2015-12-17 / Faith Community


Turning Around Ministries

The day center, located at the Community Baptist Annex, 40 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., a part of Turning Around Ministries, will now be open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. through March in anticipation of the cold weather. The day center provides a place for people to socialize, use a computer, read the paper, watch television, or use the telephone. Case management, mentoring, and other supportive services are also available. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating funds, coffee, tea or snacks can call 401-846-8264 or email ta_ min2@verizon.net .

Compline Service at Emmanuel Church

On Thursday, Dec. 17, Emmanuel Church will hold a compline service. Compline is an ancient halfhour, end of the day service, and will be led by Emmanuel Church's choir. All are welcome at 8:30 p.m. in front of the church at 42 Dearborn St. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

Chanting Group

On Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9-10:30 a.m., the Chanting Group will meet in Emmanuel Church’s All Saints’ Chapel located at 42 Dearborn St. Chanting is a form of meditation with the goal of improving receptivity and focus, helping people to remain open, grounded and calm, to raise energy levels and to be better listeners. The group is open to anyone who wants to learn the benefit of sound healing. Donations will help support the church’s community meal program. For more information, call the church office at 401-847-0675.

Swanhurst Chorus Performance

On Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., Swanhurst Chorus will present the 23rd Annual “Messiah and Carol Sing: The Christmas Story.” The evening will feature much of the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” as well as carols, selections by Swanhurst’s Chamber Singers and the telling of the Christmas Story. You may rent a score at the performance or bring your own. A festive “Wassail Bowl” reception will follow. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and $25 maximum per family and can be purchased at the door only. The concert will take place at Emmanuel Church, located at 42 Dearborn St. For more information, call 401-682-1630 or visit swanhurst.org.

Live Nativity

St. Peter’s Church, 525 Broadway, invites the community to participate in a Live Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 4-7 p.m. Arrive at 4 p.m. and hear "The Voices of Zion" from the AME Church. From 4:30-6 p.m., watch the Nativity Story. Enjoy cookies and cocoa, dress up and have a photo taken with the Live Nativity and sheep. Gather around the Holy Family and sing with the angels from 6:45-7 p.m. In case of bad weather, all activities will be held inside. For more information, contact the church office at 401- 846-9567 or visit stpetersri.org.

Open House

On Sunday, Dec. 27, from 9-10:30 a.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church invites you to hear stories of the season and sing Christmas carols. An open house at the rectory will follow. The church is located at 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth. For more information, contact 401-846- 9700 or visit smcportsmouth.org.

Christmas on Historic Hill

All are invited to join a festive celebration of “Christmas on Historic Hill: A Service of Lessons and Carols,” on Sunday, Dec. 27, from 4-5 p.m., at Trinity Church on Queen Anne Square. Admission is free; donations to support the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center will be appreciated. For more information, call 401-846-0660 or visit trinitynewport.org.


Temple Shalom cordially invites the entire community to its next Sunday@Shalom Education Series on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. A special presentation will be given by Robert Hicks, who is on homeleave in the middle of his one-year Peace Corps service, volunteering to provide school accreditation support among the tropical islands of Micronesia. Refreshments provided. This is a free presentation, donations are gratefully accepted. The temple is located at 223 Valley Road, Middletown. For more information, visit templeshalomri.org or call 401-846-9002.

Coat Drive

The United Congregational Church in collaboration with St. Paul’s UnitedMethodist Church will collect new or gently-used winter coats and jackets for distribution to those in need in our community. During December, only men’s coats and jackets will be collected, as there is greater need for these items and limited storage space. In January, women’s and children’s coats and jackets will be collected. Items can be placed in the bin in the narthex of the United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown.

Seamen’s Annual Christmas Brunch

Volunteers are needed to help serve at Seamen’s Church Institute’s annual Christmas Day brunch on Friday, Dec. 25, from 9 – 11 a.m. If interested in being part of this annual tradition at Seamen's, call 401-847-4260. The community at large is invited to attend, all are welcome.

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