This week's Darien religious listings: Jan. 4

Calvary Baptist Church: 988 Post Road, Darien, 655-0318
Sunday service at 10:30. Adult/women/teen Bible studies Sunday at 9:30 a.m.; children’s church at 10:30 a.m.
Women’s Bible study, first and third Saturday monthly, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Men’s Bible study, second Saturday monthly,  8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Preaching schedule, Jan. 6, Pastor Mark Orr, Jan. 13, Richard Helstein, Jan. 20, Pastor Mark Orr, Jan. 27, Pastor Mark Orr
St. Thomas More R.C. Church: 374 Middlesex Road, Darien, 655-3303
Mass is held at 9 a.m., Monday through Friday; 4:30 p.m., Saturday; 7:30, 8:45, 10 and family Mass at 11:30 a.m., and 5:15 p.m., Sunday. Confession is held from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m., Saturday. The Rev. Paul Murphy, pastor; the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Post, parochial vicar.
St. John R.C. Church: 1986 Post Road, Darien, 655-1145
The Rev. Msgr. Frank C. McGrath, pastor; the Rev. Frank Gomez, parochial vicar.Regular masses are held at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Weekend masses are at 4:30 on Saturday, and 7:30, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Confessions are 3 to 4 on Saturdays.
The Neighborhood Church: Meets in members’ homes in Stamford and Darien; 203-253-3754
Worship services are at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Small groups and Bible study groups meet throughout the week. Contact the Rev. Robert Childs, pastor, at 203-253-3754, for more information.
New Beginnings Community Church: 65 Tokeneke Road, Darien, 655-7194
Senior Pastor Robert Cassara.
Service times are at Saturday evenings at 6 and Sunday mornings at 9 and 11 a.m. There is a children’s ministry on Sunday for children 3 months to 12 years old.
The church also offers weekly care groups which meet in the evening, as well as a “Soul Focus” youth ministry which meets once a month. The church’s Web site is
Encounter Church: 988 Post Road, Darien; 969-5307
Encounter Church is a Bible-based Christian church committed to encountering God, experiencing community and exposing the world to the life-changing Jesus story. Come this Sunday at 6 p.m., in the sanctuary at Calvary Baptist Church, 988 Post Road, Darien.
Christian Science
First Church of Christ, Scientist: 2331 Post Road, Darien, 655-2772•••
Sunday services and Sunday School are at 10:30, and include readings from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy. The Sunday School is open to people up to 20 years old.
Wednesday meetings are held at 8 p.m. and include Scriptural readings and testimonies of healing.
A free public reading room at 1904 Post Rd is open Monday through Friday, 10 to 3 and Saturday, 10 to 1. Web site:
Talmadge Hill Community Church: 870 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Darien, 966-2314
The Rev. Michael Zeman, minister, the Rev. Carter Via, minister, Rob Silvan, music director.
Services are at 9 and 10:30 on Sundays. Sunday School is held during the 10:30 service, with refreshments following the 10:30 service in the Merritt Room.
Jan. 6,  9, 10:30 am worship, Sunday School resumes
Web site is
United Church of Christ
First Congregational Church of Darien: 14 Brookside Road, Darien, 655-0491 •••
Worship is at 8:30 and 10.
Church school and childcare are available.
Rev. Dale Rosenberger is the senior minister. The music director is Dan Hague. The nursery school director is Teri Manning.
The United Church of Rowayton: 210 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton, 866-1415 •••
John Livingston, Senior Pastor; Carla Dietz, Associate Pastor; Marsha Hall, Director of Music; and Judi Livingston, Children’s Choir Director.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church: 1864 Post Road, Darien, 655-1456 •••
On Sunday, there are 8 and 10 a.m. Eucharist and 5:30 p.m. Come As You Are worship services.
On Wednesday, a 9:30 a.m. Eucharist service is held in the chapel.
Childcare and Church School is availing during the Sunday morning services.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: 471 Mansfield Ave., Darien, 655-8773
The Rev. Christopher P. Leighton, rector; The Rev. Jordan Easley, associate.
Sunday services are at 8:45 and 10:30. Sunday school for pre-school through age 11  begins at 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available. There is a healing service at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, followed by a lunch. There is also an evening service at the church on the first Sunday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
For youth group information contact Rev.ß Easley at You can reach the church online at, by e-mailing [email protected], or by calling the church office at 655-8773.
Temple Shalom: 259 Richards Ave., Norwalk, 866-0148
Rabbi Mark Lipson, Cantor Shirah Sklar, Assistant Rabbi Brian Leiken.Friday Shabbat services at 8 p.m.; Saturday Torah study at 9 a.m.; family Shabbat dinner on Friday a month.
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 5 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, 966-3913
Sunday – Worship and Holy Communion, 10:00 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m.  Nursery care available during the service.  Fellowship Hour follows the service.Wednesday – Adult Bible Study 7:45 p.m., Senior Choir 7:45 p.m.
Darien United Methodist Church: 345 Middlesex Road, Darien, 655-1469, 655-7407 (preschool)
Children’s Sunday School for youths through high school is at 10 on Sundays, except for the first Sundays of the month. Adult choir is at 9 a.m. each Sunday. Adult studies is at 10 a.m. each Wednesday. Youth Tone Chime Ensemble is at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday. Children’s choir and youth group are to be determined.
Epiphany Sunday Worship and Communion will be at 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 6, with the Rev. James R. Hoffman, Pastor, preaching.
Pastor: Rev. James R. Hoffman; music director: James G. Kantor; MFC Preschool Director: Laurie Anderson., or e-mail [email protected]
Rowayton United Methodist Church: 5 Pennoyer St., Rowayton, 838-0049
Weekly worship service is Sundays at 10 a.m. Fellowship Hour follows at 11.
Choir rehearsal is Sundays at 9 a.m., in the sanctuary. Nursery care is available for infants and toddlers during the service. Children are invited to attend the beginning of the service with their families and then attend Sunday school following the children’s moment in the service. Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month.
Noroton Presbyterian Church: 2011 Post Road, Darien, 655-1451
The Rev. Samuel A. Schreiner III, senior pastor; the Rev. Gregory M. Doll, associate pastor; the Rev. Brandi Drake, associate pastor; the Rev. Stuart R. Smith, associate pastor.
Worship service schedule: 8 a.m. in the chapel, 9 and 10:30 am in the church sanctuary and a family-friendly evening worship service in Horton Hall at 5 p.m. with a simple supper for only $5 after the service. Church school is held during the sanctuary services and childcare is provided for 9, 10:30 a.m. and 5. The church offers a variety of Bible studies, ministry activities and small groups for adults and fun activities for youth.
Visit For daily inspiration call Dial-A-Prayer at 203-655-PRAY 24 hours a day.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 682 South Avenue, New Canaan, 966-9380
Sacrament meeting, 9 to 10 a.m., Sunday School 10 to 11a.m.,  priesthood/relief society 11 to 12 p.m.

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