This Sunday Service

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Welcome to Woodridge Congregational United Church of Christ

As a caring and welcoming community, using the Bible as a resource and the teachings of Jesus as our guide, we joyfully welcome everyone into our Christian community, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, age, mental status, family structure, physical or mental ability, religious background or theological perspective, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

As Christian disciples, we invite all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, worship, sacraments, blessings and joys of our congregation.

Parking & Directions:

Woodridge is located across Reservoir Avenue and just north of the Garden City Shopping Center, near Harmony Masonic Lodge, Seven Stars Bakery and Chelo’s Restaurant on Reservoir Ave. (R.I. Route 2).

GPS:  546 Budlong Road (sanctuary), or 30 Jackson Road (office) Cranston, RI

Parking is available in the lot between Jackson and Woodridge Roads and across Woodridge Road from the sanctuary entrances (behind Chelo’s Restaurant; please do not park behind Seven Stars Bakery), as well as on surrounding streets.

Accessible rest rooms are located in both the sanctuary and Parish House buildings.

The Parish House includes Fellowship Hall, Sunday School class rooms and offices.

Worship with Woodridge

Recorded worship services are posted for viewing above.  This week’s accompanying bulletin, with hymns and scripture readings, may be viewed here:  February 28 Worship

Look for updates here or ask to be added to our email list to receive direct notices which include links to view services and other news.

Please note:  Church services in the sanctuary have been paused through Easter (watch this space for updates) – and the building remains closed to most other meetings.  You may join our online worship service at 10 am Sunday via ZOOM.

 

Our Annual Events are all paused until such time that it is safe to resume these activities.

  • All-Church Birthday Party
  • Almost May Breakfast
  • All-Church Picnic
  • Holiday Bazaar

 

On-Going Activities

  • Refreshments & fellowship following worship remain suspended at this time.
  • In-Person Sunday School – paused – see Christian Education tab above for what we are offering.
  • Food Pantry volunteering – Second Saturday mornings – contact the church office if you would like to help out
  • An outdoor collection box for the Cranston Interfaith Food Pantry is now located at the outside entrance on 30 Jackson Road, Cranston – bring your donations anytime

 

Lenten Programs & Special Services:

All will be accessed over ZOOM; contact Pastor Scott with any questions: 

revscottspencer@gmail.com or 508 – 838 – 6035

 

Weekly Bible Study: every Monday night (Feb. 22 – March 22) @ 7 pm

Topic:  We will spend the first 2 weeks of our 5 week series looking at several important passages from the gospels and New Testament before spending the last 3 weeks preparing for Holy Week by looking at several passages, including Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.

 

March 3 (Wed.) @ 7 PM:  “Taking Time and Making Room for God”

 

Come and spend an evening with the Rev. Carol Steinbrecher (interim pastor of the Lakeville UCC) as she invites us to consider these questions:

    How do we open ourselves to God at this time?

    How do we renew our spirit at this time?

We will meet for about an hour and 15 minutes on Zoom as we explore these questions together. Some in the Woodridge community may remember Carol as she led a retreat a couple of years ago.

RSVP: revscottspencer@gmail.com or text at 508 – 838 – 6035

 

March 17 (Wednesday)

A Day of Mourning and a Zoom Memorial Service @ 7 PM:

As we mark the first year of the pandemic, we will gather for a short memorial service on Zoom to remember those who died this past year from Covid 19 and their families.  Several clergy will share in the worship leadership with readings, prayers, music, and poetry.

Lenten Worship & Sermon Series

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven … God has made everything suitable for its time … Ecclesiastes 3

During Lent last year, we suddenly and unexpectedly had to shut down in person worship and most of our church activities. Now, almost a year later we are beginning another Lenten season. As we mark this year – from Lent to Lent – we will:

  •      Look back over the last year through God’s understanding of time
  •      Reflect on 4 important areas of the pandemic
  •      Lift up the response of the gospel of Jesus Christ to these areas
  •      Discover together what we have learned and might change in ourselves and in our faith community as we move toward a more hopeful future

To further connect us through Lent – we will celebrate communion each week beginning on Feb 21 through April 4 (Easter).

Sunday Worship Services

Feb 28: What does the good news of Jesus have to say about isolation and loneliness? Romans 8: 35 – 39

March 7: What does the good news of Jesus have to say about our many losses?  Philippians 4: 10 – 14

March 14: What does the good news of Jesus have to say about ours and others grief?  Revelation 21: 1 – 4

March 21: What does the good news of Jesus have to say about racial and economic inequality?  Galatians 3: 26 – 28