Newport This Week


Lenten Fish Dinner at St. Barnabas

St. Barnabas will host a Lenten fish dinner in the church hall, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth on Friday, April 11 from 5-7 p.m. Adult tickets are $10, youth under 12 are $6, and children 5 and under are free. The dinner is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. For more information, call 401-683-1343.

All Saints Tea

All Saints Academy is holding its annual Spring Tea to benefit the school’s scholarship fund at St. Lucy’s parish center, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown on Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m. Items from local vendors will be raffled. For tickets and information, call All Saints Academy at 401-848-4300.

UCC Good Friday Camp

United Congregational Church will offer a Good Friday day camp on April 18. Activities will include learning about the significance of the holiday traditions, dyeing Easter eggs, making crafts, and hearing the Easter story. The camp runs 8 a.m.-noon at the church, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown, and is open to children in grades K-6. Call 401-849- 5444 for more information.

Funds for St. Mary’s Hot Lunch Program

St. Mary’s Parish in Newport is participating in the Alan Shawn Feinstein Hunger Challenge program. Feinstein will divide $1 million among nonprofit hunger fighting agencies nationwide, but qualifying donations must be received before April 30. The more donated, the greater the challenge grant award. Donation checks should be made payable to St. Mary’s Hot Lunch Program and placed in the collection basket.

Channing Coffee House

Channing Church will hold its last coffee house of the season on Saturday, April 19 in the parish hall beginning at 7 p.m. All are welcome to bring a dessert to share and/or a musical instrument to play. Enjoy coffee, fellowship, and music by the MetroGnomes and other Channing musicians. There is no charge, but donations are welcome to support the work of Channing Church. Interested performers should contact John Burnham at 401-849-1644 or

Episcopal Great Vigil of Easter at St. John’s

All Episcopal parishes on Aquidneck Island are joining together for the Great Easter Vigil to be held at St. John the Evangelist on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, Bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island, will be the celebrant during this most sacred night of the liturgical year. St. John’s is at the corner of Washington and Willow streets in The Point neighborhood.

Sunrise Service at Norman Bird Sanctuary

Celebrate the dawn and the miracles of nature at a sunrise service at 6 a.m. on April 20 at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, Third Beach Road in Middletown. The service will be held in a field with views of the beaches, St. George’s and the Atlantic Ocean, and an optional guided trip to Hanging Rock will be available. Bring hot coffee and wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes. For more information, contact Maryellen Doherty at 401-845-0273.

Born This Way Prom

The fifth annual Born This Way Prom for LGBTQ students will be held on Friday, April 25 at the Easton’s Beach Rotunda. “ArtPops The Carousel” begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 11:30 p.m. with a full night of dancing and drag performances. Sign up at artpopprom.

The prom is free for LGBTQ students and their allies in Rhode Island and Massachusetts schools. The proceeds benefit Youth Pride Inc. and Interweave. For more information, contact Pam Goff at or 401-846-5565.

Preparing for a Graceful Exit

Conversations around end-of-life and death issues continue on Tuesdays, April 8 and 15 in the parish hall of Channing Church. This community education event features presentations by local medical, legal, spiritual and bereavement experts, question and answer periods, and print resources. It’s never too early to begin planning for one of the most important journeys of your life. For more information, contact the church office at 401-846-0643 or

Hospital Communion Volunteers

Volunteers interested in bringing Communion to the sick at Newport Hospital should contact Jesus Saviour Church at 401-847-1267 during office hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.) for an application.

Presbyterian Church to Aid Syrian Children

The First Presbyterian Church invites the community to share in its Lenten offering, which will be used to establish a book room for Syrian children in the Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq. This camp, home to 50,000 Syrian refugees, has few schools and limited supplies. The book room will stock a wide variety of children´s literature in Arabic, Kurdish, and English.

The offering will be collected on Palm Sunday, April 13, but anyone wishing to make a donation may deliver or mail a check to the church office, 6 Everett Street, Newport. Checks should be made out to “First Presbyterian Church” with “Lenten offering” on the memo line. For more information, contact Roland Chase at or 401-846-4553.

St. Lucy’s Movie Night

St. Lucy’s will show two films at its monthly movie night on Tuesday, April 15, beginning at 6 p.m. The first is a word-for-word dramatization of Matthew’s version of Christ’s Passion, death, and Resurrection. Following this will be the telling of the Emmaus story from Luke’s Gospel. Total running time for both movies is approximately 75 minutes. The films will be shown in the parish hall, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown. All are welcome for the free presentation.

Good Friday Walk for Hunger

The second annual Aquidneck Island Good Friday Walk to End Hunger and Homelessness will be held on Friday, April 18 to raise awareness and funds to help alleviate the sufferings of the poor. All are welcome to walk or volunteer.

The 3-5 mile routes will begin and end at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and travel through Newport neighborhoods, recognizing organizations that serve the neediest residents. Courtesy vehicles and rest stops are planned.

Walkers/teams should register and collect pledge donations ahead of time to turn in the day of the walk. Registration and check-in will be in the St. Joseph’s church hall basement at 8 a.m., walk will commence at 9 a.m. To get a pledge sheet, volunteer, or to make a donation, go to or contact Tom Allan at 401-924-1161 or

Easter Breakfast Benefit

Calvary United Methodist Church, 200 Turner Rd., Middletown, will hold a fundraising Easter pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 20 from 7-8:30 a.m. The event is being held to support the United Methodist Church’s partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate malaria from the world. Admission is by donation. Contact the church office to 401-847-6181 or calvay_ to reserve a seat.

Zen at Channing

Channing Memorial Church offers Zen meditation every Monday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish hall, 135 Pelham St. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Bring cushions and/or a blanket. For more information, contact Jamie Caster at 401-619-0791 or

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