Author Archive: Ellen Vadney

Safe Church, Safe Communities In-Person Training

This is an opportunity for Safe Church In-person training for LAY PEOPLE.

Safe Church Training: Registration now open

Diocesan Safe Church Trainers will conduct this important in-person training for lay leaders and church staff on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Emmanuel Church in Newport with check-in starting at 8:30am. The program begins promptly at 9am and ends at 1:30pm. Coffee, water and snacks will be provided.

Universal training is required for church employees, volunteers working with youth, home visitors, licensed lay ministers and church leaders including vestry members, volunteer program leaders and Altar Guild. Certification of training shall be renewed every three years.

The obligation to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every …

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Different Pathways on our Lenten Journey

As we enter into the season of Lent, we reflect on Jesus’s time in the wilderness, following his solitary path of fasting, prayer, and reflection. The Church encourages us as followers of Christ to undertake our own spiritual journey during this time. Beyond the liturgy of Ash Wednesday, what are the various forms and practices that can shape and give meaning to this experience? The Emmanuel Worship Committee invites you to join in Different Pathways on Our Lenten Journey, a series of Wednesday evenings of supper and discussion that will explore the variety of traditions and practices that have helped Christians make the most of Lent.

Beginning Wednesday, February 21, 6:00-7:00 p.m., and running through Wednesday, March 27, each evening …

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Annual Meeting – January 14, 2024

The Annual Meeting of the Corporation of Emmanuel Church shall be held in the Library following the 10:00 am service on Sunday, January 14, 2024.  Those unable to attend in person may attend by Zoom.

2023 Annual Report-Year of Manifesting Community, to be presented at the meeting.  Print a copy for yourself.

If you want to participate by Zoom, please request the link by emailing the Office., or leave a message at 401-847-0695


Debra A. Venancio, Senior Warden

The Rev. Della Wager Wells, Rector…

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Christmas at Emmanuel Church

Join us for Christmas Eve at Emmanuel Church.  Because the Fourth Sunday of Advent falls on December 24th, we will have only one service in the morning at 10:00 a.m.

Our celebration of Christmas Eve will be at 4:00 p.m. to accommodate those with small children or who don’t want to drive after dark.

As has been the custom for Newport’s Episcopal Churches, we all gather to worship together on Christmas Day.  This year, Trinity Church is hosting the Christmas Day service with Emmanuel’s rector, the Rev. Della Wager Wells preaching.

Please join us to celebrate the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ!


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Interactive Forum with the Rev. Canon Nicholas Porter

The Rev Canon Nicholas Porter will be our guest preacher and teacher. Father Nicholas is the founding director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders – a ministry of interfaith reconciliation that specializes in peace and leadership education in Jerusalem, Israel, and Palestine.

After the 8 a.m. service, he will be leading an interactive forum in the Library, entitled Chosen Traumas, Chosen Glories, that explores how foundational identities cause families, groups, and nations to act like individuals and often lead to intractable conflict. When events – no matter how horrific – shape identity, they never fade away. Instead, they shape and trigger behavior on the battlefields of Ukraine, among Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs, and in our lives today.

The Rev. Canon Nicholas Porter …

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Soup’s On – November 7, 2023

Emmanuel Church, Newport hosts Soup’s On dinner on the first Tuesday of every month.  Everyone is welcome! Food is served from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  Volunteers help with set up starting at around 4:00 pm and with clean up starting at 6:00 pm. Join us!



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Different Pathways on our Lenten Journey - Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the Library