Even in the rain on Tuesday, children attending Vacation Bible School at Grace Family Church were having fun. Children from age 4 to those who have completed sixth grade have been participating this week in Vacation Bible School at Grace Family Church. This year’s theme is “SonWest Roundup,” and even in the rain on August 13, there was plenty of fun and fellowship. The Wild West adventure has included snacks, crafts, skits, and other fun while learning about Jesus. Camp continues 9 am until 12:30 pm through August 16, and GFC Youth & Childrens Minister Adam Fredericks said 164 children are still welcome to join the fun, even if for just the final morning on Friday.
Christ The King Lutheran Church, at 85 Mount Pleasant Road in Newtown, will be hosting a retriever reunion of sorts on Saturday, August 31. From 10 am until 1 pm, the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs will be returning, just in time for the Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade. Everyone is invited to this family friendly, furry, and free event being hosted by the church. The event will serve as a kickoff to Newtown Comfort, Christ the King’s new K-9 Ministry. The public is invited to join church members in welcoming back the teams and highly trained service dogs that have served our community since their arrival on December 15, including comforting the students and staff at Sandy Hook School each day since Chalk Hill opened its doors. One of the service dogs, Maggie, will be formally adopted by the church with a Passing of the Leash Ceremony on Sunday morning.
On Wednesday, August 21, at 2:30 pm, there will be a gathering for prayer in the sanctuary of Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Members of the PICO “Lifelines to Healing” Eastern Bus Tour will join local clergy and residents to promote the building of bridges across racial, ethnic and economic divides and pray for courage and commitment while seeking solutions to the issue of violence in our many communities.
The Knights of Columbus has created a new award to recognize extraordinary works of charity and service, conferring it on the pastor and Knights of Columbus council who worked tirelessly to help the community of Newtown in the aftermath of December's shooting. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson conferred The Caritas Awards Tuesday, August 6, with the first going to Monsignor Robert Weiss, pastor of St Rose of Lima in Newtown, and the second conferred to St Virgilius Knights of Columbus Council 185. The council, located at St Rose of Lima in Newtown, was represented by Grand Knight Timothy Haas.
Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association will present the next interfaith gathering for prayer on Sunday, August 4, beginning at 4 pm. An ongoing monthly series launched in the weeks following 12/14, this month’s gathering will follow the theme “Prayers for Rest and Renewal.”
A group of 37 young adults, nine adults and Pastor Kathie Adams-Shepherd from Trinity Episcopal Church set out for Norristown, Penn., in late June, to complete their 21st successive summer mission trip with Group Workcamps. The Group Workcamp Foundation Mission concept, started in 1977 in Loveland, Colo., after a series of disastrous floods, brings together youth and adult chaperones from churches of all denominations around the country for a week of outreach, encompassing lots of hard work, fellowship, spirituality, Christian music and years of memories. The youth participating in this year’s workcamp were members of the Trinity Young Adults in Church (YAC) and Journey to Adulthood (J2A) Groups, as well as friends and invited guests from other churches across Newtown.
Trinity Episcopal Church hosted the dedication of two special items last weekend. One was used for the first public event by a new foundation and will be used again in the future for special events, while the other was a permanent addition to the church grounds. Between rain showers early Friday evening, Pastor Kathie Adams-Shepherd conducted the dedication of a 20-foot-tall custom interactive lighthouse constructed by volunteers for Ben’s Lighthouse. A short time later she also oversaw the blessing and dedication of a labyrinth that was installed at the church as an Eagle Scout project.
During a pilgrimage to South Dakota last summer, Jack Benedict, a member of Newtown Troop 270, developed the idea that became his Eagle Scout project. Jack and his friends from Trinity Church visited what he called “a beautiful outdoor labyrinth” in the Black Hills. Jack felt it would be a great gift to his church and town to create something similar here. On Saturday, June 8, Jack and a crew of more than 30 volunteers installed the new outdoor labyrinth at 36 Main Street. It will be dedicated on Friday evening, June 14.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on June 1 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. The public is cordially invited to join church members for what has become an evening of f...