2016-09-15 / Faith Community



DivorceCare, a ministry of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway, meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. This program helps adults cope with the experience of their divorce through video, group discussion and personal study. On Sept.15, the topic is anger. Find out how to express anger in a healthy and constructive manner. To register, email the church office at stpetersri@coxmail.com. All are welcome. 401-846-9567.

Peace Pole and Labyrinth

On Sunday, Sept. 18, United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown, will honor International Peace Day by dedicating a Peace Pole that will be installed in the Cedar Grove outside the education wing of the building. Also, the Church Labyrinth is available for contemplative walking in Farnum Hall. Fellowship hour will take place outside, weather permitting. 401-849-5444.

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. 401-846-9700.

Book Group

Happy Bookers, a monthly book group at United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown, will recommence with the book “Wish You Well,” by David Baldacci. The group will meet on Monday, Sept. 19, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Manchester Room. 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 a discussion with filmmaker Diogo Castro Freire, coastal oceanographer Amanda Babson, Ph.D., and Rep. Lauren Carson. The event is free and open to the public. For further information, email rhodeisland@citizensclimatelobby.org.

‘Listening to Your Inner Voice’ Seminar

On Tuesdays, Sept. 20 and Sept. 27, 7-8:30 p.m., Channing Church parish hall, 135 Pelham St., will continue its seminar, “Listening to Your Inner Voice.” This 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. Contact the church office, 401-846-0643, to register.

‘Sacred Nourishment’ Class

Through a partnership between St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and clean food coach Jeannette Bessinger, “Sacred Eating” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22, 6-7:30 p.m., in St. Mary’s parish house, 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth. The aim is to bring connection, intuition, pleasure and peace back into daily eating habits. The cost is $40. Register online at smcportsmouth.org. 401-846-9700.

Mental Health Presentation

On Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m., the United Congregational Church, Middletown, will host a potluck dinner with a speaker from the Rhode Island National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This grassroots organization is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness. The speaker will provide background on the current state of affairs in Rhode Island related to mental illness and educate attendees on the services provided by NAMI. The presentation will last about 20-30 minutes and allow time for questions and answers. 401-849- 5444.

Choral Evensong

On Sunday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m., St. John the Evangelist will offer a choral evensong and the benediction for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. This service of music features the professional choristers of The Choir School of Newport County and the St. John’s adult choir, with organ music. Parking lot is at 25 Willow St. 401-848-2561.

Narragansett Bay Chorus

The Narragansett Bay Chorus, a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, known as one of the largest male singing organizations, will be performing on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 2 p.m. at St. Columba’s Parish Hall, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. Tickets are $20 and are available at the church office or online at stcolumbaschapel.org.

Plimoth Pilgrim Talk

“They Knew They Were Pilgrims,” will be presented by the Learning Center of Channing Church on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Newport Library. Hilary Goodnow, public historian at Plimoth Plantation, will re-enact portions of the life of Mary Warren, daughter of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren. She will be telling exciting tales about the family’s new life in 17th-century New England and also share reflections of her childhood in England and her dreams for the future of Plymouth Colony. Goodnow will also answer modern questions about the 17th century, Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Patuxet. She will speak about why living history still matters today. The program is free and open to the public and is suitable for families.

Centering Prayers

St. Matthews Church, 87 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, holds centering prayer on several days of the week at 9:30 a.m. Centering prayer, also called “listening prayer,” is a contemplative form of prayer similar to meditation. It can be practiced individually but doing it with others can be very helpful in maintaining a regular practice. 401- 423-1762.

St. John’s Church, 61 Poplar St., holds centering prayer on Mondays in the chapel between the end of morning prayer and the 9 a.m. bell. People spend half an hour praying silently together and then go their separate ways. All are welcome. 401-848-2561.

Bereavement Support Group

A weekly bereavement support group, Building Bridges, is being offered on Tuesdays, starting Sept. 20, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Services’ Portsmouth office, 1184 East Main Road. The group meets to learn about grief and share with others who have suffered a loss. All are welcome to attend, but registration is required. The series is sponsored by Visiting Nurse Services and Memorial Funeral Home. To register, contact Mary Holland, bereavement coordinator at mholland@vnsri.org or 401-682-2100 x 1613.

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