A great way to get to know other people at our church is to participate in some of our activities.
Do you like to learn?
We offer an adult Bible study class on Sunday mornings, 8:30-9:30am in our Fellowship Hall. No preparation required–or prior knowledge! We read the scripture lessons for the day out loud, and then discuss them. Bring your own Bible or use one from the sanctuary. Pastor Sue leads the class, and sometimes brings interesting pictures for us to see. She says our discussion makes her sermon better. So, if you think her sermons could use some improvement, you know where to show up!
Our Sunday School, for ages 4-12, begins at 10:15am and concludes at 11:00am. The children stay in church through the children’s sermon, and then go downstairs for Sunday school lessons and activities. The nursery downstairs, for newborns-age 3, is also available at that time.
Could you use some encouragement in how to follow Jesus?
We also offer small groups of up to 10 people. We gather in each other’s homes on a regular basis to help each other learn how to live out our faith in our everyday lives. We get to know each other well, pray for each other, and find ways as a group to show Christ’s love for others. It’s more than a book study or time of devotion; it’s a place of refuge & acceptance, where we can encourage each other in our efforts to grow in faith.
Want to provide construction & medical care?
Our church is part of One Heart Mission – We join with people from the Newmarket Community Church and the Stratham Church to send teams to Guatemala, Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, and Red Bird Mission in Kentucky. We do a variety of things, including medical care and construction.
We host week-long work teams of teenagers, and send our teenagers to help people in other parts of New England, through the United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth (UM ARMY).
Do you like to sing, or play an instrument?
Our choir sings traditional, contemporary, and Gospel music, and leads our congregation in song at our Sunday morning worship services. Occasionally, they bring in others to play the flute, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, and other percussion instruments. The choir rehearses on Wednesday nights, from 7:00-8:30pm. (During Lent, they rehearse on Thursday nights.) New members are always welcome!
Do you like to cook & feed hungry people?
We serve a meal for Table of Plenty at the Berwick United Methodist Church in Berwick, Maine on Wednesdays from 4:45-6:00pm several times each year. We prepare the food ahead of time at our church.
We serve meals at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen at 15 Middle Street in Portsmouth, NH on Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm, several times each year.
Our Fellowship Hour every Sunday after our worship service is hosted by people who bring food and stay after to clean up. This is a great way to get to know other people AND provide a welcoming place for all of us to gather after the worship service.
We prepare and serve our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on the Tuesday evening before Ash Wednesday. Put on your Mardi Gras beads, and join us!
On Easter morning before our worship service, we prepare and serve our Easter Breakfast. The menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon & sausage!
Do you love knitting, sewing, and other crafts?
Our Mary & Martha Group meets every Monday morning. They are an active group with many interests: making craft items for the holiday fair, knitting & crocheting prayer shawls, and hosting receptions for funerals.
Would you like to connect with other moms with young children?
We have a Mothers Group starting up! We meet at our church, with child care provided in the church nursery by church women who remember what a gift it was when our church provided child care for them!
Do you want to connect with other retirees?
Our Sweet and Sassy Seniors gather in our Fellowship Hall on the third Tuesday of every month (except not in January or February, when it tends to be icy outside) from 11:30am-1:00pm. We enjoy a delicious lunch, prepared by the Membership & Mission Committee, and a fun activity! If you are retired and looking for a way to get to know others at our church better, this is the group for you!
Do you love the outdoors?
We hold an outdoor worship service at Beaver Dam Campground at the start of every summer, followed by a potluck lunch & outdoor activities.
In late August, we have a Christian band come lead us in worship outside on our front parking lot. We invite other churches in Eliot and Kittery to join us. Afterwards, we enjoy a barbeque.
Do you like to plan & find ways to make our church even stronger?
We gather as committees on a regular basis, to keep all our wonderful ministries running smoothly. Serving on a committee is a great way to find out what is happening at our church and in our neighborhood, AND to get to know each other better.