Chapel Street Congregational Church UCC
185 Chapel Street, P. O. Box 366, Lincoln, RI 02865
(401) 722-7934 firstname.lastname@example.org
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
We are a church that wants to be clear that everyone is welcome. We have people of all ages in our congregation. We enjoy children and want them to know that they are welcome. Our focus on the needs of children is part of our legacy as the Sayles Chapel was built as a memorial to children of the Sayles family who died at an early age. We are a community of faith that often things of itself as a church family.
We are a group of people with varying backgrounds and interests. Our ages range from newborn to more than 90 years old. Some families have been coming here for generations while others have been among us just a short while. Some of us grew up going to church while others didn’t enter a church until later in life. We welcome everyone who wants to worship God and grow in knowledge, understanding, goodness and grace.
As a church established in the Congregational tradition of the United Church of Christ, we embrace our connection with the UCC as a welcoming, justice-minded Christian community. At a time when religion is too often portrayed as narrow-minded and exclusive, many are raising their VOICES for an alternate vision. We here at Chapel Street are among those voices who affirm that our church will be a community in which and
Where God is all-loving and inclusive,
Where the Church of Jesus Christ welcomes and accepts everyone as they are,
Where your mind is nourished as much as your soul,
Where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary,
Where together we grow a just and peaceful world.
Chapel Street Congregational Church is an active, progressive, renewed faith community located in the historic village of Saylesville in the southeastern corner of Lincoln, RI.
A Little History
Our church represents the merger of two historic churches that thrived during the days of Rhode Island's industrial revolution in the late 19th and early 20th centuries but had to adjust to the rapid demographic shifts as well as changes in the religious landscape of the late 20th century.
On January 1, 2012, the Pawtucket and Sayles Memorial Congregational Churches merged to form Chapel Street Congregational Church. Our renewed church represents the continuation of the two historic churches thus retaining its membership in the Rhode Island Conference of the United Church of Christ as well as its covenant relationship in the United Church of Christ.
We affirm the basic principles and progressive values of Reformed Protestant Christianity. Some of these are:
- The Head of our church is Jesus Christ.
- The bible is our authority in matters of faith and practice.
- God is still speaking or, in the words of one of our spiritual ancestors, "There is yet more light and truth to break forth from God's Holy Word. (Pastor John Robinson, 1620).
- The Church of Jesus Christ is charged to be a place of extravagant welcome and a community marked by radical inclusivity. This is to say that, no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome in our faith community!
- Our church believes in the freedom and responsibility of the individual and the right of private judgment. We hold to the autonomy of the local church and its independence of all ecclesiastical control. At the same time, we honor the covenant relationship among the churches of our faith and order, united in regional and national bodies, for counsel and cooperation in matters of common concern and in mutual ministry and mission.
The best way to get to know us is to visit us in person at our church home located at 185 Chapel Street, Lincoln, Rhode Island. You are always welcome!