Get to Know the PRC

PRC is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3, non-denominational, education-based service organization providing professional consultants, educational webinars, workshops and resources.

Our goal is to provide faith communities time-effective; cost efficient; and results-oriented programs and services.  Although much has changed since the opening in 1984 of the Parish Resource Center (the organization from which Practical Resources for Churches has its roots), one thing has not; the core of this organization is and will remain our professional consultants and their work with churches.

Everyone Has a Calling - Ours Is Helping You!

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631-486-4350 or 631-821-2255

Our consultants are at the core of what we do. 

Sometimes the hardest thing for a member of a subscribing church to do is remember that they are not alone.  All it takes is an email, a phone call, or a visit.  There is always someone at the Center here to help you! Our team of consultants have expertise in various areas of church work and they will work with any church member in whatever way is most convenient: telephone or online through email or our online meeting software, GoToMeeting or in person. Lately we have even had people text us requests.  If you would you like a consultant to help, give us a call or send us an e-mail.

No question is too small: 

I would like to do a dramatic reading about the women of the Bible with my small group.

I need a liturgy for the Blessing of the Animals.

Can you recommend a book to read about stewardship?

No question is too big:

Our Sunday school is dying, can you help us evaluate our program & see new possibilities?

Will you plan a day about worshiping through the senses, including making a banner & walking the labyrinth?

Can we call you with questions about QuickBooks?

No question takes too long:

Can you tailor a Lectionary curriculum for our Sunday school and e-mail it to the teachers each month?

Please help our women's group choose programming for the whole year!

No question comes too late:

It’s Ash Wednesday and I am starting a Wednesday night Lenten program for youth: can you e-mail me something?

I have a study on Romans’ tonight: what can I use?

What people are saying

"Oh my gosh, what a gold mine you sent me. It was fabulous and I put together the whole service in a couple of hours. Can't wait to see it open up on Wednesday evening. Thank you so much for doing a fabulous job of consulting as always. I feel so much better that it's all done now.

Thanks so much. I like what you emailed to me. It is straightforward and tied into the lectionary which I ordinarily follow. I will look at the other materials nevertheless as supplementary resources. Thanks as well for making the PRC accessible through the Presbytery Center. I believe that decision was a win win.

Thank you so much for the excellent Church School Teacher Training workshop on Saturday.  You touched on so many issues that concern our congregation.  I especially appreciate your expertise and Godly approach.  We are using what we learned immediately as we pass it on to others at a meeting we are having on Wednesday.  God bless you in all that you do.

I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and I've been using my beads with the guidance sheet.  It is very helpful to this novice. You did a great job. Good being with you and the other ladies. 

Workshops, Retreats, Roundtables & Training Requests

In the last year our consultants scheduled or ran on request the following events. 

Council Retreats

Sunday School Review

Lent 2016 Contemplating the Cross

Advent Retreat 2015: Waiting for Light

Leadership Training

Deacon Training

Prayer Shawl Ministry Workshop

Prayer Bead Workshop

Card Ministry Workshop

Praying in Color

Stamp-a-Stack of Cards Monthly Group

Called to Teach: Teacher Training

Any member church can ask for an event to be held at their church

NEW! Search Our Resource Catalog On-line

The PRC- East Resource collection is supported by its member churches and available for anyone from a member church to take out.

The collections of DVD studies, curriculum, books and support materials are for your use! Resources and consultants are available in assist you in the following ministry areas: adult, caring, children, church growth & renewal, church management & organization, finance, intergenerational, seasonal, social justice, stewardship, technology & social media, youth and worship.

It’s easy to browse the resources in the online catalog. Or if you have a question, contact us by email, or by phone; Commack 631-486-4350 or Patchogue 631-821-2255 and they will be mailed to you. Let us know how long you will need the resource.

Resources that start with C are in Commack, and resource starting with R in Patchogue. All banners are in Commack. If you don't see a resource, call us, we can recommend something similar or we might order it.

A church may use our services and borrow resources by becoming a subscriber and paying an annual fee. Subscription fees can be paid on an annual, quarterly or even monthly basis. We have rates affordable for all size congregations. For more information go to our About Us Page

Would you like to try working with a consultant? Give us a call!

Ferry ComSail the Sound with the PRC
Tickets now available

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016
7 - 10 PM

Aboard the PORT JEFFERSON-BRIDGEPORT FERRY
Last year was a rainy sail but it did not stop us from having a great time!
Tickets $60.00
Groups of 10 or more $55.00 per person

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
Individuals and Groups of fewer than 10 can purchase tickets at the reduced group rate of $55 per ticket through June 3, 2016.

Our Partner Organizations

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United Church of Christ
New York Conference

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New York Conference
United Methodist Church

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Resource Centers

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Synod ELCA