Parish Life

All year round the parish gathers for social events including Parish Breakfasts, the Harvest Dinner and Square Dance, a Mardi Gras Shove Tuesday Celebration, the New Member Cook Out, Parish Picnic, and the Saint Francis Day Blessing of the Pets. For every temperament and time-table there is a opportunity, large or small, to join in the life of St. Columba’s.

ENGLISH GARDEN PARTY

Save the date: June 4, 2016, 1-5pm – our 25th Annual Garden Party!

St. Columba’s puts on its most festive hat (literally, in some cases), with a Garden Party. Held on the first Saturday in June, it includes three seatings for a traditional English Cream Tea, as well as a Flower festival, Morris Dancers, a Bake Sale, a Raffle, Silent Auction, Music, the “Treasure Trove” rummage sale, and a tent crammed with Books, DVDs, and CDs. For the youngsters there is a Children’s Tea with Entertainment, Games, a Raffle, Fun Food, a Petting Zoo, Pony rides, and their own rummage sale – “Ye Old Toy Shoppe.” All proceeds from the Silent Auction and from the Raffles are donated to local charities.

Drawing visitors from all over Rhode Island, the Garden Party raises funds for St. Columba’s. But even more important is how many parishioners join in to make it happen. There is nothing like a couple of hours in the Parish-Hall kitchen, helping plate cream teas, or an afternoon spent sorting through donations for “Treasure Trove,” to help you get to know fellow St. Columbans, and share in the fun and spirit of the event!

The Choir

Music is big at St. Columba’s. The congregation knows what to do with a good hymn (we can really belt it out at the Sunday 10:00 a.m. service). The choir reflects both this love of music and the leadership of David Fellers, our inimitable organist and choirmaster, performing at many services throughout the year. It meets for practice most Thursday evenings, except in the summer. (Rumor has it that the choir eats pretty well, too, at its picnics and other gatherings.) To discuss joining, see David Fellers after the service.

Coffee Hour

Following both Sunday services, St. Columba’s hosts a coffee hour in the parish hall. It’s a way for us to meet and chat with newcomers and other parishioners. People take turns “hosting”—i.e., providing the food, which can be anything from simple (yet ever popular) donut holes and store-bought muffins or cookies to finger-sandwiches and home-made goodies. Hosts are always needed, and there’s a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall: Just pick a date that works for you.

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