, Salem, MA

August 24, 2013

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — The First United Methodist Church of Hamilton will host a family fun fair for the community today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 391 Bay Road in Hamilton. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family. Games, a bounce house, and other kinds of family fun will be offered, and food will be available for purchase. For information call 978-468-1256 or visit

Sunday School will start at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 24 St. Peter St. in Salem, on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 9:50 a.m. The program is based on the interactive “Godly Play” format for children from ages 3 to 10. For information or to register, contact the parish office at 978-745-2291 or visit

“The Bible and the Church Fathers,” a six-part Bible study course, will be offered in the Parish Life Center at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 15 Hawthorne Blvd. in Salem, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is $40, which includes all materials. For information call Chris Carmody at 978-996-9455.

The Lappin Foundation will honor several community leaders and welcome home teens who traveled to Israel at the annual Youth to Israel Adventure Welcome Home Reunion on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. at Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly. Harold and Zelda Kaplan of Beverly will receive the 2013 Youth to Israel Adventure Award. Marvin Wilson, a professor of biblical studies at Gordon College, will be presented with the Lappin Foundation’s Friend of Israel Award. The program will also feature reflections by teens on their trip to Israel, as well as a special donor recognition. Free and open to all. A kosher dessert reception will follow the program. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431, or visit

The South Congregational Church of Peabody will continue celebrating its 300-year anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Peabody International Festival where, in partnership with the Peabody Historical Society, booths will be set up showcasing the church’s history. The next anniversary event is slated for Monday, Sept. 23, at Brooksby Farm, where there will be a banquet with speakers, displays and food. For more information, call the church office at 978-531-1964.

The Lappin Foundation presents Movement for Your Jewish Soul, a program that invites the adult Jewish community to go beyond the food and experience Jewish holidays in another dimension with yoga instructor Ariela HaLevi. She will guide participants through a multisensory experience using gentle movement that will help participants experience the essence of Jewish holidays and strengthen physical and spiritual connections to them. No yoga experience is required. The program takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Aug. 26, Nov. 18, April 7 and June 2 at Woodbridge, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. The program is free and class size is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or

Registrations are being accepted for faith development classes at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, for kids ages 2 to 18. Participants will spend 15 minutes in worship with their parents at a Time for All Ages, then leave for their classrooms. All congregants will gather after the service and classes for fellowship. Sunday worship begins at 10 a.m. at 101 Forest Ave. in Swampscott. For more information, visit, or contact Faith Development Director Karen Brown at or 781-595-8836, ext. 12.

On the second Sunday of each month, members and friends of Maple Street Congregational Church collect food and essential items for the Danvers food pantry. Items most needed are baby wipes, disposable diapers in sizes 3 through 6, canned soups, tuna, pasta, boxed juices and cereal. The church is at 90 Maple St., Danvers. For more information, call 978-774-4510.