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ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Charlestown, NH
Report for the Northeast Anglican
Fall 2015

Fort at No. 4It has been a busy summer for the Good Shepherd Church. Our Morning Prayer services at the Fort at No. 4 have been well attended with 5 to 10 participants on Sunday mornings. Our weekly Bible study program now has 14 faithful members as we explore the book of Genesis. Our weekly Bible study program now has 14 faithful members as we explore the book of Genesis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Vacation Bible School was a grand success. We opened each day with the lighting of the altar candles by the children, reading the short form of Family Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, and a brief description of the symbolism of various pieces of church furniture by Fr. David. Phil Turner and Fr. David worked on crafts with the children [note: it is very desirable to complete a prototype of a crafts project before it is done by the kids.] Dee Blanchard, Jeanne Moody, and Bonnie Turner contributed snacks for our hungry youngsters. Aare Ilves made sure that the children did not stray into Summer Street during games in the churchyard. During the week , 7 to 14 children (ages 5-12) attended the sessions, conducted by youth missionaries from the Child Evangelism Fellowship. This is double the number we had last year. The Holy Spirit answered our prayers to send us children.

The following week we participated in the Charlestown-wide yard sale selling soft drinks, lemonade, and baked goods. Unfortunately, the day was overcast and cool so we did not sell much lemonade. However, the books and household goods did reasonably well. As always, it was not so much the fund raising aspects as the fellowship share by members of our church community.

Our ground crew led by Phil Turner, completed the fence that we reported on in June.Our ground crew led by Phil Turner, completed the fence that we reported on in June. We have had a number of favorable comments about it from the community. Between the church building and the fence there is a 19th century, granite hitching post that is nicely carved lying on the ground. It was broken off its base many years ago by a snowplow. We left some space for its eventual restoration. Thus, we were enormously gratified to learn that the board of the Charlestown Historical Society had voted funds to repair the hitching post as a gift to the church. The post is part of the history of the old bank building and few such posts now remain.

 

 

 

We look forward to our October retreat at Weston Priory in Vermont, the annual Harvest Walk to benefit the Fall Mountain Food Shelf, and the ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in November.

We hope to see many of our friends at the Synod in October.

Submitted by The Rev. David W. Moody

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