Every Wednesday from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, the Gathering Circle meets on Zoom to talk, all because of the COVID isolation felt by many. The group has discussed books, liturgical seasons with their meanings, personal reflections and more. Anyone can join the conversation, the Zoom link is available from the Parish Office and in the weekly newsletter, Constant Contact.
During the COVID-19 times, Soup’s On at Emmanuel is not operational. Instead we are supporting the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center. Members of the congregation contribute monthly to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Food Bank with pantry staples, gluten free items and monetary donations. Our hydroponics garden in the church basement grows lettuces specifically for the Center providing fresh produce.
Emmanuel Church has long been a meeting place for numerous community organizations, some of which had their beginnings at Emmanuel, outgrew our facilities, and still continue to this day. They include outreach programs such as “Soup’s On.” With a goal simply to feed people, this blossomed into a cooperative ministry of 19 churches of 10 different denominations, working together to provide at least one meal every day of the month to an average of 100 people. A community meal is still offered at Emmanuel at 5 pm on the first Tuesday of every month.
Adding to our Calendar of Events is our new Interfaith Network, an intentional sharing of programs and resources, including worship services with our interfaith partners throughout the state. Utilizing the resources not only of the Aquidneck Island Clergy Association, but also of the RI State Council of Churches and local news outlets, we will share listings of upcoming spiritual and faith based events in Newport County.
Swanhurst Messiah Singalong 2018