The Congregational Church of Topsfield will hold a celebratory worship service and a festive outdoor reception to commemorate the installation of the church’s 41st minister, the Rev. Martin J. Riekert. The installation service takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, at the church, located at the intersection of Main and Washington streets at the Topsfield Common. A reception will follow at the Emerson Center, 9 E. Common St. In addition to the congregation and general public, there will be United Church of Christ dignitaries, area ministers, state Rep. Brad Hill and other special guests in attendance. To help plan for the reception, those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Thursday, May 1, to firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jan at 978-273-6295.
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church will host the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts’ annual Parish Historians Society meeting on Saturday, May 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in St. Michael’s Parish Hall, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. The daylong program will focus on three centuries of change at St. Michael’s, and features presentations on liturgy, architecture, music and conservation of historic documents. Built in 1714, St. Michael’s is the second oldest Episcopal Church building in New England, and this year the church is celebrating its 300th anniversary. The event is open to parish administrators and historians of all faiths, and interested members of the general public. The cost is $20, which includes all programs and lunch. Information and registration forms are available at www.stmichaels2014.org, or by email at email@example.com.
The Aleph Academy, a new Jewish preschool that focuses on Judaic studies, will open in September and run through June at the Chabad of the North Shore’s headquarters in Swampscott. Activities offered include preschool concepts and readiness skills, creative arts, music, Jewish holiday celebrations and stories, and specialty instruction. The school is co-founded and directed by Rabbi Aliza Friedman and Joie Reimer-Spritz. The academy will host an open house Sunday, May 4, at 10:30 a.m., at 44 Burrill St., Swampscott. Details are available at www.thealephacademy.com.