2016-08-11 / Faith Community


Chanting Group Meeting

Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., will hold a chanting group meeting Saturday, Aug. 13, 9-10:30 a.m., in All Saints’ Chapel. Chanting is a form of meditation. The group is open to anyone who wants to learn the benefit of sound healing. Donations will be accepted in support of the church’s community meal program. 401-847-0675.

Come Alive Gospel Festival

The Come Alive Gospel Music Festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary with the public at King Park on Wellington Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This free event offers a family-friendly afternoon of Gospel sounds featuring area musicians, children’s events and inspirational speakers. The community is invited to bring their picnic baskets, blankets and chairs for an afternoon of encouraging entertainment and community. Evangelical Friends Church is the sponsor for this event. Participating churches include Community Baptist Church Newport, CrossPoint Church Newport and Graceway Church Middletown. 401-847-3968, 401-847-1490.

Outdoor Service

St. Columba’s Chapel, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown, will offer Holy Eucharist outdoors at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14. 401-847-5571.

Emmanuel Church Book Group Meeting

On Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m., the Emmanuel Church Book Group will meet in the Guild Room, 42 Dearborn St. The group meets the third Tuesday of every month, and all are welcome to attend. This month, the group will discuss “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal,” by Christopher Moore. 401-847-0675, admin@emmanuelnewport.org.

Music on the Lawn

St. John the Evangelist, 61 Poplar St., will continue its Music on the Lawn series on Thurs., Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. Mike Warner and the Ubiquitones will perform music from Johnny Cash to The Clash, George Jones to the Ramones. Free admission, donations appreciated. BBQ dinner available for $5. 401-848- 2561.

Central Baptist Annual Dinner

Central Baptist Church hosts its popular annual lobster roll dinner on Friday, Aug. 19, starting at 5 p.m. Lobster rolls with chips and homemade brownie will be served for $14, clam cakes and chowder also available. The church is located at 99 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. Parking on the street. 401- 423-1651.

St. Mark’s Annual Summer Festival

St. Mark’s Church, 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, will hold its annual summer festival on Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Food will be prepared by the Knights of Columbus. Raffle prizes include cash prizes, a gas grill with accessories and wine and liquor baskets. There will be tables with gifts, hand crafted items, baked goods, children’s toys, and the Luck of the Irish table. 401-423-1421.

William Ellery Channing Walking Tour

William Ellery Channing, a key figure in the Unitarian Church and influential in the Transcendental and abolition movements, was born in Newport in 1780. On this walking tour, visit sites from his life, learn about his ideas, and explore his family’s connections with Newport history. The tour is on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., departs from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames St., and costs $5-$15. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. For information or reservations, contact the Newport Historical Society at 401-841-8770.

Colonial Jewish Burying Ground Opens

The public is invited to a once a year opportunity to walk the Colonial Jewish Burying Ground located at Kay St., Touro St. and Bellevue Ave., Sunday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This historic site immortalized in poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Emma Lazarus features an Egyptian revival entrance and gravestones for Newport’s first Jewish community. While the majority of the stones are in the same style as other Colonial stones in New England, many are lettered in Hebrew, Latin, Spanish, Ladino and English. This is the final resting place of one of the wealthiest men in Colonial Newport, Aaron Lopez, and Moses Sexias, the author of the letter that welcomed George Washington to the city in 1790 and prompted his historic response. Guides will be at the burying ground to answer questions and provide additional information about the site.

George Washington Letter Reading

The annual reading of George Washington’s historic letter, “To the Hebrew Congregation at Newport,” will take place on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m., at Touro Synagogue, 52 Spring St. The letter, which honors our freedoms, continues to be lauded and commemorated as possibly having the greatest impact on America and American Jewry. Reservations are required and seating is limited. For information and reservations, contact the Touro Synagogue Foundation, 401-847-4794 x207, or email meryle@tourosynagogue.org.

The Well Coffeehouse

The Well is a once-a-month Christian coffeehouse held at The Annex, 40 Marcus Wheatland Blvd. It features area musicians and performers from various walks of life and affiliations. All are welcome. The next coffee house will be on Friday, Aug. 26, 7-9 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, email wellcoffeehouse@gmail.com.

St. Barnabas Annual Yard Sale

St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth, will hold its annual yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, Sept. 3. 401-683- 1343.

‘Four Faiths, Four Landmarks’ Walking Tour

This walking tour showcases Touro Synagogue, Trinity Episcopal Church, Newport Congregational Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The tour starts at Touro Synagogue, 52 Spring St., and is offered from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays and from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays. Upcoming tours will take place on Sundays, Aug. 14 and Aug. 21, and Tuesday, Aug. 16. Advance ticketing is required. 401-290-7535, 4faiths.org.

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