The parishioners at St. David's on the Hill have spent the last several weeks celebrating the fall season and its many traditions together. Earlier in the month, the Sunday school students baked special dog treats that were sold during the Blessing of the Pets service to benefit the RIASPCA. On October 16, members of the parish and the Sunday school participated in the annual American Cancer Society's Making Strides Walk, which raises the funds needed to help fight breast cancer.
On October 30, the Sunday school and youth group hosted a special Halloween service, complete with costumes and a special Halloween coffee hour social event in the lower hall directly following the service. Parishioners who did not wish to wear a costume could also choose to wear orange or to don a special orange ribbon made by the Sunday school students in order to highlight the church's participation in the parish's Third Annual Go Orange for No Kid Hungry food drive, which benefited the Interfaith Food Pantry.
After the service ended, Halloween games, crafts and special treats were part of the coffee hour celebration, with parent volunteers, Sunday school teachers and members of the youth group were on hand to help facilitate the event.
On November 6, the Sunday school students were again in the spotlight at the 10 a.m. service as they ran the first Youth Sunday of the Sunday school year, where youth of the parish facilitated the entire service from beginning to end, acting as greeters, ushers and readers, in addition making a special presentation about All Saints Day. According to Sunday School Director Cheryl Boscia, the students spent a great deal of time researching the saints pictured in the stained glass windows, and during the service, small groups of students worked together to read aloud a short presentation about each saint pictured.
The parish will participate in an interfaith Ecumenical Thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Parish in Cranston at 3 p.m on November 20. The Sunday school will be decorating and filling baskets of food for those in need, just in time for delivery before Thanksgiving.
For more information about St. David's on the Hill, their upcoming services and events, visit the website at www.stdavidsonthehill.net.