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Church Office Hours
Church Office Hours for weeks of July 3, July 24 & Jul. 31 will be 9 am to NOON, Mon.-Thurs.

CONSIDER PROVIDING ALTAR FLOWERS Honor or remember a loved one or special event! To learn more, please call Donna Moody at 695-4128.

Staff planning day. The church office will be closed August 7th.

NEW PROCEDURE FOR FELLOWSHIP HOUR CLEAN-UP The Council of Ministries has changed the way that we coordinate the clean-up of Fellowship Hour. Chris Taylor has agreed to serve as coordinator to organize and manage the sign-ups for this weekly task; we ask that individuals/families from the church volunteer to do this just once or twice a year. If you are willing to help ensure that this community-building tradition continues, please say “yes” when Chris asks you.

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Brookside Congregational Church Upcoming Events

All of our events are open to everyone, not just Brookside Members, they include Potluck Suppers, Study Groups, “No Green Bananas”, Free Flu Shot Clinic, and groups like the Brookside Women’s Union.

View our online calendar for all events by clicking here. If you have any questions about our events, please do not hesitate to contact the church office, 669-2807.

Potluck Gatherings with Pastor Eric

Over the next six months, the Pastoral Settling Committee will be coordinating a series of potluck gatherings with Pastor Eric where members can share their experiences and dreams for Brookside.

Each event will include up to 10 people and will be a mix of new and long-term members in your geographic area. We’re hoping that all members will take advantage of this opportunity to get to know Pastor Eric as well.

If you’d like to host one of these gatherings at your home, please let a member of the settling committee know what dates would work best for you. To ensure that each gathering has a mix, we will provide a list of members to call and invite, or if you prefer, the settling committee can extend the invitations for you.

Toiletry Drive

After discussion at the May Council meeting, we found out how much toiletries are needed for high school students as we get into the warmer months. Therefore, we are requesting donations of toiletries during the month of June so that we can get these items to the teachers who end up spending money out of their own pockets because life in the classroom in June can be stifling. Most useful would be items such as deodorant, bar soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes and we’d like to emphasize that it’s for the benefit of area high school youth, a need identified by our teachers. Please leave items in the specially-marked basket in the narthex any time this month. Thank you.

Summer Story Hour is Back

This free summer activity takes place on the Brookside Manning House back lawn of the church located at 2013 Elm Street in the North End of Manchester. The story hour is geared for children 3-7 years old and occurs every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. beginning June 28 and running through July 26. In case of rain, story hour will be held inside the Manning House.

The Summer Story Hour schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday, June 28th – Manchester Police
Story Theme: Be Kind to Each Other

Wednesday, July 5th – Joanne Dow (Olympian, Health Teacher, Yoga Instructor)
Story Theme: Be Kind to Yourself

Wednesday, July 12th – Currier Museum of Art
Story Theme: Be Kind to Your Neighbor

Wednesday, July 19th – Manchester Water Works
Story Theme: Be Kind to the Community

Wednesday, July 26th – Nerdherd Farm
Story Theme: Be Kind to the Earth


Southern NH University will hold a potluck lunch and outdoor games here at Brookside on Saturday, July 15 from Noon to 2:30. This is part of their Inter- national Friends program bringing community members and international students together for conversation and fun. Coordinator Debbie Donnelly hopes many Brookside members will attend. If interested, please contact Debbie at SNHU: email or phone 645-9676.


Volunteers are still needed to help with Fellowship Hour a few Sundays in July and August. Please contact Chris Taylor at (603) 644-8131 or if you could consider helping out.


Horton Center is a Christian Camp for children and families run by our denomination, the United Church of Christ. To learn more about this special place, feel free to speak with Brookside’s camp ambassador, Doug Dixon, about his family’s experiences there. For the 2017 Schedule and/or to register, log on to

Gearing Up for Secret Pals

It is time to sign up for Secret Pals. The Secret Pal program is a fun summer tradition at Brookside, matching adults and children in the congregation to share pen-pal letters. Contact the church office if you have any questions about this program.

Workshops Continue During the Summer, Too!

On June 11th we will start our summer program of multiage workshops for children 3rd grade and under, and continue the Unit “Blessings and Birthrights” for three more Sundays. For the rest of the Summer we will be learning about Jacob’s son, Joseph in a Unit called “Joseph’s Journey.”

Invitation to July 15th International Friends Event at Brookside

Southern NH University will hold a potluck lunch and outdoor games here at Brookside on Saturday, July 15 from 12-2:30. This event is part of their International Friends program designed to bring community members and international students together for conversation and fun. It’s so interesting to talk with these young men and women who have come such a long way to study in NH. And the students love the chance to meet Americans and learn more about American culture. If your child/grandchild were living overseas for a while, wouldn’t you appreciate local families extending him/her hospitality and friendship?

Bring a favorite dish to share, a serving utensil, and lawnchairs. Come solo, or with a friend/spouse or the family! If interested, please contact Debbie Donnelly at SNHU’s International Student Services Office so she can plan accordingly. Her work email is and work phone is 645-9676. She looks forward to having Brookside members join in the fun.


  • A “Practically Perfect” Outing
    Brookside members and friends are invited to attend an outdoor theater performance of Mary Poppins at Prescott Park in Portsmouth on Saturday, August 5 at 1 pm. (Rain date is Sunday, August 13, 1 pm.) Bring a picnic lunch and arrive early to secure a good spot for your blanket or lawn chair. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us! There is no admission fee, but there is a suggested donation at the gate of $5-$10/person. For more details, visit If you would like to carpool or have extra seats in your vehicle for others, please contact Sarah Duffley at or see Sarah at church. This outing is endorsed by the Vitality Team.
  • Empty Bowls will be is Sunday, October 16th
  • The next Christmas at the Brook Fair will be on November 4 – get the application to be a vendor here

Parish Nurse, Every Thursday, 10-11:30am, Room D – all year

Please avail yourself of free nurse consultation, blood pressure checks, health information, referrals and more. Learn more about this program by logging on to

“No Green Bananas”

This group of retired Brookside men meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 9 AM at Blake’s Restaurant (Maple & Webster Streets) to enjoy breakfast and discussion. Join them for good food and company. If you have any questions please call the church office, 669-2807.

Brookside Women’s Union

All women are invited to join our meetings/dinner in Fellowship Hall. For the upcoming 2016/2017 year the Women’s Union will plan to meet 4 times. For more details about these meetings, please call the church office 669-2807.