Events Around the NH District


Commission on a Way Forward

Saturday January 6, 2018 1pm - 3pm

Bow Mills UMC, 505 South Street, Bow, NH

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar will be meeting with clergy and laity to talk about the three paths proposed by the Commission on a Way Forward.  Bishop Devadhar will be joined by his episcopal colleagues, Bishop Cliff Ives, Bishop Jane Middleton, and Bishop Susan Hassinger.

The Commission on a Way Forward has produced a booklet of information and resources about its work for the Council of Bishops.  The booklet includes sketches of the three proposed models for the Church's future.

  Please let us know you plan to attend.

Call 603-225-3455 or email



Lay Equalization Members

The 2018 Annual Conference will be held in Manchester, NH from June 14 – 16, 2018.  The NH District may elect 22 lay equalization members and we are looking for suggestions or self-nominations.  Lay equalization members have full voice and vote at Annual Conference, but there are a few requirements they must meet.    Read all about becoming a lay equalization member here, and contact the NH District office today.


Save the Date!

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).

Watch for more details.


Take the 2017 Advent Quiz! 

Find more fun quizzes from here.


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

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.



Friday December 15, 2017 5:30pm - 8pm

Messy Church

First UMC, 961 Valley St, Manchester, NH

December Messy Church Flyer

Please 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. For more information, contact John Young (Family Ministry Coordinator) or the Church Office at 603-622-8863 or email office@fumcmanchester.


Saturday December 16, 2017 2pm - 4pm

Instant Christmas Pageant

Suncook UMC, 152 Main Street, Suncook, NH

Instant Pageant Poster

You’re invited to join us and participate in an instant Christmas Pageant, The Not So Silent Night!  Some of the shepherds who visit the baby Jesus are so excited they make a great deal of noise and are arrested for disturbing the peace.  The play takes place in the courtroom where the shepherds are on trial.  There are parts for everyone and everyone is welcome.  There are no lines to learn and no complicated movements.  And yes, there will be cookies!  You might think this is a children’s play, but we are all children at Christmas.  Current participants range in age from 6 to 70+. For more information, call 603-485-9707.


Sunday December 17, 2017 3pm

Blue Christmas Service

First UMC, 38 Summer Street, Claremont, NH

This will be a quiet, meditative time of candles, quiet singing, and prayer, where people can come with their sadness to soak in the presence of God. There will be live guitar music, and dress will be informal; come as you are.  If people would like, they can bring a food item for the Claremont Soup Kitchen as a way of blessing others. There is parking next to the church, and also next door at the real estate office lot.  For more information, call 603-542-5783.


Sunday December 17, 2017 7pm

Free Movie Night

Hillsborough UMC, 16 Henniker St, Hillsborough, NH

Come see this amazing documentary, “The Star of Bethlehem”, that studies the night skies of the past ages through the use of modern star tracking technology.   Was there truly a special star in the sky 2,000 years ago?  The answer will most surely surprise and encourage you!  All are welcome and this is a free event!  For more information, contact HUMC at 603-464-3056. 


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.


See all the Commission on a Way Forward news releases here.