Theological words like Spiritual Formation can be off putting, as if this is only something for "professional religious" folks. Nothing could be further from the truth. At the center of our faith is the belief that God is in all of life and all of life is meant to be an avenue into God's heart.
In our Congregational Tradition, we are people of a covenant, which means that we make promises, each of us to God and all of us, one unto another. At the center of our covenantal life is our purpose which is to worship God:
"The avowed purpose of this Church shall be to worship God; to realize Christian fellowship and unity within this Church and the Church Universal; to render loving service toward all people; and to strive for righteousness, justice, and peace."
(By-laws of The Dover Church)
It is in worship that we gather primarily for Spiritual Formation. Every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM, we worship God, known to us as Creator, Son, and Holy Spirit. Worship is an experience of stepping outside our self-focusing way of being and turning to God in praise, petition, and attentive listening. To use the Apostle Paul's metaphor, for this hour on Sunday mornings, we embody "the body of Christ," singing, praying, listening and offering together.
But it doesn't end there. You can be involved in spiritual formation when you are peeling the potatoes or singing plainsong chant in the middle of the night in a Benedictine monastery. Through practice, you can open yourself to God's grace in all parts of your life. To that end, I offer several opportunities for interested people to begin practicing.
The Dover Church
17 Springdale Ave
PO Box 305
Dover, MA 02030
Phone: 508-785-0957 or
Or use our contact form.
Our pastor, Max Olmstead, will be on Sabbatical vacation until August 20th. If you have a pastoral concern, please call the church office. 508-785-0957.
After August 20th, Max can be reached after church business hours on his cell phone, 508-982-0422.
We're here to welcome you. For non-emergencies, please drop by during these hours:
Summer Office Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9:00 am untnil 12:00 noon.