Second Hour

Periodic programs held to discuss a topic of interest to members of the congregation.

Participants: Any interested adult

Meet: Selected Sundays from 11:30 AM to 12:30 Noon




On Sunday, February 24, our Second Helping speaker will be Kate Chance, Outreach Manager for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Her presentation will be on Hate Groups in America.


The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seek justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and opportunity will be a reality.


Prior to joining the SPLC, Kate earned her Masters’ Degree in Religion from the University of Oxford, England. Her career has included work with the University of Florida Center for Islamic Studies and Hindu Tradition.


Among the landmark achievements of the SPLC were a 2015 Mississippi court case resulting in guilty pleas from all ten defendants in the racial murder of James Anderson. In 2012, the SPLC won a crushing $2.5 million verdict against the Imperial Klans of America, and a $9 million jury award in 2007 to a black man brutally beaten by four white men in Linden, Texas.


It is telling, in today’s America, that organizations like SPLC are so desperately needed, and it is more important than ever that we strengthen them through our awareness and support. The seekers of justice can make America even greater.


The program will start at 11:30 AM in the Sanctuary after Fellowship Hour.




  • On Sunday, March 24, Ed Fitzpatrick returns to our church with a discussion of the changing face of journalism in the digital age.
  • A presentation by Chuck Allot, Executive Director of the Aquidneck Land Trust was postponed from the original date of Sunday, January 20and will be rescheduled sometime in the spring.


Each of our Second Hour programs will begin at 11:30 following fellowship hour. All are encouraged to invite friends and neighbors to these programs.

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Sunday Morning Worship Schedule: Worship: 10:00 - 11:00
Sunday School: 10:00 - 11:00
Fellowship Time: 11:00 +

Highlighted Events

• Worship Service - Sundays at 10 AM

• Prayer Circle - Tuesdays @ 4 PM

• United Knitters - Thursdays @ 10 AM

• 2nd hour w/ Southern Poverty Law Center - 2/24 @ 11:30 AM

• Community Meal @ United Baptist - 2/27 @ 5 PM

• Ash Wednesday Service Service - 3/6 @ 7 PM

• Chili Cook-off After Worship Service - 3/17 @ 11:00 AM

• 2nd hour w/ Ed Fitzpatrick - 3/24 @ 11:30 AM