Blessing of Animals
ROCKPORT — St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 24 Broadway in Rockport will hold a “Stroll By” Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 4. Stop by the courtyard at the entrance of the church anytime between from noon and 4 p.m. to have your pet friend blessed. Animals of all sizes are welcome, including stuffed animals and photos. The event will be held rain or shine. All are welcome.
Annisquam Village Church holds online worship services each Sunday at 10 a.m. The chat rooms opens at 9:30 a.m. A time of prayer and reflection is offered every Thursday at 7 p.m. via Zoom. All are welcome to attend. For more information, including weblinks, please go to annisquamvillagechurch.org.
Cape Ann Bible Church, 8 Thompson St., Gloucester, offers Sunday Service, 10:30 a.m., at facebook.com/capeannbiblechurch for live streaming. Also past services and messages may be found there. For more information go to capeannbiblechurch.org or call 978-281-3941.
The Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport is taking reservations online and phone for seating at Sunday Mass at 8:15 a.m. in Saint Ann Church, 10 a.m. in Saint Joachim Church and 11:45 a.m. in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church; seating is limited and reservations must be made by 5 p.m. Saturday and will be confirmed. The Rev. James Achadinha is conducting Masses privately, then uploading them to the church’s YouTube channel, CCGRonline, and providing resources on the community’s website, ccgronline.com, to conduct private services at homes. Each update includes prayers and scripture passages to read and reflect on at certain hours of the day. The Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation (Confession) is by available by appointment only.
Churches of Sacred Heart & St. John the Baptist: The Rev. Paul Flammia will celebrate Mass at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart in Manchester. Reservations may be made and attendance requirements may be found at https://www.mecatholic.org/
First Congregational Church of Essex (FCCOE), 39 Main St., Essex, is worshiping in person (seating limited) and online at its website. To join in visit www.fccoe.org and click “At Home Sunday Worship.” You may also stay connected by clicking “like” on its Facebook page, First Congregational Church of Essex.
First Congregational Church, UCC, of Rockport is live streaming Sunday services on its Facebook page and Zoom at 10 a.m. Questions? 978- 546-6638.
First Parish Manchester is offering a Virtual Worship Service on Sundays at 9 a.m. Join at facebook.com/firstparishchurchmanchesterma. The church also offers:
Wednesdays: Prayer and Meditation at 7 p.m., an opportunity to come together for a time of quiet reflection, sharing of Scripture, and the offering of prayer intentions.
Thursdays: Bible Study at 4 p.m., discussion of upcoming weekly scripture. No preparation is needed; all welcome.
Tuesday evening classes and committee meetings online through Zoom. To join with Zoom conferencing, on your computer, tablet, smart phone or phone, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Past worship services available on YouTube; search First Parish Church Manchester by the Sea.
Gloucester and Rockport United Methodist Churches continue to share worship together online each week. Music, scripture and sermons are presented every Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. at their https://www.facebook.com/Gloucester-United-Methodist-Church/ webpage.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, both church buildings at 436 Washington St., Gloucester, and 36 Broadway, Rockport, will remain temporarily closed until deemed safe to do otherwise. However, the churches’ “people are the church,” and mission work actively continues in the local and greater communities. Any questions can be directed to the church website listed above.
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church St., Gloucester, is hosting Zoom worship services are online Sundays at 10 a.m. For an invitation to join the service, email email@example.com before 10 on Sunday morning. Everyone is warmly welcomed to join in.
North Shore Bible Church of Cape Ann, 65 Eastern Ave. in Essex, plans this Sunday to have one service at 9 a.m., another at 11 a.m., and stream them online. Seats may be reserved at northshorebiblechurch.com.
The Orthodox Congregational Church of Lanesville’s Sunday 10 a.m. worship services remains online but some weekly prayer meeting, Bible study classes are meeting in person. Visit https://occlanesville.org/ for information or for the link to connect via Zoom or Facebook to participate.
Pigeon Cove Chapel in Rockport’s services are in a distance format for 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship. See its YouTube channel, Pigeon Cove Chapel. 978-546-2523
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St., is closed, except for AA meetings. Online services are posted on Youtube at stjohnsgloucester. Updates, links to services, and more information are available at www.stjohnsgloucester.org.
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gloucester is holding Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/lutherancapeann. All welcome. Questions? Call 978-283-6550
Temple Ahavat Achim remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The temple’s Religious School, weekly Torah Study class, morning Shabbat service and Sunday minyan service have moved to the Zoom platform. Instructions on how to join the temple’s Zervices may be found at on its homepage, https://www.taagloucester.org/, where details on High Holidays programming can also be found.
Trinity Congregational Church UUC, 70 Middle St., Gloucester, invites all to its Drive-In Church, held every Sunday in the church parking lot. Arrive before 10 a.m. and listen to the service from your car radio, or sit outside on socially distanced chairs. Starting Aug. 23, Communion will be celebrated in a COVID-19-safe format, weekly. The service is also available online at trinitycongregational.org; and on the Facebook page: Trinity Congregational Church Gloucester. (Service will change to 10:30 a.m. beginning in September.)
West Gloucester Congregational Church, UCC, 488 Essex Ave., Gloucester, continues to worship online at its new website, www.wgtccucc.org (click on “Worship Church Online”) for the safety of parishioners. Worshippers also may like West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church on Facebook to view services. Church services are also available on YouTube; search West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church.
Here is the schedule:
Oct. 4 — Communion Sunday, musician Joe Wilkins.
Oct. 11 — musician Renee Dupuis.
Oct. 18 — Musician Renee Dupuis.
Oct. 25 — Musician Renee Dupuis.
The church also offers a Zoom Prayer Time on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and a Zoom Coffee Hour on Friday at 10 a.m. All are welcome. To receive the link for the Prayer Time and/or the Coffee Hour, please call the church at 978-283-2817 and leave your email. For pastoral needs, questions, or to reach the Rev. Rona Tyndall, please call the church at 978-283-2817.
Listings may be sent to: Religion Calendar, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or emailed to Andrea Holbrook at firstname.lastname@example.org, at least two weeks prior to the event.