Events Around the NH District

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Saturday March 24, 2018

NH District Resource Day

with Doug Ruffle

Doug served churches in New Jersey and Argentina, where he worked with the Methodist Church of that country from 1978 to 1987 as a missionary of The United Methodist Church.  For ten years he served as Director of Congregational Development for the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, and currently serves as the Associate Executive Director of Path 1, the New Church Starts Division of Discipleship Ministries.

Doug has written several books, including Roadmap to Renewal:  Rediscovering the Church’s Mission (2017), A Missionary Mindset:  What Church Leaders Need to Know to Reach Their Community - Lessons from E. Stanley Jones (2016), and In The Precious Name:  A Celebratory Writing in honor of Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar (2011).

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2018 Pilgrimage Opportunities

2018 Wesley Pilgrimage in England

July 9 - 19, 2018

Registration is underway for the 2018 Wesley Pilgrimage in England, July 9 - 19, 2018.  This is a powerful leader-formation experience that seeks to connect United Methodist lay and clergy leaders to Jesus Christ in a way that is deeply steeped in the Wesleyan tradition.  24 scholarships are available, the deadline to apply is January 12, 2018.  To learn more about the Wesley Pilgrimage and apply for a scholarship go here.  Read Rev. Geisa Matos-Machuca’s account of her experience on the 2015 pilgrimage here.


2018 Taizé Pilgrimage

July 20 - 30, 2018

All youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 30 are invited to join a life-changing pilgrimage to Taizé, France, a place which is filled with deep Christian spirituality and broad ecumenism. This week-long experience will be led by Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar. Watch the short video and learn more here.  Application deadline is January 15, 2018.


2018 Korea Pilgrimage

October 15 - 22, 2018

In celebration of the diversity of Christian expression around the world, the New England Conference is once again sending a delegation of laity and clergy to South Korea for a spiritual pilgrimage from October 15 - 22, 2018.  The application deadline is November 20, 2017.  Learn more about the 2018 pilgrimage here.  See stories and photos from the 2016 pilgrimage here.


Mission Trip Opportunities

South Florida

December 10 - 16, 2017

Volunteers are needed to do surveying/assessment in the Marco Island area.  Contact Jill Peters ( as soon as possible if you are interested.   Expected expenses include air fare (Frontier Airlines, reasonable rates), rental car, groceries, and personal protective gear. The group will be housed at a church with full use of the kitchen. Showers at YMCA.


Mid-Maine Mission Trip to Florida for Hurricane Recovery
January 14 - 20, 2018

Looking for 15 volunteers. Staging out of Wesley UMC on Marco Island, FL. Cost per person is $220 plus airfare (flying into Fort Myers). If interested or for more information, contact the Mid-Maine District office at 207-395-4080 or 


Mission Trip to Washington, NC with

Rev. Roy Richardson, Stafford Springs UMC, CT
April 15 - 28, 2018

This is the group’s third trip to North Carolina since Hurricane Matthew hit in October 2016. This project is to build a new home – one of 100 planned to get people out of flood zones and on to dry land. Volunteers can come for the first week or the second or both. The cost is $200 for one week; $350 for both weeks, and covers food, housing, and insurance. The group typically travels together with those in each vehicle splitting those costs. Those who choose to fly, must arrange their travel and pay for their own airfare. Contact Rev. Roy at 401-378-8776 or for information and registration materials.  Read about the team's most recent trip here.

Early Response Team training sessions are scheduled for Dec 2, 2017 in Londonderry, NH and Feb 10, 2018 in Acushnet, MA.  Learn more here.


Free Items

The Wakefield, NH Historical Commission is trying to find a good home for a pulpit and matching communion table.  Please contact the chair of the commission, Pam Wiggin, at or by phone at 603-387-3698.


White Mountain Hub Update

Please remember that UMCOR has set specific requirements for each of its kits. Any non-conforming items that are turned in at the HUB are held aside to be donated to the Salem Economic Ministry in Maine or to local charitable organizations, and replacement items must be purchased or solicited. As we know you are intending for your giving to go directly to hurricane-affected areas, we invite you to refer to our brochure for handy shopping and gathering lists.  The White Mountain HUB continues to be open for drop-off or volunteering on Monday nights from 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Saturday mornings from 9am - noon, and other times by appointment. 

White Mountain HUB Contact Info:

Site Manager, Pat Williams

Volunteer Coordinator, Melissa Furbish

HUB Phone: (603) 254-7337  


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Saturday November 18, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm

A Retreat for Women

St. Paul’s UMC, 335 Smyth Road, Manchester

Enriching Our Prayer Life

You are invited to join with the women of St. Paul’s UMC for a time of Spiritual Renewal.  Our day will be devoted to different aspects of prayer and how it enriches our relationship with God.  This retreat is designed for all women regardless of how you pray or how often you pray.  Please dress comfortably and bring your Bible, a pad of paper and a pen/pencil.

The cost of the retreat is $30 for the day (checks payable to St. Paul’s UMC), this includes lunch.  Space is limited to 24 women.  To register, contact Caroline Wiggin at or 603-361-7451 or call the church at 603-647-7322.  Sorry, there is no child care, however two scholarships are available, ask Caroline.

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Saturday November 18, 2017 9am - 2pm

Holiday Bazaar

Plymouth UMC, 334 Fairgrounds Rd, Plymouth, NH

Holiday Bazaar Poster

Plymouth UMC is hosting their 8th annual Holiday Bazaar.  This Bazaar is held on both floors of the church, and features the Women's Fellowship Cookie Walk, local non-profits showcasing their work, exhibitors, many vendors selling hand crafts, and a lunch café hosted by Pemi Baker Community Health.  There is plenty of parking available and the church is handicap accessible. For more information, contact Diane Tiffany at 603-536-2822.


Saturday November 18, 2017 9am - 2pm
Holly Berry Fair
Federated Church of Marlborough, Community House, Main St, Marlborough, NH

Holly Berry Fair Poster

Please join us for this wonderful holiday tradition - the Holly Berry Fair.  We’ll have home baked goods, crafts, jewelry, decorations, wreaths and much more.  Stop by Grandma’s Attic where you’ll find all sorts of nice, new or nearly new items.


Saturday November 18, 2017 9am – 2pm

Holiday Fair

First UMC, 18 Wesley Way, Gilford, NH

Stock up on baked goods to freeze for Thanksgiving dinner as well as hostess gifts and décor.  Also available will be new and “gently used” books, jewelry, Christmas items as well as gift baskets ready for giving.  Stop by and visit the vendors’ tables and then enjoy some soup for lunch.  It’s been rumored that Santa may put in an appearance!

All proceeds go to our Missions Committee, which supports local organizations with financial support, labor and supplies.  In October supplies were collected for UMCOR “flood buckets” and health kits and sent to flood-ravaged communities throughout the country.


Saturday November 18, 2017 12pm & 5pm

Murder Mystery Play and Dinner

Bow Mills UMC, 505 South Street, Bow, NH

Murder Mystery Poster

The Bow Mills Players present “A Menacing Night at the Modern Museum” Murder Mystery Play and Dinner.  There will be two shows - at 12pm and 5pm.  Murder and mayhem take place at the opening gala of a new art exhibit at the Modern Museum of Modern Art in Boston.  Join our eclectic cast of characters: wealthy Bostonians, art dealers, starving artists, thieves, critics, and the police! Test your sleuthing skills as you try to determine "who dun it?"  Tickets are $20 for adults, $7 for children, 5 and under are free.  This includes dinner, the show and 5 clues.  Reservations are required (please specify which show time).  Contact Darlene Hill at 603-225-3219, 603-496-4534 or  Proceeds from the evening support the Bow Mills UMC drama ministry.


Saturday November 18, 2017 1pm – 5pm

Family Game & Potluck Supper

Suncook UMC, 152 Main Street, Pembroke, NH

Family Game Poster

When the weather turns cold outside there’s nothing better than an afternoon of family games followed by a delicious potluck supper.  Bring the whole family to enjoy tabletop games including Monopoly, Cribbage, Munchkin, Candyland and lots more. Ping Pong, too!  Play our games or bring a favorite of your own to share.  We will have soup and a variety of sweet and savory munchies during the afternoon, followed by a potluck supper provided by church members.  Bring your appetites for food and fun!  For more information, call 603-587-0658.


Sunday November 19, 2017 4pm

Elisabeth von Trapp in Concert

St. Paul’s UMC, 335 Smyth Road, Manchester, NH

EvT Poster

Elisabeth is the granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, the inspiration for the movie “The Sound of Music”.  Her concert program includes sacred and secular music ranging from the contemporary to Gregorian chant, early American hymns, spirituals and perhaps a song or two from the Rodgers & Hammerstein songbook. All arrangements are created for the church setting, arranged around Elisabeth’s voice and guitar accompaniment.

There is no performance fee, however a Love Offering will be taken and Elisabeth will donate 10% of the collection plate and CD sales to the church.  To learn more about Elisabeth’s 2017-2018 UMC Concert Tour and how to book her at your church, click here.


Friday November 24, 2017 7pm

St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble

Ctr. Conway UMC, 1626 East Main St (Route 302/113), Ctr. Conway, NH

St. Petersburg Poster

“Music at the Center” presents the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble.  Returning for its 3rd year the quartet will perform “The Masterpieces of Russian Classic Choral and Scared Music”.   The church is located next to the Town Hall and is handicapped accessible. Parking is available behind the church and Town Hall. A suggested donation of $10 will be gratefully received.  For more information, email or call 603-662-9942.


Saturday November 25, 2017 9am - 3pm

Holiday Craft Fair

Town Hall, 504 Route 63, Chesterfield, NH

Holiday Craft Fair Poster

There is plenty to choose from with 22+ local craft vendors, NH made goods and delicious food.  Take a break and enjoy a light breakfast and/or lunch at the Christmas Cafe along with holiday music.


Saturday December 2, 2017 9am - 2pm

Christmas Craft Sale

Enfield UMC, 314 US Route 4, Enfield, NH

There will be crafts, gifts, a cookie sale and a luncheon in our Fellowship Hall for this Christmas Craft Sale.  Space for crafters is available by calling Karen Ricard at 603-523-4866.  Come in from the cold for some fun and holiday cheer.


Saturday December 2, 2017 9am - 3pm

Creative Angels Bazaar & Annual Cookie Walk

Contoocook UMC, 24-28 Maple St, Contoocook, NH

Come get your Christmas Goodies and do some Christmas Shopping at the same time!  We’ll have over 50 varieties of cookies and a Holiday Food Pantry with gluten free choices, handmade gifts and crafts, revisited Christmas treasures, a unique jewelry table and more.  Warm up at our Hot Chocolate bar.  20% of the proceeds will go to Got Lunch and Christmas gifts to local children.  For more information, call the church at 603-746-4894.


Wednesday December 20, 2017 7pm

Blue Christmas Service

Bow Mills UMC, 505 South Street, Bow, NH

This will be a quiet service of prayer, reflection and music for those having difficulty during this season due to grief, illness, depression, stress, family situations or other struggles.  This will be a time to acknowledge our feelings of sadness and concern, to remember we are not alone and to find encouragement to live the days ahead.  Light refreshments will be served following the service.  For more information, contact 603-224-0884.  All are welcome.


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