2016-01-21 / Faith Community

Faith Community Bulletin Board

Community Blood Drive

The Knights of Columbus Community Blood Drive will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, 3-8 p.m., at 7 Valley Road, Middletown. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 401-846-8800.

Teaching Series Continues

On Sunday, Jan. 24, at Trinity Church on Queen Anne Square, the Rev. Alan Neale, Assisting Priest, will present the third session of his teaching series “Discovering the Divine Magic in our Lives.” The discussion will be “Words Too Familiar - Hearing with New Ears.” The program will be held in Honyman Hall from 9- 9:45 a.m., coffee will be served, and all are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the church office at 401-846-0660.

Bell Ringers Meet

Bell ringers, led by Xander Wilkinson, resident oboist and bell choir director of Emmanuel Church, gather Sundays in the choir room from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The next meeting will be on Jan. 24 at 42 Dearborn St. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

Empty Bowls Hunger Banquet

On Saturday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m., experience hunger issues first hand at this event held at Channing Church’s parish hall, 135 Pelham St. There will be food, with vegetarian and vegan options available. Attendees will have the opportunity to take home a beautiful ceramic bowl. Participants are asked to make a monetary donation equivalent to what they might typically spend on a night out for dinner. Proceeds will go to the Jewish World Watch, Oxfam, or a hunger organization/food bank of choice. This event is open to the public. All ages are welcome and families are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Beth Milham at green@channingchurch.org.

Open House

Touro Synagogue, located at 85 Touro St., will hold an open house for its entry level Sunday school class on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 9 a.m. The class, for 5-7 year-olds, welcomes all families who would like to explore a Jewish educational experience for their children in a warm, nurturing and inclusive environment. The spring semester curriculum will focus on charity, good deeds and the holidays of Purim and Passover through a variety of interactive activities including music, storytelling and crafts. Nonmembers are welcome. For more information, call Rabbi Mandel at 401-847-4794 ext. 203.

Evensong

St. John the Evangelist Church, 59 Washington St., will hold a procession to the shrine, choral evensong, and solemn benediction of the Blessed Sacrament for the Feast of King Charles, Martyr, on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 4-4:45 p.m. This contemplative service of music features the St. John’s adult choir and organ music. Included are S. S. Wesley’s “Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace” and a plainsong setting of the Evening Canticles in which the congregation joins the choir. A free will offering will be appreciated. For more information, call the church office at 401-848-2561.

Candlelit Compline

Compline stems from the earliest prayer traditions of the ancient church. Traditionally, it is the last of the daily monastic services, sung as a final prayer before going to sleep. This candlelit liturgy, sung by members of the Trinity Choir, offers a rare opportunity for deep spiritual contemplation and meditation. The service will take place at Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the church office at 401- 846-0660.

Volunteers Needed

Seamen’s Church Institute needs help to provide a 24-hour warming center in the event of cold weather or storm emergency. This service was provided last January during the worst of the winter storms and likely saved lives in doing so. The only way the 24-hour warming center can stay open is with the help of volunteers. Those interested in volunteering during a warming center event may contact Rebecca Pierce, superintendent of Seamen’s Church Institute at 401-847-4260 or rebecca.seamens@gmail.com.

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