“Hybrid” service will continue to be accessible via ZOOM
At its February 17 meeting, updated May 20, Session decided it is becoming safe enough to return to in-person worship, for those who are comfortable doing so. Previous safety precautions will continue to be in effect:
Mask wearing optional at PPC.
However, in keeping with the Department of Health recommendations, PPC continues
to encourage wearing a mask in the church building, and staying up-to-date with Covid
19 vaccines and boosters.
“Social distancing” to the extent possible
Windows will be open for ventilation – dress accordingly
“Check-in” with greeter, providing your name and phone contact #
Please attend only if you are feeling well and are symptom-free
Vaccination is strongly urged for all who are able to be
Fans in the sanctuary
In an effort to make worship as comfortable as possible (lacking air conditioning) fans will be in use, including the ceiling fan. If the resulting circulation of air is a Covid concern for you--or you just want to keep cool--please join the service via ZOOM. Thank you for your understanding.
Please use the front door. The ramp entrance is not yet available. Contact the church in advance to insure that the elevator is available to you if needed.
More details on the church's reopening plan can be found HERE
Dial in by phone: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 817 8173 3351
Click on the image below to open/download worship bulletin and hymns.
We hope you will continue to support the mission and ministry of the church if and as you are able—online, through your bank's bill payment system, or with a check mailed to the church (500 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906). All offerings are gratefully received. Thank you!
Transcripts and audio recordings of recent sermons can be found on our website here. Audio recordings of older sermons are available here.
We decided that we’d like to read the latest novel by Louise Erdrich: The Sentence(published in 2021, and just out in paperback a few weeks ago). Here’s a little glimpse of what this story is about:
A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls' Day, but she simply won't leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading with murderous attention, must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.
The Sentence begins on All Souls' Day 2019 and ends on All Souls' Day 2020. Its mystery and proliferating ghost stories during this one year propel a narrative as rich, emotional, and profound as anything Louise Erdrich has written.
We’re looking forward to discussing this book together!
I hope you had a great summer! We're beginning Youth Sunday School again this Sunday 9/18 for kids in 6th through 12th grade. We'll leave worship when the children's sermon starts and go downstairs. The youth couches are now in the big fellowship hall to your left when you go downstairs.
Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join us to do the corn maze at Salisbury Farm (11 Peck Hill Rd, Johnston, RI 02919) at 2 pm on Sunday, September 18. We'll also visit the farm animals and farm store, and plan to wrap up by 4 pm. Please let Jo Fisher (firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-893-0865) know if you plan to attend. Photos are from our visit to Salisbury Farm in 2020.
Photos for Website Needed
A new website is being developed, but we are lacking recent photos. If you have photos of the church/congregation/events from about the last 4 years that you’d be willing to have included on the church’s website, could you send them to Ruth Kirlew ( email@example.com )? Are there any photos of the recent picnic? Thanks
These trainings are free and open to all - visitors, members, elders, deacons, clergy, staff - everyone is welcome and encouraged to join.
We are prioritizing live, in-person, participation by not offering recordings of the trainings to registrants. (The Presbytery will license recorded content from the trainings for reference with series 2 and 3).
These presbytery-wide trainings will continue through May 2023, and will require the series 1 training as a prerequisite.
"Beyond the Book Club"
This Series 1 training will shift you from passive learning and awareness of white supremacy towards having the shared language and tools for active participation in creating an antiracist Presbytery, through our work and worship together - on committees, at church, in relationship with each other.
We are excited to share with the PPC community that we are beginning to gather contact information for our church’s new directory. Our previous pictorial directory was printed 6 years ago. Marianne Harrison has volunteered to design the new directory, Sally Lockhart and Monica Vander Baan will gather the contact information from our PPC community.
There are 3 methods to share your information with us.
• Use the link in the Providence Presbyterian Publicist to enter your contact information into the Google form out the Google Form
• Contact Sally Lockhart or Monica Vander Baan by email, text or phone with your information.
• To receive a printed form to ﬁll out contact Sally Lockhart or Monica Vander Baan by email, text or phone.
Rather than having a photographer come to PPC and take photos of everyone, we would like people to send their personal photos of themselves and families for use in the directory. In looking through past church directories both from our church and other churches, we found that we the personal photos are most welcoming. Photos should be sent to Marianne Harrison.
Thank you and we look forward to receiving all the photos and contact information.
Send photos to Marianne Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Sally Lockhart by phone at 401-624-3144 from 10:00-12:00 AM or 6:00-8:00PM; by email at email@example.com
Contact Monica Vander Baan by phone at 508-479-1611; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We now have two accessible parking spaces in front of the church on Hope St. Please reserve them on Sundays for those who need them. Many thanks to Lee Vander Baan and the Building & Grounds committee for working with the City of Providence to get these installed!
Volunteer Greeters Needed
In order to make it possible for in-person worship to work, we need extra volunteers!
Two volunteers are needed at every service to help greet attendees and help each person record their attendance via a sign-in sheet for the purposes of contact tracing if needed. If you are planning to attend in-person worship, please help us make the church service possible by serving as a Worship Service Greeter & Sign-In Table Volunteer: