Adult Spiritual Growth

Opportunities For Adults to Grow their Spirit…

Choose from our many offerings:

Lenten & Advent Offerings

Classes are held on Tuesday nights for four weeks during these two seasons. Look for the upcoming annoucements in the most recent issue of the newsletter.

Women’s Bible Study

Gather with us on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 10am to noon. We meet at the old parsonage for chat time and refreshments between 10 and 10:30.

At 10:30 sharp we begin the study with a prayer. The pastor leads the discussion and all are welcome to join in. It is a nice friendly atmosphere, full of nice friendly women. You can drop in at any time. Please do consider joining us. ~ Sue Bowman.

Brown Bag Lunch Duscussion

Join in lively lunch discussions on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 12:05pm! This group of men and women gathers in the old parsonage for a brown bag lunch and discussion on general topics, usually from articles or the newspaper, which members suggest. Leaders rotate among the participants. For information, speak to Will Eaves 778-0551.

We the People – a free lecture/film series

Attend an event that encourages you to think about your spirituality in the larger world. We the People is a collaboration of three Exeter churches, Congregational, Episcopal, and Unitarian-Universalist, in conjunction with Phillips Exeter Academy, presenting speakers and topics of social, environmental, and community concern.

Most of the speakers are also addressing the student assembly at the Academy during the day, and arrangements are made to have them speak at one of the churches in the evening. Please read our most recent newsletter to see what they are offering us this month. Click here to see a full page about the We The People Lecture Series. Please contact church office for more information.

Feed My Lambs” Food Pantry & Garden

Learn about Food Justice. Our church food pantry is visited by nearly 25 people each Tuesday from 10 to noon. We have a staff of two people working the small pantry every Tuesday. We also run a small community garden on the same location.

Don’t have the time to be there? You can still help by simply donating food or your extra fresh veggies in the summer. The first Sunday of each month we collect non-perishable food at the service. Donations can also be dropped off in the church back foyer in the white wicker chest, or at the church office on Monday—Friday, 9-2pm. Most wanted items always include: Canned meats, fruit juice, boxed cereals, and coffee. Fresh veggies accepted only on Tuesday mornings before 10am. See our Food Pantry & Garden page.

For information speak to Liz Dodge 778-8146 or Sue Bowman 772-2306

Salvation Army Dinners

Exercise your faith by serving a hot meal to less fortunate folks. Every other month our church hosts a dinner for the homeless at the Salvation Army Center in Portsmouth. Both bakers and servers are needed. We serve the fourth Sunday of the even months. For information, speak to  Gabriele Lieberg 775-7412

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Create beautiful shawls that have a prayer in every stitch. The church will gift these shawls to those who are coping with sickness or death, or they may give them as a mantle of wisdom to those who have reached a milestone birthday.  Knitters meet monthly in the church, or work on their own at home. Over 300 shawls have been made since the beginning of this ministry. For information, call Linda Rousseau. 772-4534.

Lay Visitors Committee

Visit homebound and/or ill church members. Volunteers share responsibilities for visiting homes and/or nursing homes, and may read to or pray with people, or occasionally take them on an outing. This group meets monthly to update the list and share the news. Our list of people to be visited keeps growing! We now have over 60 people on it. Volunteers are needed now!! For information speak to Deacon Sheryl Scott 

Petal Pushers – Flower Committee

Join a large group of talented people who adorn our buildings with flowers and other seasonal decor. They try to tie in the church seasons with beautifully scuplted floral and natural arrangements and “pulpit gardens.” If you have a talent with flowers, or would like to be part of the excitement, or would just like to donate to the Flower Fund, please call  Jane Winde at 778-9404.

Office Committee

Meet folks and get to know the workings of the church office. Joining the Office Committee is a great way to meet people one-on-one while performing small volunteer tasks for the office, or covering a vacation day.  Call the office at 772-4216 to offer your services. Come join us!

Ukama Partnership

We and many other New Hampshire UCC churches have joined the “Ukama Partnership”,and partnered with the Zimbabwe UCC. As part of this program we often ship goods to the area. Most requested items include school & office supplies and books. Contact: Rebekah Bergeron 775-0054.

Music Ministry:

Please browse the following list to see how you can enrich your spirit…

  • The Heritage Ringers offer their tinkling sparkle to morning worship one Sunday a month, as well as at special holiday concerts and Christmas Eve. The choir makes music on 4 octaves of Malmark handbells and 2 octaves of handchimes. Meets Tuesdays from 7-8:30PM. ON HOLD DURING INTERIM
  • The Senior Choir welcomes experienced singers from high school age to maturity. The 30-member choir contributes to morning worship with a variety of sacred music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods to modern harmonies of spirituals and folk songs, a cappella, or accompanied by full organ or guest instrumentalists. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7-8:30PM in the loft from September to June.
  • The Praise Choir, features the contemporary sounds of keyboard, guitars, and singers from middle school age to adult. Watch for more details.
  • The Rainbow Ringers are meeting every Tuesday from 6:15to 7pm in the sanctuary. Elementary school children with handbell experience or not, are welcome. Alison Hobbie is directing.
  • If you have a musical talent you would like to share with us, please contact the Music Director, or speak to her on Sundays.