What We Believe

To believe is to care; to care is to do.

Our Vision

The Church of the Isles sees it vividly—the day when the power and love of God is gratefully recognized as a “right here, right now” presence in everyone’s life, in every community, especially when we follow in Jesus’ way of love.

Our Mission

Celebrating God’s love for all people is what we do best at the Church of the Isles every Sunday morning at 10:00am. Good music stirs our souls. Christ-centered preaching comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. We’re well known for welcoming and accepting all people as they are, too, because that’s what Jesus did best. We like to say, “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.”

Good worship is job number one at the Church of the Isles. Not only does it strengthen our recognition of God’s love as “right here, right now,” it equips us to put our faith into action. Committed to Christ’s teachings, our lives are changed for the better when we show compassion.   Empowered by Christ’s Spirit, we serve others gladly.   We like to say, “To believe is to care; to care is to do.”

What we do second to worship is justice. We’re affiliated with the United Church of Christ (or UCC) which is known for arriving early on issues of inclusivity and justice. We were the first to ordain an African-American pastor (1785), a woman (1853), an openly gay person (1972), and the first to affirm same-gender marriage equality (2005). (For more info, check out www.ucc.org.)

Locally, we’ve been ministering to the needs of the beach community for nearly 60 years. For example, we opened Save Your Seconds Thrift Store.  We help build homes for Habitat for Humanity. Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon meet here.  We make clothes for migrant workers’ children. And we’re deeply committed to the education and spiritual development of children as evidenced by our adjoining preschool.  We like to say, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, diversity; in all things, charity.”