For more than a century, the Chapel has remained central to the life of Watch Hill and the surrounding communities and a cherished part of the lives of those who worship here. Its non-sectarian spirit and purpose give the Chapel a special quality.
The Watch Hill Chapel exists to support Christian worship in Watch Hill and to encourage religious, moral, charitable, educational and social activities that serve the needs of Watch Hill and the greater community.
The spirit of the Chapel is well expressed in the mottoes inscribed on its walls and shown below.
"The Church is Many as the Waves,
but One, as the Sea."
Suggested by the Honorable James Leland Howard, a founder and early President of the Chapel
"In Essentials, Unity:
In Non-Essentials, Liberty:
In All Things, Charity."
Suggested by the Honorable James Leland Howard, a founder and early President of the Chapel and attributed to Petrus Meiderlinus (1592-1651), a Lutheran priest. It reads: In necessariis unitas, in non-necessariis lebertas, in utrisque caritas.