Wednesday, December 13, 2023


Please join us on Sunday, December 17, for Christmas Caroling.  We will be leaving the church at 1:00 pm and everyone is invited to join us for an afternoon of caroling around the town to different homes.  We hope to see you Sunday!

Tuesday, December 5, 2023


Please join us and help celebrate the holiday season.  In addition to our morning service at 9:30 on Christmas Eve day, we will hold a special Candlelight Service at 5:00 p.m. where we will share special music, have a presentation by our Chime Choir, and
special readings!
  We hope you will be able to join us!

Monday, December 4, 2023

 Our Quarterly Meeting is scheduled for December 10th following service.  Please make every effort to attend.  Zoom will be available to those who are unable to attend.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Northwood Congregational Church will be holding their annual Christmas by Design Fair and Soups on and to go event on Saturday, December 9th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We hope you will be able to join us this year for wonderful handmade craft items, knitted items, wood crafts, yummy baked goods and delicious soups!

If you are a vendor and would like to participate in this year's event, please call the church at 603-942-7116 and leave a message. Someone will return your call as soon as possible.


On November 19, 2023, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the Northwood Congregational Church invites you to engage in true holiday spirit by attending its Make Room for Joy, Peace, and Thanksgiving concert, with nationally known songwriters and fiddler/guitar duo Joyce Andersen and Harvey Reid. They will perform a mix of wonderful, uplifting music and perhaps some holiday tunes as well.

The concert takes place from 4:00-6:00pm in our Sanctuary.
After 20 years as a fiddle sideman and singer-songwriter, playing in bluegrass, country, rock, celtic, jazz and folk ensembles, Joyce Andersen has boldly created a new body of music and a new musical standard for the unaccompanied fiddle troubadour. Recently she has been on a songwriting tear and several choirs, including Voices from the Heart, perform her songs.
Acoustic Guitar magazine called Harvey Reid " of the true treasures of American acoustic music, and one of his 32 recordings was the only album in the last 25 years to be selected in a list of Top 10 Folk CD's of all time. Guitar Player Magazine put him on their "desert island" CD list. He was the national fingerpicking champion and international autoharp winner, and Doc Watson took him to lunch to ask him how he played the 6-string banjo. Reid's songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, and he is one of the most respected and versatile songwriters and acoustic players on the scene.
Andersen & Reid will play solo sets and perform together, and will keep you on the edge of your seats with a special Sunday repertoire of old gospel songs, new spirituals and any other songs they see fit to play that fit into the spirit of the day. Expect slide guitar, dazzling fiddle, razor-sharp duet harmonies, guitar instrumentals, down-home bluegrass, and some rousing sing-a-longs.
We request a $20.00 donation from each attending adult. Accompanied children are free. Any questions, please e-mail at

Saturday, August 19, 2023


Joyce Andersen will join us on for Peace Sunday service on September 17th.  Please join us as Joyce shares her musical talents with us.


Our Quarterly Meeting is scheduled for September 10th following service.  Please make every effort to attend.  Zoom will be available to those who are unable to attend.


There will be a special meeting on Tuesday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the future of our church.  All are encouraged to attend!  If you are unable to make it in person, please feel free to join the meeting using our Zoom link:


On Sunday, Sept. 24, we are planning to carpool from the church to attend the Multi-Cultural Festival at Keach Park in Concord! The festival goes from 11am-5pm. All interested folks will depart the church parking lot following the worship service. Bring a water bottle, a folding camp chair (to sit in while watching all the great music, dancing, and drumming) and good walking shoes. The festival is free but you'll want to purchase vouchers to get food for lunch. Don't miss out!  For further information about the Festival, follow this link

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Don’t miss out on this fun night!  NCC will host another open mic night on August 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Special Guest is Mary Fagan of the Honey Bees (click on the links below to hear her amazing talent)!  Come join us to share music, poetry, stories, and instrumentals.   We’d love to hear from every one of you.  
Spaghetti and Salad and also be served!  Bring a friend, a poem to read, a song to sing, a story to share.  All are welcome!

Thursday, July 27, 2023


This weekend Northwood Congregational Church will host a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast and Yard Sale in conjunction with the Town's 250th Anniversary Celebration.

The Breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m.and will run until approximately 10:00 a.m.  Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door.  

The Yard Sale will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will run until approximately 1:00 p.m.  You never know what treasures you will find!  Hope to see you there!

Joyce Andersen, violinist, guitarist, and fiddle player will once again be performing our worship music Sunday, August 6th. Service begins at 9:00 a.m. Please join us next Sunday to share in the incredible musical talents performed by this exceptional musician!  All are welcome!


Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Events Scheduled For Northwood's 250th Anniversary on July 29th!

Below is a list of events scheduled for Northwoods 250th Anniversary on July 29th!

*UPDATE* Battle of the Bands has changed to an open mic event!

Tickets for the breakfast will be sold at the door for $8.  We hope to see you there!

Open Mic Night on July 13th!

Don't miss out on this fun night! July 13th starting from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Come join us to share music, poetry, stories, and instrumentals. We’d love to hear from every one of you. Bring a friend, a poem to read, a song to sing, a story to share. All are welcome to join!

Joyce Andersen will be joining us again on July 9th!

Joyce Andersen, violinist, guitarist, and fiddle player will once again be performing our worship music Sunday, July 9th. Service begins at 9:00 a.m. and we welcome everyone to join us to enjoy the music provided by this very talented musician. Joyce will join us again on August 6th!

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Open Mic Event on Thursday, June 29th!

We will be hosting an open mic event next Thursday night, June 29th. Open mic, in our Fellowship hall, spaghetti and salad will be served. Come join us to share music, poetry, stories, and instrumentals. We’d love to hear from every one of you. Bring a friend, a poem to read, a song to sing, a story to share. This will run from 6-8:30pm. All are welcome to join.

Northwood Congregational Church Northwood, NH. 6039427116

Monday, June 19, 2023

Summer Hours

Hello everyone! There has been a summer change in our start times. Our summer start time will be 9:00am and will go back to 9:30am the first Sunday of September! We hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Joyce Andersen on June 11th, 2023: Guest Musician

Below you will find the music stylings of 
Joyce Andersen! She was our musical guest on June 11th, 2023! We love hearing her beautiful voice in our church! She will be returning for Sunday Service on July 9th and August 6th, we hope to see you then!


Juneteenth 2023 Events

Juneteenth 2023 Events:

On Monday, June 19, the closing day of the celebration, there will be an African drumming performance featuring Akwaaba Ensemble at the African Burying Ground in Portsmouth. Entitled “The Healing Rhythm of the Drums” the performance will celebrate the power of African music and drumming to promote healing and community building.

The celebration concludes with a performance by the Howard Gospel Choir at South Church entitled
“From Africa to America: We Are the Drums.” The performance celebrates the rich history of gospel music and its roots in African American culture. Admission to this event is ticketed.


Tickets for ticketed events are available for purchase on the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire’s website, and all proceeds will go to support the organization’s mission to promote awareness and appreciation of African American history and culture in the state.

For more information about the 2023 Juneteenth Celebration, visit:

- The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire’s website

- Juneteenth 2023 Events & Parties In Manchester, NH |

- Festivals in Manchester, NH 2023 | Culture, Nightlife, Celebrations Events of Manchester, NH

- Juneteenth 2023 Events & Celebrations In The USA |

Friday, June 9, 2023

Joyce Andersen will be joining us for Sunday service on June 11th at 9:00am!

Joyce Andersen will be joining us for Sunday service on June 11th at 9:00 a.m. We hope you enjoy the video below of her wonderful music accompanied by Pastor Renee Rouse from our Mother's Day celebration! We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Alice Gilchrist on May 29th.   Her family was with her at Concord Hospital as she passed on to eternity.  Alice’s family and friends are in our prayers during this time of deep sorrow.

Friends and Family may call from 5:00 -7:00 pm on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at Purdy Memorial Chapel, 2 Concord Rd (Rt. 4), Barrington, NH.  A funeral service will be held at 10:30 on Friday, June 2, 2023 at The Third Baptist Church, 53 Strafford Rd (Rt. 202) Strafford, NH with Pastor Harold Muzzey, officiating. Interment will be at the Veteran's Cemetery, in Boscawen, NH at a later date.

Please click on the link below to see Alice’s obituary in its entirety.

Friday, May 19, 2023

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, our Missions Deacon, Shelley Frost, has been in touch with the school counselor from Northwood School, who requested mental health-related games (see examples below) to support the middle school students. If you would like to help Northwood's students, please click on this link: and select the option that you prefer or in person at this Sunday's Service. We will then make purchase according to the donations received. A Card and Marble Plunk Game to Focus on Mindfulness During a Pandemic, Self-Actualization & Paying it Forward, Self-Care, Empathy for Self & Others A Feelings Game for Kids That Develops Emotion Regulation and Explores Anger, Sadness, Fear and Joy : Toys & Games Multiplayer up to 6 Players, 4 in a Row Connect Game Fostering Conversation and Relationship Building : Toys & Games


Are you in need of gifts for friends, employees/staff, grandparents, children or grandchildren?  Here is a perfect way to get someone a gift and help the church at the same time!  Please go to and place your order for an ecard.  Or place an order for a regular gift card with Terri at or text 603-828-4778.  The church receives a percentage from each card sale. The more gift cards we order, the more money the church receives!  Feel free to email or text Terri with any questions.  Terri will be submitting the order on June 5th and will contact anyone who placed an order once the gift cards come in.

Thursday, May 18, 2023


Our monthly pot luck dinner has been cancelled for this month.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we hope to see you next month!

Monday, May 15, 2023

Guest musician Joyce Andersen joins Pastor Renee for a Mother’s Day service

We hope you enjoy this video of the wonderful music provided by Joyce Andersen, accompanied by Pastor Renee Rouse on Mother's Day. Please join us on Sunday, June 11th, at 9:30 for another beautiful performance by Joyce Andersen. You won't be disappointed!

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Service and Reception for Jean Hunter


At the request of Jean Hunter’s family, we are posting this to inform the Northwood Community of her recent passing.  Jean was very active in her community and church and the family is extending the invitation to those who knew and loved her.  A graveside service honoring Jean will be held on June 3 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception at The Red Blazer Restaurant, 72 Manchester Street, Concord, NH at 12:00 noon.  Everyone is welcome to both the graveside service and to the restaurant.  Please let us know if you are able to join us at the restaurant to ensure we provide enough seating for all. Call the church at 603-942-7116 and leave a message as to whether you will be able to join the family at the restaurant.  Please include your name, a number where you can be reached, and the number of people in your party.  We will update this information once we confirm which cemetery the services will be held.


Save the Date!
Please join us on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 14th, as we celebrate the Joy of Life for Anna Carlson during Fellowship time.  All are welcome!  We will share stories about Anna, giving flowers in honor and memory of Anna just like she did every Mother’s Day for years.  Brunch will be served as well.  Please contact Amy Lindsay at 603-942-5482 and leave a message and she will return your call if you are able to bring something to share for the brunch.

We will have a special musician joining us as well.  Joyce Andersen (pictured below), violinist, guitarist, fiddle player will perform our worship music on Mother’s Day.  

Also on Mother’s Day, we will celebrate our graduates! 

Wednesday, May 3, 2023


In recognition of Memorial Day we are honored to welcome members of VFW Post 7217 at our Sunday morning, May 28th, service starting at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Renee Rouse and Rev. Rebecca Mancini of North Barnstead Community Church of North Barnstead will be doing a pulpit exchange that day as well.  All are welcome to come and honor our fallen veterans. 

In addition, VFW Post 7217 will be using our Church grounds on Memorial Day, Monday May 29th as they honor our fallen heroes, veterans, and current military in the Northwood Memorial Day Parade starting at 10:00 a.m. 

Thursday, April 27, 2023


On May 5th you're invited to a potluck with Margarita mocktails at 6:30 p.m. and free movie at 7:30 p.m. at Northwood Congregational Church. The movie is about a woman farmer from the landlocked nation of Malawi, which is experiencing extreme drought that is becoming longer each year, causing food scarcity. Anita Chitaya has a talent for persuasion, and decides to travel to America, traveling from California to the White House, meeting climate skeptics and despairing farmers. Join us to see how Anita faces her greatest challenge. Part travelog and part an exploration of farming, culture, and climate, it's intriguing and worth your time!

Friday, April 14, 2023

Are you looking for a place to socialize, enjoy some great food, play some games?

Come join us at our monthly Potluck Dinner on April 28th at 6:00 p.m. We will be meeting in Fellowship Hall and we hope you will join us for an evening of fun! Feel free to bring a friend! Please contact Amy Lindsay at 603-942-2584 to let her know if you plan on attending and what you will be bringing. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Wednesday, April 5
The Black Heritage Trail The Way of the Cross virtual tour online from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Register for the virtual tour here More info to follow.
Thursday, April 6th
We will be joining North Barnstead Congregational Church in person and on zoom for Maundy Thursday Service. To Join Zoom Meeting, click on link below. Link will be open at approximately 6:30. Services will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Friday April 7th
Good Friday- church will be open for prayer 3-5:30 p.m. Prayers will be provided.
Also on Good Friday - Black Heritage Trail The Way of the Cross walk In person in Portsmouth 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (Leaving from St. John's Episcopal Church, 100 Chapel Street Portsmouth, NH, following the noon service to which all are welcome).
The Black Heritage Trail The Way of the Cross walk in person in Portsmouth-The Walk takes 1 1/2 -2 hours, and finishes at the African Burial Ground Memorial Park on Chestnut Street. Register for the in-person tour here More info to follow.
Please join us for any or all of the events listed above.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Potluck Dinner


Our next Potluck Dinner is scheduled for March 31st at 6:00 p.m.  Come join us for some delicious food and fellowship! Feel free to invite a friend and bring a game.  
Contact Amy Lindsay at to let her know if you plan on attending and what you plan to bring!