Church profile: St. Thomas’, Greenville

One of the fastest-growing churches in our diocese, St. Thomas’ is especially proud of its healing ministry. The Rev. Susan Carpenter, rector, started a weekly healing service six years ago that now attracts people from the community as well as parishioners. Also, members of the Northern Rhode Island Chapter of the Order of St. Luke, begun in 2014 by the Rev. Don Parker, study Jesus’ healing stories, read books on healing and learn ways to pray with others as well as witness to healing in our midst.

St. Thomas’ has hosted two educational conferences and last year purchased a red tent and took the healing ministry outdoors. A sign says “Prayer Here! May we pray for you?”

The church welcomes other Rhode Island Episcopalians to try out the healing service at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays or the Order of St. Luke meetings, at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month.

Note: The Rev. Susan Carpenter is retiring as rector in February; we wish her and the parish well in the transition. St. Thomas’, 1 Smith Ave., Greenville; 401-949-2260.The Bishop’s Visitation will be February 3. Website