The 2020 Walpole Community Giving Tree Project Will Proceed!

Current circumstances mean that our annual Giving Tree project is more important than ever! Despite the challenges, there WILL be a Giving Tree project this year – with some modifications to the usual procedures to ensure public safety. To participate in this year’s project, please read the following information carefully:

  • Tags will be available from Nov. 8 to Nov. 15th at the following Walpole town locations during their business hours: 
    • First Congregational Church of Walpole (M-F 9-12, go to the side door by the ramp),
    • St. Peter’s Church, North Walpole
    • Savings Bank of Walpole (Westminster St. branch)
    • Mascoma Bank
    • Spencer’s Place
    • Walpole library 
  • Perforated tags will be displayed on bulletin boards. Please touch ONLY the tags that you wish to take. 
  • Fill out your name and contact information on one half of the perforated tag and leave it in the container provided; retain the other half of the tag as your “shopping list” and attach it to the purchased, unwrapped gift. 

    AGAIN: DO NOT WRAP THE GIFT THIS YEAR. Only attach the tag. This is a departure from previous years.
  • Return purchased gifts to any of those same locations before the end of November. They will be picked up weekly. 
  • Donations: If you do not wish to shop but would like to contribute, choose one of these options as early as possible, to allow us time to purchase the items:
    • Put your chosen tag and your donation in an envelope in the collection container, and we will shop for you, OR
    • Put a donation only in the collection container, to be used for unclaimed tags, wrapping paper for the families, and so on.

The purchased gifts will be quarantined for a week before they are sorted and bagged for the families. Then they will be quarantined again before the families pick them up. 

Thank you so much for your help with this project.  Together we can brighten the holidays for many local families! 

Direct questions about the project to Jeanne or Marcia at  

St. John’s Welcomes the Rev. Duncan Hilton

The Vestry of St. John’s Church is delighted beyond words to announce the hiring of The Reverend Duncan Hilton as Priest in Charge.

St. John's Priest in Charge
The Rev. Duncan Hilton

Duncan comes to St. John’s and the Diocese of New Hampshire on August 24th, 2020 after serving as Priest for Discipleship and Discernment at St. Michael’s in Brattleboro, Vermont since 2017. You can read a complete bio here.

We will celebrate Duncan’s first service at St. John’s on August 30. We are not yet certain what form that service will take in this new COVID-19 world, but stay tuned to this blog and our web site for more information to come.

We couldn’t be more pleased with our choice, and we look forward to seeing our world and our selves anew with Duncan’s guidance.

News from the Vestry

The search process for a new rector for St. John’s is nearing an end. Your Vestry has been diligently seeking desirable, qualified candidates for the rector’s post since Susan retired last fall. The difficulties were several. We needed to find an individual who was willing to take a part-time position on the fringes of the diocese for the amount of money we were able to offer. And the person needed to fit the personality of our group. The person also needed to be endorsed by the diocese, Bishop Rob in particular. With the assistance of Canon Gail Avery and Bishop Rob we were able to identify two candidates, both of whom were interested. We have selected a candidate and the job has been offered. We will have more news as it happens.

In other news, the Vestry has decided to take a break from hosting our own Sunday Zoom services until the end of the summer, when we will have a new priest and can make new and better plans for our worship services and can return to our church for communion and fellowship.

We know many parishioners are worshiping via online services held by other churches with which they are familiar. We are sharing links for the worship options offered by Bishop Rob and the NH Diocese, as well by Bishop Curry and the National Church, on the St. John’s website. After attending your service of choice, join us for coffee hour at 11:30 AM each Sunday until services resume, and share the pearls you gleaned.

We are looking forward to the future and to the changes that are inevitable.

Please pray for the parish and the St. John’s community. Please also remember George Floyd and pray that the changes and the upheaval that are happening in our country result in justice and real equality for the victims of systemic discrimination in our country.

Al Sparks
For the Vestry