The Seekonk Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is a church that lives out God’s call to mission in exciting and faithful ways.
Local Mission Projects
Part of our mission commitment is to keep the environment clean. We are part of the State of Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s ‘Adopt A Highway’ Clean-up Program. Our Adopted Highway is Highway is along Route 114A spanning from our church at 600 Fall River Avenue in Seekonk, extending north to the Rhode Island State line. From April to November, volunteers from the church pick up litter and keep our highway clean. Litter is collected in yellow sacks and picked up by the highway department. The number of bags and volunteers is recorded and kept by the highway department.
During the Christmas season, the Mission & Social Action Committee sets up an Angel Tree. Names of children and families are given to us by various sources (mostly from within the church and UCAP) and with each name is a suggested gift item wanted or needed by the recipient. The Mission and Social Action Committee then creates the paper angels by writing the gift suggestion on one side and a reference number for the recipient on the opposite side. The angels are then hung on a tree inside the church hall, and the church members select angels and purchase the gifts. The gifts are collected, sorted and distributed before Christmas.
Can and Bottle Collection
This is a contribution toward cleaning up our environment. The cans and bottles are sorted weekly and taken to the recycle center. The money raised from this project goes to hunger and justice concerns.
Church Food Pantry
Our congregation maintains a food pantry for members and others requiring assistance to make ends meet. Contact the church office for more information.
Prior to Thanksgiving, the church gathers gently used coats that are taken by our Youth to a center where the coats are distributed to those in need.
Doorways: Local Food Pantry
Doorways Food Pantry is open on Saturday mornings is supported by area churches and groups working together. Members of the church serve on the Board and provide assistance in a variety of ways.
Neighbors in Need Offerings
Around the world, our mission dollars are at work in 80 countries and provide financial and personal resources to assist individuals, especially in developing areas, with literacy and a wide range of other self-help and sustainable programs including agricultural, industrial, medical and educational.
Seekonk Congregational Church UCC is one of nine churches currently participating in the Christian Community Soup Kitchen. Once every nine weeks on a rotational basis, each church serves a full meal to individuals in need.
The Soup Kitchen is held every Saturday from 4 – 4:30 p.m. at Park Place Congregational UCC in Pawtucket, RI. Members of each church are asked to provide the designated meal (determined by each individual church) and this might include a main dish plus fruit, salad, and bread. Church volunteers assist with preparing and serving food.
Building Diversity Awareness
The Mission and Social Action Committee strives through education and empowerment to foster the awareness of diversity in our culture and seeks to challenge the congregation to grow in hospitality and outreach to those who might seem ‘different’ from the majority in our church. Through this program, the Mission and Social Action Committee sponsors programs and speakers, and hosts educational seminars and suppers to build diversity awareness among our community.
- Thursday, May 20 at 6:30pm Zoom book discussion: Join the Mission and Social Action Committe in reading “Rediscipling the White Church” by David Swanson. A guide for “all white” churches in how to deal with the challenge of non-diversity. He emphatically states that the root of segregation and racial injustice lies in our ministries and in our discipleship. He addresses what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. If you are interested in reading this book and joining our group discussion, please contact Betty Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education on Peace & Justice Issues
Church members may contact RI and MA Congressional representatives using website contact information posted on our Mission Board. Information regarding ongoing issues as well as current issues of the day is often available as well.
Movies that Matter
The Mission and Social Action Committee sponsors potluck and movie nights and for all who are interested in viewing a movie with an important message relating to social concerns. Participants can also opt to engage in discussion following the movie.
Mission Concerns are lifted up weekly in Worship and in the monthly newsletter. Speakers and seminars to raise awareness of concerns are encouraged.
RI Association Programs
Our Mission Giving includes Staff support, Christian Education resources and programs, Outdoor Ministries, Church Growth and Stewardship help, as well as the local mission support of congregations in Oakland Beach and our Hispanic Church in Pawtucket, and support for chaplains on College Campuses.
United Church of Christ Wider Ministries
Here in the United States, homeland missionaries engage in very challenging urban ministries and programs for persons of widely varying needs such as elderly housing and care, as well as the needs of those who are emotionally and physically challenged. The UCC nationally provides education and advocacy for causes of equality and justice among young and older persons alike, as well as materials and resources for local churches in the areas of Stewardship, Church Growth, Family Life, New Church starts, low interest loans.
Ongoing Mission in the World
The Seekonk Congregational United Church of Christ members pledge to the local church life and to the wider mission life of the church. What is pledged on the ‘right side of the envelope’ goes directly through the Conference to the wider mission of the United Church of Christ.
When disasters of horrendous proportions occur, we are there through our special gifts throughout the year as well. We are part of CWS (Church World Service), which includes some 30 different denominational church bodies and that organization makes immediate first response efforts with food, water, and blankets, (Blanket Sunday) as well as shelter, Health Kits / School Kits/ Clean-Up kits/ Baby Kits and Gifts of the Heart kits. These efforts are coordinated in cooperation with a variety of groups within the Church, i.e. / Christian Education Committee/ Mission Committee/ Earnest Workers).
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2