Feeding the Hungry

Both Chapel & Church congregations are mindful that too often the basic needs of our neighbors go unmet.  As a result there is a strong ministry focus on feeding.  The Chapel of St. John the Divine collects food each Sunday for distribution by the North Kingstown Food Pantry & Church of the Ascension’s food basket offerings benefit clients of Peacedale’s Jonnycake Center.

But we don’t just donate food.  Both parishes have a long history feeding both physical and spiritual needs found in our communities.  For many years the Chapel “Soup Troop” has gathered at the church hall on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11:00 a.m. They collect soup containers, cups, crackers and ladles and head off to the Galilee Mission to pick up the freshly made soup from Chef Collin. Then it’s off to the docks in Galilee to distribute the soup to hungry fishermen and the workers at the fish plant. Then it’s back to the church hall by 1:00.

At Ascension, our year round 5 PM Sunday Supper has served not only countless meals, but provided a place for fellowship and conversation as well.  Cooks or cooking teams provide and prepare the meal and then stay to enjoy the time with our guests.  Everyone lends a hand in the cleanup.  Frequently we combine Sunday Supper with a parish cook-out, potluck or special event to liven things up.

Church Work

Although there’s probably a better name for this than church work, there’s no doubt that there is much need and much satisfaction in serving on the Vestry, assisting in Worship as usher, chalice bearer or acolyte, volunteering for office duty, singing in the choir or simply showing up for a few hours to rake leaves in the fall.  All of these are vital ministries that make our Worship special, keep the church alive, develop Christian fellowship and form the foundation of more outward facing work.

Sunday School

Church of the Ascension – Beginning on September 18th
Children meet each Sunday at 9:45 am from September to June in the Children’s Chapel where they give thanksgiving and praise to God while learning the essentials of the liturgy and how to navigate the Book of Common Prayer.  Following Chapel the children receive classroom with a caring, dedicated ministry staff.

Chapel of St John the Divine
Meeting at 9:30 am on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month, children may explore what it means to be a Christian in their daily lives, and what our various holidays, feast days, sacraments, and rituals are all about.  Pre-readers (3 to 5 years old) play games, make crafts, and sing songs.  Readers (age 7 and up, mostly young teens) discuss the Old Testament reading, Psalm, Epistle, and/or Gospel for that Sunday; learn to follow the traditional liturgy in order to better participate in the service; and plan future services incorporating their own ideas, with guidance, to create a suitable and engaging liturgy for people of their generation.  Classes join the parish in worship at the passing of the peace.