Local religion listings

Local religion listings


Central Baptist Church

WESTERLY — Join the congregation on Sunday as Pastor Cal Lord shares his message, “Are You Building on a Solid Foundation?” based on Luke 6:46-49. Sunday school for all ages is available at 9 a.m., and worship is at 10:30. Junior Church is held during the worship service for younger children and child care is available. The church is handicapped accessible.

Adult Sunday school classes include:

• Baptist Identity and Beliefs — The class explores the historical origin of the body of believers called Baptists and their impact and contributions to the religious and civic life of our nation. Baptist beliefs and convictions to be studied include Liberty of Conscience, Believer’s Baptism, Religious Freedom, Autonomy of the Local Church, Priesthood of all Believers, Missions & Associations, and the Supremacy of the Bible.

• Start Becoming a Good Samaritan — The DVD curriculum explores the critical needs facing our world and helps Christians understand how they can become good Samaritans.

• Guarding Your Child’s Heart — A course aimed at helping parents as they prepare their kids to face the world.

CBC Book Club meets Sundays night once a month at 6 p.m. This Sunday, the group will discuss “Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks for a Better Life,” by John Wooden. Reading about a sport is not the same as being on the court. Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success shows you how to act on the legendary mentor’s 32 building blocks for achieving your personal and professional goals.

A men’s Bible study is held each Tuesday morning at 7:30 in the church parlor. The group is studying Paul’s letter to the Romans. All men are welcome.

The monthly Pot Luck Dinner will be held on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share. All are welcome.

The Avondale Bible Fellowship (ABF) meets on Thursdays at Avondale Chapel for a study of the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Fellowship “Hour” starts at 8 a.m., with Bible study from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. No previous Bible study expertise is necessary to participate in this timely study of God’s Word. All are welcome.

The Middle School Youth Group meets regularly on the first and third Fridays of the month at 6 p.m. Senior High Youth meets on Sunday evenings — call the church for details. Truth Trackers for pre-K to elementary ages meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month at 6 p.m.

The church is located at 16 Elm St. For more information, visit www.cbcwesterly.org or call the church office at 401-596-4929.

Christ Church

WESTERLY — Worship begins with the Saturday evening service at 5. On Sunday, the Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 7:45 a.m. (Rite I), 9 a.m. (Rite II Choral Eucharist), and 11 a.m. (Rite II Contemporary service). The Holy Eucharist will also be celebrated on Wednesday at 7 and 10 a.m., with Bible study led by the Rev. Christine Purcell, rector, following the 10 a.m. service. If you missed a Sunday, Mother Christine’s recent sermons may be accessed on the parish website, christchurchwesterly.org.

On Sunday at 4 p.m., the Arts Commission of Christ Church presents an organ concert by famed British musician David Hill, who will play works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Mushel, Gardonyi and Mozart on the C.B. Fisk organ. Hill got his musical start in the world of organ playing when he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of 17. He has given recitals in most of the major venues in England and has toured extensively abroad. He is also widely respected as both a choral and an orchestral conductor and has made more than 80 recordings. He is chief conductor of the BBC Singers and with the Bach Choir of London. He has also contributed to the film soundtracks of “Kingdom of Heaven,” “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “Shrek the Third.” As always, Arts Commission programs are offered free of charge to all, and a reception will follow the concert.

Save the date: The Christ Church Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SERVE! Inc. is a nonprofit organization that helps locally, regionally and globally. It is best known for its ongoing commitment to armed forces overseas, as well as disaster relief in our own country. Donations of any travel-size items/hotel toiletries may be left in the parish office at any time. The church is also always accepting used cellphones for Cellphones for Soldiers.

The Living Supplies Closet for those in need will be open on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. The Closet, located in the basement of Christ Church, provides local residents with the opportunity to obtain items that cannot be purchased with government assistance. These are items such as toiletries, cleaning supplies, and paper products. Donations of items (particularly Comet, soap, deodorant, toilet paper, tissues, dish soap, laundry soap, diapers, baby wipes, paper towels, foil, toothbrushes for adults and children, toothpaste, shaving cream and sanitary pads) or cash are always needed.

The church is located at 7 Elm St. For more information, contact the parish office at 401-596-0197, at christ-church@verizon.net, or visit the website, christchurchwesterly.org.

Christ the King Church

KINGSTON — Saturday vigil is held at 5 p.m. Sunday Masses are at 8, 9:15 and 11:35 a.m., and at 8 p.m.

A 25th anniversary concert to celebrate the Feast of Christ the King will be held today at 7 p.m. at the church. The event will feature Tom Kendzia and the choir of Christ the King, with special guest artist John Angotti. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Assumption Church in Providence.

The church is located at 180 Old North Road. For more information, call the parish office at 401-783-7459.

The Church At Westerly

WESTERLY — Pastor Stephen Mook is the guest pastor on Sunday. Rev. Mook is helping plant a church in South County. His Sunday message will be Bible-based and call for personal faith and a growing relationship with Jesus. The public is invited.

The church meets for worship every Sunday at the Tower Street School Community Center, 93 Tower St. Traditional Christian beliefs are taught, and Protestants, Catholics and, especially, those searching for God as well as those returning to Him are welcome. A van is available by calling the numbers below for a ride to church.

Fellowship and refreshments begin at 10 a.m. The dress is casual and worship is from 10:30-11:45 a.m. A time for prayer and questions is included in the service together with an explanation of how to personally begin a relationship with Jesus. Children of all ages worship with their families until 10:45 and then children go to their own Bible studies. Canned goods and staple food items are collected every Sunday for the church’s food pantries at Merchant’s Village and Babcock Village. Weekly messages are also downloadable for free on the church’s website.

For more information, including a map, visit TheChurchAtWesterly.org or call Pastor Clark Rumfelt at 401-315-2317 or 401-932-4766. Church information may also be found on Facebook.

Congregation Sharah Zedek

WESTERLY — Regular monthly services are held the third Friday of each month. An Oneg will follow the service and include light desserts and fun conversation. Visitors to the area are encouraged to attend and experience the 100-year-old synagogue, and anyone interested in a membership is invited to attend a service. A one-year free membership for those new to the area is available to those in need.

The synagogue is located at 6 Union St. For more information, call 401-348-8992 or visit congregationsharahzedek.org.

Dunn’s Corners Community Church, Presbyterian

WESTERLY — Children and youth in kindergarten through fifth grades are invited to attend GPS (God’s Path Seekers) on today from 6 to 8 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for a Halloween Party led by youth in sixth through 12th grades. The theme for children K through fifth grade is “Do not be afraid — God is with us; Bible verse: “I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord is my strength and my song.” — Isaiah 12:2. A nutritious meal will be served, followed by games, activities, crafts, stores and songs. Bring a friend.

On Sunday, all are invited to the first “Left-Over Breakfast” of pancakes, ham, bacon, fruits, and more prepared by Sally Scholtz, at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday’s worship services are at 8 and 10 a.m. and will honor our veterans for Veterans Day. The focus will be on scriptures from the Gospel of Luke 20:27-38. The Rev. Jim Glenn will offer the sermon etitled “Alive with the King.” Worship is in the handicapped-accessible Sanctuary. Andy Wallace and Grace Urrico lead in music. At 8 a.m., the Chancel Choir’s anthem is “Be Still” (arr. Lewis). At 10 a.m., the Handbell Choir’s prelude is “Daystar” (arr. Buckwalter) and the anthem is “Rejoice in the Spirit” by Moklebust.

During the 8 and 10 a.m. worship services, there is a cry room available for parents who have infants or toddlers and would like to listen to worship while attending to their child. During the 10 a.m. worship, a separate room is available for infants and toddlers that is overseen by a professional attendant.

The church is sponsoring its annual Reverse Offering for Jonnycake Center Thanksgiving baskets. Please bring boxes or bags of stuffing, and cans or bottles of gravy to the church by this Sunday. Also, call and see how you can join the church’s Habitat for Humanity work team, or a team that works at the Jonnycake Center thrift store. Please consider getting involved in the charity work in the community. Give the church a call, and we will help you decide where best to use your talents.

The Presbyterian Women will meet on Monday at 1 p.m. for fellowship and discussion of the Bible lesson “Set Free by God.” The Rev. Donna Maggi will lead. The Bible reading in preparation is Exodus 4:18-13:16. All women are welcome.

Join the church on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7 p.m. for Evening Prayer and Communion, led by the Rev. Julia Fuller.

November small-group Bible studies are available. Choose a group; no registration is needed and all are welcome:

• Monday evenings, Nov. 11 and 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Room, study of Thessalonians — God’s hope while living in 2013 society, led by Rev. Glenn.

• Tuesdays, Nov. 12 and 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the Music Room, the Letters of Paul — II Timothy, led by Rev. Glenn.

• Wednesdays, Nov. 13 and 20 at 7:05 p.m. in the Music Room, the Rev. Julia Fuller leads a study on King David, a monumental figure in Biblical history — looking at the Bible books of Ruth, I and II Samuel, and the beginning of I Kings. These books of the Bible take about the time period of about 1,000 B.C., and the transition of the government of Israel from the era of the judges to the era of kings. King David is an ancestor to Jesus of Nazareth and the author of many of the psalms in the Bible.

The Chancel Choir continues to grow and invites you to join in singing to the Lord. Call the church office for more information, or just come and join in the singing on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9.

The Youth Choir meets each Sunday from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. in the Music Room for rehearsals.

Mark your calendars for the church’s annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All programs at the church, located at 221 Post Road, are free and open to all, no registration required. For more information, call the church office at 401-322-0655, email clerk@dcccp.necoxmail.com or visit dunnscornerschurch.org. The church is on Facebook at facebook.com/dunnscornerschurch.

Faith Bible Chapel

WESTERLY — Pastor Bernie Norman will continue sharing an encouraging message series titled “The Genius of Generosity” on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. He will be joined by the praise and worship team By Grace, who will open and close the service with contemporary, Christian music. Children’s Sunday school and nursery are also available at that time.

On Wednesday, the chapel’s MOM’s Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. and will continue to meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month through May. The MOM’s Group is a safe place for Christians and non-Christians, married moms and single moms, to share the joys and frustrations of motherhood and to explore the purposes and promises God gives to parents. Child care will be provided at that time.

Also Wednesday, a Bible study on the Gospel of John will take place and continue every other Wednesday throughout the fall at 7 p.m.

“Evangelism for the Tongue Tied: How Anyone Can Tell Others About Jesus” is a five-session study that will continue on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 9 a.m. and continue every other Sunday throughout the fall.

A men’s Bible study will continue on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. called “The 33 Series — A Man and His Traps.” This six-session study challenges and equips men to go below the surface, to look deep into their hearts and explore some areas that are all too easy to ignore but that are critical in the journey toward authentic manhood.

A place of new beginnings, Faith’s mission statement is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ by creating environments where people can be encouraged and equipped to pursue intimacy with God, community within, and influence without. The non-denominational Christian church is located at 115 Ashaway Road. For more information, call the church at 401-348-9637 or visit faithbiblechapel.com.

Full Throttle Biker Church

GROTON — Hear stories of changed lives from the Teen Challenge New Haven Men’s Choir at the church’s next service, today at 7 p.m. A New England boiled dinner will follow the one-hour service.

Full Throttle Biker Church is an inspiring place and service by bikers for bikers and those that love bikers. Founded by Pastor Brad Whipple, who has ridden for more than 40 years, ministered to bikers for 10 years in Sturgis, S.D., and led an annual Blessing of the Bikes for nine years, the church’s mission is to help bikers see that a life wide open for Christ is more exciting than the bikes they ride.

The church meets the second Friday of each month at Seaport Community Church, 28 Great Brook Road. For more information, call Pastor Whipple at 860-448-6224 or visit the church’s Facebook page.

Ocean Community Christian Church

WESTERLY — Celebration worship service is Sunday at 10 a.m., preceded by coffee and conversation at 9:30. Children’s Ministries are included. Sunday is Communion Sunday. A newcomer’s luncheon will be held after service.

The Sunday morning study of the life of Joseph continues this week.

A women’s Bible study is Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Young Parents’ Ocean’s 12 Group meets at the Crinos’ home on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

Worship practice is on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Youth Open Mic Night is Friday, Nov. 15, from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Youth-Family Center is open Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m., then Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a friend. The building is available to the public for meetings and parties with a donation of $25 an hour.

The theme for 2013 is “Fixing Our Thoughts.” Hebrews 3:1 — “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus ...”

The church is located at 62 Franklin St., Suite 13, the former DMV. Pastor Steve Crino can be reached at ps@occcwesterly.org, at the church at 401-596-7400 or at his office at 401-322-1406. The family center can be reached at 401-596-7401. For more information, visit oceancommunitycc.org.

The Pilgrim’s Baptist Church

ASHAWAY —On Sunday, be here at 9:30 a.m. and find a place to belong in a Bible fellowship group. With choices ranging from monthly Bible topics, biblical principles, creation vs. evolution, to men’s, women’s, teens’ and children’s groups, there’s something for the whole family.

There is a brief time of coffee and refreshments before morning worship, which starts at 10:30. Worship service consists of traditional and contemporary praise music, oftentimes a special music presentation, and a message preached from God’s word.

Be sure to return at 6 for Sunday evening service for an opportunity to learn something new as the book of Amos is studied. Also on Sunday nights, bring your first- through sixth-graders to Truth Trackers. The club is free, and a great way for kids to learn Bible verses, truths about God, and just have a lot of fun with friends. Truth Trackers starts at 6 p.m. on Sundays.

The Men’s Bible Study, MUGS (Men Under Grace Sustained), meets every Tuesday at the church at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday night features a casual Bible study and prayer meeting at 6 p.m. There is a children’s service with Mrs. Sedam at the same time, the Teen group with Andy meets, and for everyone else it’s a chance to pray and learn. For the Bible study, the church has been watching a six-week video series titled “When God’s People Pray.” Is prayer really important? Come study the scriptures and see what you think!

A child care/nursery is available during all of the services. Tune into “The Winning Side” with Pastor Sedam on Fridays at 9 a.m. on WBLQ 1230-AM. For more information, contact Tina in the church office at 401-377-6077, or visit www.pilgrimsbaptist.com. The church is located at 27 Chase Hill Road.

Pleasant Street Baptist Church

WESTERLY — On Saturday at 9 a.m., the Greater Fellowship Baptist Association of Rhode Island and Vicinity will hold a one-day session at Community Baptist Church of Newport.

Sunday mornings be sure to catch the Rev. Joshua McClure’s program, “Living Faith for Today,” at 7:30 on WBLQ 1230-AM and hear his message for the day.

There are religion classes for all ages, including New Life classes for those becoming members of the church, starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

At 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, the sermon “True Christian Giving” is taken from scripture 2 Corinthians 8:1-8 and will be delivered by Associate Pastor Mal Davis.

There will be Pastor Search Committee meeting on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., there is a prayer and Bible study. All are welcome.

Thursday at 10 a.m., all are welcome to a women’s Bible study with Assoc. Pastor Davis.

The Emergency Food Pantry at the Family Life Center, 31 Pleasant St., is gladly accepting donations. This month’s request is for instant mashed potatoes.

The church is located at 37 Pleasant St. For more information, call the church office at 401-596-1923. Church office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Andrew Lutheran Church

CHARLESTOWN — Sunday worship services are at 8:30 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. The 8:30 service is a blended contemporary service with a wide variety of music led by Sol Music and Grace. Communion is celebrated every week. The 9:40 service features a traditional Lutheran liturgy and communion service accompanied by organ and with an occasional visit from the choir, Grace. The 10:35 service is a lively contemporary service led musically by Seek First and Voices of Joy. Communion is celebrated each week.

At all services, preaching is grounded in the Bible but seeks to connect God’s story with our stories; to connect the life of Jesus with our lives; to let the Bible shape our understanding of contemporary issues.

The church’s Holiday Craft Fair is Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The craft fair will include baked goods, live greenery baskets, cemetery baskets, decorated table top trees, antique sled with live greens raffle, handmade crafts, nearly new jewelry, books and games, homemade candy, knitted and crocheted items, gift baskets, and much more. It is sponsored by Hope Circle at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, with proceeds benefiting outreach projects. For more information, contact Kim Wills, Hope Circle president, at 401-377-2118 or call the church office.

The church is located at 15 East Beach Road. For more information about the event, call the church office at 401-322-0088.

Second Baptist Church of North Stonington

NORTH STONINGTON — All are welcome at the Sunday morning worship service, beginning at 10 a.m. with hymns and special music. The Rev. David Jordan’s message “Remembering” is from 2 Peter 1:12-21.

The church has a dynamic children’s program for first through sixth grades during the message portion of our service each week. The church also has 2 Stix music ministry for the grades three through seven, and practice for the Christmas play for children of all ages. Bring your children for a blessing and a great time.

The Sunday evening service begins at 6:30 with a hymn sing and testimonies, and Deacon Dale Williams will share a message this Sunday.

Sunday School classes for all ages (from birth to senior citizens) begin at 9 a.m. Pastor Dave’s adult class continues its study of contemporary issues. (See the schedule of classes on the church’s website.) Join a class to have questions answered and enjoy fellowship with others.

Wednesdays at 6 p.m. there is something for everyone at the church. For children ages kindergarten through sixth grade, there is the Olympian Club program, in which children will grow spiritually while having many fun activities and service to the community. The Junior High program is for grades seven and eight. The Senior High program is for grades nine through 12. For adults, Pastor Dave will share a Bible study titled “True Spiritually,” from Galatians and Ephesians. Another choice for adults is a prayer meeting led by our deacons on a rotating basis.

North Stonington Christian Academy is a ministry of the church with open enrollment. Call for further information.

The church, located at 12 Stillman Road, is a Bible-based church with practical preaching and teaching for all ages. For further information, call the church at 860-599-2077.

UCC of Westerly, United Church of Christ

PAWCATUCK — Words, words, words. The church is all about words — sung words, spoken words, read words, prayed words. This is because language is how we communicate with each other, in the church and outside of it. The question then becomes how is the language of the church the same as and different from the world in which we live, and why does this matter. If this is something you’ve wondered about, please join the congregation at worship this Sunday as we reflect together on one of the more intriguing stories about language in the Bible: the Tower of Babel from Genesis 11.

November is well under way, which means December is just around the corner and at the church that means just one thing: The BAZAAR is almost here. Mark your calendars now for the renowned annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7. Details to follow soon.

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not church is relevant, know that times are changing and so is the church. The question is how we negotiate the move forward into God’s future together. Join the congregation as it explores the possibilities!

Come and experience this vital Christian community and its 21st-century outlook on a 2,000-year-old faith. The sanctuary is handicapped accessible. Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m. Fellowship time for all follows worship. All are welcome. The church is located at 9 Castle Hill Road, just off Pequot Trail. For more information or to speak with the Rev. Ruth Hainsworth, call the church office at 860-599-1226 or visit uccwesterly.org. Also visit the church’s Facebook page.

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