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The Church at Westerly

WESTERLY — The church meets for worship every Sunday at the Tower Street School Community Center, 93 Tower St. The dress is casual and worship is from 10 to 11 a.m. Traditional Christian beliefs are taught from the Holy Bible and all are welcome.

Children of all ages worship with their families until 10:45 a.m., and then children go to Bible study classes, where there is a snack. For more information, call Pastor Fred at 401-533-7206 or visit TheChurchAtWesterly.org.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

MYSTIC — Services will be held at 1230 Flanders Road on Sundays, from noon to 3 p.m. Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

First Baptist Church of Charlestown

CHARLESTOWN — The First Baptist Church of Charlestown will host “The Longest Night” service on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Quiet, short words of comfort and hope, a reminder of God’s promises and, the lighting of a personal candle(s) will bring comfort to those who grieve a loved one’s death or have lost a job, suffered a natural catastrophe, received a devastating diagnosis or are dealing with a disturbing heartbreak.

A Candlelight Christmas Eve Service will be held on Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Malcolm MacKenzie will lead the service, which will include candles, carols, and readings. The Quonnie Baptist Choir will perform under the leadership of the director of music, Dianne Dubendorf, and organist, James Larson.

For more information, contact The Rev. Dr. Malcolm MacKenzie, at 401-783-3594. First Baptist Church of Charlestown is located at 5073 Old Post Road.

Babcock Presbyterian Church

ASHAWAY— The Worship Service on Sunday, Dec. 16, the second Sunday in Advent, at 9:30 a.m., will be led by the Rev. Byeta Hoover-Mulvany. Her sermon will be based on scripture readings from Isaiah 2:2-6 and 55:12-13 and Philippians 4:4-7.

A “Happy Birthday Jesus” party will take place during Coffee Hour following worship, with Sunday School for children of all ages from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, from 8 to 10 a.m. is the next “Pancakes 4 a Purpose.” The Deacons will provide pancakes, sausage, coffee and tea. A free will offering is taken and donations go to Family Housing Support.

Choir Practice will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and each Tuesday thereafter at the same time.

The “Longest Night Service” will be held Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 pm., with quiet reflection, a time apart from the rush.

The Blessing Box is now open outside the church building 24/7 as a community service to anyone in need. People may “take what you need” and anyone who is able to “give what you can.” This could include nonperishable food items as well as personal hygiene items and baby needs.

Looking ahead… a Christmas Eve candlelight worship service will be held Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.

The church is located at 25 Maxson St. For more information, visit babcockpresbyterianchurch.com.

Dunn’s Corners Community Church

WESTERLY — On Sunday, Dec. 16, worship will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. At 8 a.m., The Reverend Dr. Wayne Eberly’s sermon will be “Joy” from Luke 1:39-45, “Elizabeth said to Mary, ‘Why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.’” Andrew Wallace, director of Music and Arts Ministry, and Grace Urrico, organist/pianist will lead the congregation in music. At the 10 a.m. service, the anthem, “Blessed Is the Lord (Benedicturs)” by Forrest, will be presented by the Chancel Choir, followed by “The Living Nativity” that will include the story of the birth of Jesus and singing of Christmas Carolsby the congregation.

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 and a separate room for infants and toddlers.

On Tuesday nights, youth, grades 6 through 12, are invited to "Teen Time" from 6 to 8 p.m. led by Michael Walton, youth ministries coordinator.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, a Vespers Worship Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. with Pastor Wayne Eberly, leader.

Call 401-322-0655 or e-mail clerk@dcccp.necoxmail.com the church office for more information. The church is at 221 Post Road.

Second Baptist Church of North Stonington

NORTH STONINGTON — Second Baptist Church of North Stonington is an independent, conservative, evangelical Baptist church. It is a Bible-based church with practical preaching and teaching for all ages. Sunday morning service begins at 10 a.m. with hymns, special music and a children’s moment. The choir will present their Christmas Cantata titled “O Little Town of Bethlehem” during the service this week.

Sunday evening service begins at 6 p.m. with a hymn sing, testimonies and prayer for the needs of the church. Pastor Dave will share his message titled “Your Testimonies are Wonderful” from Psalm 119:129-136.

Sunday school classes for all ages (from birth to senior citizens) begin at 9 a.m. Pastor Dave is doing a continuous study from the books of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians. The schedule of classes can be found at secondbaptistns.org.

The fall schedule continues with programs for the whole family. Olympian Club for children in kindergarten through grade 6 begins at 5:30 p.m.; Junior and Senior High Youth Groups begin at 5:45 p.m.; Pastor Joel Black’s Bible study on the book of James begins at 6 p.m.; Pam Wilkinson’s Ladies Bible study begins at 6 p.m. and Meagan Black’s women’s Bible study begins at 6 p.m.

North Stonington Christian Academy is a ministry of our church with open enrollment located at 12 Stillman Road. Call 860-599-2077 for more information.

Pleasant Street Baptist Church

WESTERLY — Church School for all ages and New Life classes start at 9:30 a.m., with church service following promptly at 10:45 a.m. This week's sermon, “Joy Always” is taken from scripture in the book of Isaiah 35:1-10.

On Wednesdays at 7 p.m. prayers and Bible Study will be a chance for discussion and deeper understanding of God’s Word.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be held on Monday, Dec. 24, at 6:00 p.m.

The church accepts any nonperishable food items for the emergency food pantry at the church office, 31 Pleasant St.; donations taken during office hours. To recommend those in need, call the office at 401-596-1923

Pleasant Street Baptist Church is at 37 Pleasant St., Minister Mallory Davis, pastor. Church office hours are 7:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, email psbcwesterly@aol.com or visit the church Facebook page at facebook.com/pg/PSBCNorthEndWesterly/.

Trinity Lutheran Church and Preschool

ASHAWAY — At the 10 a.m. worship on Sunday, Dec. 16, Trinity Lutheran Preschool and Sunday school youth will present “A Night In Bethlehem,” to celebrate His birth, including Christmas carols and God’s Word. AnnaBella McGlinsey will sing “The First Noel.” A Happy Birthday Jesus party, with cake and drinks, follows the worship service.

The church uses the historic liturgy to maintain a faithful Christian witness in the community that is true to the Holy Scriptures and historic Lutheran Confessions. Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., an Advent celebration, “Call His Name Jesus, with Emmanuel,” will be held.

Al-Anon gathers Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church and Preschool is located at 110 High St. For more information, call the church office, 401-377-4340 or Pastor Jim Wiese, 413-250-2821; or visit trinityashaway.org, or Trinity’s Facebook page. For preschool information, call director Lori Calcagni at 401-377-2416, or email trinitypreschoolashawayri@gmail.com.

Calvary Episcopal Church

STONINGTON — The traditional Episcopal worship is held each Sunday. At 8 a.m., there is a spoken Holy Eucharist, Rite I service. At 10 a.m., featured is a Choral Holy Eucharist, Rite II. A variety of choirs and musical ensembles are featured. Nursery care is available; children pre-K through junior high attend Sunday School at 10 a.m. and join back in church for Holy Communion.

The church, at 27 Church St., is involved in local missions such as the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. There are adult education and enrichment programs that draw church members from throughout New London County and the greater Westerly area.

Church of the Holy Spirit

CHARLESTOWN — Led by the Rev. Eileen Lindeman, Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated Sundays at 9:30 a.m. On Thursdays, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., there is an adult education meeting which features discussion of the current book selection. The third Saturday of the month, from 8 to 10 a.m., there is a “Pancakes with a Purpose Breakfast” mission with three other local parishes. Proceeds are donated to Family Housing Support.

On the second Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon, there is a “Faith Sharing” with potluck lunch. Some of the topics have been “Grief: Getting to know Jesus”; “outreach to the community;” and “how do we live our faith.” The church is located at 4150 Old Post Road. For more information, call the church at 401-364-6368.

Shannock Baptist Church

SHANNOCK — Regular service times are, Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Sunday services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Tuesday men’s and ladies fellowships at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday prayer service at 7 p.m.

The Awana group has begun again for this year. The group will meet every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. There will be games, refreshments, and Bible teaching.

For questions, call the pastor at 401-364-6569. The church is located at 1632 Shannock Road.

Congregational Church, United, UCC

PAWCATUCK — The third Sunday in Advent, Dec. 16, service will celebrate with joy the new members joining the church that day.

Storybooks, coloring sheets and a playroom adjacent to the sanctuary are available for children. The Sabbath Circle’s weekly home Bible study lesson for children, youth and adults will be available as an insert to the order of worship as well as on-line through the church’s website.

The Wednesday evening service at 6 p.m., “Sanctuary,” offers a brief, guided experience of chant, reflection and prayer for those seeking comfort, hope, and healing. The annual “Blue Christmas” service, for those struggling with sadness, grief and melancholy this time of year, will be held during the Sanctuary service this week.

The Rev. Ruth’s community office hours at the Savoy Bookstore and Cafe are held every Thursday, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The church is officially an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. Sunday morning service of worship is at 9:30 a.m. Fellowship time follows worship and all are welcome. The sanctuary and fellowship hall are handicapped accessible.

The church is located at 9 Castle Hill Road off Pequot Trail. Visit uccwesterly.org for more information.

Faith Bible Chapel

WESTERLY — Sunday worship service begins at 10:30 a.m., where the praise and worship team will open and close the service with contemporary Christian music. Children’s Sunday school and nursery are also available. A time of praise and prayer takes place every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

The Faith Bible Chapel’s MOM’s Group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, September through May. Awana for children ages 3 through sixth grade meets on the first, second and third Fridays of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Faith Bible Chapel is a nondenominational Christian church located at 115 Ashaway Road. For more information, call the church at 401-348-9637, visit faithbiblechapel.com.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

ALTON — Worship and church school will be held at 9 a.m., on Sunday, Dec 16. Coffee hour and fellowship follows the service. Parking is available on the street in front of the church.

The church is located at 322 Church St. For more information, visit the church’s website stthomasalton.blogspot.com or call 401-364-3113.

The Pilgrim’s Baptist Church

ASHAWAY — The church schedule includes Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. for Bible Fellowship classes. The classes are discussion-oriented and are aimed at building relationships while studying God’s Word. Groups offered are men’s, women’s, mixed adult, young adults, teens and children’s classes. After Bible Fellowship, coffee and pastries are served in the fellowship hall. Sunday morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m. The service emphasizes worship, praise and a focus on the word of God for challenge and inspiration. There is also a 6 p.m. service. The evening service is flexible and different as each of the church’s services are unique.

Christmas will be celebrated with a Christmas Eve Service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m.

Visit pilgrimsbaptist.com for more information and to get involved in a Life-Group. Teen group meets at the church Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

For more information, listen to “The Winning Side” at 9 a.m. on WBLQ 1230 AM, call the church office at 401-377-6077 or visit pilgrimsbaptist.com. The church is at 27 Chase Hill Road, Ashaway.

First Baptist Church of North Stonington

NORTH STONINGTON — The First Baptist Church of North Stonington strives to keep pace with societal changes, like the family structure and the keeping of the Sabbath, the one thing that never changes is Jesus Christ.

A new series will be held Sunday morning at 10 a.m., Heroes for All Ages – a study of biblical greats. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

The church is located at 793 Pendleton Hill Road. For more information, email fbcnstonington@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/Pendletonhillchurch2017/.

Christ Church

WESTERLY — Worship at Christ Church begins with the Saturday, Holy Eucharist service, Rite I, at 5 p.m. On Sunday, Rite II Choral Eucharist will be held at 9 a.m., and at 11 a.m., Rite II with incense and children’s homily. Nursery care is provided from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Children’s Chapel is held during the first half of the 9 a.m. service, and children return to the church to be with their parents for the rest of the service. Sunday school classes will be held at 10:15 a.m. The Holy Eucharist will also be celebrated on Wednesday at 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., with Bible study following the 10 a.m. service.

The discussion group, “Finding Our Spirit in Poetry” will meet Sunday, Dec. 16, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Stephen’s room. The theme is Christmas.

The Knitters Group of Christ Church will meet on Monday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

On Monday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve services begin with the Pageant and Holy Eucharist at 5 p.m. and at 9:40 p.m., Christmas carols by the Choir will precede the traditional Choral Christmas Eve Candlelight Eucharist at 10 p.m.

On Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, there will be a Choral Eucharist at 10 a.m. There will be no services on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

On Sunday, Dec. 30, at 5 p.m., the Choir of Christ Church, George Kent, organist and choirmaster, will present the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas. The service will feature choral music by the choir, congregational singing of carols and hymns, and the reading of the lessons in celebration of the birth of the Christ child. The lessons, read by parish members and lay leaders from the community, recount the ancient prophecies and the joy of Christ coming into the world. Childcare is provided in the nursery. A reception in the Parish Hall follows the service.

The Living Supplies Closet is open on Tuesday, from 2 to 4 p.m., and on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Located in the basement of Christ Church, the “Closet” provides local residents in need with the opportunity to obtain items that cannot be purchased with government assistance. Donations of items or cash are always needed and greatly appreciated.

The church is located at 7 Elm St. For more information, call 401-596-0197, email christ-church@verizon.net or visit christchurchwesterly.org.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County

PEACE DALE — Sunday morning service is held at 10 a.m. The church is located at the Lily Pads Professional Complex at 27 North Road. Call 401-783-4170 or visit uusouthcountyri.org for more information.

Central Baptist Church

WESTERLY — The Central Baptist Church Sunday worship service on Dec. 16, at 10:30 a.m., will feature Rev. Dr. Cal Lord’s sermon, "The Message of the Carols" with the message "O Come All Ye Faithful-The Reason for Our Joy." There will be fellowship and coffee following the service downstairs.

Adult Sunday school classes are held at 9 a.m. Sunday school for children is held during the worship hour. Avondale Bible Fellowship studies are held Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in fellowship hall. Coffee is at 8 a.m.

Mid-week worship is held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel. There is music, prayer and an uplifting message.

A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held on Monday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. for a service of scriptures and carols. The service ends with the singing of “Silent Night: by candlelight.

There will be a family friendly service with carols, a short interactive drama, and fun for the whole family held on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 10:30 a.m.

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

St. Andrew Lutheran Church

CHARLESTOWN — St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 15 East Beach Road, will hold three Christmas Eve Services on Monday Dec. 24. The 3 p.m. family service will include carols and communion, plus the Christmas Story for the children and birthday cupcakes for Jesus during the sermon. The 4:30 p.m. Christmas Service with will include carols and communion with special music by the “Grace” Choir. At 6 p.m., the Candlelight Christmas with include carols and communion.

For more information, call 401-322-0088.

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