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Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd
20 Summer Street (opposite the Old Town Hall)
Charlestown, New Hampshire

Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd
20 Summer St. (opposite the old Town Hall)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

It has been a wicked hard winter here in Charlestown this year. Snow continues to pile up, and there is less and less space to accommodate the piles. We have had to postpone our annual meeting several times because of the weather. On the other hand, it has been very heartening to see how many have braved the snow and ice to come to Sunday services and Bible study during the week. New Englanders are made of tough stuff. Indeed 10 hardy souls attended Shrove Tuesday evensong and our annual pancake supper afterwards.

The calendar says that we are still a month away from the vernal equinox (March 20) that marks the beginning of spring. For some of us, who live on class-6 roads off the beaten path, the spring season can’t come soon enough. Yet, 200 years ago, about the time our church building was built, “season” had quite a different meaning. A “season” was the proper or suitable time in which to accomplish a particular task.

The countryman’s calendar took life slowly, fitting the work of daily life into the proper seasons – a season for planting, a season for harvesting hay, for cutting timber, or making shoes. These activities were not rushed; they were done right. Weather and climatic conditions dictated when they were done -- not the arbitrary date on a calendar.

On Ash Wednesday, we began the season of Lent. A time of prayer, fasting, and acts of charity. Lent culminates in a series of services during Holy Week as we prepare our hearts, souls, and minds to receive our Resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ, on Easter Day. Please join our parish as we walk the Way of the Cross during this Lenten season.

March Calendar

9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist

8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:00 a.m. Bible Study (Psalms)

Holy Week Services

March 29 Palm Sunday
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist & Blessing of the Palms

March 31 Passover Seder
6:00 p.m. Parish Hall

April 1 Wednesday in Holy Week
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:00 a.m. Bible Study
6:00 p.m. Tenebra

April 2 Maundy Thursday
6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist

April 3 Good Friday
12 noon Holy Eucharist & Stations of the Cross

April 4 Holy Saturday & Easter Even
6:00 p.m. Blessing of the Paschal Candle & Mass of Easter Even

April 5 Easter Sunday
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist

For more information, call the Rev. David Moody at 603-835-6279 or email