What We Believe
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” -Hebrews 11:1
Congregationalism, from its earliest conception was founded by men and women of faith: faith in God; faith in Jesus Christ; faith in the Christian church as the fellowship of Christ’s followers; and faith in the way we live with each other, as disciples in Godly character and principles.
The basis of membership in the Congregational Church of the Chimes is a covenant not a creed. We believe that the strength of our relationship with God is predicated on the covenant that binds us to our God and to each other. We have adopted as our covenant the same covenant formulated by the earliest Congregational Church of Salem, MA in 1629.
We covenant with the Lord, and one with another and do bind ourselves in the presence of God, to walk together in all His ways, according as He is pleased to reveal Himself unto us in His blessed word of truth.
The earliest Pilgrims had a deep faith in God and love for one another that allowed them to endure persecution in England. The Pilgrims migrated to Holland and then to these shores in quest of freedom “to worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences.” Basic human freedoms were built into their religious and political life. Human personality was not to be violated by any power.
This spirit of freedom, which they founded in their congregational churches, has continued to be a cherished principle.
Within a Congregational Church, each member possesses freedom to walk their own personal journey with God, freedom of belief, and worship. Our church is autonomous and self-governing, its programs and policies determined by its members and implemented through voluntary cooperation.
We not only protect these freedoms in our way of worship but we are an open and welcoming church who intentionally find ways to encourage our community and to experience the freedom of God’s Kingdom even while here on earth. As the scripture has rightfully said, freely, we have received liberty from our Creator and, therefore, it is freely that we introduce that liberty to others. Mathew 10:8b (paraphrased). Our mission at the Church of the Chimes is to empower you through the message of God’s freedom to be better people, in order to create a better world, and we trust in God for a better afterlife.