about usfor nearly 300 years, we've been the church in the village.
ALMOST THREE CENTURIES AND COUNTING.
We are the “Church in the Village” located in the heart of Rehoboth, MA. The history of our congregation has been entwined with that of the town of Rehoboth since 1643 when the Reverend Samuel Newman helped establish the settlement and erected the first meeting house on the east bank of the Ten Mile River, and called the town “Rehoboth” (Genesis 26:22).
As the town expanded, many of the descendants of the early settlers moved east of the Palmer River, some distance from where the original Newman Congregational Church was located. Wanting to worship regularly, they petitioned the General Court in Boston to have the town divided into two precincts for the support of the ministry. The Pastor, the Reverend David Turner, and ten founding members of the new congregation completed a new meeting house and the Palmer River Church Congregation was organized on November 29, 1721. The two congregations remained until 1759. The original meeting house of the new congregation was replaced in 1773 with what was called the “Yellow Meeting House”, in what is the Rehoboth Village Cemetery today. The third meeting house, our present sanctuary, was completed in 1839 and was known as the “The Church in the Barnyard.”
We are enriched by our long history and tradition in the town of Rehoboth, but are excited by how new members are adding their stories and experiences to create a dynamic future! This sense of community continues to make a difference in lives today.
The REV. SARAH WEAVER
The Rev. Sarah Weaver was called to the Rehoboth Congregational Church in April of 2011. Born and raised in New Milford, Connecticut, Rev. Sarah attended Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Religion. While at Ursinus, Rev. Sarah served as the president of the college chapel, was on staff at Leadership Now: Spiritual Formation with Youth through Lancaster Theological Seminary and was selected to be an undergraduate fellow through the Fund for Theological Education’s Undergraduate Fellowship Program.
In 2007, Rev. Sarah moved to Atlanta, Georgia so she could begin her seminary studies at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. With a concentration in Leadership in Church & Community, Rev. Sarah was able to take both a classroom and hands-on approach to learning. In addition to her studies, she interned at the Elizabeth Inn Emergency Shelter at MUST Ministries and Pilgrimage United Church of Christ in Marietta, Georgia.
In May of 2010, Rev. Sarah graduated from Candler and immediately began an intensive unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, serving as a chaplain at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. Rev. Sarah was ordained on April 10, 2011, shortly after she began her ministry at RCC.
Rev. Sarah and her husband, Bruce, and their son live in Rehoboth. She enjoys photography, running, biking, kayaking, reading, writing, cooking and gardening. Her professional interests include faith formation, innovative ministry and creative worship practices. Visit her blog – www.preachinginpumps.com – to get to know her better!
A Note from REv. Sarah
Welcome to the Rehoboth Congregational Church website! My name is Rev. Sarah and I have been the pastor at RCC for eight years. I love this church, the people and the community we serve. It is an honor and a privledge to be part of what God is doing here and I cannot wait to see what is next for us!
RCC is a nearly-300-year-old congregation located in the heart of the Rehoboth village. We believe we are called to do church, to live out our faith, while also boldly proclaiming it. We are not perfect, but we are faithful. We believe in upholding Jesus’ commandment to love God and love one another and we try to do this in real and compassionate ways.
I hope you will consider joining us for worship sometime. Every week, we sing, we pray and we talk about the ways that scripture relates to our lives today. We laugh, sometimes we cry and we always leave with something to think about for the week ahead.
If you have children, please bring them with you! We love seeing and hearing children in worship. Don’t worry if they make noise – I guarantee my own child is making more noise. We have activity bags and clipboards with coloring pages for kids in entryway to the church. Most weeks I invite the kids up to the front of the church for a children’s sermon during worship and we use object lessons to learn about our faith. During the school year we have church school and nursery care is available.
If you are nervous about coming to worship for the first time, consider emailing me to set up a meeting first. I’d love to show you around the building and talk you through our worship services. You can also follow me on Instagram to see some behind the scenes of what goes on.
I hope you connect with you soon!
With Love & Angeltude,
The Rev. Sarah Weaver
Church School Director
Nursery Care Provider