return of Sunday school, men’s study group, choir, and Bible study programs. Ice cream sundaes will be served during coffee time, immediately following the 9:30 a.m. worship service. The newly-refurbished nursery will have a caregiver every week so parents may attend service and coffee time. Guest preacher will be Sharon Key. Everyone is welcome to attend. The church is located at 99 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. For more information, call 401-423- 1651 or visit cbcjamestown.com.

Water Communion Ceremony

Matt Meyer will kick off Channing Church’s new year on Sunday, Sept. 13, with a celebration of community, music, and faith-in-action. Meyer is a musician and community organizer who has led hundreds of services for Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country. He has a degree in music and has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana and Central America.

The intergenerational worship service will feature the annual water communion ceremony and an exploration of how we live out our interdependence in rhythm and song. Children are welcome. Child care provided.

First Presbyterian Church Fall Schedule

First Presbyterian Church, located at 6 Everett St., will return to regular worship service hours on Church Life Sunday, Sept. 13, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school will be at 9:15 a.m. For information, call the church office at 401-847-1749.


DivorceCare, a 13-week support program being offered at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway, begins Friday, Sept. 18 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Two groups will be offered concurrently, one for children ages 5-12 and one for adults. The programs are faith-based and nondenominational, but not counseling sessions. Space is limited. Registration is $20 per family, and scholarships are available. To register or for more information, email the church at pastorstpetersri@gmail.com.

Knights of Columbus Comedy Night

On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Knights of Columbus will hold a comedy night at 7 Valley Road, Middletown. Featured will be Ace Acetto, Rockin Joe Hebert and Dr. Jay Sutay. The evening will also feature George Zecher and Steel Appeal, a steel drum band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The evening costs $25 per person. Proceeds help support the Knights’ work in the community. For tickets, call Chairman Tom Murphy at 401-835- 1135, George Zecher at 401-662- 2067, or leave a message on the council phone at 401-846-8800.

New England Festival of Hope

Former Red Sox right fielder Trot Nixon and four-time X Games gold medalist Kevin Robinson (K-Rob) will speak at the New England Festival of Hope to be held at Easton’s Beach on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 5 - 7 p.m. The festival allows people to come together for a time of new or renewed faith, encouragement, community and fellowship. Hear inspirational speakers and enjoy food and live music. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Children’s activities make this an event for the whole family. Kathryn Nixon, children’s book author, will also be among the speakers. The festival is sponsored by Evangelical Friends Church of Newport, Calvary United Methodist Church, Christ Church, CrossPoint Church, First Presbyterian Church, Graceway Community Church, Middletown Baptist Church, Mount Hope Church, Portsmouth Evangelical Friends Church, Portsmouth United Methodist Church, and Salvation Army Newport. For more information, visit nefestivalofhope.com.

Angel Choir Scholarships Available

Full scholarships are available for six children ages 4-7 who would like to participate in the Angel Choir beginning Sept. 17 at Emmanuel Church. The Thursday after-school program is directed by Waylon Whitley, organist and choir master at Emmanuel Church. Scholarships are provided by Outside the Box, which supports extracurricular science and art education in schools in Newport County and Borrego Springs, California. It is managed by Joya Granbery Hoyt of Middletown and her sister Pamela Granbery of Newport. The Angel Choir operates as part of the Choir School of Newport County. Religious affiliation is not required of participants. For more information, contact Jordan at 401-847- 0675 or admin@emmanuelnewport.org.

The Choir School of Newport County

The Choir School, composed of three ensembles are Preparatory (Angel Choir, at Emmanuel Church), Thursdays from 3:30-4 p.m., for ages 4-7; the Newport Community Youth Choir (at Trinity Church), Wednesdays from 4:30- 5:30 p.m., for ages 9-15; and Professional Choristers (at St. John the Evangelist Church), Tuesdays from 4:15-5:45 p.m. and Thursdays from 5-7:30 p.m. , for children ages 7 and up.

Choir tours include travel to New York City and Washington, D.C. Consider attending a rehearsal, concert or service. No training or prior experience required. While the faculty and services are Episcopal and Roman Catholic, religious affiliation is not expected. Scholarships are available. Call 401-848- 2562 or visit thechoirschoolri.org for more information.

St. John Summer Fair

St. John the Evangelist Church, 61 Poplar St., will hold its annual summer fair on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The fun-filled day will offer a bouncy house, local craft vendors, white elephant sale, books and clothing sale, and homemade baked goods. Lunch items such as chourico and peppers, clam chowder and hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for purchase. Free admission and free parking available in the church parking lot on Willow Street. For information, call the church office at 401-848-2561 or email parishoffice@ saintjohns-newport.org.

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