2017-12-07 / Faith Community


Donations for the R.I. State Hospital

The United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown, is taking donations to help support people who need comfort and cheer in the R.I. State Hospital. Some suggestions are crosswords, word find and adult coloring books, sugar-free gum, body wash and slippers with backs for both men and women, winter gloves and hats for men, and music CDs from the 1960s to 1980s. Do not drop off glass items, sharp objects or candy. Gifts must be new and do not need to be wrapped. If you would rather donate money, make a check out to United Congregational Church and indicate “Slater Collection” in the memo area. Drop off gifts at the church office before Sunday, Dec. 10. 401-849-5444.

Emotional Support for the Holidays

. St. Peter’s Church, 525 Broadway, will hold “Surviving the Holidays” as part of its DivorceCare program, but the workshop is open to everyone for whom tragedy, divorce and loss make the holidays a difficult time. The program will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. St. Peter’s will also offer Blue Christmas worship on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. It is tailored to those who are experiencing loss. 401-846-9567. . St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Road, Middletown, will offer a special Our Lady of Sorrows Bereavement Support Group session titled “Coping with the Holidays” on Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. It is most appropriate for adults at least three weeks beyond their loss. 401-847-6183. . Central Baptist Church, 99 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, will have a Blue Christmas service on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. 401-423-1651.

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 life-sized puppets and live choral music. A special offering will be received and shared with a family in the community in need of support. 401-849-5444.

Advent Meditation Concerts

St. Mark’s Church, 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, will hold Advent meditation concerts 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.

Christmas Concert

Mt. Zion AME Church, 31 Van Zandt Ave., presents “The Reason for the Season,” an evening of contemporary and traditional music by the Voices of Zion, on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. Free will offering. 401- 849-3569.

‘A Christmas Carol’

The What Cheer, Shakespeare? Theatre Company will present its 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.

Woodwind Concert

The Emmanuel Church Woodwind Trio will perform at Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m.- noon. 401-847-4260, seamensnewport.org.

Trinity’s Silver Tea

Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, will hold its traditional afternoon tea on Saturday, Dec. 9, from noon-4 p.m. 401-846-0660.

Poetry Series

At Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, the Rev. Alan Neale will continue the series titled “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. The program will be held in Honyman Hall on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 9-9:45 a.m., coffee will be served and all are welcome. 401-846-0660.

St. Columba’s Christmas Tea

St. Columba’s Chapel will hold its traditional Christmas tea in the parish hall, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown, on Sunday, Dec. 10. Seatings are at 2 and 3 p.m. Adults/$12; children under 12/$6. 401-847-5571, stcolumbaschapel.org.

Concert for Charity

The Jesus Saviour Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul presents the Wakefield Concert Band on Monday, Dec. 11, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Jesus Saviour Church, 509 Broadway. The price of tickets is a $10 donation. For tickets, call 846-0115 or pay at the door.

Hanukkah Celebration

The Edward King House, 35 King St., will hold its annual Festival of Lights Hanukkah celebration on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. It will feature the lighting of the menorah and the story of Hanukkah. Food and live music by the Touro Band. Good will offering. 401-846-7426, edwardkinghouse.org.

Clothing Drive

The Knights of Columbus will hold a clothing drive from Wednesday, Dec. 13 to Friday, Dec. 15, from 5-8 p.m. Needed are men’s, women’s and children’s winter wear (coats, jackets, sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves, pants, shirts). Drop off donations at the Knights of Columbus Council Hall, 7 Valley Road, Middletown. 401-846-8800.

Chanukah Party

Congregation Jeshuat Israel at Touro Synagogue will host a community Chanukah party on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 3-5 p.m. at the Levi Gale House, 85 Touro St. Light the Chanukah candles and stay to enjoy latkes and all the trimmings, music, dancing, face painting, children’s entertainment and more. Space is limited and reservations are required. cji@tourosynagogue.org, 401-847-4794 x201.

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