Faith Formation This Season

 

Summer 2022 in the Cedar Chapel

 Inter-generational Activities for All Ages

 Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Nature

 

“What in life is calling you, When all the noise is silenced, The meetings adjourned, The lists laid aside,
And the wild iris blooms by itself In the dark forest,
What still pulls on your soul?” – Rumi

 

According to ancient Christian tradition, God provided us with two books of revelation; scripture and nature-creation. God speaks to us through both. This summer we will explore the relationship between the two by sharing the gifts of the spirit, in nature.

 

Vespers refers to an evening prayer of thanksgiving and praise, offered at the end of the work day and before the setting sun. Many scholars believe vespers is based on Judaic forms of prayer, and point to a daily evening celebration observed among Jews in the 1st century BCE. Tertullian’s writings provide evidence that evening prayer had become a Christian practice by the 3rd Century, and the evening prayer continued to be a Christian practice, even after the Reformation by both the Catholic and Protestant traditions. Today, vespers are a part of many spiritual traditions, and are held in a variety of sacred spaces from cathedrals, chapels, retreat centers, fields, to residential youth camps.

 

The UCC summer monthly vespers will be held in our Cedar Chapel, and will include prayer, music, an engaging message, and an invitation to respond. We will end our time together with simple refreshments. Comfortable attire is just perfect. The upper parking lot (John Clarke Center entrance) is the most convenient to the outdoor chapel.

 

Wednesday June 15th 6:30 PM “Painting Nature” with Dale Noelte. Dale will share her love and gift for art, and will lead us in a spiritual practice using paint and natural elements. All levels of artistic abilities are welcomed. Creating space that honors and encourages diverse expressions is one of Dale’s passions.

 

Wednesday July 20th 6:30 PM “Stillness-the Gateway to the Soul” with Elaine Amaral. Inspired by the book Wilderness-The Gateway to the Soul by Scott Stillman, Elaine will share what brings her joy and inspiration along her path to creativity and spirituality.

 

Wednesday August 17th 6:30 PM “Feeling Alive with History” with Cindy Perry. Cindy first heard her calling to history in the 2nd grade when she read a book about Abraham Lincoln and became hooked for life. During this Vesper, Cindy will share her call to teach, her passion to imagine the stories of the past, and how they make her feel alive. Cindy will be highlighting the Battle of Rhode Island, which took place right here on Aquidneck Island.

 

The UCC Wednesday Vespers in Cedar Chapel are perfect for all ages and spiritual journeys. Come with your family, bring a neighbor, or come by yourself and meet new friends.

 

 

 

 

“but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them;
for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”" Matt 19:14

 


What People are Saying

This church offers friendship, music and the preaching of God's word.
I like coloring with my friends during Sunday School. — Violet, Age 7
This place is a very warm, friendly family of believers, sharing the struggles of life, supporting each other along the way. — Melissa, Age 51
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I have fun playing games while I learn about Jesus. — Nik, Age 10
I appreciate the strong sense of community that is always inclusive and welcoming. — Elaine, Age 57
The people, the pastor, and the music all fulfill my spiritual needs and provide a sense of peace. — Florence, Age 85
The trucks in the nursery are fun to play with. — Kevin, Age 6
I like listening to the Bible stories with my friends. — Damek, Age 11
I like how everybody at church knows everyone and everybody is friendly even to those they don't know, no matter what. — Mackenzie, Age 15
Sunday Morning Worship Schedule: Worship: 10:00 - 11:00
Sunday School: 10:00 - 11:00
Fellowship Time: 11:00 +