Events Around the NH District

Lay Servant Courses

Saturdays September 16 & 30, 2017 8:30am - 4pm

Two Advanced Lay Servant Courses

Trinity UMC, 18 Lancaster Road, Whitefield, NH

Whitefield Registration Form

Rev. Richard Boyden, Pastor Stephen Macleod and Pastor Aaron Cox are offering a Lay Ministries Training event - two advanced courses, “Class Leaders: Recovering a Tradition” and “Called to Preach”.

Called to Preach!        

A down-to-earth, practical introduction to the ins and outs of preaching for lay preachers, bi-vocational pastors, and others newly arrived in the pulpit. In the recent years, there has been a considerable increase in the amount of financial resources required to support a full-time pastor in the local congregation. Large numbers of full-time, seminary trained clergy are retiring, without adequate numbers of new clergy available to take their place.

This has caused a large number of lay preachers and bi-vocational pastors to respond to the call to fill the church pulpit. These people often draw from a wealth of life experiences, as well as having the spiritual gift to prepare a good sermon. They have no doubt listened to many sermons throughout their lives. This course will provide detailed instruction in the how-tos of preaching. That is precisely what this brief, practical guide to preaching has to offer.

This training will meet the needs of those for whom preaching is not their sole or primary occupation.  We will explore ideas which every preacher thinks about when creating a sermon particularly moving or memorable to them. The class will work on an appropriate biblical text or sermon topic, learning how to listen to one's first impressions of what a text means, moving from text or topic to the sermon itself while keeping the listeners needs firmly in mind. We will learn to make thorough and engaging use of stories in the sermon, and delivering with passion and conviction. We will explore helpful suggestions for resources, including Bibles, commentaries, other print resources and websites.

Class Leaders: Recovering a Tradition                            

David Lowes Watson explains what the recovery of this tradition can mean for congregations, and offers some guidelines for the revitalized office of class leader.  This volume is the second in a trilogy: Covenant Discipleship, Class Leaders, and Forming Christian Disciples.

Adapting the later Methodist class meeting as a pastoral subdivision of the congregation, Watson shows how class leaders, under the supervision of the pastor, can nurture the discipline of other church members in light of a “General Rule of Discipline” derived from the early Methodist societies: “To witness to Jesus Christ in the world, and to follow his teachings through acts of compassion, justice, worship, and devotion, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.”

The cost of the training is $45 payable to the White Mountain Parish. The fee covers the costs of books, training material and meals. Lunch and snacks will be available each day. There is a limit of 14 for each class, so your quick response is encouraged and appreciated.  Return the registration form or contact Aaron Cox at 603-444-6388 or

Financial assistance is available for those living in the North Country should there be a need.

Any assistance from the local church is most appreciated.


White Mountain UMCOR HUB

Plymouth UMC is excited to announce they recently joined the Mission Central network of relief supply depots by establishing the White Mountain HUB, which serves as a gathering place to connect resources with human need.  By making kits for UMCOR, they'll replenish the material aid our disaster relief depot has used to meets the needs of people affected by unplanned challenges.

To learn more about how you or your organization can be part of this hands-on ministry, contact the HUB at


Help Wanted

Nursery Attendant

Trinity UMC, 35 Tower Street, Weirs Beach, NH

Trinity UMC is searching for a Nursery Attendant for our young children during our Sunday morning worship service. The hours are 9:15am - 10:45am through Labor Day.  After Labor Day we switch to winter hours, 9:45am - 11:15am.   This is a paid position and anyone interested must be open to a police background check.  If you are interested, please contact Pastor Mark Lamprey at 603-848-9269 or


Volunteers Needed

Friends of Forgotten Children

224 Bog Road

Concord, NH 03303

Can you spare a few hours to help out?  Is your teen looking for community service opportunities?  The Friends of Forgotten Children is looking for volunteers.  Check out all the opportunities here.  If you are willing and able to volunteer your time, please email them at, call Linda Abbott, the Volunteer Coordinator, at 603-753-4801 or use the information request form.


Mission Opportunity

October 28 - November 5, 2017

Guatemala Grace

Guatemala Trip Poster

Rev. Sharon Lovejoy, pastor of Brunswick UMC, Brunswick, ME, and Rev. Mike Davis, a retired Elder living in Wells, ME, will be leading this mission trip to Guatemala.  You don’t need any experience or special gifts to be on this team.  There is work for everyone.   We will be working on facilities for Salud y Paz used to provide medical care and education. We will have work for persons of all skill levels.  It is truly a transforming experience.  The total cost is $2,000.00 per person, which includes airfare, room, food, transportation in country, interpreters, etc.  You can read the travel log from previous teams, get more information, or find an application on our website, Guatemala Grace.



Friday August 18, 2017 6:30pm

Community Hymn Sing

South Tamworth UMC, #8 Union Hall Road (Route 25), S. Tamworth, NH

Please join us for an evening of good old hymn singing.  If you enjoy the hymns and like to have a little fellowship with others, and to praise God, this night is for you! Refreshments will follow.


Saturday August 19, 2017

Church Flea Market

Newport Town Common, Newport, NH

Newport Flea Market Poster

The Church of the Good Shepherd in Newport, NH, is sponsoring this event.  There will be lots of “closet treasures”, household items, books, jewelry and much more.  Enjoy Kathie’s famous homemade donuts, along with hot dogs, hamburgers, homemade baked goods and other treats.  We will also have music and a silent auction.

Crafters and flea market vendors are wanted, $20 per vendor, contact Carolyn at or 603-447-6985 to reserve your spot.  Free pick-up is available for your donations to the church, contact Barbara at 603-863-4212.


Saturday August 19, 2017 9am - 1pm

Community Yard Sale

First UMC, 18 Wesley Way, Gilford, NH

The Missions Committee of First UMC is hosting a Community Yard Sale rain or shine to provide funds for the church’s many mission projects.  Inside space with tables provided is available for $20.  Inside tables may be set up the day before.  Outside space, about 8’ x 10’, is available for $10 with nothing brought to the church beforehand.  Please reserve your space by August 14th.

Donations for the church tables are welcome through August 13th.  This should be typical yard sale items - no clothing or shoes, electronics, items needing repair or soiled items will be accepted.  There will also be a bake sale and refreshments will be available.  For more information or to reserve a space, please contact the church office at 603-524-3289 or


Saturday August 19, 2017

Registration Start at 7am, Race at 9am

5th Annual Wanakee Wilderness 5K

Wanakee, 75 Upper New Hampton Road, Meredith, NH

Wanakee 5K Poster

Grab your running shoes and head to Wanakee - it’s time for the 5th Annual Wanakee Wilderness 5K!  The cross country course begins at the Farmhouse, then transitions to dirt paths and hiking trails that traverse the hills and fields around Wanakee, ending back in main camp. This is a hilly course that climbs over 300 feet in elevation, be sure to look around and enjoy the beautiful views!

The registration fee is $25 for all participants who register from June 1 until August 18. Race day registration will be $30. The first 150 registrants will receive an exclusive race t-shirt. All fitness levels are welcome. this event is designed for the whole family to enjoy! Register online or by downloading a registration form.

In addition to the 5K, the day’s events will include music, family fun, hiking, games, swimming and canoeing at our waterfront (with certified lifeguards on duty), a silent auction, and our Annual Homecoming Chicken BBQ (starting at 11:30am). The cost of the BBQ is $10 Adults/$5 for 12 and under/FREE for children five and under.  Proceeds from this event go toward our facility major improvements projects and camp scholarships.

All race participants and supporters are invited to join us for the awards ceremony immediately following the finish of the race and Wanakee’s Annual Homecoming BBQ.  Wanakee Wilderness 5K is a USATF sanctioned event and part of the 2017 Meredith Harvest 4-Way Race Series - 4 Races, 4 Months, 4 Good Causes.  We’ll see you there - rain or shine!


Saturday August 26, 2017 9am - 2pm

Church Yard Sale

South Tamworth UMC, 8 Union Hall Road, S. Tamworth, NH

Join us on the “green” for our Church Yard Sale fundraiser.  Proceeds will benefit the Union Hall Association and the Dan Schall Student Scholarship fund.  Donations are welcome, please bring your clean, usable, interesting and crafty items to the church starting August 20th.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept electronics such as TV’s or VCR’s, tires or batteries that are ready for recycling.  Items can be picked up with advanced notice.  For more information, call Bev at 603-323-7048 or 603- 651-7662 or Pastor Murray at 603-651-8922.


Saturday August 26, 2017 7pm

Old Fashioned Hymn Sing

Chapel by the Lake, 529 Granite Lake Road, Munsonville, NH

You are invited to raise your voice to the Lord!  Please join as as we sing all your favorite hymns.  For more information, contact the church at 603-847-9900.


Saturday September 9, 2017 3pm

NH District Superintendent Installation

Plymouth UMC, 334 Fairgrounds Road, Plymouth, NH

NH DS Install Poster

Please join us for the Installation Service of Rev. Taesung Kang
as the New Hampshire District Superintendent. 

We will show Taesung and his family a warm New Hampshire welcome
and praise God for the gifts they bring to the mission and ministry of the NH District

as we continue our journey together. 

RSVP to so we will know how many to plan for.


Tuesday & Wednesday, September 19 - 20, 2017

Coastal Maine Bus Trip

Sponsored by First UMC, 18 Wesley Way, Gilford, NH

The First UMC of Gilford and Wesley Woods are pleased to offer a bus trip to the beautiful and rugged coast of Maine.  The journey starts by heading to Bath, Maine, and touring the Maine Maritime Museum.  We’ll enjoy a cruise and view the lighthouses and ocean wildlife, and then head north to visit Camden, the jewel of mid coast Maine.  We will also see Mt. Battie, a 1200’ precipice within Camden Hills State Park.  We’ll have some time for shopping before heading to the Fireside Hotel in Belfast where all rooms have a view of Penobscot Bay and we will enjoy a true coastal dining experience.

On our second day our stops will include Fort Knox, the Penobscot Narrows Observatory, and lunch at the Taste of Maine in Woolwich.  We then depart to the shopping mecca of Freeport and LL Bean before heading home.

The cost of this trip is $299 per person double occupancy, or $349 single occupancy.  Reservations are required by Friday August 18th and can be made by stopping by the church office any morning Monday thru Friday before noon. Call Joyce at 603-524-3289 for further information.  Don’t let your summer go by without joining us in this fun filled excursion, provided by New England Coach. 


Save the Dates!

Saturday October 7, 2017 9am - 3pm

NH District Resource Day

with Graham Standish

Bow Mills UMC, 505 South Street, Bow, NH

Graham Standish Poster

Creating a Spiritually Healthy Church

What exactly is a blessed church? It is a vision, a glimpse of a spiritually healthy church uniquely grounded in a relationship with God that allows blessings to flow through it.  A church with a vibrant sense of faith, hope, and love that embraces the sacred and is not afraid to serve God in its own way.

This workshop, based on Graham’s best-selling book, Becoming a Blessed Church, will help you become a spiritually deep congregation, one that is inwardly and outwardly healthy:  spiritually, psychologically, physically and relationally.

$12 per person includes meals

(payable at the door, scholarships available)

Group discount $10 per person (5 or more)

Early registration, $10 per person before September 1, 2017


Please register by September 29, 2017

Contact the NH District Office at

603-225-3455 or



Saturday October 28, 2017

Bishop’s Day in the NH District

Wesley UMC, 79 Clinton Street, Concord, NH

Bishop Devadhar will spend time with clergy and laity

answering questions and discussing items of interest.

The Bishop is very open to your joys and concerns.
This is your chance to have your voice heard.

RSVP to the NH District Office,, by October 20, 2017