Dr. John Clarke
Our congregation has a rich heritage dating back to 1638. In that year, Dr. John Clarke, one of the original settlers of Aquidneck Island , began to hold worship services in the newly formed town of Pocasset , now called Portsmouth . One year later, he helped to establish Newport in the southern part of the island, where he continued to hold church services. By 1644, he had guided his congregation to become one of the first two Baptist churches in America.
Today our church continues to minister to the people of Newport and Aquidneck Island. Our purpose is to lead people from where they are to where, under God, they ought to be as followers of Jesus Christ. Through worship, study and service, we seek to fulfill the two great commandments to love God and to love our neighbor.
With open hearts, we invite you to join us in experiencing the presence of God and the transforming grace and love of Jesus Christ.
First Freedom Open House Tour
July 4th, 2017
Twelve historic houses of worship, and the Colony House, will be open and staffed with guides to tell the story of Newport’s fundamental role in the implementation of this country’s first liberty, the right to worship freely.
Participants will be able to visit Trinity Episcopal Church where then General George Washington worshiped as well as Touro Synagogue, the oldest Jewish house of worship in the country, where President Washington proclaimed to its congregation in a famous letter that America would be a welcoming home for those of all faiths. The Great Friend’s Meeting House, dating from 1699 and the oldest house of worship in Rhode Island will be open as well as Channing Memorial Church, Community Baptist Church, Emmanuel Church, First Presbyterian Church, Newport Congregational Church, Saint John the Evangelist, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the 7th Day Baptist Meeting House, and t he United Baptist Church . In addition, the Old Colony House, site of the first legal Roman Catholic Mass in Rhode Island state history will be open to visit.
The tour is free and open to the public and visitors will be given a ‘passport’ to guide them from site to site. Hours vary from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for some and only 10:00 am – 12:00 pm for others. See our website 4faiths.org or call 401-290-7535 for the hours of particular institutions or for further information.
Join us for worshio each Sunday at 10.00 a.m.
(child care available)
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