Diocese of the Northeast Welcome to the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd Map to the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd Anglican Church in America
Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd

Parish News:
Our Town    |   Northeast Anglican     |    NEA Reports    |    Join us on Facebook


 


 

Ordination of Deacon Scott Chase

 

In Anglicanism, our clergy consist of three orders – deacons, priests (presbyters), and bishops. On Saturday, September 8, we ordained a new deacon, The Rev. Mr. Scott D. Chase. This was a joyful occasion for our parish. Scott has been studying for the diaconate for a number of years and is now able to assist the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd with some of the duties that Fr. David Moody previously carried out before his retirement last January. The ordination was conducted by Bishop Brian R. Marsh, our Diocesan Bishop and Rector of our parish. The Rev. Canon Christian Tutor, Rector of All Saints Anglican Church, Concord, NH assisted as master of ceremonies for the service and the Rev. Stephen Rugg, Interim Vicar of Trinity Anglican Church, White River Junction, VT preached the ordination sermon. Fr. Art Bennett presented Mr. Chase for ordination and Fr. David Moody served as acolyte for the mass. The service was followed by a celebratory lunch. We pray that the Rev. Mr. Scott Chase will have a joyful and fruitful ministry in the years to come.

On Saturday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m., Fr. Art Bennett led the “Blessings of the Badges” at the Charlestown Fire Station assisted by a number of pastors from other churches in Charlestown. St. Michael and All Angels medals were blessed and passed out to personnel serving on the police and fire departments and ambulance squads of Charlestown and other local communities. This is the third year that the Charlestown Area Church Network has gathered together to show community support for those who risk their lives daily to protect us from harm.

As we enter the fall season, we are reminded of the many blessings that we enjoy as fresh fruit and vegetables are harvested on local farms. On Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., the Charlestown Congregational Church will host the annual Harvest Walk to raise funds for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf in Charlestown and Langdon. Join the Charlestown Area Church Network on this traditional preamble down Main Street. Adults, children, and dogs are most welcome. Participants will receive water bottles and apples. God bless you all in the harvest season.

November marks the traditional end of the harvest season in rural areas. It is a particularly appropriate time of year to thank our God for the bounty which we have received from the life-sustaining harvest and all other gifts received from Him during the year.

Two family events occur this month that provide us an opportunity to gather together as a community and thank God for all His blessings. The first, is Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God alone), an evening of music and song in praise of Almighty God. Each church in Charlestown and in a number of surrounding communities have been asked to contribute a hymn or musical piece to the program. The event will be hosted at Life on Main in the sanctuary of St. Luke’s Church on Main Street on November 3 at 6:30 p.m. Please join your neighbors in lifting our voices as an thank-offering to our Lord.

The second event is the annual Charlestown Community Thanksgiving. This year the service will be hosted this by the North Charlestown Methodist Church on Sunday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. Bring canned goods or other food items for a donation to the Charlestown Food Shelf.

We at Good Shepherd wish you all a blessed and happy Thanksgiving Day!

 

Soli Deo Gloria


 

daffodils

Spring has finally come to Charlestown, and for the past few weeks, we have been enjoying the brilliant yellows of our King Alfred daffodils in the churchyard. Recall that in our last note, we reported on the completion of painting the interior of our narthex and sanctuary. We recently decided to renew the 25-year old carpet in the same areas and have chosen to replace it with a dark blue-green colored material that reflects the color of the wood work. This contrasts nicely with the existing red carpet in the aisle and altar area.

In April, Fr. Art Bennett, in collaboration another pastor in the Charlestown Area Church Network, started “Men’s Morning.” This breakfast meeting is held in the Charlestown Community Room starting at 8:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. It provides an opportunity for men to gather together in a relaxed atmosphere before Saturday morning chores and to share thoughts and experiences. We pray that these meetings will provide an opportunity to minister to men who are unchurched and witness to them the power of Christ in our lives.

Good Shepherd will sponsor a week-long vacation Bible School, “Summer Thunder,” the second week in July. This will be the fifth year that we have collaborated with the Child Evangelism Fellowship of New Hampshire to teach the Good News to children in the community.

We look forward to seeing our friends from around the Diocese of the Northeast at the October Synod in Maine.


 

vbs

Mark your calendars!  For the 5th year, the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd will sponsor "Summer Thunder"  vacation Bible  school in cooperation with the Child Evangelism Fellowship of New Hampshire.  The 5-day event will begin on July 9 with registration at 9-9:30 a.m. Bring a brother or sister and a friend.


"He is risen. The Lord is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!"

This is the traditional greeting that Christians exchange on Easter Sunday morning. We are told in the Gospel of Luke, that after the Resurrection, two disciples walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus encountered Jesus on the way. They invited him to sup with them at an inn as it was toward evening and getting dark. At the meal, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it. At that moment they recognized him as the Christ. He then vanished, and they immediately rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples what they had seen. They found the eleven and others gathered together saying “The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon (Luke 24:34 ESV).” Then they told their own story of recognizing Christ as He broke bread with them at the inn.

Thus, each Easter Day we repeat with joy the words of the witnesses who saw Christ after he had died on the Cross and had risen from the dead. They remind us of the joyous news that we celebrate each Easter and every Sunday morning. The good news that Christ had the power to overcome death, obtain forgiveness for our sins, and give us hope for salvation and eternal life with Him.

March was a busy month for us as we prepared the church and ourselves for Holy Week and The Sunday of the Resurrection. On Marsh 20, Bishop Brian Marsh gave a talk on “What it means to be an Anglican?” He covered a wide range of topics from early Christian History in Roman England to the 1886 Lambeth Quadrilateral Meeting in Chicago that set forth a four-point statement of Anglican identify; the differences between “high church” and “low church;” the role of the sacraments in our lives; and the blessings of our unique Book of Common Prayer, the basis of all our worship services. The talk was followed by a half hour of enthusiastic conversation and questions.

The parish of the Good Shepherd wishes all our friends in Charlestown and the Greater Fall Mountain area, a wonderful and blessed Eastertide.

Bishop

Lent

Bishop Brian Marsh will host a discussion hour on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the church parish hall. His topic will be What it means to be an Anglican? This is a good opportunity to ask questions about our church customs and beliefs.

Lent, the 40-day period of the Church Year that proceeds The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, is a time of quiet reflection, prayer, acts of self denial, and charity to others.

 

Unfortunately, for some, the focus of Lent becomes what foods do I give up for this 40-day period. Indeed, many may feel that if they are "successful" in avoiding a specific list of foods, then they are prepared to receive the risen Lord on Easter Day. But why do we fast? Lent is an opportunity for us to do some serious housecleaning deep within our souls. Fasting assists us in purifying ourselves as a necessary first step in encountering God. We strive to improve our relationship to God during Lent by fasting from anger, hate, telling lies, hurtful behavior toward those around us, and other sins that separate us from God. Indeed, we should feast on kindness, generosity, thoughtfulness, honesty, goodness, love of our neighbors, and other virtues that lead us closer to our God who is Love. Thus, we hope that a little physical hunger through fasting will lead us to hunger and thirst for Christ and try to mold ourselves in His image. We pray that you experience a Holy Lent.

This is a good opportunity to ask questions about our church customs and beliefs.

Please join us as we walk together the way of the Cross to Easter Day.

Altar for Ash Wednesday

Good Shepherd celebrated Shrove Tuesday on February 13 with a traditional Pancake Supper after the service of Evening Prayer.

All available space around our large round table was occupied by hungry folks eager to partake of Dee Blanchard’s tasty pancakes and Bonnie Turner’s homemade apple sauce along with sausages and bacon. It was a grand occasion for our parish family to share as we prepared to enter the Lenten season on Ash Wednesday.

 

All available space around our large round table was occupied by hungry folks eager to partake of Dee Blanchard’s tasty pancakes and Bonnie Turner’s homemade apple sauce along with sausages and bacon.

All available space around our large round table was occupied by hungry folks eager to partake of Dee Blanchard’s tasty pancakes and Bonnie Turner’s homemade apple sauce along with sausages and bacon. It was a grand occasion for our parish family to share as we prepared to enter the Lenten season on Ash Wednesday. It was a grand occasion for our parish family to share as we prepared to enter the Lenten season on Ash Wednesday.


 

We hope you all have survived the cold weather, ice, and snow of January. Cold weather is hard on people, vehicles, and buildings, and we had our share of temporarily frozen pipes and a laboring furnace. However, we got through the cold spell and have plans to install additional insulation in key parts of our church building when it gets warm again.

Newsworthy this past month is the painting of our sanctuary, narthex, and the front door. This includes painting the late 19th century, embossed tin ceiling in the church. It has been over 20 years since we last did this, so the project was long overdue.

Shrove Tuesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

In February, we shall prepare for the coming of Lent on Ash Wednesday with a traditional pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 13, at 6:00 p.m. The period preceding Lent is a time for Christians to repent of their sins by attending confession and being shriven or absolved. It was also a time in which to use up rich foods, such as eggs, cream, butter, and sugar, prior to eating plainer foods during the penitential period of Lent Please join us for this richly symbolic and enjoyable free meal in our parish hall.

On the evening of Ash Wednesday, we will celebrate Holy Eucharist and offer the imposition of ashes (the drawing with ashes of a visible cross of the forehead) to those who come forward to the altar rail. These ashes are made by burning palm fronds that were blessed on Palm Sunday in 2017. The ashes are applied by the priest reciting the words “Remember, O man, that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return. (Genesis 3:19).” These words remind us of our sinfulness and mortality as we enter 40 days of fasting, alms-giving, prayer, and self-denial in preparation for Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.

 

Celebration of Phil Turner's Birthday at Wednesday morning Bible Study

Celebration of Phil Turner's Birthday at Wednesday morning Bible Study.


Come to a traditional Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Nativity

Watch the infant Jesus tenderly carried from the altar to the crèche and laid in the manager, welcomed by an angel. See the crèche blessed with holy water and incense.
Participate in the Holy Eucharist, the first mass of Christmas that celebrates the Incarnation of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Children will be especially welcomed.
Holy Eucharist will be held on Christmas Day at 10:00 a.m. at the church.


 

Sol Deo Gloria

Sol Deo GloriaIn early November, Phil Turner, Good Shepherd’s junior warden, organized a community musical thank-offering to our Lord, Soli Deo Gloria. Six local churches contributed some 20 musical pieces including a solo sung by Phil, entitled, Tell Your Heart to Beat Again (D. Gokey). It was a wonderful evening of worship through the offerings of music.

Harvest Dinner at the Fort

The Fort at No. 4 held their annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, November 18. Fr. David, in colonial dress, blessed the meal. Candles and a roaring fire provided light and warded off chill of the evening. Strolling minstrels provided entertainment. Jeanne (Mistress Moody) and Dee Blanchard also attended the event.

Fr. David’s Birthday

vestry meetingSunday, November 19, was particularly busy at Good Shepherd. At the beginning of our vestry meeting after the morning service, Fr. David was presented with a Boston cream pie with a single large candle placed in its center in commemoration of his 80th birthday which he will celebrate on Thanksgiving Day this year. In addition to birthday cards, the parish gave him the gift of a stunning monstrance for use at the Service of Benediction. Bishop Marsh promptly blessed it for use.

Charlestown Community Thanksgiving Service

At 6 p.m., we welcomed the pastors of local churches and about 40 adults and children to the annual Charlestown Community Thanksgiving Service. Each year, the service is held in a different church; this year was our turn to host the service. A large basket and box of food and $372 were collected for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf.

The "Ultimate" Christmas Party

Finally, we look forward to sharing in the preparation and support of the “Ultimate Christmas Party” on Saturday morning, December 16, for about 50 children. The party, ideal for ages 5-12, will include songs, a Bible story, snacks and games. The Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) of New Hampshire and Charlestown area churches are hosting the event.

Approaching the Advent Season

As we enter the Advent season, it is easy to get caught up in the rush of holiday preparations. Decorating the house, sending out greeting cards, and purchasing presents lead to anxiety and a frenzy of activities. Stop and take a deep breath. Enjoy the beautiful, still calm of the winter landscape along the Connecticut River. Experience the joy and love of family and friends. Thank God for His many, many blessings of the past year. Advent (which means “coming” in Latin) is the period defined by the four Sundays before Christmas. It is a time of reflection, expectant waiting, and preparation for the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are waiting for the coming of God’s Son into the world as a helpless child. This is an occasion of great joy for Christians, and a testimony of God’s love for us -- the greatest of all Christmas gifts. We extend our love and best wishes to our friends in the Charlestown community for a safe and Happy New Year.

Merry Christ Mass!


 

Soli Deo Gloria

 

Join an assembly of musicians from area churches on the evening of Friday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. to lift our voices as an offering to our Lord in thanksgiving for the blessings of the past year. The program will be held at the Congregational Church on Main Street.

Charlestown Congregational Church and the Charlestown Church Network are the sponsors.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Community Thanksgiving Service

 

 

 

Sunday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. the annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be hosted this year by the Church of the Good Shepherd. The proceeds of the offering will go to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Soli Deo Gloria

 

 

 

Join an assembly of musicians from area churches on the evening of Friday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. to lift our voices as an offering to our Lord in thanksgiving for the blessings of the past year. The program will be held at the Congregational Church on Main Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Second Annual Blessing of the Badges Ceremony

A group of about fifty family and friends and well-wishers gathered at 10 AM, Saturday, September 30th to witness the second annual Blessing of the Badges Ceremony led by Fr. Art Bennett to bless the badges of the police, fire and emergency personnel present at the station. This year’s ceremony was moved inside the Charlestown Fire Station due to rain. The ceremony was a thank offering made on behalf of the public they serve to the Emergency Personal who face the daily risk of conflict, personal injury and sometimes even death, for protecting our communities. Prayers were offered for angelic protection invoking the name of the Archangel Michael, the traditional protector of these public servants.


Altar Super Fontal


 

Our vacation Bible school held in mid-July was much fun, and Good Shepherd is indebted to the team of youth ministers from the Child Evangelism Fellowship of New Hampshire. Their enthusiasm and dedication to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to young people was outstanding. It is always refreshing and humbling to see the world through the eyes of children. We are also grateful to Dee and Bonnie for yummy snacks, Phil and Jeanne for collecting craft materials, and for Aare’s faithful support. Plan now to send your kids to vacation Bible school next year in July 2018 for our fifth year!

 

Our vacation Bible school held in mid-July was much fun, and Good Shepherd is indebted to the team of youth ministers from the Child Evangelism Fellowship of New Hampshire. Their enthusiasm and dedication to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to young people was outstanding. It is always refreshing and humbling to see the world through the eyes of children. We are also grateful to Dee and Bonnie for yummy snacks, Phil and Jeanne for collecting craft materials, and for Aare’s faithful support. Plan now to send your kids to vacation Bible school next year in July 2018 for our fifth year!

 

 

 


 

 

On the Third Sunday after Easter, Bishop Marsh admitted postulant Scott Chase to the Order of Subdeacons. Scott administered the chalice for the first time.On the Third Sunday after Easter, Bishop Marsh admitted postulant Scott Chase to the Order of Subdeacons. Scott administered the chalice for the first time.


 

VBS

Mark your calendars!

Our fourth annual Vacation Bible School will be held on July 10-14. If you have children (or visiting grandchildren) attending grades K-5, these morning sessions (9:30-12:00 noon) are for you. Summer Thunder, led by youth ministers from the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), are high energy, fun packed mornings of songs, games, Bible stories, snacks, and crafts. The theme of VBS this year will be “Discovering Jesus.” The kids will become “detectives,” and each day, they will discover new clues in the Scriptures that lead them to discover who Jesus is. Children are encouraged to bring friends because sharing makes the mornings that much more fun.

Drop by Good Shepherd during the Charlestown Yard Sale on July 15. We will be in front of the church with Lemonade, snacks, used books, several small desks, and two fireplace screens and among a number of other odds and ends. Please come inside the church and rest a while in the pews from your shopping. We look forward to welcoming you!

 


As we approach spring, we can count our blessings at Good Shepherd. Despite some threatening snowstorms, our Sunday services have continued with good attendance. We did have to cancel one Wednesday morning Bible study after resident clergy consulted the weather forecast the night before and concluded that travel would be risky the next morning. Our aged furnace continues to work through another winter and, after repairs to the roof a year ago, our roof continues to shelter us. The junior warden is most grateful for these blessings.

Our current Bible study has consisted of watching lectures by Dr. Timothy Luke Johnson’s Jesus and the Gospels (www.thegreatcourses.com) interspersed with the reading and discussion each of the Gospels as Dr. Johnson presents them. Recently, we have been most fortunate to welcome Fr. Steve Rugg to our Wednesday meetings when his academic schedule allows. His knowledge of Greek and the history of the Scriptures and their interpretation have been an enormous benefit to participants. We are grateful to Fr. Rugg for his efforts to drive a considerable distance to be with us in Charlestown on Wednesdays.

The pre-Lent “-gesima” Sundays mark the coming of Lent, culminating with Shrove Tuesday on February 28. As is our custom at Good Shepherd, we will hold a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper following Evening prayer in the parish hall. This traditional meal will include pancakes, sausages, applesauce, and real New Hampshire maple syrup prepared. Thank you Dee Blanchard and Fr. Art Bennett for organizing this event that is open to the community.

This summer, we will Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Good Shepherd with the assistance of the Child Evangelism Fellowship. This will be the fourth year that we have sponsored this wonderful time that we spend with the children of our community. For 2017, VBS will be held on Monday through Friday, July 10-14. We discovered last year that the second week of August is not the best time to hold VBS as children are getting ready to go back to school. They had a number of pre-school activities that prevented them from attending our session at Good Shepherd.

 


 

During the month of February, we complete our journey through the Epiphany season and prepare for Lent. At the beginning of the month, we celebrate Candlemass (Feb. 2), also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Feast commemorates the compliance of Mary and Joseph with Mosaic Law (Leviticus 12:2-8). Forty days after the birth of Christ, Mary redeemed her first-born from the temple and was purified by the prayer of Simon in the presence of Anna, the prophetess (Luke 2:22 cf.). Before Holy Eucharist on this day, beeswax candles are blessed for use in the church during the year.

The pre-Lent “-gesima” Sundays (Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima) mark the coming of Lent, culminating with Shrove Tuesday on February 28 and the beginning of Lent the following day on Ash Wednesday. As is our custom at Good Shepherd,we will hold a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. The public is welcome to join us for this traditional meal of pancakes, sausages, apple sauce, and real New Hampshire maple syrup. There is no charge.


Thanksgiving Service

November 20 at 6pm
Thanksgiving Service on Sunday evening, at Life on Main (St. Luke's Episcopal Church). The service is sponsored by the Charlestown Church Network.


 

You are invited to come and join in a musical thank-offering entitled Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone the Glory) to be held on Friday, Oct 28, 6:30 PM at the old Charlestown Town Hall on Summer St.

The Charlestown Church Network is sponsoring this event in which musicians gathered from 6 local congregations (including Good Shepherd) will offer about 20 songs of Thanks and Praise to the Lord Jesus Christ. The program is designed to run about one and a half hours and it will feature a variety of contemporary and traditional numbers with solos, duets, small ensembles, instrumentals, as well as as hymns to be sung by the entire assembly.
Bp. Brian Marsh, Rector of Good Shepherd, will lead a song and Phil Turner will offer a solo and MC the program. Please join us! 

Join our friends from the Charlestown Church Network on October 9 for the annual Harvest Walk to benefit the Fall Mountain Emergency Food Shelf. We are grateful to the Congregational Church for organizing this annual walk about Charlestown.


Fr. Art Bennett and Charlestown Police Chief Patrick Collins at the Blessings of the Badges on Saturday, October 1, 2016

Read More

Fr. Art Bennett at the Charlestown Fire Department distributing St. Michael and All Angels' medals to participants from police and fire departments and emergency rescue squads from surrounding towns. People have been invited to come and show their support for those who risk their lives daily to protect us from harm.  


 

Spring 2016

 Services will be held each Sunday at 11:30 a.m. through the first Sunday in November

 

 

 

 

 

 


Please mark your calendars if you have children looking for something to do in early August. They and their friends are welcome to attend our third annual vacation Bible school on the mornings of August 8-12 in cooperation with the Child Evangelism Fellowship of New Hampshire. Every year we have had children tell us that if they had know VBS would so much fun, they would have brought their friends. Plan ahead!


Thanks to all who stopped by our table at the yard sale for lemonade and cookies. We were delighted to see many old friends from previous yard sales.


Dear Friends,
It is my sad duty to inform you that Ed Boadway passed to eternal life on June 29 at his home in Claremont, New Hampshire.
He is in the care of the Roy Funeral Home in Claremont, New Hampshire. Burial will be at the family plot in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Details are, at present, incomplete, but a memorial service is being planned at The Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Charlestown, New Hampshire, where he was a parishioner.
Ed was a longtime resident of Claremont, New Hampshire, where he maintained a business specializing in the repair and renovation of church organs.
During his long career as an organist, Mr Boadway played for churches throughout the region. He was particularly fond of traditional Anglican music and specialized in the performance of Anglican chant settings. He served as organist for many special occasions in the Anglican Diocese of the Northeast and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and worked with him.
Mr. Boadway left no immediate relatives.
"Rest eternal grant him, O Lord, and life perpetual shine upon him."
Your Brother in Christ,
+Brian


Spring has sprung. The Daffodils are in full bloom in our churchyard. The humming birds have yet to arrive at our backyard feeder, but they will come. It is a glorious season in which to experience God’s Creation. We will have a busy schedule of services as we move from Eastertide to Trinitytide at the end of May. Please join us to worship Our Lord using the beautiful liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer.

On Sunday, April 24th, we celebrated the 70th birthday of long-time church member, Aare Ilves. After the morning service, we gathered in the parish hall with Aare’s family and friends to have a little party and to wish him well for the future. Our “Resurrection Party” on Saturday, April 9th, was as much fun for the adults and for the children. We are very grateful to the Beck family, Jens, Jane, and Ellen, for leading us in songs, games, stories, and prayers. Everyone went home with a small cross that they folded from palm fond's used on Palm Sunday. And thanks to Dee Blanchard and Bonnie Turner; the snacks were “Yummy” as advertised.
We look forward to working with the Becks again on our Summer Vacation Bible School, “Summer Thunder,” on August 8-12th. Mark your calendar for your children, grandchildren and their friends, K-5.

Finally, our Sunday services at the Fort at No. 4 will start on May 22nd at a new time-- 12:30 p.m. Bring your visiting relatives and friends to pay a Sunday visit to one of Charlestown’s treasures and worship as some of our forefathers might have done during the first half of the 18th century.  

 

  Bishop Marsh and Aare Ilves on Aare's 70th birthday on Sunday.
Bishop Marsh and Aare Ilves on Aare's 70th birthday on Sunday.
 

 

Our “Resurrection Party” on Saturday, April 9th, was as much fun for the adults and for the children. We are very grateful to the Beck family, Jens, Jane, and Ellen, for leading us in songs, games, stories, and prayers. Everyone went home with a small cross that they folded from palm fond's used on Palm Sunday. And thanks to Dee Blanchard and Bonnie Turner; the snacks were “Yummy” as advertised.

We look forward to working with the Becks again on our Summer Vacation Bible School, “Summer Thunder,” on August 8-12th. Mark your calendar for your children, grandchildren and their friends, K-5. 

Sermon Easter Day, 2016
The Rt. Rev. Brian R. Marsh

April 2016 Our Town
February NEA Report 


Read more and see photos from the Fall Report to the NEA

Our ground crew led by Phil Turner, completed the fence that we reported on in JuneOur 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.


 

October 10, Saturday, 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
Weston Priory Retreat

October 11, Sunday, 2-3 p.m.
Annual Charlestown Harvest Walk for the benefit of the Fall Mountain Food Shelf (water and apples provided to walkers.)

 
 
April 20, 2016 Our Town
February NEA Report

February NEA Report Read more and see photos from the Fall Report to the NEA 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.Our Morning Prayer services at the Fort at No. 4 have been well attended with 5 to 10 participants on Sunday mornings. More news and photos from the Fall issue of the NEA.


Our Bible Study now has 12 faithful members. Our weekly Bible study program now has 14 faithful members as we explore the book of Genesis.
October 10, Saturday, 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
Weston Priory Retreat
October 11, Sunday, 2-3 p.m.
Annual Charlestown Harvest Walk for the benefit of the Fall Mountain Food Shelf (water and apples provided to walkers.)

View of the Good Shepherd Church when the building was the Connecticut River Bank (c. 1920s) 
Finished Project to renew the fence on the west side of our churchyard. Finished Project to renew the fence on the west side of our churchyard.
Fr. David, John Ilves, and Phil Turner behind our new fence.

Our Morning Prayer services at the Fort at No. 4 have been well attended with 5 to 10 participants on Sunday mornings.

View of the Good Shepherd Church when the building was the Connecticut River Bank (c. 1920s) 
Finished Project to renew the fence on the west side of our churchyard.
Finished Project to renew the fence on the west side of our churchyard.
Fr. David, John Ilves, and Phil Turner behind our new fence.
  The winter was hard on our aging fence to right of our church building, and the vestry decided that we need to replace it. Our new Junior Warden, Phil Turner, took charge and organized a fence-raising party after one of our Wednesday Bible Study sessions to plant posts. Wanting to make sure the fence did not move, he required his helpers, John and Aare Ilves and Fr. David to sink four three-foot holes in the churchyard. Then we poured concrete In our next report we will provide a picture of the finished project.

The church building when it was the Connecticut River National Bank in the 1920s.

How many Anglicans does it take to build a fence?


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 

 

It is Spring again!

The snow and ice are finally melting. Holy Week is upon us with its many services that mark the Way of the Cross leading to the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. All are welcome to join us on this pilgrimage to the foot of the Cross, giving continuous praise and thanksgiving to an infinitely merciful and loving God.

  Our Bible Study group continues to grow. We now have 12 faithful students who gather together each Wednesday in our parish hall for study and fellowship. There is always room for more chairs around our table.

Our Bible Study group continues to grow... There is always room for more chairs around our table.



 

Photos from the Morning Prayer services at the Fort at No 4.
Mistress Moody, wife of Fr. David, studies the Holy Scripture before Morning Prayer at the Fort at No. 4 on Trinity Sunday.
Mistress Moody, wife of Fr. David, studies the Holy Scripture before Morning Prayer at the Fort at No. 4 on Trinity Sunday.

The parsons wife enjoys the sun before the service.

The parsons wife enjoys the sun before the service.

Morning Prayer on Whitsunday at the Fort at no. 4, Charlestown NH (French and Indian War Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, NH)

Morning Prayer on Whitsunday at the Fort at no. 4, Charlestown NH   Just before Morning Prayer began on Whitsunday, June 8, 2014 at Fort at No. 4 
     
Re-enactors at the French and Indian War Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, NH
French and Indian War Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, NH   Music makers at the Fort on Sunday, June 8, 2014

Warm temperatures of the past several weeks brought the daffodils in the churchyard into full bloom. We celebrated by using some of them on our altar at Good Shepherd for Morning Prayer during the past month. Fr. Art Bennett reminded me that the daffodil is the national flower of Wales and is proudly worn by the Welsh on St. David’s day in March. St. David (c. 500 – c. 589) is the patron saint of Wales.

This summer, the Church of the Good Shepherd is partnering with the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) to present "Summer Thunder," a five-day vacation Bible school (VBS). The VBS will run from July 7-12 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and is designed for children from grades K through 5. The program is nondenominational and open to all children at no cost.

VBS will include songs, games, crafts, Bible stories, and snacks. Consider joining us for a great time as we learn about the Bible with counselors from Camp Good News. Registration for VBS will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7 at Good Shepherd. Each child should be accompanied by a parent so that we can obtain parental permission for the child to attend VBS. For planning purposes, please reserve a space for your child by calling 603-835-7900 or send an email to dwmoody@beaverwood.com.
We would be happy to answer any questions that you might have about our summer program.

Last month our rector, Bishop Brian Marsh, presented the parish with a beautiful piece of art glass.

Art Glass panel portrays a stylized image of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, holding a Shepherds crook in one hand and extending his other hand in welcomeThe glass panel portrays a stylized image of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, holding a Shepherd's crook in one hand and extending his other hand in welcome.

The image is also on our church banner, the cover of our church bulletin, and on a variety of brochures.

The parish is very grateful to Bishop Marsh for this beautiful addition to our sanctuary where it is displayed in the east window.

 

 


Shrove Tuesday

 

Free Pancake Supper

We celebrated Shrove Tuesday with a beautiful service of Evensong.

This was followed by a traditional pancake supper prepared by Dee Blanchard and Jeanne Moody. Due to the skill of the chefs there were no leftovers.

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanne Moody receives national ACA Killian Medal for service

Archived News

Bishop blesses 18th century Bible at Fort at No. 4, from the Compass News

MORNING PRAYER SERVICES AT FORT AT NO. 4

Morning Prayer services at 11:30 a.m. each Sunday at the Fort at No. 4 will resume when the Fort reopens for the summer season.
Morning Prayer will be read at 11:30 a.m. using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
Sermons will be drawn from the Great Homilies of the Elizabethan period.   Read more...

Revolutionary War Encampment 2012

God Talk: The Book of Common Prayer at three hundred and fifty.
Read more from the New Yorker

18th Century Bibles on Facebook

For further information about events and programs at the Fort at No. 4 and its location click here.


Deacon David Moody Fort no 4

Mission to El Hogar
My Personal Log of the mission to El Hogar, a home for poor children in Honduras – Phil Turner
Read more
Download the document

Local Links

spacer

Aare Ilves, a parishioner and lay reader at Good Shepherd, paid a visit to the homeland of his parents in Estonia. On his trip Aare met with Metropolitan Stephanos of the Estonian Apostolic-Orthodox Church who gave him a message and gift to bring back to the rector of the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd. These were presented to Bishop Brian Marsh in a brief ceremony at the end of Sunday services several weeks ago.

Aare's parents immigrated to the United States from Estonia in the mid- 1950s. In pursuing the genealogy of his family, Aare made several trips to Europe over the past decade during which he located his grandmother's grave, the Estonian Orthodox Church that she attended, and the priest who conducted her funeral 36 years ago.

This past summer, he made the trip with a letter of introduction and greetings to officials of the Estonian Orthodox Church from Bishop Marsh Aare presented the letter to the Office of the Estonian Apostolic-Orthodox Church in Tallinn and was soon warmly welcomed by His Eminence, the Most Blessed Stephanos, Metropolitan of Tallinn and All Estonia. The Orthodox Church of Estonia was granted autonomy by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople in 1923. During the Second World War, the Metropolitan at that time escaped to Sweden, and the Soviets put the Estonian Church under the control of Moscow. The autonomy of the Estonian Orthodox Church was restored in 1994.

Metropolitan Stephanos gave Aare a book on the history of the Estonian Church and asked him to convey it and his fraternal greetings to Bishop Marsh. This was done in a brief ceremony at the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd after Holy Eucharist on Sunday, October 18. Bishop Marsh expressed his delight in receiving this token of affection from Metropolitan Stephanos. “It is not often that a layman gets to play such a direct role in improving ecumenical relations between distant parts of the Catholic Church”, said Marsh.“We are very gratified that Aare had the opportunity to convey our greetings directly to Metropolitan Stephanos and that he was so graciously received.”

Welcome to the recently baptized members of the Smith family from Bellows Falls, Vermont: mother, daughter, the daughter's infant son, and three other Smith children. It was a joyous occasion for us to welcome so many at one time to the Body of Christ.

Visit to home land of his parents in Estonia by Aare Ilves, a resident of Charlestown, New Hampshire
Read More

Rt Rev Brian R Marsh, Bishop Ordinary
Rt Rev Brian R Marsh,
Bishop Ordinary
ACA and APA Sign Inter-Communion Agreement

National Synod, Belleview, IL -- 22 September 2011

Signatories of Inter-Communion Agreement between ACA and APAOn September 22, 2011, the Anglican Church in America (ACA), meeting in its Eighth General Synod at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleview, Illinois, unanimously endorsed a resolution for inter-communion with the Anglican Province of America (APA). The APA also unanimously endorsed this agreement at its Provincial Synod on July 15, 2011. The Inter-Communion Agreement was signed by the ACA and APA Ordinaries on the Altar during the ACA Synod Pontifical Solemn High Mass.

 

 

Archbishop Louis W. Falk has completed his term as President of the House of Bishops. He had promised to serve as President for a single two-year term at the last General Synod of the ACA. The House of Bishops received his resignation with gratitude and deep appreciation for his years of service to the Church.
The Right Reverend Brian R. Marsh was elected Acting President of the House of Bishops. The Right Reverend George D. Langberg was re-elected Vice President. Both were elected unanimously.
All ACA bishops have agreed to support each other as they proceed with their respective courses of action. Those bishops committed to the Ordinariate have, in the interests of collegiality, voluntarily agreed to forego their voting rights on matters that will not affect them.
All current members of the House of Bishops remain in good standing within the House of Bishops and the Anglican Church in America, until some members are received and incardinated into the Personal Ordinariate.

We offer our pledge to assist and to pray for each other during this time of transition.

(signed) The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America.
Tuesday of Easter Week. April 26, 2011.

The Most Rev. Dr. Brian R. Marsh, Bishop Ordinary & Rector
Bishop Ordinary:
Sermons

The Rev. David W. Moody, Associate Rector

Charlie Niemi

Stephen Rugg

Robert D. Philp

The Rev. Fr. Amos Mukiza Mihanda
mihanda2002@yahoo.co.uk