Following each Sunday service, we hold an informal and very friendly coffee hour where we can enjoy each other’s company and partake of coffee and treats prepared by members of the church. It is a very friendly and social period where members and newcomers can become acquainted.
WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
This very active woman’s group holds a monthly meeting with entertaining and informative programs. Men are always welcome if the program subject appeals to them.
“NEEDLES AND HOOKS”
In the late 1990’s, two women at the Hartford Seminary started knitting and presenting prayer shawls to people in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy, and “The Prayer Shawl Ministry” was born. Today it has spread to many churches and other groups, circles of knitter and crocheters who gather in friendship with intention to minister to others, both friends and strangers.
Early in 2014, a group of ladies from Grace Union-along with some friends-decided to gather in the parlor end of Fellowship Hall, and taking up needles and yarn, began turning out shawls, lap blankets, caplets and other knitted items to be share with anyone who might be undergoing a difficult or life-changing time.
The group meets every Wednesday morning between 9:30 and 12:30. Along with the clicking of needles, the hall iof filled with the sound of laughter, fellowship, joys, concerns and support: and the group welcomes friends from the greater community to join the group.
Each spring, church members prepare a traditional Italian dinner and for a small fee open the event to the public. A related movie is shown after the dinner. It is a well attended and very enjoyable event.
In the spring of 2015 the church opened a thrift shop offering household items at reasonable prices. All items are donated by church members and the community. The shop is open Friday and Saturday from 9:30 to 12:30. A portion of the proceeds goes to local charities.
Each June on a Sunday afternoon, the church holds a chicken barbecue event that is open to all. Fresh chicken is barbecued over an open fire in the church’s barbecue pits. Over a hundred meals are served every year. It provided some revenue to the church but most importantly, it is a social event that is share by all church members. It also allow outreach to the community.
A great dinner of ham with all the fixings and apple crisp for desert is held each fall. As with the chicken barbecue, there is a tremendous response from the community and many regulars come year after year.
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE AND LUNCHEON
The Woman’s Christian Fellowship holds an annual Christmas Boutique and Luncheon celebrating the Christmas season. They offer a delicious holiday luncheon as well as many unique Christmas items for sale combined with a bake sale of items prepared by church members. It is a very well attended and a holiday tradition for many members of the community.