"The Rice City Church" 
63 Vaughn Hollow Road
Coventry, RI
(401) 392-3402


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You will find us in the rural northwest corner of Coventry in the quaint part of town known as "Rice City" so named by Samuel Rice, the proprietor of the area’s notorious Rice City Tavern serving the Plainfield Pike carriage trade of the early 1800’s.

The church is located on Vaughn Hollow Road, off Plainfield Pike (RI Route 14), about ¾ miles east of the RI Route 117/14 intersection.


With so much demanding our children’s attention and loyalty, as parents, we need all the help we can get to teach our young people the spiritual values and knowledge of the Bible to give them a foundation for life in this increasingly secular world.

The church is the only institution that has as its mission the teachings of Christian values and the nature of Christian families.

We want to be your church home. You will find a warm welcome and an informal atmosphere that makes a country church so appealing. Just plain folks - your neighbors coming together to worship and serve, and a positive message for today’s living.




9:00 Am - Sunday Worship and Sunday School

We gather for worship each Sunday at 9 AM year round.

Children and Youth meet in the Parish House for Sunday School while parents and others participate in worship in the Meeting House.

A coffee hour follows worship each Sunday with a special celebration of birthdays and anniversaries on the last Sunday of each month.

Communion is observed each first Sunday.

Feel free to call the office phone, 392-3404 regarding Pastoral services or general information.


An on-going outreach effort is a monthly collection of non-perishable food in support of Coventry’s Food Bank.

Our active Sunday school and Youth program in addition to Sunday School curriculum includes social events and field trips. This year our Sunday School has again adopted as its special project fund raisers to support actor Paul Newman’s "Hole in the Wall Gang" foundation which provides summer camperships to kids with special health needs.


Watch for notices in area newspapers regarding our seasonal worship, recreational, and educational events such as Lenten - Holy Week, Easter Sunrise service, Summer Vacation Bible school schedule and Christmas Eve.


Old fashioned church suppers, i.e.: Turkey, Roast Beef, Ham & Bean etc., served family style are offered by our LADIES’ AID MONTHLY April through November on a Saturday as a fund raiser. Three settings, 4:30, 5:30 & 6:30.

In November the LADIES’ AID hold their Christmas Bazaar featuring a wide variety of home baked goodies and hand made seasonal crafts and gifts.

A printed schedule is available. Call the church office, 392-3402, to request your copy.


The FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF COVENTRY was founded in 1813 as a result of the evangelistic campaign conducted by Elder Douglas Farnum who decided in the Fall of 1812 that it was time top bring the Gospel to Rice City and take head-on the "riotousness and lasciviousness" said to be tolerated, if not encouraged, by Samuel Rice at his Rice City Tavern.

So persuasive was the influence of Elder Farnum that Sam Rice himself was converted, baptized as one of the founding members of the church, and was elected Clerk of the Church. Numerous other area churches were formed as a result of evangelistic campaigns conducted by the Rice City Church as it is also known.

Today our congregation is a mixed group of folks from a variety of religious backgrounds and experience who have been drawn to the warmth and friendship of a country church. Rice City Church is affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC) which is also known as "The Congregationalists"


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