A Welcome


If you are looking for a spiritual home, searching for a place of acceptance and belonging, or are intrigued by the Christian faith and practices, we invite you to come to our church.

Emmanuel Church in Newport, as a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, has long been known as “the Church of the people,” where “rich and poor, high and low, great and humble all worship and work together as friends.” Today we are a growing congregation from all parts of Rhode Island, with individuals and families who have been here all their lives, newcomers to Aquidneck Island, and military families who are with us for the short time they are stationed in Newport.

Because Emmanuel welcomed everyone, the parish developed around the needs of all its members, from mill workers, domestic servants and fishermen to teachers, merchants, lawyers and bankers. The similar diversity of today’s congregation—a microcosm of our island-wide community—is proof that this tradition of inclusiveness and welcome continues.

Compassion for our neighbors is another Emmanuel tradition. Our history shines with outreach programs for those in need. Some of these programs have been incubators, growing beyond our walls to become community-wide institutions, including Island Hospice, The Church Community Corporation (affordable housing), The Maher Center (a sheltered workshop) whose roots include a former Emmanuel support group for parents of special-needs children, and “Soup’s On” (begun in 1982), which offers hot meals as part of a community network that helps ensure that those who are hungry can find nourishment for body and soul every day of the year.

In short, Emmanuel Church has a big heart and open arms. From its first days Emmanuel Church has served as a neighborhood anchor providing vital support, critical assistance, inspirational worship and lifelong friendship. Come inside and take a look. The people make it happen. Join us in worship and experience the loving embrace of this exciting faith community. You will be glad that you did!

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