Historically we have been a community church, committed to reaching out and embracing people from many and varied backgrounds and church experiences. We continue to offer events and programs that extend beyond our own church family and provide opportunities for fellowship for the greater community.
Here are a few of the ways we encourage community here in Raymond:
- Pot Roast Suppers – We put on five public suppers during the summer and fall, with each one serving meals to 90-150 people. Folks come from far and wide and have been known to plan their vacation to coincide with a supper! Both sit down and take out meals are available and include a full dinner including a “dessert of the month,” such as homemade pie or brownies a la mode with chocolate sauce.
- Raymond Village Community Concerts – We host a series of public concerts and variety shows throughout the year. We have featured jazz pianist Daniel Strange, the Downeasters Men’s Chorus, Port City Sound, violinist Ashley Liberty, and Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection. Our variety shows have included “From Broadway to Barbershop” and have offered local and area talent a venue for performance.
- Community Flea Market – “One person’s trash is another one’s treasure.” This annual summer event gives local vendors a chance to sell their wares as well as church members to clean out their closets. A silent auction as well as breakfast and lunch items round out the fun-filled day of bargain-hunting.
- Old Fashioned Christmas Fair – Church folk work all year on handcrafts such as a variety of knitted items, fired pottery, and Christmas crafts to sell for the church at the fair. In addition, someone frequently donates a hand knitted afghan or bedspread for a raffle. Maple syrup, baked goods, and a hot lunch are available.
- Community Sing-a-Longs – Our talented Music Director has led our community in old-fashioned hymn sings, Christmas caroling, and evenings of Irish songs and Frank Sinatra favorites.
- Halloween Children’s Parade and Party – Our church has teamed with the 8th grade class of Jordan-Small Middle School to present an opportunity for community kids to show off their costumes and play seasonal games. We also enthusiastically open our doors to trick or treaters and their parents on Halloween Night.
- The Gathering Space – Our Vestry is open on Mondays from 10:00 A.M. – noon for anyone in the community who wants to drop by. It’s a warm place to be in the winter, and a cool spot in the summer. There’s always good conversation! Bring a game, cards, a jig saw puzzle – but, most of all, bring yourself!
For more information on any of these events and activities, please e-mail us at office@rvccme@org