2018-02-22 / Faith Community


Breakfast and Bible Study

St. Peter’s Church, 525 Broadway, continues its program, “Breakfast and Bible Study,” on Saturdays through March 17, at 10 a.m. It includes a visual presentation regarding what grace is and what it means to live a grace-shaped life. All are welcome. 401-846-9567.

‘Renewal and New Beginnings’

Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, will present the fourth program in the six-week series, "Renewal and New Beginnings," on Sunday, Feb. 25. On Sunday, March 11, the focus will be on renewal and reflection, and on Sunday, March 18, the discussion will be about renewal and rest. The series is held in Honyman Hall from 9-9:45 a.m., coffee will be served and all are welcome. 401-846-0660.

Choral Vespers

On Sunday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, 12 William St., will celebrate a service of Choral Vespers. Today, “Vespers” is often referred to as “Evening Prayer.” This meditative service gives thanks for the day that has passed and includes prayers, chanted psalms, one scripture reading and sacred choral music by St. Mary’s three choirs. 401-847-0475, stmarynewport.org.

Creative Journaling

St. Peter’s Church, 525 Broadway, invites adults for creative journaling on Tuesdays through March 13, at 11 a.m. Bring colored pencils. All are welcome. 401-846-9567.

Spiritual Practices Sessions

St. John’s, 61 Poplar St., offers “Our Year of Spiritual Renewal: The Joy and Discipline of Spiritual Practices” on Wednesdays in Lent through March 21, from 5:30-8 p.m. Evening prayer and Low Mass in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by a soup, bread and salad supper in the guild hall. 401-848-2561.

Wednesday Lenten Series

The Wednesday Lenten series, “Loving Our Neighbors: You Did It to Me,” is held on Wednesdays through March 28. Each evening of reflection, conversation and a soup supper will take place in the Emmanuel Church’s Guild Room, 42 Dearborn St., from 6:45-8:15 p.m. 401-847-0675.

‘Expressing Your Moral Compass’

Rev. Bill Zelazny, minister of Channing Church, 135 Pelham St., is conducting a series entitled “Expressing Your Moral Compass.” The series, open to the public, takes place in the parish hall at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through March 7. The class explores the many dimensions of ethical behavior and includes readings, case studies and group discussions. Participants are encouraged to attend all classes, but each class is a stand-alone session that will investigate ethical issues. The cost is $5 for supplies and refreshments. Advanced registration is required, send name, email address and phone number to office@channingchurch.org.

Lenten Gatherings

The public is invited to Lenten gatherings entitled “Powerlessness, Surrender, Radical Forgiveness” at St. Paul’s Barber Hall, 12 Marlborough St. Sessions will take place Thursdays during Lent through March 29, 5:45-7 p.m. 401-846-0966.

Black History Month Celebrated in Music

The Chancel Choir has been offering anthems based on African American Spirituals during the month of February. A gospel version of “What A Friend We Have in Jesus” will be the focus on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown, 401-849-5444.

Choral Evensong and Benediction

St. John’s Church, 61 Poplar St., will offer a choral evensong and benediction in honor of Absalom Jones for Black History Month on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 4-5 p.m. Jones was born a slave in 1746 and bought his own freedom in 1784. He was ordained a priest of the Episcopal Church in 1802 and was a tireless opponent of slavery. This special evensong and reception is sponsored by the Center for Reconciliation, an initiative of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island that “fosters interracial reconciliation through programs that educate, inspire and engage.” The service will be followed by a Q&A session on interracial reconciliation efforts in Newport and beyond. 401-848-2561.

‘Rest and Return’ Mini Retreat

Jennifer Pedrick, priest at St. Mary’s Church, 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth, and Shelley Dungan, director of the Sacred Soul Center, will lead this mini retreat on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 4-6 p.m. It will include guided prayer, silence, mindful movement, Holy Scripture and Communion. Suggested donation is $25 and scholarships are available. All are welcome. Register at 401-846-9700.

Temple Shalom Java Café

This is the first in an ongoing series of conversations regarding community concerns, current events and social justice issues that will be held at Temple Shalom, 223 Valley Road, Middletown, on Sunday Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Guest presenters include Naomi and Norman Zucker, authors of the book, “The Guarded Gate: The Reality of American Refugee Policy.” Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, contact Karen Dannin at klmdri@aol.com, 401-619-5969, or Fran Mendell at franc2224@gmail.com.


Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, will offer a service of candlelight, contemplation, meditation and music, Sunday, February 25, at 7 p.m. 401-846-0660.

Evangelical Friends Church to Open North Campus

Saturday, March 10, is the official grand opening launch date of the north campus of Evangelic Friends Church, Newport. At EFC North, 14 Potomac St., Portsmouth, services will be held on Saturday evenings at 5 p.m. 401-847-1490, efcnewport.com.

Outreach Lenten Project

St. Mark’s Church, 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, is collecting travel-sized personal care items for local shelters. Bags, located at church entrances, have been labeled with a list of items. You may fill the bag with all or some of the items. One shelter is looking for full-sized items such as shampoo and conditioner. Place donated items in one of the containers at the church entrance by Easter Sunday, April 1. 401-423-1421, stmarkjtn.org.

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