The First Saturday Worship at the Chapel in the summer of 2017 will be July 1 at 5:00 PM
The Chapel of the Transfiguration, in Bretton Woods, is a summer chapel of the Diocese of New Hampshire that Christ Church stewards and oversees on behalf of the diocese. It is located on Route 302 just east of the Mount Washington Hotel.
Eucharist Services are held on Saturday afternoons at 5:00 PM in July and August.
Dedicated in 1907, the Chapel of the Transfiguration was built in memory of Joseph Stickney, who planned and built the majestic Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods less than a mile away. Crafted from gray granite, the building features magnificent stained glass windows by D. Maitland Armstrong as well as one by the Tiffany Studio. The windows depict the 12 disciples along the side walls, the Ascension in the back, and the Transfiguration as the altar piece.
For many years the site of a boys choir-summer camp, the chapel fell into reduced usage and eventual disuse in the late 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s before coming into the full legal oversight of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire in 1982. Bishop Phillip Smith then asked Christ Episcopal Church in nearby North Conway to steward the chapel. Christ Church, the diocese, and some long-standing financial support from the wills of Joseph Stickney’s wife and others have maintained the property and kept the chapel open for summer worship and mission ever since.
2017 Schedule being finalized…below is the 2016 Chapel Recap
2016 Summer season began on Saturday, July 2nd and featured: Enriching Our Worship liturgical prayers, Aftrican-American spirituals, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, fancy cupcakes, home-cooked communion bread, and special prayers for our country.
Saturday, July 9th featured a celebration of the White Mountains and all who visit them: hikers, hunters, guides, rescuers, etc. The Christ Church, North Conway Trekkers would have ended their monthly hike at the chapel but unfortunately rain curtailed the trek today. Alas! Gorp and clementines to eat at least!
Saturday, July 16th featured a Taize service with guitars, chants, a “singing bowl” and time offered for silent meditation.
Saturday, July 23rd featured love poems of and to God, sacred verses from a variety of sources, and the connection that eros – its power as life force and creative energy – has with the spirit. We read a number of poems, well known and not…
Saturday, July 30th featured drumming – we all chipped in and accompanied our singing with percussion instruments, with the music geared to rhythmically appropriate tunes…
Saturday, August 6th was the actual Feast Day for the Transfiguration in the church calendar year, the gospel story that embodied the idea and construction of our chapel and for which it is named after. A special Eucharist was led by the Rev. William Cruse, recent ordinand and interim priest-in-charge at St. Andrew’s in nearby Tamworth. Don Cooper, who has been coming to the chapel most of his life, celebrated his 88th birthday!
Saturday, August 13th was to have celebrated and feature “journey” – what being, envisioning, seeking, traveling as a pilgrim has looked like, might look like, can look like. Unfortunately, thunderstorms kept people away and a simple, shortened Eucharist was held instead.
Saturday, August 20th featured a celebration of The Abundant Table, an ecumenical, interfaith ministry of the Episcopal Church and the Lutheran Churches that focuses our spiritual attentions on the earth, land, farms, and the food that grows from and in them all. The Rev. William Cruse again was the presider and preacher.
Saturday, August 28th celebrated Narnia, the creation of C.S. Lewis, how fantasy and myth offer insights into the spirit and excite our imaginations in raptures of wonderment and awe. Selected readings from the 7-book series were read aloud and we sang a few old tunes with folk origins from the British Isles, ending the summer worship with Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” score to new lyrics.
…and on Saturday, October 15th: a full, pull out all the stops, music-filled Evensong with choristers and sung liturgy: both Rev.’s Belshaw and Cruse participated. A beautiful service, heralding the end of another year and the approach of the winter months.