If you are looking for a faith community that gathers around the teachings of Jesus Christ and strives to live out those truths in the modern world–this may be the place for you. If you are seeking a church that retains a strong sense of tradition, yet is open to doing new things–this may be the place for you. If you are searching for ways to bring peace through justice by serving in the local community and wider world–this may be the place for you. If you know in your heart that God’s love knows no bounds, and one way of honoring that is to practice a hospitality where all are welcome–young, old, rich, poor, different colors, and sexual orientations–this may be the place for you. If you have ever wondered, “How am I to live my life?” or if you have ever sensed that there is a higher power at the center of the universe–and would like to be around others wondering and sensing the same thing–this may be the place for you! Worship Services We are located in beautiful Southern Rhode Island near Narragansett Bay and ocean beaches and not far from historic Newport. So if you’re vacationing here, you are welcome to join us one Sunday!
What to Expect
We have a contemporary service at 9:00am
A sprint-filled traditional service at 11:00am
*Church school is offered during the 9 am service.
What makes PDCC so different than other churches?
We are: broad-minded, innovative, contemporary, friendly, caring, education oriented, community minded, justice seeking, peace making, musical, inclusive, risk taking, and welcoming. We honor other paths to God, don’t pretend to have all the answers, and care more about relationships than rules. We seek to live the protestant and congregational belief that everyone has a role in the ministry of the congregation, and clergy are called to equip people for the work of ministry.
If I attend a worship service, will I be singled out or asked to sign up for something?
We welcome visitors, but you choose whether you want to be recognized or not. We encourage participation, whenever you are ready. We take a few moments to greet our members and guests at the service.
Where can my kids go while I attend the worship service?
Toddler Care is available for children under age 3 beginning at 8:45am. Children are welcome to attend the worship service and following the “Word for All Ages” are invited to proceed to church school in our Christian Life Center. If your child desires a parent to walk with them to class, feel free to do so and return to the sanctuary at any time – it does not bother the pastor or worship leaders. We are family friendly!
What is Fellowship Hour?
All are welcome after our services to have coffee and light refreshments in Fellowship Hall (through either walkway on each side of the front of the sanctuary). Don’t be surprised if someone invites you, but you are free to decline the invitation – it’s your choice.
Can anyone receive Communion at PDCC?
Yes! We celebrate Communion every Sunday at the 9:00am worship, and on the first Sunday of each month at the 11:00am service. At PDCC the Communion table is open – open to anyone who wishes to participate regardless of membership, age, sexual orientation, etc. In the spirit of community, it is a time to come together to celebrate our oneness. If you prefer not to participate, that is fine – your participation is whatever you want it to be.
How do I learn more about your church without pressure to join?
Discover Peace Dale Congregational is an opportunity to meet with our pastor, and other guests who want to learn more about the many facets of PDCC: our history, our theology, our plans for the future, as well as information about the United Church of Christ. Discover PDCC is typically three to four times per year. To find out when the next session is scheduled, check the bulletin or the on-line calendar accessible from the home page. If you would like to be placed on the notification list, please contact the church office and ask Rachel, our administrative assistant, to have you placed on the invitation list.
What activities are there for children and youth?
In addition to the Sunday morning programming during the school year, Middle school youth meet from 5 pm to 7 pm, and senior high youth meet on Wednesday evening. All are welcome, members, guests, and seekers.
Does everyone in your congregation think the same way?
Our experience is Christian and we are part of the United Church of Christ, but each congregation is different and each person is at a different place on their faith journey. We don’t require our members to think the same and recognize that our differences can be a gift; and as stated in our covenant, we believe each person is unique and unrepeatable. We are also not afraid to ask questions and readily admit we don’t have all the answers. Life is a journey and God is still speaking!
What should I wear to the service?
You should come as you are and be comfortable! Some wear jeans and others wear a dress or a tie. Most dress casually in a way that respects the service.