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 two services most weeks, a Contemporary Service at 9 am and a Traditional Service at 11 am. From time to time for special Sundays we have a single service at 10 am.
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, 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?
At this time – toddler care is unavailable, but children are welcome to join you during worship!
What is Fellowship Hour?
All are welcome after our services to have light refreshments. 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 on the first Sunday of each month at each of the two services. 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?
To learn more about our church you can always reach out to any of our church members who will guide you to what you are looking for. If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter to see more about our weekly happenings, you can do that under our News tab, then click to Subscribe to E-Light Newsletter. If you decide you no longer wish to receive the newsletter, you can easily unsubscribe at the bottom of the email and you will no longer receive it.
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.