Events Around the NH District

Special Announcement

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar has announced the appointment of Rev. Taesung Kang as District Superintendent of the NH District, effective July 1, 2017.  Read the full letter of announcement here.

We hold Rev. Kang and his family, our Interim District Superintendent Gwen Purushotham, as well as the church currently served by Rev. Kang and our District in our prayers during this time of transition.

The Bishop also announced the appointment of two other District Superintendents.  Read more here.


2017 Annual Conference

The 2017 Annual Conference is scheduled for June 15 - 17, 2017, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.  Click the link periodically for updates. 


Volunteer Opportunity

Concord, NH Cold Weather Shelter 2017

The Concord Cold Weather Shelter is now open through the end of March at St. Peter’s Activity Center, 135 North State Street.  The Friends Program is managing the day to day operations and Terry Blake is the volunteer coordinator. Volunteers are the critical part of this operation.  Please click Concord 2017 Winter Shelter for the online signup. You can sign up for recurring shifts or simply pick and choose the shifts that fit your availability. Once you sign up, the system will send e-mail reminders directly to you for your upcoming shifts.

On call volunteers are also needed to assist when there are coverage gaps or late volunteer cancellations. If you are willing to be on call, please email Jerry Madden at and indicate which shifts and day(s) of the week you are available.

If you would like to speak with someone concerning volunteering at the shelter, please call 603-228-7620.


Music Director Needed

The Contoocook UMC seeks a professional to manage all aspects of its liturgical music program.  Compensation includes salary and housing.  Funds are available for soloists and special musicians. 

 QUALIFICATIONS:  The Music Director must have the ability to proficiently play the organ and /or piano, direct the performance of the Adult Choir and work harmoniously with the Pastor and all other worship directors in the development of the music aspects of the worship service.  The Music Director must have a working knowledge of the liturgical year.  Mandatory schedule includes Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings; holidays, special service and other time as needed.  Applicants for Music Director will be expected to audition on the organ or piano and direct a choral rehearsal during the interview process.  Applicants must pass a criminal background check with the State of New Hampshire and other states in which the Music Director has lived and worked.  Please respond to


Organist Needed

Church of the Good Shepherd in Newport, NH, is in need of a church organist/pianist.  Please contact the church at or (603) 863-4590.


Friday February 17, 2017 5:30pm – 8pm

February Messy Church Event

First UMC, 961 Valley Street, Concord, NH

Messy Church Poster

We would “LOVE” to have you join us for an evening of fun for the entire family.  “Messy Church” will be full of activities, music, crafts, dinner and worship.  It is a FREE event for children and adults of all ages.  Let’s get messy together!

Questions?  Contact John Young, Family Ministry Coordinator, or the church office at 603-622-8863 or


February 17 - 19, 2017

Wanakee Senior High Retreat

Wanakee Homestead Retreat, Meredith, NH

A winter weekend of fun in the snow for grades 9 - 12.  Have you hiked to Lookout on snowshoes?  Walked across the frozen lake to Monkey Island?  Enjoyed sledding on Shower House Hill? Now's your chance.

There will be time to sit in front of the fire at the log cabin sharing stories, exploring our faith, eating S’mores, and playing games (Bowl of Nouns anyone? Avalon?).

Check in: Friday 2/17/17 7:30 pm 
Check Out: Sunday 2/19/17 11am 

COST: $95 per person, includes lodging and meals.

Register early, as space is very limited. Call the Wanakee office at 603-279-7950 or email


Saturday February 18, 2017 6pm


Wesley UMC, 79 Clinton Street, Concord, NH

We are holding a special service featuring the songs of U2 and a celebration of Holy Communion. Music will be provided by Electric Praise and friends. Donations will be gladly accepted to benefit the United Methodist Committee On Relief. We hope to see you there!


Thursdays March 2 - April 6, 2017 7pm

Lenten Study

First UMC, 961 Valley Street, Manchester, NH

Lenten Study Poster

 “The Gratitude Path”, by Kent Millard, is a 5 session study guide designed to help churches grow in generosity by focusing on gratitude for God’s blessings. It is a Christ-centered approach that promotes spiritual health for both donors and the church. Chapters conclude with questions for personal reflection and devotion.

The discussion will be led by Rev. Dr. David Abbott.  The cost is a $5 donation for the book.  To sign-up or for more information please contact the church office at 603-622-8863 or


Fridays March 3, 2017 - April 7, 2017 11:30am - 1pm

Lenten Chowder Lunch

First UMC, 18 Main Street, Littleton, NH

Chowder Lunch Poster

Chowder Lunch Take-Out Menu

Enjoy fish or corn chowder, delicious sandwiches and mouthwatering homemade pie.  Delivery is available.

Financial help is always welcome too! If you aren’t able to come and would like to support the fundraiser, you may send your donation to First UMC.  We also have gift vouchers so someone else can have a meal. Offer a homeless person a chance for some nice warm chowder on a cold day! Vouchers are available in the church office, just $8 for chowder, sandwich and a piece of pie!


Tuesday March 14, 2017 9am - 11:30am

Concord Area Interfaith Forum for Children & Youth

Trinity Baptist Church, 80 Clinton Street, Concord, NH

Interfaith Forum Poster

You are invited to a forum for community and faith leaders serving children and families in the greater Concord area.  We will explore the partnership of the NH Division of Children, Youth and Families and the faith based communities.  We will hear from representatives of state government, clergy, parishioners and congregants about the needs of children and families in need.  Read the invitation letter here.

Please register for this free event.  If you have any questions, please contact Bethany Christian Services at 603-483-2886.


Saturday May 6, 2017 1pm - 4pm

NH District Transition Workshop

Bow Mills UMC, 505 South Street, Bow, NH

See the Conference Events Calendar for dates and locations of

Transition Workshops in other districts.


Saturday May 20, 2017 8:30am - 5pm

Facing the Mirror Together

American Legion Hall, 538 West Main Street, Hillsboro, NH

Facing the Mirror Poster

Facing the Mirror Registration Form

Come hear national speaker, author and pod-cast host Daphne Delay.  Sponsored by the Hillsboro UMC.

When you look in your mirror, do you like what you see? Or, are you like most people who avoid their mirror to mask the reminders of their mistakes, or the scars of their experiences. Even though trials are unavoidable, they don’t have to define us.

In her book, “Facing the Mirror:  Finding a Self to Live With”, author Daphne Delay shares the valuable lesson she learned in front of her own mirror and how she was able to teach it to her son a few years before a tragic car accident left him scarred from third-degree burns.

Daphne will discuss ways you can learn to see yourself as God sees you and also discover the truth about God. You will learn the truth about the lies and deception that have held you back and be taught how to live in the freedom that God intended you to have!

Seating is limited, so please register by May 1st.  Send your check for $20 ($25 after May 1st) to the Hillsboro UMC, PO Box 692, Hillsboro, NH 03244.  Contact Diana MacDonald if you have any questions at or 603-729-6327.


NH District Pre-Conference Briefings

Saturday June 3, 2017 1pm - 4pm

First UMC, 18 Main Street, Littleton, NH


Sunday June 4, 2017 1pm - 4pm

Tilton-Northfield UMC, 400 West Main Street, Tilton, NH

See the Conference Events Calendar for dates and locations of

Pre-Conference Briefings in other districts.



Save the dates for these upcoming events at Wanakee United Methodist Center in beautiful Meredith, NH.


Wanakee Work Days 9am - 3pm

Saturday May 6, 2017

Saturday June 3, 2017


Saturday June 24, 2017 9am - 3pm

Wanakee Expo Camp

Wanakee Open House


Wanakee Summer Camp

Online registration is now open for Summer Camp 2017.  Discounts apply through February and March.  See the Wanakee Summer Program Guide for more details.





He Liveth Long Who Liveth Well

by Rev. Horatius Bonar (1808 - 1889)


He liveth long who liveth well!

All other life is short and vain;

He liveth longest who can tell

Of living most for heavenly gain.


He liveth long who liveth well!

All else is being flung away;

He liveth longest who can tell

Of true things truly done each day.


Waste not they being; back to Him

Who freely gave it, freely give,

Else is that being but a dream,

‘Tis but to be, and not to live.


Be wise, and use they wisdom well;

Who wisdom speaks must live it too;

He is the wisest who can tell

How first he lived, then spoke, the true.


Be what thou seemest; live they creed;

Hold up to earth the torch divine;

Be what thou prayest to be made;

Let the great Master’s steps be thine.


Fill up each hour with what will last;

Buy up the moments as they go;

The life above, when this is past,

Is the ripe fruit of life below.


Sow truth if thou the true wouldst reap;

Who sows the false shall reap the vain.

Erect and sound they conscience keep;

From hollow words and deeds refrain.


Sow love, and taste its fruitage pure;

Sow peace, and reap its harvest bright.

Sow sunbeams on the rock and moor,

And find a harvest-home of light.