Saturday, Sept. 7
“Take to the seas for the South Sudanese,” 10 a.m., Lynch Park, 55 Ober St., Beverly. At 10 a.m., kayakers will pay a $25 registration fee and paddle for about an hour. At 11 a.m., the public, including families with children, is invited to see a water-filtration system demonstration, followed by a simple lunch. Sponsored by Christ the Redeemer Church, the event raises awareness and funds for the Anglican Relief and Development Fund and their work to provide clean drinking water in South Sudan. For details, visit www.ctr-anglican.org, or email the Rev. Malcolm Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone planning to kayak or have lunch should reserve a spot by emailing Reid, or calling the church office at 978-774-3163.
Sunday, Sept. 8
Highrock Covenant Church Rally Day Service, 9 a.m., First Universalist Church, 211 Bridge St., Salem. Highrock Covenant Church of the North Shore will host a Rally Day Service at 9 a.m., followed by a free barbecue. www.highrocknorthshore.org
Homecoming Sunday, 10 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. The newly elected minister, the Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein, will deliver her first sermon. www.uucgl.org.
Regular services begin, 10 a.m., First Parish Church, 225 Cabot St., Beverly. First Parish Church will resume its regular services at 10 a.m. First service includes water communion. Attendees are invited to bring water from a source that is spiritually meaningful to them to add to the common fount. All are welcome. Staffed nursery and weekly religious education is available. 978 922-3968, www.firstparishbeverly.org.
Tailgate Party at St. Richard’s, 10:30 a.m., St. Richard’s Parish, 90 Forest St., Danvers. Tailgate party in the church parking lot followed by a screening of the Patriots versus Bills football game in the church hall at 12:30 p.m. Barbecue with hot dogs and hamburgers, games and raffles. $5 person, $20 max per family. Bring snacks, side dishes, chairs and folding tables. $10 raffle ticket, three for $20. Prizes awarded for best-dressed fan, both adult and child. www.stricharddanvers.org.
Rally Sunday, 10:45 a.m., First Universalist Church, 211 Bridge St., Salem. First service of the new season will be followed by family picnic at Forest River Park. All welcome. 978-744-3224.
Church Bake Table, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., booth located in front left corner of Peabody City Hall, 24 Lowell St., Peabody. All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore hosts a bake table with homemade strawberry shortcakes and other baked treats during the annual International Festival in Peabody. Rain date, Sept. 22. 978-774-1150.
Blessing of the Chalice, 11:30 a.m., St. Gregory’s Church will launch its inaugural fall season at its location at St. Margaret’s Church, 672 Hale St., Beverly Farms. St. Gregory’s Church and its pastor/priest Father Jurgen Liias present the first “Feast of Title and Dedication & Blessing of the Chalice” at the 11:30 a.m. Mass. In celebration of the feast of the church’s patron saint, St. Gregory, the Mass will also present the church’s commissioned hand-crafted gold chalice for the first time. The liturgy will include many special elements and the service will feature two new hymns honoring St. Gregory. All are welcome to attend. Food, drink and fellowship will follow. www.saintgregoryordinariate.org.
Thursday, Sept. 12
Move and Grove, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Cohen Hillel Academy, 6 Community Road, Marblehead. Jewish children ages 2 to 5 are invited to PJ Library Move and Grove to enjoy a story, creative movement with Elloree Jennings, and a snack. Free program of the Lappin Foundation and Cohen Hillel Academy. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Walk-ins welcome. For details and registration, contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or email@example.com.
Sunday, Sept. 15
Sunday School Rally Day, 9:15 a.m., Maple Street Congregational Church Social Hall, 90 Maple St., Danvers. Sign-up sheets for Maple Street Church’s Faith Walkers Church School programs will be available before and after the 10 a.m. worship service. This year’s church school theme is “Discipleship.” Continental breakfast will be served. All are welcome. Church office, 978-774-4510.
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Travel presentation on pilgrimage, 7 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center, 3 Margin St., Peabody. St. Thomas the Apostle Church will host a pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes and Barcelona in October 2014. A special travel presentation will take place to discuss the trip. Reserve a spot with Sheila Lynch at 978-531-0224 or 978-922-7632.
Saturday, Oct. 5
Benefit Concert, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., St. Thomas School gym, 5 Margin St., Peabody. All proceeds benefit the impoverished children of Santa Lucia and the orphanage Casa Hogar Divino Nino Jesus in Salcedo, Dominican Republic. Entertainment includes Latin music by Lenguas de Fuego, Stacey Vasquez, and Grupo Esperanza; dancing by Los Angeles; light rock by Protest; contemporary and pop by Zach and Talia, K. Leigh Regan, and Berklee student Stephanie Skye; and praise and worship song by Mike and Anne. Raffle tickets, Dominican pastilitos, pizza, snacks and refreshments available for purchase. Grand prize is a 39-inch LED TV. $10 ticket, available at the door or by calling 978-531-0002 or 978-531-0224.