Art After School | May 2015

Art After School completed the ninth program year with an art party. What is a party without party hats and games? Everyone had to make a party hat out of colorful papers and then wear their hats at the picnic featuring delicious treats. It was a hot day and the game was a welcome activity as it involved containers of cold water and marbles. The object was to pick up all the marbles, using only your toes. Lots of fun was had by all!

Many thanks go to an amazing group of creative young artists, to their parents who supported our efforts, and to our assistants, Jane Bowry, Marilyn Wilking, and Joanne King. We look forward to September and the beginning of Art After School’s 10th year!

Below is a slideshow of pictures from the Art After School End of Year Party. (If the slideshow doesn’t load properly on your device, you can click here to view the gallery on flickr.)

Art After School | Apr 2015

One of the most popular and fun projects completed at Art After School in April was making stuffed animals. Using a felt base, the children cut, sewed, and glued fabric scraps to create beautiful little creatures. Some of the children had previous experience sewing by hand, but others learned a new skill. Threading the needle was especially challenging, but also rewarding upon success! It was a lot of fun watching the animals come to life.

Below is a slideshow with pictures of the kids making their stuffed animals. (If the slideshow doesn’t load properly on your device, you can click here to view the gallery on flickr.

Nominees for Presiding Bishop

The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop has published a booklet with information about each of the four candidates for Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, one of whom will be elected this summer at the General Convention. The list of nominees is as follows:

  • The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal
  • The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry
  • The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas
  • The Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith

Click here to read the nomination booklet and “meet” the candidates.

Art After School | Mar 2015

March was a busy month at Art After School. One of our favorite projects was making “Box Monsters.” As you can see, the children and our adult volunteers had a great time creating these little creatures using tissue boxes and colored paper. We love how each monster is different!

Below is a slideshow with pictures of the kids hard at work on their monsters. (If the slideshow doesn’t load properly on your device, you can click here to view the gallery on flickr.

Easter 2015

The Easter service at St. John’s was a joyous celebration, and nearly every pew was filled! It was wonderful to see many familiar faces and some new ones, as well. Visitors and parishioners alike were greeted by a beautiful butterfly wreath made by the children on Palm Sunday, as well as some additional glittery butterflies suspended from white poles and blowing gently in the breeze. The altar was decorated with white Easter lilies, and there were lovely window boxes filled with grape hyacinths and daffodils. Happy Eastertide, everyone!

2015 Lay Leadership Institute

From Judith Esmay, Canon for Lay Leadership, Episcopal Church of NH:

“All members of the congregation willing to work in the governance and ministries of the church — as well as all members of vestries, bishop’s committees, and church committees and all clergy who support the laity in their ministries – are encouraged to enroll in the diocesan program dedicated to the preparation and formation of our congregational leaders.

…all first-time Lay Leadership Institute students must enroll in the Basic Course for a broad curriculum that includes the structure and governance of The Episcopal Church, property issues both realty and fiscal, roles and relationships in congregational organization, and the potential for personal spiritual formation. Those who have attended the Basic Course may enroll in one of five all-day seminars, each of which will include in-depth, hands-on presentations and participation.”

For more information, or to register, click the button below.

Barbara C. Harris Camp

BCHcamp-logo1The following information was received by Susan in an email from The Episopcal Church of NH:

“The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire is delighted to announce that the Barbara C. Harris Camp (BCH) has pledged campership funds to children from New Hampshire who would like to attend summer camp. Camp at BCH – a ministry of the Diocese of MA – is a wonderful combination of traditional camp fun and creative worship lead by Episcopal chaplains for children from 4th grade through 12th grade. At $600 a week, BCH is already low-cost option compared to other camps. Campership payments are typically structured as 1/3 from BCH, 1/3 from the host church, and 1/3 from the child’s family, but if the 1/3 contribution from the family or the church is a barrier, there may be additional funding available. Most sessions at BCH are one-week long, with a two-week session in July. During the two-week session, which is July 12-25, Bishop Rob will be visiting as a guest chaplain! All sessions are open to NH children, but if children want to hang out with Bishop Rob, and get to know some other NH kids, sign up for the two-week session!

Information about summer camp programs at BCH can be found at:

To register for camp, click here.

To apply for a campership, fill out this form.

For more information (and a testimonial about how much her kids have loved BCH camp and look forward to it this year!) contact Tina Pickering at”

Refreshment Sunday Potluck

“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,
all you who love her;
rejoice with her in joy,
all you who mourn over her;”
— Isaiah 66:10

From The Episcopal Church:
“The fourth Sunday of Lent in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar. The term is derived from the opening words of the Latin Mass, “Rejoice (Laetare) Jerusalem” (Is 66:10). The church is called to joyful anticipation of the victory to be won. This joyful theme provides lightening from the penitential emphasis of Lent.”

This year “Refreshment Sunday” or “Laetare Sunday” was on March 15th. Given its close proximity to the Feast of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, here at St. John’s we celebrated Refreshment Sunday with a potluck lunch consisting of traditional Irish fare: corned beef and cabbage; potatoes; carrots; lots of soda bread; delicious green treats; and a variety of desserts. Everyone enjoyed a hearty Irish meal and each other’s company. Thanks to everyone who brought something to share and/or joined us for lunch!

Refreshment Sunday 2015
Refreshment Sunday 2015
Refreshment Sunday 2015
Refreshment Sunday 2015
Refreshment Sunday 2015
Refreshment Sunday 2015