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

Holy Week Schedule

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Sunday, March 29th at 10 am
Palm Sunday: Procession of the Palms and the Passion Narrative

Wednesday, April 1st at Noon
Wednesday in Holy Week: Eucharist

Thursday, April 2nd at Noon
Maundy Thursday: Eucharist and stripping the altar in preparation for Good Friday

Friday, April 3rd at Noon
Good Friday: Liturgy for Good Friday from the Book of Common Prayer, no communion

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 5th at 10 am
The Day of Resurrection: Eucharist

Art After School | February 2015

Art After School | February 2015

Art After School is a great indoor activity during the long winter months! February featured a favorite project: painting birch tree scenes. This project taught the kids about watercolor washes and masking. We’ve had requests to teach this project to an adult group -— we’ll see! Let Susan Kershaw know if you would be interested in an Adult Fun with Art group.

Below is a slideshow of photos from the Birch Tree project (if the slideshow doesn’t load properly on your device, you can click here to view the gallery on flickr).

Sing a New Song with John Bell

Sing a New Song with John Bell: Feb 10 — Feb 12, 2015 at St. Andrew’s Church, New London, NH.

John Bell is a hymn writer, composer, author, broadcaster, Church of Scotland minister and Iona Community member. He survives without a cell phone, car, camera, or iPod.

Tues, Feb 10- Sing a new song (for everyone who enjoys singing or wants to sing)

9:30 – Noon—Releasing the voice God gave you

1:00 – 4:00—Short songs from Scotland and the world church

Weds, Feb 11—Singing when it hurts (for everyone who has been sick, hurt, bereaved, or oppressed)

9:30 – Noon —Learning the lost art of lament

1:00 – 4:00—Singing the Psalms

Thurs, Feb 12—Renewing congregational song (For leaders; clergy & music leaders)

9:30 – Noon—Tips for teaching congregations to sing

1:00 – 4:00—The promise and pitfalls of liturgical change

Cost:$15 per half-day workshop; $5 for light lunch. Reserve your place by contacting the Episcopal Church of St. Andrew, 52 Gould Road, New London, NH 03257 603.526.6344 or

Giving Tree Project

The Giving Tree ministry is an annual, ecumenical ministry filled with love and grace that is driven by community need. Each year St. John’s clergy and volunteers help organize and implement this project, which helps struggling local families provide Christmas presents for their kids. The project is organized by participating Walpole clergy and staffed by both adult and youth volunteers, and fulfilled by caring members of this amazing community.

The Giving Tree community project helped 36 families and 76 kids this year. Thank you to all who donated gifts. A special thank you to Mary Schoppmeyer who maintained the database of gift requests and generated labels for the tags and helped the organization of this massive project flow properly; to Kelli Wilson, Marilyn Wilking, and Marilyn Shriver who helped with the shopping task for unchosen tags; and to WYG members Lillia, Anya, and Bennett who gave up a Sunday afternoon to shop and wrap with us! It’s a great effort! We’re looking to organize this differently next year. If this ministry is calling you, please speak to Susan about being on a joint planning team with members of First Congregational Church. We start again next September — only nine months away!

Holiday Fair | 2014

Holiday Fair |  2014

This year’s Holiday Fair at St. John’s was a huge success! As usual, our cookie bar was very popular. Despite the chilly weather, the turnout was excellent. It was nice to see many familiar faces among the morning’s shoppers, and to meet some new friends, as well. Many thanks to all of the volunteers who prepared hundreds of delicious cookies and other treats, helped with setup, manned the booths, and served lunch to our guests. The Holiday Fair couldn’t happen without all of you!

Check out the slideshow, below, to get a glimpse of this year’s Holiday Fair or click here to view the whole album on Flickr.