2015-10-15 / Faith Community


Chancel Bell Choir

Do you sometimes hear bells ringing? If you do, you may be just the person to join United Congregational Church’s chancel bell choir. The fall rehearsals have just begun, so it's not too late to join. The bell choir is open to nonchurch members. If you would like to give it a try, they would be happy to have you. The church is at 524 Valley Rd. in Middletown. For questions, call Peter Davis, Director at the church at 401-849-5444.

St. Barnabas Fall Festival

On Sunday, Oct. 18, St. Barnabas Church will hold its Fall Harvest Festival. The fun begins at 11:30 a.m.; there will be many activities for all to enjoy. Outside activities include Pumpkin Decorating, Milk the Cow, Apple Sling Shot, Coffin Touch and Guess Game, "Baskhead Ball" and Water Squirt Halloween Game. Those who prefer indoor activities will enjoy the Doughnuts on a String game, Candy Walk, decorating trick or treat bags and face painting. Hot dogs, burgers and chips will be available. Donations appreciated. St. Barnabas is located at 1967 East Main Rd., Portsmouth. For more information, call the church office at 401-683-1343.

Choral Evensong for Treble Voices

St. John the Evangelist Church, 59 Washington St., will present “Choral Evensong for Treble Voices,” Sunday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. This contemplative service of music features the Professional Choristers of The Choir School of Newport County joined by Choristers from Calvary Music School, Stonington, Conn., with organ music. The service lasts 45 minutes. Evensong, an atmospheric and deeply personal form of worship, appeals to persons of many faiths and has been adopted as an American tradition in many parishes and cathedrals of the Episcopal church. A free-will offering will benefit St. John the Baptist’s ministries.

Professional choristers are paid for training and participation. Members of the Choir School of Newport County will travel to Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2016 and to the west of England in the summer of 2018. Interested students are encouraged to apply; for more information on The Choir School of Newport County visit thechoirschoolri.org.

Crafters Deadline

Crafters who wish to participate in the Church of the Holy Cross’s Nov. 14 craft fair must reserve table space by Oct. 20. The cost is $15 for a half table and $25 for a whole table. To reserve, call the church office at 401-846-7076 or e-mail holycrosscraftfair@aol.com.

Happy Bookers

The next United Congregational Church of Middletown’s book meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Manchester Room at the church, 524 Valley Road. The book to be discussed will be "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd. The discussion will be led by Jan Gunzelman. 401-849-5444.

Zen Meditation

Every Monday from 7-8:30 p.m., Channing Church offers Zen meditation in the Parish Hall at 135 Pelham St. This practice teaches how to clear the mind, understand our true selves and live with clarity and compassion. No experience necessary. The next session is Monday, Oct. 19. Bring cushions and/ or a blanket. For more information, contact Jamie Caster at 401-619- 0791 or hosoi71@yahoo.com.

Drama Production

St. Luke Productions will present its newest one-woman live performance, “Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy,” based on the life and message of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska. She was a Polish nun and visionary whose personal encounters with Jesus have inspired devotion to Christ’s Divine Mercy. This live drama will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at St. Philip Parish Center, 622 Putnam Pike, Greenville, starring actress Maria Vargo. For more information, call 401-349-0428.

Kennedy Wedding Remembrance

“Return to Camelot” offers a 45-minute remembrance of the Sept. 12, 1953 Kennedy wedding that took place in St. Mary’s Church, 12 William St. Vintage film clips, photographs and recollections of the wedding day by Mrs. Kennedy's late stepbrother will be featured. Musical selections from the wedding and reception will be performed at the church. The remembrance will take place at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19; Friday, Oct. 23; and Sunday, Oct. 25. Tickets are $15 and can be obtained by calling 401-847-0475 or visiting returntocamelot.org.

Transcendentalist Movement Sessions at Channing Church

“An Evolutionary Spirituality,” with the Rev. Jay Deacon, will explore the Transcendentalist movement. There will also be a field trip to Boston on Nov. 7 to see some of the sites closely associated with Unitarian Universalism. The sessions will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 28 and Nov. 4 and 11 (all Wednesdays). Registration fee is $10 for one or more sessions; costs associated with the field trip are separate. Register in advance with the church office at 401-846-0643 or office@channingchurch.org.

‘Traces of the Trade’ Screens

On Monday, Oct. 19 from 6-9 p.m., Trinity Church will screen the documentary “Traces of the Trade” followed by a panel discussion. The evening focuses on the role that Episcopalians in Rhode Island had in the slave trade. Trinity Church is located on Queen Anne Square. For more information, contact the church office at 401-846-0660.

Fall Festival

The Portsmouth United Methodist Church at 2732 East Main Road will hold its Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24. Jewelry and handbags, plants, baked goods, a silent auction, and outside vendors and crafters are among the things that will be offered. Those who would like to contribute to the fair, rent tables or get more information can contact the church office at 401-683-4005.

‘PipeScreams on the Point’

St. John the Evangelist Church will screen the 1925 movie, “The Phantom of the Opera,” on Oct. 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The suggested $5 donation will benefit Episcopal Charities, supporter of the Martin Luther King Center. The church is at the corner of Washington and Willow streets. For more information, call the church office at 401- 848-2561.

‘Never Forget Katrina’ Event

Emmanuel Church parishioners, Hurricane Katrina volunteers, friends and the community are invited to "Never Forget Katrina" on Friday, Oct. 30, from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy a pot luck supper, music, and New Orleans-style masquerade party (costumes optional). For more information, contact the church office at 401-847-0675.

Emmanuel Church’s Annual Holiday Fair

The fair, featuring local crafters, silent auction, bake sale, children's activities and more, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Table rentals are $25. For more information or to rent a table, contact the church office at 401-847-0675.

Donations Sought for Thrift Shop

St. Mary's Thrift Shop is seeking donations of summer, fall, and winter clothing and small household items. Donations are greatly appreciated and may be dropped off in Gibbs House during store hours (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.). Small items may be left anytime in the exterior drop box by the entrance to the shop. Books, breakables, TVs and outdated electronics cannot be accepted. The shop is located at 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth. For more information, call 401-846-9700.

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