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.