Escape the hustle and bustle of the season at a quiet Christmas Tea on Sunday, Dec. 15, at St. Columba’s Church, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. All are invited to enjoy an oasis of calm during this busy holiday from 3-5 p.m. in the parish hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, available at the door and in the parish office, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 401-847-5571.
Chanting at Emmanuel
A newly-formed chanting group will meet on Saturdays in December at 9 a.m. at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., in the All Saints Chapel. Chanting improves receptivity and focus, raises energy levels, and helps you be a better listener. Donations accepted in support of the church’s community meal program. For information, call 401- 847-0675.
Day of Recollection for Women
There will be a Day of Recollection for Women on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, Salve Regina University, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The day will be led by Sister Eugenia Brady, Sister of St. Joseph of Cluny, and the topic will be “Mary, Mother of Hope; Mary, Woman, Model of Living into the Mystery.” Bring a bag lunch. Parking is available on Leroy Avenue and a free will offering will be accepted. For more information, call 401-683- 1680.
Trinity Church will hold a daylong celebration of local holiday shopping on Saturday, Dec, 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with the new Trinity Treasures event in Honyman Hall. Festive music will fill the air, refreshments will be available, and area artists will have a wide assortment of items in the marketplace.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, East Main Rd., Portsmouth, offers a biweekly centering prayer group Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8-8:30 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-846- 5478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Adult Christian Formation at Trinity Church will present “The Spiritual Side of the Visual Arts” on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. Artist Nancy Bredbeck will discuss the works of Chagall, Rembrandt, and Durer and how they succeeded in turning their art into visual prayer. The program will be held in Honyman Hall. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-846-0660.
Advent Quiet Evenings with the Rector continue on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 6:45 - 8 p.m. in All Saint’s Chapel at Emmanuel Church. Savor the stillness of this season of waiting in silence, prayer, and with meditative music. All welcome. For information call 401-847- 0675.
Call for Food
The Salvation Army is requesting donations of food to help keep the food pantry open and to fill holiday baskets. Canned goods, nonperishable food items, and monetary donations to purchase food supplies are urgently needed. For more information, contact Lt. Helen Johnson at 401-846-3234.
Warm Up Wednesdays
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., hosts Warm Up Wednesdays each week from 1 to 4 p.m. Neighbors are welcome to come in from the cold for friendship, games, reading, and refreshments.
Many local houses of worship are participating in Christmas in Newport festivities, offering a wide array of concerts with both sacred and secular music.
*Friday, Dec. 13, Mt. Zion AME, 31-33 Van Zandt Ave., will host a concert with popular local musicians at 7 p.m.
*Friday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Boys & Girls Club benefit concert by the Navy Choristers at St. Lucy’s, 909 W. Main Rd., Middletown.
*Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian, 6 Everett St., will offer a program of choir, hand bell, and instrumental music.
*Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., will present the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble.
*Saturday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. Swanhurst Chorus at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St.