Our Commitment to Inclusion
Because we believe that “Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister” (1 John 4:21), we are a reconciling ministry, welcoming all people to our worship without regard to gender identification, sexual orientation, race, national origin, religious affiliation or anything else. We live and worship by the principle “Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)
Pastor Parker Prout previously served as pastor and parish administrator for the SE Dutchess Cooperative Parish in NY. Born in Long Branch, NJ and raised in Torrington, CT, Pastor Parker graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, and later earned an MS in counseling from the University of Hartford. Before being called to ministry, he pursued a professional career as a human resources executive and consultant for a number of large firms, principally in the financial services industry. Pastor Parker and his wife have two adult children and reside in Litchfield.
We modern Litchfield Methodists have been meeting where Litchfield Methodists first met in 1835, 17 Meadow Street, Litchfield, just across the street from our former church building erected in 1885. A smaller building has brought a wider horizon. Instead of many stained glass windows in our former church, we have one, and when the sun shines through it illuminating St Paul we are reminded of his teaching that “We walk by faith, not by sight.”
We are an upbeat congregation, free from the financial burden of the aging building we left in 2019. Gathering in our present home has given us a spiritual uplift and let us rediscover the power of the opportunity we have to do God’s work. On Sunday mornings we fill 17 Meadow Street with our songs and prayers, incorporating our at-home audience through Zoom. Our greetings to one another reflect the happiness of seeing each day as a day of new beginnings. Let us greet you!