Beneficent Congregational Church
Gathered as a congregation in 1743, Beneficent Church has been engaged in active outreach to the wider community for over two and a half centuries. We have a long history of social justice within Providence and beyond. From American independence to the antislavery movement, racial justice, and care for the poor, Beneficent has always been an activist church, responding to social needs.
That tradition continues today as we extend God’s extravagant welcome to all. Whatever your age, culture, economic status, gender and gender expression, language, nationality, physical or mental ability, race or sexual orientation, and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are most welcome here. Beneficent Church is an Open and Affirming congregation. Our Meeting House and fellowship rooms are fully accessible (elevator at main entrance off parking lot).
Beneficent Congregational Church is a member of the United Church of Christ.
Beneficent Church’s Mission
Through the power of the Spirit, Beneficent Church creates meaningful connections to God and one another and promotes justice, peace, and healing in our local and global communities. We are a Christ-centered, Open and Affirming, racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse congregation.
Beneficent Church’s Value Statement
We value heartfelt preaching and teaching – inspiring and encouraging the following of Jesus. (Matthew 28:19-20)
We value worship – together expressing and seeking our love and connection to God, and our gratitude for the abundant life God has given us through Jesus. (Psalm 103:1-5)
We value communal and individual prayer - sustaining us in good and bad times. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
We value fellowship – building relationships where people can find a spiritual home of welcome, belonging and safety. (Colossians 2:2)
We value continuing to develop our cultural relevance – striving to recognize, validate, affirm, and reflect the various cultures present within our local community so that we can enrich one another and join in the gospel together. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)