standing religion

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.

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. 9, 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 Luke 1:5-24 and 68-79.

Coffee hour follows worship with Sunday School for children of all ages beginning at 11:15 a.m. until noon.

Choir practice will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. and each Tuesday thereafter at the same time.

The community “Holiday Stroll” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, with holiday gifts and plates of festive cookies on sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lunch, including soups, sandwiches and desserts, will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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… on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 8 to 10 a.m. the next “Pancakes 4 a Purpose” will be held. The Deacons will provide pancakes, sausage, coffee and tea with a free will offering taken. Donations will be given to the Family Housing Support.

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

The church is located at 25 Maxson St. and at

Dunn’s Corners Community Church

WESTERLY — On Sunday, Dec. 9, worship will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. Rev. Dr. Wayne Eberly’s sermon will be “Highly Favored” from Luke 1:26-38, “The angel said to Mary, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord be with you.’” At the 8 a.m. worship, soloist Bob Santy will sing “Rise Up Shepherd, and Follow,” arr. Hayes and special music will be presented by the Community Church Ringers Handbell Choir, “Come, All Ye Shepherds,” with “The First Noel,” arr. McKechnie and Johnson. The anthem, presented by the Chancel Choir at 10 a.m., will be “The Angel Gabriel,” arr. Raney.

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

Call 401-322-0655 or e-mail 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. Rev. David Jordan will share a practical message titled “Give Me a Pledge of Good” from his series on Psalm 119:121-128.

Sunday evening service begins at 6 p.m. with a hymn sing, testimonies and prayer for the needs of the church. Associate Joel Black will be sharing the message.

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

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, “The Prince of Peace,” is taken from scripture in the book of Isaiah 9:1-6.

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

On Fri., Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m., the church’s Family Movie Night will screen “Polar Express.”

On Sunday, Dec. 9, the church will hold a Community Holiday Service and Luncheon. Morning Worship will be at 10:45 a.m., luncheon at 1 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 or visit the church Facebook page at

Trinity Lutheran Church and Preschool

ASHAWAY — The 10 a.m. worship on Sunday, Dec. 9, will discuss the meaning and purpose of life, based on Philippians 1:3, 9-11, 25. Coffee hour follows worship. Adult Bible discussion about Joy and Sunday school, for children ages 3 through grade 8, will be held before the service at 9 a.m.

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.

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, or Trinity’s Facebook page. For preschool information, call director Lori Calcagni at 401-377-2416, or email

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 second Sunday in Advent, Dec. 9, will explore peace in the world with guidance from the prophet Malachi.

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 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

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

ALTON — Worship and church school will be held at 9 a.m., on Sunday, Dec 9. 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 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.

Visit 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 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 or visit

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 annual Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with luncheon served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The luncheon will feature homemade soups, salads, desserts for $10. A “child-friendly” hot dog lunch will be available for $5. The bazaar will feature fine crafts, hand-knitted items, boxwood trees, Attic Treasures, tag sale, books, fair trade items, jewelry, Children's Room, homemade holiday baked goods, poinsettias, thaw and heat homemade casseroles, soups, meatballs and a visit from Santa! A free, door prize drawing will take place at 10 a.m. Winners must be present at the drawing.

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 or visit

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 for more information.

Central Baptist Church

WESTERLY — The Central Baptist Church Sunday worship service on Dec. 9, at 10:30 a.m., will feature Rev. Dr. Cal Lord’s sermon, “Away in a Manger – The Lord Has Come,” in his series “The Carols of Christmas.” We will celebrate our White Gift Service during worship. 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.

The annual Christmas Cantata will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. at Central Baptist. The cantata is entitled Agnus Dei.

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

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

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