First Saturday Devotions, at St. Patrick Church in Pelham. Women of all ages are invited to join in honoring Our Lady. Mass will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the Rosary at 8:30 a.m., and then the annual Advent Prayer Service with a walk through the Old Testament in preparation for Christmas. A pot luck breakfast and fellowship will follow the service. Adoration and Divine Mercy Chaplet will be available before the Mass at 7:30 a.m. in the chapel. For more information, call Linda at 930-6436 or email WomenOfMaryNH@yahoo.com.
Dec. 6 and 7
Interfaith Choir Christmas Concerts, 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Hampstead Congregational Church, 61 Main St.; and 4 p.m. on Sunday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 63 East Broadway, Derry. The choir, now in its 49th year, will present the two concerts, “A Christmas Story,” to get music lovers into the holiday spirit. The 50-member choir, representing more than a dozen area churches, is directed by Cindi Ladew and accompanied by Larry Thompson. Joining the singers this year will be the Jr. Interfaith Choir. Both concerts are free and refreshments will be served. A free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call 329-6047.
“The Welcome Home Series,” for Catholics who have drifted away, are held at 7 p.m. in the Family Room of St. Joseph’s Church, Salem. To attend the meetings, email Edie at email@example.com.
St. Jude Parish will host the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), open to those contemplating entering the Roman Catholic faith or who currently are Catholic but have not yet completed their sacramental preparation for Eucharist or confirmation. RCIA enables individuals to learn more about the Catholic faith while attempting to discern if they are being called to become Catholic. The program is also ideal for those who were baptized into the Catholic faith and now wish to complete their sacraments of initiation. Sessions are informal and informative. For more information, call Ann Marie Hilchey at 548-0531 or the parish office at 432-3333.
The Salvation Army, holds worship service at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Children’s Sunday School and Adult Bible Study is at 11:15 a.m. Supper Club is on Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., for ages 4-12, and a teen group from 5:30 to 7 p.m., for ages 12 and up. Creative Arts program (music, drama, etc.) is held on Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5:30, for ages 5 and up, includes dinner. Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Women’s Bible Study is held on Fridays at 11 a.m. Video Game Night is held on the second Friday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m., for ages 12-16. A Family Game Night and Potluck Dinner is held on the last Sunday of the month from 5 to 7 p.m. All programs are free. The Salvation Army is located at 18 Folsom Road, Derry. Call 434-7790 if a ride is needed.
Island Pond Baptist Church youth group, invites youth, grades nine through 12, to participate in Higher Standard Youth Group. A Youth Group for students in grades 6-8 meets Sundays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday evening prayer and Bible study is led by the Rev. Wells at 7 p.m. Men’s ministry holds a Bible study on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6:35 and a men’s prayer breakfast on the second Saturday of every month at 7:30 a.m. Call 329-5959 or visit islandpondbc.org.
The Women’s Bible study, an interdenominational gathering of women, is held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Plaistow Public Library, Main Street in Plaistow. Call 887-2985.
Mom’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study, Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Christopher’s Church, 187 East Road, Hampstead. With the Rev. Miriam Acevedo, vicar. Babysitting will be offered at no charge. Bring a Bible if available, if not, one will be provided. Coffee will be offered. For more information, call the Rev. Acevedo at 329-4674, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit saintcs.org.
New Creation Healing Center, 148 Plaistow Road (Route 125) in Plaistow, is a collection drop-off spot for those in need. First, and in conjunction with the Lions Clubs International, New Creation accepts and passes on good quality, but no longer needed eyeglasses. In conjunction with the Plaistow Food Bank, New Creation accepts nonperishable food. Call 382-7391.
First Baptist Church of Salem, offers a variety of family and individual ministries during the week. Youth groups meet on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. Family night is held on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and begins with a free meal at 6 p.m. and classes for all ages, 7 to 8 p.m. The church is at 101 School St. in Salem. Call 893-9191.
Windham Bible Chapel, holds Kid’s Klub on Fridays. Children, age 4 through grade four, are invited from 6 to 8 p.m. The Evangelical Free Church is at 14 Cobbetts Pond Road in Windham. Call 898-9899 or visit windhambible.com.
Trinity Charismatic Episcopal Church, in conjunction with New Creation Healing Center, holds services of Christian Healing on the first Sunday of every month at 2 p.m. Christian Healing services consist of worship with hymns, prayers and a teaching from the Bible applied to daily life. Trinity Church will offer two Bible studies each week. One is Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pearson home, 23 Faith Drive (off East Road) in Hampstead. Call evenings, 329-7341. The other is Sundays at 6 p.m. at the Isbister home, 23 Scott Lane in Sandown. Call nights 887-2985. Overcomers, a Christian program based on Alcoholics Anonymous, is held Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A women’s Bible study is held at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at the home of Ronnie Isbister, 23 Scott Lane in Sandown. Call Ronnie Isbister at 887-2985. Every third Thursday, the church co-sponsors half-hour prayer appointments between 1 and 3 p.m. To make an appointment, call the New Creation Healing Center office at 382-7391. Trinity Church worships at the Newton Junction Baptist Church, 18 West Main St. in Newton Junction. Call 382-0273.
St. Thomas Aquinas, offers the Children of Mary Prayer Group. Meetings are on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., in the church. Wednesday staff prayer meetings are held at noon. Charismatic Prayer Meetings are held on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Knitting a Tighter Community meets on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Baby items such as diaper bags, size 2 and 3 diapers (small packages), bottles, baby wipes, onesies and sleepers are needed for the Baby Outreach Program. Bring any donations to the friary office. The church asks parishioners or those who want more information to send their e-mail addresses to email@example.com. Include name, address and telephone number. This will facilitate sending out information more efficiently. The church is at 26 Crystal Ave., Derry. Visit stthomasderry.org or call 432-5000.
Fall and Winter Thursday Evening Eucharist Service and Bible Study Group, 7 p.m. at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Hampstead. This service provides an opportunity to take a weekday break from one’s busy schedule and come to a place of quiet meditation and the sharing of the Holy Meal of Eucharist. This service is often used to celebrate the lives of saints whose feast days come up sometime during the current week.