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Faith Formation

Learning about our faith, asking questions and exploring is what helps our faith to grow.  It brings us into closer relationship with God and one another.  That is why we offer a variety of programs and learning opportunities such as:

  • Bible Study

  • Book Study

  • Faith Finders for our youth on Sunday mornings.  Children from kindergarten (age 4) to 8th grade are invited downstairs.  there they will explore their faith through both study and hands on activities.  We are currently using the "Seasons of the Spirit" multi-age curriculum.  Click here for Faith Finders Registration form.

  • Confirmation classes for 8th through 10th graders.

  • Faith Formation events for Junior High, Senior High and Adults throughout the year.  Event dates and times can be found in the weekly e-news and our monthly newsletter, the Lantern.

  • Special Worship services

READ MORE ABOUT FAITH FORMATION HERE

Contact Wendy McLaughlin
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Prayer Shawl Ministry

The prayer shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!

From October through May, the prayer shawl knitters meet the first Wednesday of the month in the Vestry. You do not need experience to knit a shawl. The knitters will teach you how. All are welcome.  Read more information here.

Contact Gail Hiltunen  
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Quilting with Love

Quilting with Love is an opportunity to provide lap quilts to Rockingham County's Ernest P. Barka Assisted Living and/or the Long Term Care Facility residents.  I wanted to create this mission in a way to honor my mother, Milly Frye, and other residents at Rockingham, where my mother received such wonderful care. If you are a quilter this is a chance to use your skills and talents to bring a smile to a resident that is having transitional challenges or has no family to visit. Similar to the Prayer Shawl ministry, the quilts will represent our love and prayers for these residents. I have been in touch with the Life Enrichment Facilitator at Rockingham and he is very happy to accept our quilts for residents in need. The only requirement is that they be washable but, because they may be given to residents wheelchair bound, I suggest a maximum size of 36 1/2" wide by 42".  There is no group meeting, you can work on your own, at your own pace. You may only make one quilt a year or any number of quilts per year. We will have them blessed by the congregation and present them to the Life Enrichment Facilitator or directly to the residents, or perhaps to a resident at another facility. Also, I am willing to help anyone who is interested in becoming a Quilting with Love quilter.   

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Music Ministry

 The choir gathers on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm and Sunday mornings at 9 am for prayer and rehearsal. The choir leads regularly in worship September through May. During June, July and August, choir members and musicians offer their talents in worship through solos, small ensembles and special musical offerings. All with a heart for praising God through music are encouraged to join the choir.

Contact Mary Oliver
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Fellowship

Enjoy a cup of fair trade coffee and other treats after worship on Sundays. All are invited to a time of conversation and refreshment together in the fellowship hall, also called the O'Connor Vestry (OCV), or outside during July and August when we meet at the Little River Church. This is a wonderful time to meet new friends and to learn more of the ministries of the church through conversation, bulletin boards, and the flyers in the communication rounder.

 

The UCC Book Club gathers one Saturday a month at 9 am for coffee and conversation at individuals' homes.  It is a loosely structured contingent of mostly women who meet monthly to discuss the current book choice.  If you would like to know the current book of choice, please contact Nancy Bergeron, the coordinator, or the list can be found at the bottom of the weekly "Spirit". 

 

The Men’s Breakfast from September through June, the Men's Breakfast group meets each Sunday from 8am until 9am, and partakes of coffee and doughnuts (although they do offer healthier options) during the hour's discussion.  Men of all ages are welcome.  The discussion format is informal, sometimes allowing the interest of the group- at the moment to override a planned or prepared topic.  Discussion subjects range from personal or travel experiences to current events; the breadth of experience and variation of backgrounds of those attending provides for meaningful exchange of knowledge and ideas.  On occasion the group is privileged to have guest speakers.  

The Ladies Union meets the second Wednesday of the month, September through June, for crafting, lunch and a short business meeting. The Ladies Union also prepares for and hosts the annual Fall Fair benefiting youth camping scholarships for HortonCenter, the UCC New Hampshire Conference Campsite.

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SFP is a network of volunteers from various faith communities demonstrating their strength of compassion and generosity, putting faith into action. SFP provides a safe place for families to turn for food, shelter, and social services. Through donations of time and funds, participating congregations reach out to families in crisis offering guidance and encouragement while preserving the dignity of families as they take important steps to regain independence.   Contact SFP here. 

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Coffee Hour
After worship each week, we gather downstairs in the O'Connor Vestry for coffee and fellowship.  All are invited to this opportunity for informal discussion and connection.  
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Love and Loss Team

The Love and Loss Team is a group of ushers and greeters that work in conjunction with the Pastor during weddings and celebrations of life. The Love and Loss Team is present on the day of the funeral to help greet and direct people as well as help the Pastor with any last minute things that may arise. It is just one way that we help to comfort and welcome people as they travel through life's journeys.

Summer Camping at Horton Center

 Children and youth are encouraged to participate in summer camping programs sponsored by the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ. Week long camps and adventure programs are a spiritual highlight for many of our children and youth. For more information, please contact our church office.
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