2017-11-22 / Faith Community


Interfaith Service

The annual interfaith Thanksgiving service will be held at Temple Shalom on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. People of all faiths and backgrounds are invited to come together in unity and peace, no reservations necessary.

Community Meals

The Portsmouth United Methodist Church, 2732 East Main Road, will host a complimentary Thanksgiving Day dinner for anyone who wishes to break bread together and share fellowship. It will be held on Thursday, Nov. 23, from noon-3 p.m. 401-683-4005.

Seamen’s Church Institute offers a community meal prepared by local chef and former restaurateur Kim Comfort and team of volunteers on Thursday, Nov. 23, from noon-2p.m.

Support for Newport Housing Hotline

Newport Housing Hotline is a small, nonprofit agency that provides assistance to people experiencing a housing emergency.

• Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., is taking donations for coats, mittens, gloves, hats and scarves through November. 401- 847-0675.

• Evangelical Friends Church, 70 Bliss Mine Road, Middletown, has knapsacks and toiletries, and needs new hats to go in the knapsacks. Drop hats in the box in the fellowship hall by Dec. 3. 401-847-1490.

Caroling and Crafting

Emmanuel Church, Emmanuel Day School and the Newport County Youth Choir welcome everyone to an afternoon of free family fun on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., at 42 Dearborn St. There will be caroling, crafting, dancing, hot chocolate and popcorn. 401-847- 0675.

Poetry Series

At Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, the Rev. Alan Neale will continue the series entitled “The Poetry of Rowan Williams: A Spiritual Journey in Word and Image.” The group will read a selection of his poems, note their spiritual references and discuss their meaning and relevance to our spiritual journey. Upcoming programs will be held in Honyman Hall on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 from 9-9:45 a.m., coffee will be served and all are welcome. 401-846-0660.

Nativity of Christ Puppet Show

The United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown, invites the community to its Nativity of Christ Puppet Show, Dec. 6-8, at 7 p.m. Dozens of volunteer puppeteers of all ages will tell the story of Jesus’ birth through the use of life-sized puppets and live choral music. A special offering will be received and shared by a member with a family in the community in need of support. 401-849-5444.

Advent Meditation Concert

St. Mark’s Church, 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, will hold an Advent meditation concert featuring harp performances on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 2 and 7 p.m. A reception in the church hall will take place after each performance. A free will offering will be accepted. 401-423-1421, stmarkjtn.org.

‘A Christmas Carol’

Theatre Company will present its own unique and modern interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9, at 7 p.m. in St. John’s guild hall, 61 Poplar St. The Professional Choristers of the Choir School of Newport County will provide entertainment at intermission. Tickets are $20/$15 for students and are available at saintjohns newport.org and at the door. 401-848-2561.

Cookies, Cocoa and Crafts

Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., invites people of all ages to enjoy hot cocoa and homemade cookies, and to make a holiday ornament in the church hall. The church sanctuary will be open for self-guided tours. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec 9, from 1-3 p.m. 401-846-0643.

Learning about the Sabbath

Learn about the traditions of the Shabbat morning service at Temple Shalom, on Monday, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a dairy or vegetarian lunch and a beverage. Attendees are encouraged to attend a Shabbat morning service for beginners on Dec. 9, at 10 a.m., at the Temple. For more information and to RSVP, contact Rabbi Loel Weiss at lmwe@verizon.net or Michael Mendell at mikem3283@gmail.com.

The next Friday evening service, Kabbalat Shabbat, welcoming the Sabbath, will be on Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Cantor Fred Scheff will lead services.

Warm Up Wednesdays

St. Paul’s Church, 12 Marlborough St., will hold Warm Up Wednesdays in Barber Hall through March, from 1-4 p.m. Hot coffee, tea and refreshments are available. 401-846-0966.

Winter Coat Drives

United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown, is partnering with St. Paul’s Methodist Church in a coat collection project. Winter coats can be brought to the church and the coats will be transported to St. Paul’s. 401-849-5444.

Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., is accepting coats, mittens, gloves, hats and scarves for its Housing Hotline collection through November. 401-847-0675

St. Paul’s Church, 12 Marlborough St., is collecting coats, scarves, gloves and hats for its annual coat give-away, commencing on “Black Friday,” Nov. 24, and continuing throughout the winter months. Winter clothing is available to those who need it on Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. and on Sundays after 11:30 a.m. 401-846-0966.

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