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Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The Shared Ministry

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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.

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 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.

Our liturgies this weekend

Saturday evening 5:00 service at Christ Church

This Saturday, Oct. 3, Trinity Church will host our weekly Holy Eucharist on the lawn. Please remember to bring your face covering, your lawn chair – and a sweater or jacket if it’s chilly. Join us!

Sunday morning, we will gather at 10 a.m. via Zoom

This week’s service can be accessed here: https://zoom.us/j/98420022442. Phone access is at (929) 205-6099, meeting ID 984 2002 2442. A “virtual coffee hour” will follow. A bulletin for this service may be found here.

Blessing of the animals – this Sunday, Oct. 4 at noon,

Christ Church

For the last several years Christ and Trinity Churches have held a joint Blessing of the Animals on the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Francis. This year, it will be on the day itself: Sunday, Oct. 4, at noon, a chance to celebrate the mutual relationship of all God’s creatures while actually enjoying one another’s company in person (masked, of course). We plan to gather in the rear courtyard of Christ Church near our Pet Memorial Garden, as a way to give our companion animals as much freedom as possible, and to make it accessible to all, not just our two congregations. This will follow (and be separate from) our online service that same morning at 10:00.

Christian formation for our children…

“This is NOT Sunday School” and “The Way of Love”

continue

Our “This is NOT Sunday School” lesson for Oct. 4, The Ancestor of a Multitude (Abraham & Sarah), is now posted at this link. Each week’s session features video teaching by a professional from the Christian formation network, Forma, as well as downloadable lessons and readings kids, their parents, and possible mentors can share and discuss. The Very Best Day: The Way of Love for Children introduces the practices for a Jesus-centered life for children ages 3–10 and their families. Download the lesson plan that includes discussion questions and activities for churches and families. A selection of coloring pages from the book are also available.

Noonday prayer Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Each week this summer, we have offered two Zoom gatherings to help keep our people connected with one another and spiritually nourished. In September, we are reducing this to a single gathering online each week: Tuesdays only at 1:00 p.m. The link is https://zoom.us/j/95907635727. Phone access is at (929) 205-6099, meeting ID 959 0763 5727. If you haven’t tried it, join us!

Electronic giving – even without PayPal or the like

Our Contact page on this site has a PayPal link for your giving convenience. 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.

“Don’t let the sun go down on me”

This is not just a well-known Elton John lyric, but a real concern as the daylight hours shorten. Our Reopening Planning Team has suggested that, if the Diocese does not clear the way for indoor services by then, we will need to move our Saturday evening service to 4:00 p.m. effective Oct. 10. If we are able to move indoors, we will keep that service at 5:00 as it is presently. In either case, we will continue hosting the service at Trinity Church on 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturdays; and a Christ Church, 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Stay tuned as further guidance comes our way.

Stewardship plans for the fall

Our 2020 Stewardship program launches this Sunday, with the theme, Connected in Christ: Same Love…New Ways. Here’s our schedule for the rest of the campaign: Zoom “Cottage Meetings: These are designed to help fill you in on the details of our needs this year – including a brief introduction at the end of each session about particular needs related to our transition to new clergy leadership in 2021. Be looking for Zoom links to these “gatherings” as the dates approach. o Trinity Church – Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. o Christ Church – Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. Special Video Presentation: Our campaign will close with a special video presentation during worship on Sunday, Nov. 8 highlighting all the ways we have adapted to the “new reality” the COVID-19 pandemic has required. Deadline for Pledge Forms: We’ll be asking you to return your pledge form by Friday, Nov. 13th. Those from whom we have not heard by then will be contacted by a member of our Bishop’s Committee or Sstewardship Team. Our thanks in advance for your generous response to this year’s campaign. J.R. Bridle, Weston Cook, Suzanne George, Sheryl Kellett, and Fr. Chip Robinson Your Stewardship Team

Fall Fair and Yard Sale: Sat., Oct. 10, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This will be held outside on the Christ Church grounds and will take the place of our usual indoor Christmas Fair. We’ll wear face masks and practice social distancing. If you are among those are compromised for health reasons and cannot attend, please send Tena Wolf an email and let her know if you plan to donate something, and we’ll make arrangements to either pick it up or have you drop it off at the church. We need the following for the Fair: Prizes for bag sale and secret raffle - This includes gift cards and items that can be mailed if needed. Baked goods - cakes, pies, cookies, breads, jams and other homemade items. All baked goods must be labeled and wrapped or in a plastic container. Yard Sale items - if you have spent time cleaning out your closets and think that someone else might find the items attractive please consider donating to the fair. Christmas table items for sale under $5. This could include a homemade scarf, Christmas candle holders, etc. that will let someone get a jump on holiday shopping. Ideas to generate sales for the church - This might include hosting a table or selling your own items at the fair for a $10 donation for the church. Again, please contact Tena if you would like to donate or help at the fair.

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.

Our liturgies this weekend

Saturday evening 5:00 service at Christ

Church

This Saturday, Oct. 3, Trinity Church will host our weekly Holy Eucharist on the lawn. Please remember to bring your face covering, your lawn chair – and a sweater or jacket if it’s chilly. Join us!

Sunday morning, we will gather at 10 a.m. via

Zoom

This week’s service can be accessed here: https://zoom.us/j/98420022442. Phone access is at (929) 205-6099, meeting ID 984 2002 2442. A “virtual coffee hour” will follow. A bulletin for this service may be found here.

Blessing of the animals – this

Sunday, Oct. 4 at noon, Christ

Church

For the last several years Christ and Trinity Churches have held a joint Blessing of the Animals on the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Francis. This year, it will be on the day itself: Sunday, Oct. 4, at noon, a chance to celebrate the mutual relationship of all God’s creatures while actually enjoying one another’s company in person (masked, of course). We plan to gather in the rear courtyard of Christ Church near our Pet Memorial Garden, as a way to give our companion animals as much freedom as possible, and to make it accessible to all, not just our two congregations. This will follow (and be separate from) our online service that same morning at 10:00.

Christian formation for our children…

“This is NOT Sunday School”

and “The Way of Love”

continue

Our “This is NOT Sunday School” lesson for Oct. 4, The Ancestor of a Multitude (Abraham & Sarah), is now posted at this link. Each week’s session features video teaching by a professional from the Christian formation network, Forma, as well as downloadable lessons and readings kids, their parents, and possible mentors can share and discuss. The Very Best Day: The Way of Love for Children introduces the practices for a Jesus-centered life for children ages 3–10 and their families. Download the lesson plan that includes discussion questions and activities for churches and families. A selection of coloring pages from the book are also available.

Noonday prayer Tuesdays at

1:00 p.m.

Each week this summer, we have offered two Zoom gatherings to help keep our people connected with one another and spiritually nourished. In September, we are reducing this to a single gathering online each week: Tuesdays only at 1:00 p.m. The link is https://zoom.us/j/95907635727. Phone access is at (929) 205-6099, meeting ID 959 0763 5727. If you haven’t tried it, join us!

Electronic giving – even

without PayPal or the like

Our Contact page on this site has a PayPal link for your giving convenience. 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.

“Don’t let the sun go down on

me”

This is not just a well-known Elton John lyric, but a real concern as the daylight hours shorten. Our Reopening Planning Team has suggested that, if the Diocese does not clear the way for indoor services by then, we will need to move our Saturday evening service to 4:00 p.m. effective Oct. 10. If we are able to move indoors, we will keep that service at 5:00 as it is presently. In either case, we will continue hosting the service at Trinity Church on 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturdays; and a Christ Church, 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Stay tuned as further guidance comes our way.

Stewardship plans for the fall

Our 2020 Stewardship program launches this Sunday, with the theme, Connected in Christ: Same Love…New Ways. Here’s our schedule for the rest of the campaign: Zoom “Cottage Meetings: These are designed to help fill you in on the details of our needs this year – including a brief introduction at the end of each session about particular needs related to our transition to new clergy leadership in 2021. Be looking for Zoom links to these “gatherings” as the dates approach. o Trinity Church – Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. o Christ Church – Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. Special Video Presentation: Our campaign will close with a special video presentation during worship on Sunday, Nov. 8 highlighting all the ways we have adapted to the “new reality” the COVID-19 pandemic has required. Deadline for Pledge Forms: We’ll be asking you to return your pledge form by Friday, Nov. 13th. Those from whom we have not heard by then will be contacted by a member of our Bishop’s Committee or Sstewardship Team. Our thanks in advance for your generous response to this year’s campaign. J.R. Bridle, Weston Cook, Suzanne George, Sheryl Kellett, and Fr. Chip Robinson Your Stewardship Team

Fall Fair and Yard Sale: Sat.,

Oct. 10, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This will be held outside on the Christ Church grounds and will take the place of our usual indoor Christmas Fair. We’ll wear face masks and practice social distancing. If you are among those are compromised for health reasons and cannot attend, please send Tena Wolf an email and let her know if you plan to donate something, and we’ll make arrangements to either pick it up or have you drop it off at the church. We need the following for the Fair: Prizes for bag sale and secret raffle - This includes gift cards and items that can be mailed if needed. Baked goods - cakes, pies, cookies, breads, jams and other homemade items. All baked goods must be labeled and wrapped or in a plastic container. Yard Sale items - if you have spent time cleaning out your closets and think that someone else might find the items attractive please consider donating to the fair. Christmas table items for sale under $5. This could include a homemade scarf, Christmas candle holders, etc. that will let someone get a jump on holiday shopping. Ideas to generate sales for the church - This might include hosting a table or selling your own items at the fair for a $10 donation for the church. Again, please contact Tena if you would like to donate or help at the fair.

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.