We asked, and you responded. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our 2022 BPC Participation Survey. We wanted to hear from all of you about what matters most in the life of our church. Having been apart for two years due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have the opportunity to bring back popular activities and events while creating new and exciting programs. We heard you and each week we will highlight each segment of the survey to let you know what we are doing to support your feedback.
Part 5: Active – activities and events continue to bring everyone together in Fellowship through team building, challenging each other to push beyond their comfort zones, and creating ways to lead and explore faith outside the church walls. While we are unsure if we can offer all the fantastic activity ideas expressed through the survey in the immediate future, the top three are in the works! Hikes, bikes, and canoes it is! With one hike completed, there are plenty more paths to walk, hills to climb, and mountains to conquer. Sign up for any of the hikes we have coming up, and be sure to sign up for the weekly Hilltop Crier e-newsletter for future activities.
- Sunday, October 23 (Rain date – Sunday, October 30) – With Joppa Hill under your belt, be sure to join Marcia Morgan at Skatutakee and Thumbs Mountains in Hancock, NH. This trail is a moderately challenging 5-mile loop hike with 859 feet of elevation gain through some beautiful forests with foliage views at the top. Approximate hiking time is estimated at 3 hours. Click here for more details, meeting time/place and to RSVP.
- Saturday, November 12 – Join us for this local hike at the Florence M. Tarr Wildlife Sanctuary that traverses both towns of Bedford and Goffstown, NH. With trailheads located at 83 Joppa Hill Road, this beautiful 5-mile hike will take an estimate of 3 hours at a moderate walking pace with a few up and down hills. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. Click here for more details, meeting time/place and to RSVP.
See the chart below regarding preferred Active programs from the 2022 BPC Participation Survey respondents.
Part 4: Parents/Guardians/Family – family-focused opportunities, including Children's and Youth Ministries, movie nights, homework club, and ways to connect and support one another. While we re-build our family-focused programs and work to bring back popular favorites and new activities, the following opportunities are available all throughout the year.
fALL Welcome Party - On September 18 following worship service we are holding a church-wide pizza and ice cream party where many families and friends can re-connect with each other or make new acquaintences. Click here for more information.
Youth Ministry - There are many opportunities for families to get involved in Youth Ministry events from volunteering to chaperoning, and even participating at certain events! Contact our Youth Ministry Sarah Murai to be added to the contact list for upcoming events.
Children's Ministry - We are excited about all the opportunities for families to be involved in the spiritual journey of their children at BPC, starting with Sunday School! We are always happy to add volunteers who are willing to help lead Sunday School. Each Sunday after the Children's Sermon in worship, volunteers will lead kids through a our defined cirriculum using program materials already in place. Reach out to Children's Ministry today to get involved!
BPC's Neighborhood Support Team (NST) - Our Neighborhood Support Team (NST) has ongoing opportunities for families and kids to help another family who is busy getting settled here in NH. Volunteers for the NST are always needed, from spending a few hours at a playgound to interact and play with their children who are learning English to providing rides and scheduling support. For more info or to volunteer click here.
Mission Trips: Each summer the BPC Mission Team organizes a trip to Mission at the Eastward (MATE) to provide hands-on construction/rebuilding support for families and inviduals in Maine, so they can continue to live in their home surroundings. This is a fantastic opportunity for families to work side-by-side providing help with interior and exterior painting to fixing window screens and more. Learn real-world, on-the-job skills with our talented Mission Recovery Team Leaders as they work to share their knowledge in rebuilding and recovery, while helping those in need. Reach out to our Mission Team today for more information.
See the chart below regarding preferred Parents/Guardians/Family programs from the 2022 BPC Participation Survey respondents.
Part 3: Opportunities to Serve/Volunteer - opportunities that provide BPC members and friends ways to live a life of gratitude and share the talents and gifts from God flowing through us with those who are in need, may be struggling, or need a helping hand to get through a difficult time.
- Mission Trips: On October 2, at 5 pm we will be holding an all-church Mission BBQ dinner, hosted by our Mission Committee members. Information and first-hand accounts will be shared about the amazing work of our volunteers regarding our summer trip to Mission At The Eastward in Maine this summer. In addition, updates will be shared regarding our community-wide Neighborhood Support Team (NST) members as they continue with help the Safi family in settling and gaining their independence here in NH.
- BPC's Neighborhood Support Team (NST) We have assembled a Neighborhood Support Team (NST) consisting of community-wide and congregation members to help a family of four who fled Afghanistan last fall. The NST provides support for the family in all aspects of life. Volunteers for the NST are always needed such as transportation, ESL, child-care, scheduling volunteers and making phone calls. For more info or to volunteer click here.
- Families in Transition (FIT) Manchester Dining Services: There are ongoing volunteer opportunities with the FIT Dining Services Kitchen in Manchester for prepping, serving and cleaning up during dinner mealtimes. Click here to sign up.
- The Bedford Food Pantry: The Food Pantry is always looking for volunteers from stocking shelves to collecting donations. Visit https://bedfordnhfoodpantry.org/ for more information.
- Thanksgiving Baskets: While the pandemic changed the way in which local families rely on meal baskets during the holidays, BPC continues to support Thanksgiving Baskets with a combination of monetary and food donations. Stay tuned for more information in late October.
- Adopt-A-Family: Our Adopt-A-Family (AAF) program during the holidays will continue this year with our online giving tree and other options for donations and fundraising. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.
See the chart below regarding preferred Service, Mission, Community Outreach and Volunteer programs from the 2022 BPC Participation Survey respondents.
Part 2: Mind, Body and Spirit - programs and events that focus on the whole of the body in following your spiritual journey and connecting with God in a variety of ways and through the many facets of daily life at BPC.
- Sermon Series: Be sure to join us for worship service this fall as The Reverend Dr. John Sawyer leads us through a nine-week spiritual journey of scripture, prayer and devotion that will explore the various ways people connect with God as explained through the pages of The Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas.
- Lectionary Bible Discussion: Starting September 8, Bethany Avery will lead us through a Lectionary Bible Discussion on the second and fourth Thursday of each month through December. You can jump into a discussion at any point as each event is independent from the other. To learn more about this program and to RSVP click HERE.
- Book Club: BPC and Others Book Club is starting up with their first monthly reading of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig following by discussion on September 20 at 7:30 pm. Be sure to click here to join and receive monthly updates and meeting information.
- Adult Music/Choir: The BPC Senior Choir is looking for members who love to sing and share their musical talents. Starting September 7, weekly rehearsals are held each Wednesday at 7 pm at the church. Click here for more information.
- NEW! Children's Choir: We are starting up our Children's Choir program! Rehearsals begin September 11 at 11:05 am immediately following worship service and will be held the second and fourth Sundsy of each month. Click here to sign up.
See the chart below regarding preferred Mind, Body and Spirit programs from the 2022 BPC Participation Survey respondents.
Part 1: Social — events and activities to gather together in Fellowship through group support, dinners, theater, dancing, and more.
- fALL Welcome Party (aka Ingathering): We are excited to begin our new program year with our fALL Welcome Party on September 18, bringing everyone together for pizza and ice cream. Be sure to click here for more information and to RSVP by September 10th.
- Adult Seniors Luncheon: Starting October 4, and on the first Tuesday of every month following, we will be hosting a luncheon for our BPC Adult Seniors and friends. Be sure to check your mailbox for this exciting upcoming event or click here for more information!
- All Church Dinners: On the first Sunday of each month we will be holding an all church dinner in the Fellowship Hall. The Mission Team will be hosting an all church BBQ on Sunday, October 2. More information to come.
See the chart below regarding preferred Social activities and events from the 2022 BPC Participation Survey respondents.