LOVING AND SERVING OUR NEIGHBORS EVERY DAY IN NEWPORT,RI.
WELCOME FROM THE 18th RECTOR OF EMMANUEL:
Emmanuel Church in Newport 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 or Rhode Island, with individuals and families who have been here all their life, newcomers to Aquidneck Island, and military families, many of them with young children, 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). TheMaher Center (a sheltered workshop) whose roots include a former Emmanuel support group for parents of special-needs children. “Soup’s On” (begun in 1982) offers hot meals as part of a community network that helps insure that those who are hungry can find sustenance for body and soul every day of the year.
We do not define the word “neighbor” narrowly. Over the years, our annual mission trips have helped people in need from Grenada in the Windward Islands, to Appalachia and New Mexico, to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, for whom, during their fifth trip to the area, our volunteers helped build a Habitat for Humanity home.
In short, Emmanuel Church has a big heart, open arms and warm, loving hands. From its first days Emmanuel Church has served as an anchor in the Fifth Ward neighborhood providing vital support, critical assistance, inspirational worship and lifelong friendship. Come inside and take a look. The building provides the warm place to gather every day. 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!