What to Expect
We recognize that many people who visit a church for the first time do so with a bit of fear and trembling, but we hope that you feel warmly welcomed and comfortable at Chapel Street. Chapel Street is a spiritual home to people from all walks of life, believers and questioners, people from a range of backgrounds and faith perspectives, people who come together to worship God, become more like Jesus, and serve God's creation.
We have highlighted some key information in this section, but the best way to get to know Chapel Street is to talk with the people here. Don't hesitate to strike up a conversation with out pastor, Rev. Kurt Walker, deacons, ushers, greeters, or the people sitting next to you in the pew, and learn about our life of worship, fellowship, and service together.
Sunday Morning Worship
Sundays at 10:00 am-this is the "center-piece" of our Sundays together. it is musical, and sacred, and thought-provoking.
* Mondays at 10:00am. This Bible study aims at a closer look at the day's preaching text(s). These sessions are led by Pastor Kurt, who challenges us to break open God's word and explore how it speaks to us and the world we live in. How is it that the "still, small voice of God" is still speaking to us?
*Wednesdays at 7pm. This Bible study is based on various books of the Bible. It is led by the leaders of the church and Pastor Kurt. It is progressive, explores scripture deeply and searches for the revelatory message of God by listening to the "still Speaking" voice of the Divine. Past studies have included Marcus Borg's "Last Week", Ecclesiastes and I Kings. This study is lively and can be deeply reflective as we search our faith journeys in search for God's truth.
These worship services occur throughout the year on occasions such as Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Ash Wednesday, Christmas Eve. These services occur at 7:00pm.
How do I get there? Where do I park?
Chapel Street Congregational Church is located at 185 Chapel Street in Lincoln RI. There is a small parking lot in the back of the church (off of Comstock Street) that has handicapped parking and a ramp for access. You may also park on the street in front of the church or on the side on Comstock Street and may enter through the front doors. Both entrances lead into the narthex and have access to the sanctuary. There is a handicapped accessible Rest Room located in Fellowship Hall which is on the same level as our sanctuary.
What happens during church?
As you enter the church, a friendly usher will greet you and will give you a bulletin that will guide you through the service. All of our services feature reading, preaching, prayer, and music. At times you will be invited to stand, sing, pray, greet your neighbor, be in silence or read responsively.
Communion is offered at the first Sunday of the month and on the "high holidays". Our communion table is open to everyone-baptized or not, confessed or not, sure or not, young and old, saint or sinner, we believe we are all a little of both. We believe that God holds back no one from the table of God's grace, mercy and forgiveness.
At all of our services we maintain the ancient Christian practice of receiving an offering to support the church's ministries. We welcome your gifts and encourage everyone to live a life marked by generosity. If you are unable to give financially, please consider an offering of time or talent to the church, another organization, or a neighbor in need.
Children and families of all sorts are welcome and cherished at Chapel Street. Church School programs are offered on Sundays for children kindergarten through high school.
What should I wear?
Some people come dressed in their Sunday best. Others dress more casually. Either way, we believe that God cares more about the state of or hearts that the state of our attire, and encourage you to dress the way that feels most appropriate to you.
How long do services last?
All services run approximately one hour in length. It all depends on how gratuitously Pastor Kurt's thoughts are during the sermon......
Is there a coffee hour or fellowship time after church?
After Sunday morning worship, Fellowship Hall is open for a time of fellowship and refreshment. We invite you to stick around for a snack and beverage, strike up a conversation, and make some new friends! We also have several other opportunities for fellowship throughout the year.
Is the church handicapped accessible?
Chapel Street church is handicapped accessible and ADA compliant.
How can I get more information?
Please feel free to chat with Pastor Kurt after church or attend an upcoming Bible Study session. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/chapelstreetucc/