Community Groups at RCC

Side with SteepleRye Congregational Church has served as a central meeting house for the Rye community since its dedication in 1726. We are proud to continue this tradition and provide a gathering place to many area groups.  The RCC Calendar has the updated schedule of events.

Please contact Marjorie Johnston in the Church office (964-4061 or if your community group is interested in using our facilities.


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Brownie Scouts, Junior Girl Scouts, Daisy Scouts, Tiger Scouts, and Cub Scouts meet on a regular basis during the school year.

 Rye Recreation: Active, Alive and Over 55 Club

  • Active, Alive & Over 55 Club Lunch Programs: A senior group that meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month September through May. Lunch is at noon followed by entertainment at 1:00 p.m. Non-residents are welcome to join.
  • Live Long & Strong Fitness: This ‘on your feet’ fitness program is designed for ages 55+.  Low impact, moderately paced aerobic/cardio exercises paired wit light strength training… all set to music of bygone eras.  No experience necessary! Classes are held on Mondays & Wednesdays at 10 a.m. September through June.
  • Over 55 Stretch & Balance Fitness: This group fitness class will help you strengthen major muscle groups using weights and work in balance.  A combination of exercises performed standing or seated will challenge you and allow you to work at your own pace.  Classes are held on Tuesdays at 9:30 am. September through June.
  • Regular Yoga:   Gain inner peace while harmonizing the mind, body and spirit through the ancient practice of yoga meditation.  Physically improve strength, flexibility and balance while learning stress reduction and healthy-living tips.  This is a multi-level class. Beginners welcome.  Classes are held every Thursday, 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., September through June.
  • Chair Yoga:  This gentle form of yoga uses chairs for support while gaining strength, flexibility and balance. Learn breathing techniques and center the mind while having fun with others.  Classes are held every Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 am., September through June.

Contact Lee Arthur at (603) 964-6281 for further information. You can also email or visit the website at

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Rye Driftwood Garden Club was founded in 1968 and meets on the third Tuesday of most months, September through May, at the Rye Congregational Church at Rye Town Center. Coffee and refreshments are served at 9:30am, followed by the general meeting at 10am and the program (speakers on gardening topics) at 10:30am. The public is welcome at the monthly meetings and new members are always welcome. In December and April, the club has luncheons in lieu of the monthly meetings. Please check the club’s website ( to confirm meeting dates and times. The club encourages interest in all phases of flower arranging, home gardening, conservation and better horticultural practices. It also promotes civic beautification through designing and managing various Rye public spots and Seacoast Beautification grants. A yearly horticultural scholarship is given to a UNH student.

Membership requirement are annual payment of dues ($35), participation on club committees, sharing in hostess duties, and support of Ways and Means activities. The annual May plant sale is the largest fundraising activity of the club. They also sponsor a Christmas Greens Workshop in early December. And club members participate in Webster at Rye’s Art in Bloom, held in April. Most importantly, club members love to share their knowledge and enthusiasm of gardening. 

Rye Art Study

Started in 1963, this group of culturally interested men and women from the seacoastart-palette-clip-art-Artist-Palette (1) area gather to learn more about a wide variety of art topics. Meetings are September through May generally on the 3rd Monday of the month September through May, but check the RCC Calendar or Rye Art Study’s website ( to confirm the meeting date and time.  Coffee and refreshments are served at 9:30 am and the program starts at 10:00am.

Seacoast Knitters Guild

This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m. – noon, September through May, for workshops, demonstrations, field trips, charity knitting and socializing with other knitters. 

3/7/11 AA Meetings


Meets every Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Need Help? Call the NH AA Hotline: 800-593-3330 or visit their website at

Rye Summer Piano Intensive

David Wold Piano GraphicMeeting a wide range of goals for enthusiastic piano students of various levels and ages, the camp provides a unique individual learner based curriculum in a fun and challenging group setting, held annually in early July.     Highlights of the program include Student Recitals, Daily Master Classes, Individualized Instruction and Supervised Practice, Music Theory and History, Duets, Quick Studies, Managing Performance Anxiety, Focused Practice and Preparation, Introduction to the Pipe Organ, Music Jeopardy, Piano Fun, and More.  For more information, go to, email or call David Wold at (603) 828-6402.