The town's oldest church continued its 300th anniversary celebration on May 18, with a Colonial-era style Sabbath Worship Service. Members of Newtown Congregational Church were invited to first gather on Sunday morning outside Newtown Meeting House on Main Street, which was the first home for NCC. Shane DeMarche served as the morning’s drummer, calling those who wished to attend services to gather with ministers in front of 31 Main Street. Shortly before 10 am, the group proceeded from the meeting house to the current Newtown Congregational Church location at 14 West Street. Once all arrived at the church the traditions continued, including the seating of women on one side of the sanctuary and men on the other, deacons sitting on a bench facing those in the sanctuary, and tithing men charged with keeping order during the service.
Newtown Congregational Church will continue its 300th anniversary celebration with a special service on Sunday, May 18. The public is invited to join members of NCC for a service that will be presented in the style of a Colonial-era service. The morning will begin at 9:30 am, when the public will be drummed to worship by NCC members dressed in Colonial garb. The drumming will be done outside Newtown Meeting House, at 31 Main Street. The drumming will call attention to the 10 am worship service. Worshippers will be called to gather at the meeting house, and then walk as a group to the church building on West Street.
Chris Camp, the pastor of Sandy Hook Baptist Church, has announced that the recently formed church has begun meeting in a new location. The church is now meeting in the rear building at 111 Church Hill Road, in the space formerly occupied by Unique Blessings. Regular services are Sunday mornings at 10:30, Sunday afternoons at 2, and Thursday evenings at 7. Church members have also planned a series of Get Acquainted Meetings, to welcome newcomers to the church and its new location. These are planned for Monday through Friday, May 19–23, at 7 each night.
"Unity and Diversity" is a weekly television program featuring interviews with leaders and representatives of various local religious communities. Those who wish to learn about their religious neighbors in a nonthreatening manner are invited to look in. The programs for April 28 through May 14 have been announced.
The Newtown/Danbury unit of Church Women United is planning its annual May Friendship Day celebration. The theme of this year’s celebration, which will take place Saturday, May 3, at 10 am, at Newtown Congregational Church, is “Through God Our Hands Can Serve." The event will open with light refreshments and socializing, and then continue with a program by guest speaker Shannon Hicks. Members of CWU Newtown/Danbury will help present the celebration, which will include responsive readings, scripture readings, prayers and hymns. All are welcome to attend.
Thursday, May 1, will mark the nation’s 63rd observance of the National Day of Prayer. The national day of prayer (NDP) dates back to 1775, when the Continental Congress made a proclamation to set aside a day for prayer on behalf of the nation. The annual event encourages the people of this nation to unite in prayer for the nation one day each year, each in accordance with their own faith. A Christian observance of the 2014 NDP will be held May 1 in The Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall. It will start with music at 6 pm, followed by prayers from 7 to 8 pm.
On Wednesday, April 16, at 8 pm, the Mystery Players of Immaculate Heart Central High School in Watertown, N.Y., will present the Stations of the Cross in a very creative way at St Rose of Lima. The Mystery Players bring the stations to the modern level through the use of special lighting, music, pantomime, and paraliturgical readings. Using the sanctuary of the church as a stage, The Paschal Mystery is recreated in a moving, dramatic presentation. It may not be appropriate for children under the age of 10, but all others are invited to attend the unique and powerful prayer experience.
In a scene set like the Last Supper, local clergy gathered at a long table filled with foods and items of both seasonal and religious significance. Among those at the head table at Newtown United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 6, which was set for a Passover Seder feast and interfaith celebration, NUMC Reverend Mel Kawakami greeted members of the public filling the room. The religious leaders and guests came together for the interfaith supper and traditional Jewish ritual feast marking the beginning of Passover, which celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.
Unity and Diversity is a weekly television program featuring interviews with leaders and representatives of various local religious communities. Those who wish to learn about their religious neighbors in a non-threatening manner are invited to look in. Programs are aired on Charter Communications channel 21, Mondays at noon and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm.
On Saturday, April 26, a dinner, reception, and comedy night will be held at Congregation Adath Israel, 115 Huntingtown Road. This evening will include a cocktail reception and full dinner, as well as a comedy show featuring Moody McCarthy, Andy Pitz, and Johnny Lampert. Presentations about Congregation Adath Israel and The Parents Circle-Families Foundation will also be offered, and both groups will benefit from the evening's proceeds.