Just like last year, we’re headed into a summer filled with fun, food, fellowship and formation together in community. There are core groups of people already planning to attend each of these events, and you are welcome to join them. We got so excited about our planning this year that you’ll see that events spilled over into the fall and winter, too!
We have many events yet to be scheduled, so check back here periodically as details become clear and more events are added to the list.
If you have an idea for an additional event and have at least one other person willing to do it with you at a specific time, speak to Elsa and she can add it to the list.
We do church together whenever two or three are gathered :-)
Tuesday, June 4 - Learn to Play Pickleball Night (and then go get ice cream) - 6pm
Join Ron Farina, one of our official Pickleball ambassadors and a group of others who’ve heard about pickle ball for months now and finally want to learn how to play. BEGINNERS ARE VERY WELCOME. Pickleball is a lot of fun for people of all ability levels. 6PM on the pickle ball courts behind the Jonathan Daniels School. All equipment provided. Rain date is Thursday, June 6 at 6pm. This is the first in our “Athletic Series” which will also include Bowling and Miniature Golf nights this summer (both followed by ice cream) as well as a Learn to Curl event coming winter 2020
Questions? Contact Ron
Sunday, June 9 - Pentecost - 9am
Our Sunday services move to 9am on Pentecost Sunday. Come celebrate this multilingual Holy Day of the Spirit. After the service we’ll be blessing our newly renovated Prayer and Meditation Chapel downstairs!
***NEW*** Tuesday, June 18 - Juicy Summer Book Group - 6pm
We hope to schedule three books to read and discuss this summer, and our first book selection is “The Universal Christ” by Richard Rohr. This link provides information about the author, several podcast videos of book content, a link to purchase the book as well as a link to a study guide. You can also order the book through your local independent bookstore, or usual channels. We’ll be meeting at the church. Bring a snack to share if you’d like.
Weekend of June 20-23 - Keene Walldogs Festival
This city wide celebration will be a lot of fun as murals are being painted all over town. The mural of Jonathan Daniels will be painted on our own JD building, and we are planning some events to go with it. We’re imagining speakers, speakers and other events to teach the public about Jonathan Daniels as well as a hospitality tent with lemonade. If you would like to take part in planning some of our events for wall dogs, please contact Derek.
Questions? Contact Derek
Tuesday, June 25- Orchard Hill Pizza Night in East Alstead - 5pm.
This weekly event benefits a different local non-profit each week and all the profits are given away. Start time is 5 PM, and they suggest you get there early, as the crowd fills in fast. For $9 Orchard Hill provides a crust, sauce, cheese and access to their pizza night picking garden plus paper plates and cups for water. You bring your own favorite toppings, silverware and a picnic blanket / lawn chair. BYOB. Last year we had a great time and want to go again!
Questions and to arrange carpooling - contact Caity
***NEW*** Friday, June 28 - Movie Night - 7pm
Join with friends to watch “The Biggest Little Farm” at the Colonial at 7pm. After the movie, we’ll head over to Margarita’s for snacks and discussion. The movie looks great - watch a trailer HERE
Questions? contact Caity
Sunday, June 30 - Bob Ross Painting Class - 2-5pm
Did you know Theresa and Kerry Ford are certified Bob Ross instructors? Well, they are and they will be hosting a class on Sunday June 30 from 2-5pm in the undercroft of St. James. Learn to paint some happy little trees and connect to nature spiritually the Bob Ross way. By the end of the class you’ll have a painting to bring home. All materials will be provided and you do not need to have any experience with painting or art at all to enjoy this class and create a painting. The materials fee is $20 per person (financial aid available) and space is limited. You must contact Theresa and Kerry and sign up in advance for this event. If participants want to bring along some wine, cheese, crackers and other finger foods, we can celebrate our paintings with a little art opening together once our painting is done at about 5pm. You might also want to bring some paper towels and baby wipes along.
Want to sign up? Contact Theresa and Kerry
Sunday, July 7 - Pizza and Game Night at Church - 5pm
Love pizza? Love board games or card games or word games? This is your night! Join friends at St. James in the cool undercroft for a night of fun and games - along with pizza. Bring your favorite games along to share. It would be great to know you’re coming so we have enough pizza, so let Tammy know if you’d like to be there.
Questions? Contact Tammy
Sunday, July 14 - Field Trip to the Church In The Woods - 3pm
Have you heard of the Church in the Woods? It is becoming nationally known as an innovative church right here in NH. It is located in Canterbury and holds services in the woods, rain, snow or shine, year round on Sundays at both 10am and 3pm. Would you like to go with a group to worship outside and see what this innovative creation friendly church is all about? We’ll carpool from Keene to arrive in Canterbury by 2:45. Please let Rick know you’re interested
Questions? Contact Rick
Monday, July 15 - Tour of Badger and Labyrinth Prayer Walk - 10:30am
Caity works at Badger and Co, and she’d love to give us a tour of this commendable “B Corp” business. Their mission focused business would be an inspiration for any church leader to consider. After the tour, we’ll experience the labyrinth that has been built on Badger’s property together. Elsa will tell us a bit about the practice of labyrinth prayers. The labyrinth walk is a weather permitting event. The tour can go on rain or shine.
Questions? - contact Caity
Sunday, July 21 - Feast of St. James - Outdoor Sunday Service and Church Picnic at Ashuelot Park - 9am
Please bring a lawn chair, sun protection, bug repellant and your own picnic as well as any sports equipment, games, musical instruments or other fun things you’d like to bring to the party. We're celebrating our usual Eucharist service for the Feast of St. James outside this year, weather permitting! (note - there is no service in our building on July 21 unless we are rained out.)
Questions or want to help? Contact Elsa
Sunday August 4 - Old Fashioned Hymn Sing after church
Gather around the piano to sing some of your favorites! You're also welcome to bring your favorite hymnal to share a particular favorite that may not be in our own. This was a popular event last year and we want to do it again!
Questions? Contact Theresa
***NEW*** Tuesday, July 30, 6pm
The Juicy Book group meets again, this time to discuss Jean Vanier’s book “Becoming Human.” This will be a one time discussion of this short but powerful book. The meeting is upstair in the Jonathan Daniels Room.
Sunday, August 18 - Feast of Jonathan Daniels - 9AM
Our guest preacher this year at our annual feast day honoring our hometown saint, Jonathan Daniels, will be Rick Ufford-Chase. He will speak to us about issues of immigration, a current issue that we think Jonathan Daniels would have found compelling were he alive today. You are invited!
Saturday, September 7 - Prayers on the Water: an afternoon of spiritual kayaking - 4pm.
Come out to Stoddard for some quiet, refreshing time in nature, time with new or old friends, and a delicious potluck supper. There are 7 kayaks available and also a canoe, or bring your own boat. Consider also bringing your journal/camera/sketchbook. Participants will gather for a prayer and a little inspiration at 4, and then be sent out onto the water to contemplate God in nature (or, if you'd rather not kayak, to sit on the shore or on the porch for some personal quiet time.) We'll come back together to share our reflections. If you’d like to stay afterward for a potluck BBQ, bring something for the grill for yourself and a side dish or dessert to share. Buns, condiments, chips and beverages will be provided. The event takes place at Island Pond in Stoddard. This is a weather permitting event and you must register in advance. If there is a question about weather suitability, contact Elsa contact Elsa
Please RSVP to Elsa
Saturday, September 14 - Chesterfield Gorge Prayer Walk - 10am
Come enjoy the beauty of creation with a group of others at Chesterfield Gorge State Park on Saturday, September 18 from 10-noon. We will start at the public parking lot and walk down and back up the gorge loop with stops for prayer, readings, music and quiet. Personal reflection time will be included, as well as time to connect with others. We will share a simple communion at the end. Bring a journal or sketch pad if you’d like. All are welcome. This is a weather permitting event and includes walking up and down hills and over uneven terrain.
Questions? Contact Kerry
Saturday, October 5 - Blessing of the Pets - 10am
In honor of St. Francis, St. James will off a blessing of the animals service, outside at the Butterfly Park on Marlboro Street in Keene. All animal companions are welcome to come and be blessed that day. Children have been known to bring their stuffed animals, as well.
Questions? Contact Elsa
Week of St. Patrick’s Day in March - Irish “Party Piece” Potluck Party
It’s a wonderful Irish tradition to bring a ‘party piece’ to gatherings to offer. Maybe it’s a song you sing or an instrument you play, Maybe it’s reading a poem or telling a joke. It could be showing something you made or demonstrating a skill. Whatever your talent or interest, there’s a way to share it as a party piece. It’s a great way to get to know each other and enjoy a great evening - especially along with a potluck feast. Kerry and Theresa have offered their home in Winchester for this event. Date and time TBD.
Questions? Contact Kerry and Theresa