Backpack blessing set at Harwich Port church

Pilgrim Congregational Church in Harwich Port will host a “Bless Your Backpack” event at 8:30 this morning, with stories, music and crafts.

Children are encouraged to bring a backpack for a special blessing to take with them as the school year begins. For more information, call 508-432-1668.

St. David’s begins Sunday school today

St. David’s Episcopal in South Yarmouth begins its new Sunday school, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, at 9 a.m. today.

The program will use the Montessori method of teaching, which encourages children to explore their individual relationships and intimacy with the good shepherd who guides and celebrates with them in their experiences of work, prayer, meditation and relationships with one another and the rest of the church.

The weekly sessions will be held in part of the March Room in the main building at 205 Main St., South Yarmouth.

For more information, contact St. David’s at 508-394-4222 or office@stdavids42222.comcastbiz.net.

Jesus and Java begins again today

The informal “Jesus & Java” worship service will start again for the season at 8:20 a.m. today in the fellowship hall of Northside United Methodist Church, 701 Airline Road, Brewster-Dennis line.

The 30-minute service will include music, prayer, sharing the “good news” and plenty of coffee and goodies. All are welcome. More information is available at 508-385-8622 or northsde-umc.org.

A cappella song among upcoming church events

The South Yarmouth United Methodist Church announces several upcoming events, beginning with a blessing of the backpacks to welcome in the new school year during today’s 10 a.m. worship service.

The church coffee house will host the Bass River Barbershop Bash at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at 318 Old Main St., South Yarmouth. The event will feature a cappella singing by a variety of quartets, men, women and mixed. Music selections range from traditional tunes to Broadway numbers and pop songs. Tickets will be available at the door, with a suggested donation of $10.

The Fishermen’s House Thrift Shop is now open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Furniture Barn is open Wednesday and Saturday. The shop is located at 324 Old Main St., South Yarmouth.

St. Christopher’s plans Celtic worship service

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church of Chatham will hold a special candlelight Celtic worship service at 5 p.m. Sept. 20, featuring Celtic music and hymns performed by traditional musicians of Cape Cod.

The service will be held in the church sanctuary at 625 Main St., Chatham. For details, contact the church office at 508-945-2832 or visit www.stchristopherschatham.org.

Jewish holy days services planned

Anshei Chesed Conservative Synagogue of Cape Cod will offer the following egalitarian services at the Holiday Inn, 1127 Iyannough Road, Hyannis.

Kol Nidre, 6 p.m. Sept. 18; Yom Kippur, 9 a.m. Sept. 19, and Yizkor at 10:45 a.m.; Sukkot, day one, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 24.

For more information, call 508-428-0015 or visit ansheichesedofcapecod.org.

Blessing of the animals scheduled Sept. 22

The West Yarmouth Congregational Church will have its 31st annual blessing of the animals at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 on the front lawn of the church at 383 Route 28, corner of Lewis Road, in West Yarmouth.

Co-sponsored by the town of Yarmouth Animal Control Division, the event encourages community members to bring their well-behaved fluffy, furry, feathered or scaled pets. After a brief liturgy, each pet will be blessed individually through prayer by Pastor Chuck Soule. For safety of all it is requested that dogs be leashed, and cats or kittens visit in a carrier.

Am HaYam will celebrate holy days

Am HaYam, Cape Cod Havurah, serving the Lower and Outer Cape, will hold Yom Kippur services at the Federated Church, 162 Main St., Orleans, as follows:

Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18; Yom Kippur, 10 a.m. Sept. 19, with Yizkor at approximately 5:30 p.m. No tickets are required. Contributions welcome. For further information, visit www.ahycc.org.

Concert to benefit  hurricane relief fund

St. Peter’s Church plans a “We Are the Men” concert at 4 p.m. Sept. 22 to benefit the Puerto Rico hurricane relief.

Tickets for the concert, held at  421 Wianno Ave., Osterville, will be $20.

Church Women United to meet in Harwich

The annual assembly of Church Women United of Cape Cod will be Sept. 28 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Route 137, Harwich.

The theme is "Stand Up For Human Dignity." Registration at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 10. Registration is $10 and may be sent to Marilyn Lariviere, 19 Stetson St., Hyannis, MA 02601, or email her at mlariv@comcast.net by Sept. 26.

Synagogue welcomes new, young families

The Cape Cod Synagogue is offering a first-year complimentary membership to all families with a head of household under the age of 40.

All new, young families are invited to take advantage of this promotion by this inclusive congregation that reaches out to single individuals, interfaith couples and the LGBTQ community.

The promotion also includes enrollment fees for students in the religious school. The synagogue is at 145 Winter St., Hyannis. More information about membership and religious school is available at 508-775-2988 or office@ccsynagogue.org.

Judaism course to be open to the public

Falmouth Jewish Congregation will offer a seven-session introduction to Judaism course from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays from Oct. 4 to Nov. 15.

Taught by Rabbi Elias Lieberman and Pamela Rothstein, the director of lifelong learning, the course will explore topics of Jewish life and culture such as holidays, rituals, history, core beliefs, ethics, social justice, diversity, spirituality/worship and the role of Hebrew. The course does not function on a drop-in basis for certain topics, but rather requires a commitment to attending all sessions. It is open to both congregation members and members of the Cape community

Classes will meet  at the congregation’s Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center, 7 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth. To make required advance registration or to inquire about the course, contact Pamela Rothstein at pbrothstein@comcast.net or 508-540-0602. More information is available at falmouthjewish.org or at the congregation’s Facebook page.

St. Christopher’s to hold blessing of the animals

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church of Chatham will hold a special blessing of the animals on Oct. 1.  The 10 a.m worship service will conclude with a procession of animals (and their owners) at 11 a.m., and at 11:15 animals will be blessed on the front lawn of the church at 625 Main St., Chatham.

For more details, contact the church office at 508-945-2832 or visit stchristopherschatham.org.

New Road Church meeting in Hyannis

New Road Christian Church, formerly of Centerville, now worships at 10 every Sunday morning at 569c Main St., Hyannis (Hyannis Oaks courtyard).

More information is available at newroadchurch.org, 774-251-2168 or newroadbarnstable@comcast.net.

Worship time changes at Brewster church

The new worship time at Cape Cod Covenant Church, as of Sept. 9, is 10:30 a.m.

The church is at 11 Satucket Road, Brewster.

 

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