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Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 14, 2023

18th Street at Hampton's North Beach

What a beautiful day for a beachside Blessing of the Animals service.

Prayer for the animals, big and small:

May God bless you and keep you and give you friends to play with and a family to love you and that you may live long and well upon the earth.

We also collected $50 for donation to the NHSPCA.

Thanks to all who joined us!

 left to right - Blaise Merle, Cooper Westergren, Reverend Marlayna Schmidt, Pastor, FCC Hampton

First Annual Hampton Ecumenical Cornhole Championship

 

Over 75 people from four Hampton area churches came together to cheer on their teams at Tuck Field on September 24th. The purpose of the championship was to have fun and create community spirit among the churches-world peace through cornhole! 

 

Each church (Hampton United Methodist, Trinity Episcopal Church, North Hampton UCC and First Congregational Church of Hampton, UCC) brought two teams to represent them. 

 

Most teams were composed of adults, with some youth mixed in.  The team that took home the trophy this inaugural year was from First Congregational Church, UCC and consisted of two 9th graders: Cooper Westergren and Blaise Merle.  For fun, the two teenagers played an exhibition game against the winning clergy team, and won again!

 

In addition, the event raised $160 which was split between two charities of the winners’ choices:  the Make a Wish foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

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What a great day to find yourself among your “church” friends, along with your extended family members and friends you have not yet met but will enjoy meeting them and we’ll all be friends by the end of this day’s festival.

LobsterFest, what a day!
August 5, 2023

After many meetings: developing a menu, shopping several stores for the best prices and securing a fixed price for a quantity of lobsters direct from the fisherman’s boat, the Fundraising Committee selected a date and began hyping it up thru church notices, posters, press releases and word of mouth. We secured / borrowed two large gas-grills, one from a Danvers source and Alan’s “sister” grille. We moved into high gear acquiring the supplies we would need; napkins, table coverings, cooking pans with lids, containers to distribute chowder and coleslaw, salts and pepper seasonings, paper towel rolls for each table, potato chips, condiments, hamburgers, cheese, hotdogs, rolls and eating utensils, spring water, juice drinks, iced tea and lemonade...and lots of ICE!  And of course, most importantly, prayers for a sunny day!​ We solicited help from the Women’s Guild to provide individual packaged dessert items and WOW, did the Guild respond! We recruited a crew of volunteers to assist in setting up for our outdoors event.

 

Our day began about 11:00 am moving the grills into place, setting up the twenty tables and lots of chairs from Fellowship Hall to our parking area. Sounds easy but in reality it was quite intense! Tables were also needed to distribute the foods and the cold beverages and a “meet and greet” table, manned by Reverend Paul who also assisted in selling 50/50 raffle tickets. A big THANK YOU to Reverend Paul! In summary, the whole event was memorable, our first “family-style” gathering, since Covid, where we were able to relax, share in a common meal, enjoying many conversations with friends and family and raised a few dollars for our church. 

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