ATKINSON —Atkinson Congregational Church is hosting its next Connections dinner party on Wed., September 4, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Please join us in the church’s Lovejoy Hall, 101 Main St. in Atkinson, to share a free, family-style dinner, to discuss the topic of “Pondering the Difference: Needs and Wants.”

Dinner will feature meat and vegetable lasagna, garlic and Italian bread, salad and dessert.

Connections, which meets every first Wednesday of the month, is designed particularly for people who can’t fit Sunday services into their lives, or for those with no relationship with organized religion, as well as those who’ve been hurt by church in the past. The program aims to provide a safe place to have spiritually driven conversations, explore hard questions, and enjoy delicious meals. Connections is meant to be inclusive, welcoming all regardless of race, ethnicity, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Young children may also attend, either sitting with you or enjoying activities with other kids in an adjacent, adult-supervised area.

Gatherings last about 1.5 hours. Each meeting opens with a theme that centers on real-life issues while seeking inspiration from sacred scriptures. The theme serves to inspire a brief reflection by a facilitator, and a list of questions to prompt discussions at each table. The questions are answerable by anyone regardless of belief, with listeners agreeing to hear with an open mind.

Further information about Connections is available at



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