• What We Believe

    What We Believe

    Plymouth Church is a vibrant, caring, active, thinking – and even questioning! – congregation in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa where all are welcome! During every worship service you’ll hear us say: “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are always welcome here.” We say it over and over again because we live it...not just in worship, but through hundreds of rewarding and enriching activities that happen in and around Plymouth all week and all year.

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  • Worship

    Come Worship

    Worship at Plymouth Church nourishes your mind as well as your soul. Whether you opt for casual Saturday night worship or traditional Sunday services...or a combination of both!...you'll experience extravagant welcome, choirs and musicians that lift your spirit, and an overarching theme of Growing in Love of God and Neighbor.

    Saturdays
    Casual Service with the Saturday Night Band
    5:30 p.m., Waveland Hall

    Sundays
    Traditional Worship
    9 & 11 a.m., Sanctuary

    Please join us! ALL are welcome!

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  • Anti-Racism

    Read a letter from Plymouth's pastors about the call to anti-racism at Plymouth Church: https://www.plymouthchurch.com/walk-faithfulness-christian-love-pastoral-letter-call-anti-racism-plymouth-church/

    In November 2017, the Board of Christian Social Action recommended to the Church Council that the congregation intensify its focus on systemic racism through enhanced education, public advocacy and the display of a Black Lives Matter banner on the exterior of the church. The recommendation follows over a year of educational programming on racism and a months-long discernment process during which a large sample of Plymouth’s leaders were surveyed to assess general support. The Council will vote on the proposal at its February 2018 meeting.

    Anti-Racism and Banner Proposal Information Sessions

    In the interim, the Board of Christian Social Action invites you to attend one of the following Information Sessions to learn about the discernment process to date, ask any questions you may have about the proposal, and fill out a survey to register your opinion after you’ve gathered the facts.

    Thursday, Jan. 18 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Greenwood Room
    Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Greenwood Room
    Saturday, Jan. 27 from 6:45-8:15 p.m. in Greenwood Room
    Sunday, Jan. 28 from 10:10-10:50 a.m. in the Greenwood Room (childcare provided)
    Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Greenwood Room (childcare provided)
    Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Waveland Hall

  • Stewardship

    It is all about connection. And when it comes to connection, you get what you give.

    At Plymouth Church this fall, through the work of Karen Jeske and our new Connections Committee, we are focused on strengthening our connections: to God, to one another, to our neighbors. And God is weaving our lives into something beautiful. We are learning how good it can be to connect and care for each other; we are discovering just how much good we can do when we commit to doing it together.

    But there is only one way to connect: you have to give of yourself. So that is what we are asking you to do: join with the people of Plymouth Church in investing your time, your talent and your treasure to the work God is doing in our midst. When we all give something of ourselves, our connection can only grow stronger. Learn more about how you can Connect & Care for One Another by clicking here.

    Plymouth's budget is not a mystery. It's based on MAPs -- Mission Action Plans -- created by each Plymouth board, committee, and program. These outline what the boards hope to accomplish during 2018, and how much it will cost to implement that. Later this year, the Board of Trustees will examine each of the MAPs carefully, along with the complete church budget for 2018 that also includes the expenses to keep the building in good condition and running, salaries for staff, and a lot of other operating expenses that many people take for granted. If you would like to read some of the MAPs for 2018, click here.

    Stewardship

Want to dig deeper into the Narrative Lectionary?

Now, prior to each weekend’s sermon, you can follow commentary on the upcoming scripture with Sr. Minister Matt Mardis-LeCroy’s weekly blog. Still want more? Check out the Working Preacher website, which provides lay-friendly analysis of next week’s scripture.

Working-Preacher

Video podcast from the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, jan. 14, 2018:

View past video podcasts by clicking on Plymouth’s YouTube Channel.

News

All Church Reads

Plymouth will continue to explore race during Lent using books as our conversation partners.... Read More

Take Action against Turkish Human Rights Abuse

Join the Peace Committee to sign a petition Jan. 27 & 28 in Waveland Hall, after worship services.... Read More

Saved?

I’m back! The year end hiatus went a little long, but I am back at it and eager to reflect each week on the text appointed for us by the Narrative Lectionary. This week we come to a passage so familiar that it may be hard to hear: the story of Jesus and Nicodemus. It... Read More

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