ATKINSON – After a two-year pause, Atkinson Congregational Church will once again host a “comfort station” during the Atkinson Town-Wide Yard Sale, on Sat., September 25, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., rain or shine. Visitors may take advantage of light snacks and water for free, although donations will be accepted graciously. Restrooms inside the church will be open to all.

“Our ‘comfort station’ has been popular in years past, and we’re delighted to bring it back,” said Pastor Jim Thomas. “Shopping at all the sale locations is hard work! Our comfort station offers a needed break to help you rejuvenate before your next stop.”

Atkinson Congregational Church will have its own table of items for sale, with proceeds going to the church’s faith formation activities. Congregants will also be participating in the sale on church grounds, with tables set up for shoppers to explore.

Atkinson Congregational Church, affectionately known as the Light on the Hill, has been welcoming all people since 1772, when Stephen Peabody, brother-in-law to John Adams, became the church’s first pastor. Today, Jim Thomas serves as pastor and spiritual leader. Behind-the-scenes work also takes place at the church, such as being a collection point for local food pantries.

Regular Sunday services at Atkinson Congregational Church are held at 10:00 a.m. both in person at the church and online via Zoom and Facebook. Sunday services may also be viewed on the Atkinson Community Television channel (ACTV) at 5:00 p.m. Sundays, 7:00 a.m. Tuesdays and 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays. In addition, services can be found on YouTube. For more information about the church, including how to view services virtually; how to receive the church’s weekly e-newsletter; and how to submit prayer requests online, please visit or call 603-362-5519.

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