Events Around the NH District

Annual Conference

Annual Conference is scheduled for Thu - Sat June 14 - 16, 2018, in Manchester, NH.  Prema Devadhar will once again be collecting new and gently used jewelry for sale with the proceeds going to benefit youth programming in the Conference.  Please display this poster and promote this in your church and community.

We still need Equalization Members from the NH District.  One must be age 12 - 17 and two must be age 18 - 30.  Please contact the NH District Office as soon as possible if you are interested.


February 14 - March 31, 2018

40 Days if Giving

First UMC of Gilford, 18 Wesley Way, Gilford, NH

40 Days of Giving Poster

First UMC will once again be celebrating Lent with 40 Days of Giving.  Lent is a time to consider our spiritual growth as we remember the sacrifice that Christ made for us.  What better way to start this process than to give to others?  Last year 1,400 items were collected and distributed to several different organizations that help the hungry, poor, and abused.  Anyone wishing to participate in the 40 Days of Giving is welcome to bring items each Sunday of Lent, or drop items off Monday - Friday from 8:30am to noon at the church office.  If you have any questions, please call the church office at 603-524-3289.


Wednesdays February 21 - March 28, 2018 5:30pm

Soup & Bread Supper/Book Study

First UMC, 18 Wesley Way, Gilford, NH

Please join us for supper in the Fellowship Hall.  The soups and breads are arranged by various committees in the church.  After supper we will hold a Book Study.  The study this year will be Fear of the Other, No Fear in Love, written by William H. Willimon.  The study will be led by Rev. Jim Shook.  Please contact the church if you will be participating.  Books can be obtained in the church office for $10 or on your own.  For questions or to sign up for the study, please call Joyce in the church office at 603-524-3289. 


Thursdays February 22 - March 22, 2018 Noon - 1pm

2018 Lenten Luncheon Series

Bow Mills UMC, 505 South St., Bow, NH

Bow Mills UMC cordially invites you to attend the 2018 Lenten Luncheons Series with presentations by the following luncheon speakers:

February 22 - Sarah-Elizabeth Anderson is a Facilitator of Restorative Circles, a conflict resolution process for communities.

March 1 - Maggie Fogarty, is the Co-Director of the NH Program for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker-founded organization working for justice and peace throughout the world.

March 8 - Rev. Jason Wells is Executive Director of the New Hampshire Council of Churches.

March 15 - Leanne Tigert, M.Div., D.Min., is Hospice Care Services Manager at Concord Regional VNA and will focus her presentation on Caregiving and Faith.

March 22 - Tony Coriaty and Francine Sullivan of  NH Kairos Prison Ministries, a diverse and ecumenical all-volunteer ministry in the men’s and women’s prisons.

A donation of $7 per person is requested.  The proceeds will benefit the Friends of Forgotten Children, helping to meet the needs of families and individuals in the greater Concord area.  The luncheon series is sponsored by the Greater Concord Interfaith Council.  For further info, call 603-224-0884.


Fridays thru March 23, 2018 11:30am - 1pm

Lenten Chowder Luncheons

First UMC, 18 Main Street, Littleton, NH

It’s time once again for our Annual Lenten Chowder Luncheons!  Enjoy Fish or Corn chowder, delicious sandwiches and mouth-watering homemade pies.  Email your orders in on Thursdays to or call your order in on Fridays to 603-493-9934 or 603-444-5567.  For delivery: Please call before 10am.  Call after 10:00 am: for pick-up only.


Lay Servant Ministries

April 14 & April 21, 2018 8:30am - 2:30pm

Advanced Course - Certified Lay Speaker

“Living our United Methodist Beliefs”

Sanbornville UMC, 173 Meadow Street, Sanbornville, NH

Lay Speaker Course Poster

Please complete and return this Registration Form as soon as possible. For more information, please see the NH District Lay Servant Page or  contact Rev. Pam Maden at or 508-423-1454.


April 14 & May 5, 2018 8:30am - 4pm

Advanced Lay Servant Course

“Class Leaders:  Recovering a Tradition”

Durrell Memorial UMC, 2057 Main St, Bethlehem, NH

Lay Servant Course Poster

Please complete and return this Registration Form as soon as possible.  For more information, please see the NH District Lay Servant Page or contact Aaron Cox at 603-444-6388 or


UMC Group Ruling for Tax Exempt Status

GCFA has announced that local churches and organizations covered under the United Methodist tax exemption group ruling can use the website to be listed on Guidestar®, a database for nonprofits. Once listed on Guidestar®, churches and organizations will have a way to demonstrate their 501(c)(3) status electronically.  You can also use this if your church needs a letter showing it is included in the group ruling.  Learn more about this on the GCFA website.  If you’re not sure of your EIN, the NH District Office has a list.  Also, you must keep the Responsible Party listed on your EIN current.  See the 2014 IRS notice for more details on this.


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. 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.


Mission Trip Opportunities

April 15 - 28, 2018

Mission Trip to Washington, NC with

Rev. Roy Richardson, Stafford Springs UMC, CT

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.


June 23, 2018 - July 8, 2018

Costa Rica Mission

Are you looking for a life changing experience?  Need to jumpstart your summer?  Are you or someone you know celebrating graduation?  Come to Costa Rica!  Only $1500, includes air, food, lodging!  Any age considered.  Any ability welcome!  50% deposit due March 17, which will also be our first team meeting.  Please contact Tim at 603-731-3517 or for more information or to invite him or the team to come share with your congregation about missions and other opportunities.  Find us on Facebook at “Costa Rica Mission Team”.



Friday March 16, 2018 5:30pm - 8pm

Messy Church

First UMC, 961 Valley St, Manchester, NH

Messy Church Poster

Messy Church is an opportunity for families to come together, to have fun, to be creative, to share a meal and to worship together. It is a time for all to get “Messy with Jesus!”  This event is free for all ages and includes dinner.  For more information, contact John Young, Family Ministry Coordinator or the Church Office at 603-622-8863 or



Saturday March 24, 2018 9am - 4pm

NH District Resource Day

with Doug Ruffle

Grantham UMC, 418 Route 10 South, Grantham, NH

Doug Ruffle Poster

A Missionary Mindset for Church Renewal

Rev. Dr. Douglas Ruffle worked with the Methodist Church of Argentina from 1978 to 1987 as a missionary.  At a time when more and more of the population do not identify with any established religion (“nones”), it is important to have a “missionary mindset” that approaches the context in ways similar to a missionary from a foreign land.

Visit Doug's Author Page on Amazon to read more about his new book, “A Missionary Mindset:  What Church Leaders Need to Know to Reach Their Community”.  The book draws on the teaching of E. Stanley Jones who was in mission in a context of other faith traditions in the last century and who has much to inform our 21st century efforts to plant new churches and revitalize existing ones.

$12 per person, includes lunch and light breakfast

Register today! Contact the NH District Office

at  603-225-3455 or



Saturday April 28, 2018 7pm

Handbell Concert

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

Join us for this exciting evening of moving music with the Granite State Ringers (GSR).  GSR was organized as a community handbell choir in 2007.  Their vision was to offer musicians who are committed to the art of handbell ringing a chance to play a variety of challenging music and to promote handbell repertoire to audiences all over NH.  They perform on 5 octaves of Malmark Handbells and 7 octaves of Malmark Handchimes.

Tickets are $10 each in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, contact Debbie Young 603-647-7322.


Saturday May 5, 2018

NHUMW Spring Meeting/Field Trip

Warner, NH

Earth Day: Native American Heritage Celebration

In place of the regular Spring Meeting, the NHUMW have scheduled a field trip to Warner, NH.   The day begins with a 10am Brunch at The Foothills Restaurant, 15 E. Main St, Warner, followed at 11:30am with a Guided Tour of the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Rd, Warner. The $7 per person charge for the tour will be covered with funds from the District Treasury.  A brief business meeting will follow in a room provided at the museum.  More details and registration information will be in the spring edition of Northern Lights to be published sometime in March. 



Saturday May 12, 2018

NH District Transition Workshop


Saturday May 19, 2018 9am - 3pm

NH District Leadership Academy


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