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Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Christ Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH and Trinity Episcopal Church in Hampton, NH entered into a Shared Ministry in November of 2011. The Shared Ministry E-News is typically sent out weekly on Thursday evenings. If you are not yet receiving the E- News and would like to receive it please sign up through the “Join Our Mailing List” link. If you ever decide you no longer wish to receive the E-News there is a link at the bottom of the email “unsubscribe.” If you like it then please forward it on to your friends.

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We welcome submissions that have a connection to the ministry of our two churches. PIease email submissions to porthamp@gmail.com or mail to the Shared Ministry office at Trinity Church, 200 High St, Hampton, NH 03842. NOTE: The deadline to send a submission is Wednesday at noon.

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News

Links to our Calendar

Click here to see our normal calendar of events. Note that most of these are currently suspended and will resume once the coronavirus emergency eases.

Presiding Bishop to offer special Jonathan Daniels

commemoration this Sunday at 9:00 a.m.

For us, this will take the place of our usual 10:00 a.m. Zoom service

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, and Bishop Rob Hirschfeld of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire will participate in a special service celebrating the life and mission of New Hampshire-born racial justice activist Jonathan Daniels on Sunday, August 16th, at 9:00 am. This unique online service will feature pre-recorded segments from Presiding Bishop Curry and Bishop Hirschfeld, and a Service of the Word. Worship will then transition to an online live Zoom for Prayers of the People, the blessing, and dismissal. All are invited to remain on Zoom to engage in a virtual coffee hour conversation about Jonathan Daniels — his work, his sacrifice, and his witness for us today. Links to both the pre-recorded portion of the service and the Zoom service conclusion and directed coffee hour will be available on St. James, Keene’s home page, at www.stjameskeene.com. Please plan to join this exciting, timely, and insightful service at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, August 16th, in place of the regular 10:00 Zoom service we offer locally. After the service and its coffee hour we will hold one of our own to “check in” locally. This will begin at 10:30 a.m.: https://zoom.us/j/95453483196 (or phone 1 (929) 205-6099 and enter meeting ID 954 5348 3196.

Join us Saturday at 5 p.m. at Trinity for Evening Prayer

Our Saturday Evening Prayer services have gotten off to a wonderful start, with higher attendance than we’d anticipated – and folks on hand we hadn’t seen since before the coronavirus pandemic began. This week, Trinity Church is our host at 5:00 p.m. The service will be held outdoors (weather permitting) with stringent safety measures to assure your safety. Our thanks to all who helped us practice physical distancing at our first two services. We will continue using ground markings to make this easy and comfortable for all. One reminder: you will need to bring your own lawn chair. (There will be none available to take out at Church.) If you have your own Prayer Book, please bring it. There will be Prayer Books available at the service for sign-out so you can take one home and bring to subsequent weeks' services. If weather prevents our meeting outdoors, we cannot move the service indoors, so be aware of the weather before setting out to join us.

Some additional notes:

Sunday morning services will continue to be offered by Zoom for the foreseeable future – even after live worship in that setting is reintroduced (tentatively in September). Be looking for further announcements about this, as plans remain fluid (the virus will set our timeline – not the calendar). The Shared Ministry Office in Hobbs House has now reopened, but we still encourage you not to come in person to transact business – use phone or email, limiting in-person visits to such essential tasks as picking up mail or check-signing. Fr. Chip will be in Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. Regular office hours at Christ Church have also resumed, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11 a.m.

And the survey said…

Our Reopening Task Group sent a questionnaire (a tally of the results is linked here) to all households in our Shared Ministry. A total of 83 surveys were sent, 30 to Christ Church households, 53 to Trinity Church households. As you can see if you click on the link above, about 37% of our Christ Church households (11 out of 30) responded; 57% (30 out of 53) of the Trinity community answered the survey. COVID-19 has affected us in very different ways, and continues to. This survey is one tool that has helped our Task Group know your thoughts and how we can meet the needs of our two worshiping communities. Our thanks to all of you who took the time to respond and share your thoughts.

We're looking for some help with our Saturday services

As you have read above, we are restarting Saturday evening services in August – initially outside, but in time, indoors. To make these possible, there are several ways we will need help: 1. We will need a team of people who are willing to be trained as greeters/monitors for these services. Under state and diocesan guidelines, there are several roles that go beyond normal “greeting” duties, and while we only need one per service, backups are desirable in case someone scheduled has a conflict. 2. We will need a Lector for the scripture passages each week (they're the same as Sunday's readings the next day). 3. We need people who are willing to help us sanitize any items brought outside and/or frequently touched surfaces inside. A team of two per weekend would be ideal.

Staying in touch and spiritually nourished through the

week

Each week, we now have two Zoom gatherings to help keep our people connected with one another and spiritually nourished. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30, we are offering a brief Noonday office, followed by a time of conversation and connection. This link will access any of these gatherings: https://zoom.us/j/96264493478 No computer? Dial in at the following number: 1 (929) 205-6099 and when prompted enter the meeting ID: 962-6449-3478.

Electronic giving – even without PayPal or the like

Another way to give electronically to your congregation during our time of physical distancing is through your own bank. Most banks these days offer their customers an automatic bill pay service where the bank will send payments directly to whomever you designate. You set up the amount and frequency, and the bank sends a check to your church with no additional fees. You will need to check with your bank to see if they offer this service and for information on how to set it up.

Resources to help us deal

with the COVID-19 virus

The Diocese of New Hampshire’s resource list Forward Movement’s “A Morning at the Office” audio recording of the Daily Morning Office The Episcopal Church’s national resource page

Our Diocese has revised its

reopening guidelines

Please click here to download this 12- page guide with comprehensive guidelines as to how we plan to implement a phased return to in- person worship over the coming weeks and months.
Copyright 2020 Christ Episcopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth, NH 03801 603-436-8842
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

News

Links to our Calendar

Click here to see our normal calendar of events. Note that most of these are currently suspended and will resume once the coronavirus emergency eases.

The Shared Ministry

E-News

Christ Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH and Trinity Episcopal Church in Hampton, NH entered into a Shared Ministry in November of 2011. The Shared Ministry E-News is typically sent out weekly on Thursday evenings. If you are not yet receiving the E-News and would like to receive it please sign up through the "Join Our Mailing List" link. If you ever decide you no longer wish to receive the E-News there is a link at the bottom of the email "unsubscribe". If you like it then please forward it on to your friends.

Content submission

We welcome submissions that have a connection to the ministry of our two churches. PIease email submissions to porthamp@gmail.com or mail to the Shared Ministry office at Trinity Church, 200 High St, Hampton, NH 03842. NOTE: The deadline to send a submission is Wedsnesday at noon.

Presiding Bishop to offer

special Jonathan Daniels

commemoration this Sunday

at 9:00 a.m.

For us, this will take the place of our usual

10:00 a.m. Zoom service

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, and Bishop Rob Hirschfeld of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire will participate in a special service celebrating the life and mission of New Hampshire-born racial justice activist Jonathan Daniels on Sunday, August 16th, at 9:00 am. This unique online service will feature pre-recorded segments from Presiding Bishop Curry and Bishop Hirschfeld, and a Service of the Word. Worship will then transition to an online live Zoom for Prayers of the People, the blessing, and dismissal. All are invited to remain on Zoom to engage in a virtual coffee hour conversation about Jonathan Daniels — his work, his sacrifice, and his witness for us today. Links to both the pre-recorded portion of the service and the Zoom service conclusion and directed coffee hour will be available on St. James, Keene’s home page, at www.stjameskeene.com. Please plan to join this exciting, timely, and insightful service at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, August 16th, in place of the regular 10:00 Zoom service we offer locally. After the service and its coffee hour we will hold one of our own to “check in” locally. This will begin at 10:30 a.m.: https://zoom.us/j/95453483196 (or phone 1 (929) 205- 6099 and enter meeting ID 954 5348 3196.

Join us Saturday at 5 p.m. at

Trinity for Evening Prayer

Our Saturday Evening Prayer services have gotten off to a wonderful start, with higher attendance than we’d anticipated – and folks on hand we hadn’t seen since before the coronavirus pandemic began. This week, Trinity Church is our host at 5:00 p.m. The service will be held outdoors (weather permitting) with stringent safety measures to assure your safety. Our thanks to all who helped us practice physical distancing at our first two services. We will continue using ground markings to make this easy and comfortable for all. One reminder: you will need to bring your own lawn chair. (There will be none available to take out at Church.) If you have your own Prayer Book, please bring it. There will be Prayer Books available at the service for sign-out so you can take one home and bring to subsequent weeks' services. If weather prevents our meeting outdoors, we cannot move the service indoors, so be aware of the weather before setting out to join us.

Some additional notes:

Sunday morning services will continue to be offered by Zoom for the foreseeable future – even after live worship in that setting is reintroduced (tentatively in September). Be looking for further announcements about this, as plans remain fluid (the virus will set our timeline – not the calendar). The Shared Ministry Office in Hobbs House has now reopened, but we still encourage you not to come in person to transact business – use phone or email, limiting in-person visits to such essential tasks as picking up mail or check-signing. Fr. Chip will be in Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. Regular office hours at Christ Church have also resumed, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11 a.m.

And the survey said…

Our Reopening Task Group sent a questionnaire (a tally of the results is linked here) to all households in our Shared Ministry. A total of 83 surveys were sent, 30 to Christ Church households, 53 to Trinity Church households. As you can see if you click on the link above, about 37% of our Christ Church households (11 out of 30) responded; 57% (30 out of 53) of the Trinity community answered the survey. COVID-19 has affected us in very different ways, and continues to. This survey is one tool that has helped our Task Group know your thoughts and how we can meet the needs of our two worshiping communities. Our thanks to all of you who took the time to respond and share your thoughts.

We're looking for some help

with our Saturday services

As you have read above, we are restarting Saturday evening services in August – initially outside, but in time, indoors. To make these possible, there are several ways we will need help: 1. We will need a team of people who are willing to be trained as greeters/monitors for these services. Under state and diocesan guidelines, there are several roles that go beyond normal “greeting” duties, and while we only need one per service, backups are desirable in case someone scheduled has a conflict. 2. We will need a Lector for the scripture passages each week (they're the same as Sunday's readings the next day). 3. We need people who are willing to help us sanitize any items brought outside and/or frequently touched surfaces inside. A team of two per weekend would be ideal.

Staying in touch and

spiritually nourished through

the week

Each week, we now have two Zoom gatherings to help keep our people connected with one another and spiritually nourished. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30, we are offering a brief Noonday office, followed by a time of conversation and connection. This link will access any of these gatherings: https://zoom.us/j/96264493478 No computer? Dial in at the following number: 1 (929) 205- 6099 and when prompted enter the meeting ID: 962-6449- 3478.

Electronic giving – even

without PayPal or the like

Another way to give electronically to your congregation during our time of physical distancing is through your own bank. Most banks these days offer their customers an automatic bill pay service where the bank will send payments directly to whomever you designate. You set up the amount and frequency, and the bank sends a check to your church with no additional fees. You will need to check with your bank to see if they offer this service and for information on how to set it up.

Resources to help us deal

with the COVID-19 virus

The Diocese of New Hampshire’s resource list Forward Movement’s “A Morning at the Office” audio recording of the Daily Morning Office The Episcopal Church’s national resource page

Our Diocese has revised its

reopening guidelines

Please click here to download this 12-page guide with comprehensive guidelines as to how we plan to implement a phased return to in-person worship over the coming weeks and months.