Dover Unplugged:
St. Dunstan’s Launches Community Activity Series

Monthly Program to Offer a Variety of Events to
Build Offline 
Connections – and Have Fun! – Within the Community

Looking for a fun, local night out with the kids, an opportunity to learn about important issues, or a chance to do a service project with your family? Dover Unplugged at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church is the answer! Launching in February, the community-focused series will be held on the first Wednesday or Friday of each month, alternating between an event and a lecturer and discussion. Designed for the entire community, these free events will provide a chance for people in Dover and surrounding towns to put down their devices and enjoy the company of friends and neighbors. The series kicks off on Friday, February 2.

“In conversations within our parish and with friends outside of it, we kept hearing the need for people to have more opportunities for face-to-face interactions and time to just simply connect,” said Rev. Sean T. Leonard, rector, St. Dunstan’s. “Part of our call is to build bridges into the Dover community, to serve the people of Dover and be a resource to the town, regardless of whether people are church members or not. We are really excited to launch Dover Unplugged and welcome all to join us as we pause, unplug and put down our phones, and simply come together in community.”

Dover Unplugged events will be held in Fellowship Hall at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 18 Springdale Avenue, Dover. Events are free to all. St. Dunstan’s always welcomes support of its outreach ministries to support those in need and will designate an optional suggested donation for each event; occasionally the suggestion may be to help cover costs of the events but is always optional.

The Dover Unplugged lineup of events is:

February 2 at 6:30 p.m. (Friday): The first event is a family-friendly community movie night, with dinner and a screening of the movie Groundhog Day – on Groundhog Day! This PG-rated movie shows how every day is filled with untapped potential. Pizza, salads and dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m. before the movie;  popcorn will accompany the main feature, which begins at 7:15 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, sleeping bags and pillows to get comfy for the show. Suggested donation: A box of cereal or jar of peanut butter to be donated to A Place to Turn food pantry in Natick (http://www.aplacetoturn-natick.org).

March 7 at 7 p.m. (Wednesday): Nadia Alawa, founder of NuDay Syria, will give a presentation on the refugee crisis in Syria and how one can help. NuDay Syria (http://www.nudaysyria.net) is a non-profit organization focused on bringing humanitarian aid to displaced Syrians living in refugee camps inside Syria and in the bordering area. Ms. Alawa will provide a powerpoint on the work of NuDay Syria and offer opportunity for discussion about the crisis. Coffee, tea and dessert will be served. Suggested donation: school supplies or personal hygiene items to be delivered to Syria.

April 6 at 6 p.m. (Friday): The Outreach Program, a nonprofit organization that delivers food, water purification technology, medical care, and education to impoverished areas around the globe will join Dover Unplugged for an action-packed evening of creating and packaging 10,000 meals to be sent to Puerto Rico (http://outreachprogram.org). This will be a fun community service event that is perfect for all ages.  A pizza dinner will be available for all volunteers starting at 6 p.m., and the meal prep assembly lines will begin at 6:30.  Suggestion donation: Any monetary contribution to help cover costs of the meals that will be prepared and donated.

May 2 at 7 p.m. (Wednesday): May Flowers! Just in time Mother’s Day, create a springtime flower arrangement, or make a corsage or boutonniere for prom! Don’t have a green thumb? No problem! This is a chance to learn a new skill! A floral pro will lead the group through all the how-tos. All supplies will be provided. Coffee, tea and desserts will be served. Suggested donation: $10 to help offset costs.

June 8 at 6:30 p.m. (Friday): “Our Great Outdoors” will be an opportunity to learn about Dover’s Land and Water Resources. Following a provided dinner, Dover Unplugged will host representatives from land and water conservation organizations, including: the Dover Water Resources Committee; the Charles River Watershed Association; the Trustees of Reservations; the Dover Land Conservation Trust; and the Gardens at Elm Bank. Dinner will be served at 6:30 and the panel discussion begins at 7:15.

Dover Unplugged will pause for the summer but will resume in September and continue with monthly programs.

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church is located at 18 Springdale Avenue in Dover, Massachusetts. Respecting the dignity of every human being is at the heart of the Episcopal faith and is a core belief at St. Dunstan’s. In addition to being a strong faith-based community that offers space for worship, prayer and formation, St. Dunstan’s offers many opportunities to renew our commitment to this principle and put it into action in our lives and the greater community. We welcome all to join us. For more information, please visit us online at www.saintdunstansma.org or on Facebook @saintdunstansma.

Contact:
St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church
18 Springdale Avenue
Dover, MA 02030
(508) 785-0879

Amelia Slawsby at (508) 785-1479 or amelia.slawsby@gmail.com
Carol Chirico at (617) 905-4125 or willowmill@gmail.com
Rev. Sean Leonard at (508) 785-0879 or revsean@saintdunstansma.org