2016-09-08 / Faith Community


Chanting Group

On Saturday, Sept. 10, 9-10:30 a.m., the Chanting Group will meet in Emmanuel Church’s All Saints’ Chapel. The group is open to all persons who want to learn the benefit of sound healing. Donations accepted in support of the church’s community meal program. Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., 401-847-0675.

New England Festival of Hope

This year the New England Festival of Hope will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, at Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd., in honor of the fallen and the first responders of that day in 2001 and will include activities and inspirational speeches.

‘Listening to Your Inner Voice’ Seminar

Channing Church, 135 Pelham St., will offer a three-session seminar entitled “Listening to Your Inner Voice” on Tuesdays Sept. 13, 20 and 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish hall. The seminar, conducted by Ken Gaus, is a continuation of the “Why Meditate” course given in the spring, although it is not necessary to have taken the previous one to attend this one. In the current seminar Ken will explore the idea of connecting to your inner voice. Discussion will include such subjects as intuition/gut feeling, “coincidences” and dreams. Registration is $5 per session, or $10 for all three. Contact the church office, 401-846- 0643, to register.

Newport Community Youth Choir

The Newport Community Youth Choir is a community-based music program devoted to developing the young musician’s technique, knowledge, confidence and performance skills. It is a co-ed singing ensemble for ages 9-15 and is open to any young person who is able to travel to Newport for weekly rehearsals. Its repertoire includes a wide variety of music from various cultures and traditions. The choir offers performance opportunities throughout the community at civic, social and other special events. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, Sept. 14. For more information, contact Trinity Church at 401-846-0660 or musicdirector@trinitynewport.org.

Spaghetti Dinner

The music ministry of Mt. Zion AME Church, 31 Van Zandt Ave., will have a spaghetti dinner on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The cost is $10. Take-out and delivery. 401-849-3569.

Ministry Fair

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Portsmouth invites the public to a community ministry fair, a celebration of St. Mary’s many programs and ministries on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. If you are new to the area, this is a chance to connect with friends from all over the island and get a snapshot of our community life and work. St. Mary’s is located at 324 East Main Road. More information can be found at smcportsmouth.org.

Book Group

Happy Bookers, a monthly book group at United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown, will recommence in September with the book “Wish You Well,” by David Baldacci. The group will meet on Monday, Sept. 19, in the Manchester Room and the discussion will be led by Florence Archambault. All are welcome. For more information or to sign up, call the church office at 401-849-5444.

‘Facing the Surge’

A documentary short, “Facing the Surge,” will be shown Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Church. It shows the struggles of residents of Norfolk, Virginia, as they try to adapt to sea level rise and an uncertain future. Following the screening, there will be an interactive session with the filmmaker, Diogo Castro Freire, and panelists Amanda Babson, Ph.D., coastal oceanographer and coastal climate adaptation scientist and Rep. Lauren Carson. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

The RI Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the EnergizeRI Coalition, Channing Memorial Church’s Green Congregation, Emmanuel Church’s Environment Committee and the Newport Energy and Environment Commission are co-hosting the event. For further information, email rhodeisland@citizensclimatelobby.org.

The Giving Tree

Emmanuel Church’s Giving Tree offers a monthly opportunity to give to local agencies in need of donated goods. The month of September features an umbrella drive for Emmanuel’s Church Beyond the Walls. A basket is placed under the tree for your donation. Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., 401-847-0675.

Coat Drive

The Central Baptist Church, 99 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, is accepting coats, mittens, hats, scarves and even winter boots for those in need. To donate, call the church office at 401-423-1651.

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