Rummage sales

ROCKPORT — Two Rockport churches will be hosting rummage sales next weekend.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 24 Broadway, will hold its Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presorted clothing will be on sale, as well as select curios, linens, CDs/DVDs, jewelry, books, toys, and more. All proceeds support the church’s outreach programs.

The Old Sloop Rummage Sale, hosted by First Congregational Church, will be in the church’s Fellowship Hall on Aug. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bargain hunters may enter at 12 School St. and take the elevator up. Also masks are now optional for in-person services and meetings at the church and its building. More information is available at the church’s website, www.oldsloop.org, or by calling 978- 546-6638.

Carillon concerts

Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish kicks off its summer carillon concerts this Friday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine.

“This year, Luann Pallazola, Cynthia Cafasso, and Thomas Dort have once again prepared programs that include familiar classical and international pieces, popular hymns and songs, patriotic melodies, and even selections especially for children,” said the Rev. Jim Achadinha in an email. “We are especially excited that Thomas Dort, a young disciple who just turned 14 years old and learned to play the carillon bells during the (COVID-19) pandemic, will perform along with our talented adult musicians!”

“Although the bells can be heard from blocks away, the sound is always best near the church,” Achadinha said. Listeners may park in the parking lot at the church, 142 Prospect St. in Gloucester

Other carillon concerts are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, and Aug. 26, and Sept. 2.

More information about the concerts and carillon is available by contacting Pallazola at lpallazola@gmail.com.

School supply drive

During August, West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC, 488 Essex Ave. in Gloucester, is collecting back-to-school supplies (pencils, erasers, glue sticks, notebooks, backpacks, pencil boxes, etc.) to be distributed by The Open Door. All donations may be placed in the Mission Bin next to the church’s mailbox.

The church will also be hosting a Ham & Bean Supper on Aug. 28 at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Jazz Dynamics in concert at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and show may be purchased in advance through the church office (978-283-2817) for $30; or $20 at the door for just the concert.

Lutheran change

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St. in Gloucester, has changed to its summer schedule. Worship services are every Sunday at 9 a.m., in-person and on Zoom. All ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, and faiths — including non-believers and persons curious about faith — are welcome. More information is available at www.stpaulcapeann.org or by calling 978-283-6550.

Methodists join

Congregations of both Gloucester’s and Rockport’s United Methodist churches will meet together will meet together every Sunday at 10 a.m. during August at the Rockport UMC, 36 Broadway.

Armenian picnic

HAVERHILL — The Armenian Church at Hye Pointe, 1280 Boston Road in Haverhill, is hosting its annual picnic on Sunday, Aug. 28, from noon to 5 p.m.

Menu includes lamb shish, losh and chicken kebab, kheyma, pastries and beverages, including beer and wine. Live music will be by the Jason Naroian Ensemble and there will be cash raffles. The hall is air-conditioned or bring lawn chairs for sitting outside.

To find the church, take Route 495 north to exit 106, bear right at the end of the ramp and follow the signs.

For more info please visit www.hyepointearmenianchurch.org or call 978-372-9227.

Saints series

This season, the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, in collaboration with the Assisi Project, is hosting special series of mini-retreats called the Saints of Summer. Each mini-retreat will begin with the celebration of Holy Mass and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 8 a.m. After a shared prayer, either Cliff Garvey or the Rev. James Achadinha will offer a reflection on the life, inspiration, and veneration of a saint whose life of holiness has inspired men and women all around the world. There will be time for questions and faith sharing, too. After reflection and discussion, all are invited to pray in silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and in veneration of the holy relics of each saint of the day. Each morning of prayer will conclude at 9:30 a.m. with the Holy Rosary followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Here’s the upcoming schedule:

Saint Rose of Viterbo, Saturday, Sept. 3, Our Lady of Good Voyage Church

Our Lady of Sorrows, Thursday, Sept. 15, Our Lady of Good Voyage Church

Find the complete schedule at ccgronline.com. For more information about this special summer series, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@ccgronline.com or 978-281-4820.

Intro to Judaism

Registration is open for Introduction to Judaism, a free 21-week course designed for individuals of faiths other than Judaism who want to explore Judaism or who are considering conversion to Judaism. Classes will be held online beginning Sept. 8. For more information and the class schedule, visit LappinFoundation.org or contact Sharon Wyner at 978-565-4450. Introduction to Judaism is a free program of Lappin Foundation and the North Shore Rabbis and Cantors Association funded with generous support from the Morton and Lillian Waldfogel Foundation.

Thrift store

The Cape Ann Thrift Shop, located at the Trinity Congregational Church UCC, 70 Middle St., Gloucester, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Inventory of clothing, jewelry and accessories to household items frequently changes, but it is not uncommon to find barely-used items or new items that still have their tags on them. Donations accepted during operating hours.

Proceeds support Trinity Congregational Church Missions’ community-focused programs. Connect with church via email, or online at www.trinitycongregational.org.

Services

Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., is conducting worship Sundays at 10 a.m. in person and via Zoom. Masks are required in the church; the chat rooms opens at 9:30 a.m. A time of prayer and reflection also is offered Thursdays at 7 p.m. via Zoom. All are welcome. For more information and web links, please visit annisquamvillagechurch.org.

Cape Ann Bible Church, 8 Thompson St., Gloucester, offers Sunday Service, 10:30 a.m., with limited capacity and live-streamed on facebook.com/capeannbiblechurch where past services and messages may be found. For more information go to capeannbiblechurch.org or call 978-281-3941.

The Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport‘s churches are open for Masses without capacity limits and reservations.

Saturday Vigil Masses are at 4 p.m. at St Ann Church, 74 Pleasant St. in Gloucester, and 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect St. in Gloucester.

Sunday Masses will at 7 and 11:45 a.m. in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 8:15 a.m. in St. Ann Church, and 10 a.m. in Saint Joachim Church, 56 Broadway in Rockport. Sunday Mass will also be offered online at the churches’ YouTube channel, https://bit.ly/3oXvBnf.

Daily Masses are celebrated at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., Thursdays and Friday at 8 a.m., and on the first Saturday of the month at 8 a.m.

The sacrament of confession is offered Wednesdays from 6:05 to 6:45 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church and by appointment.

Masks are required. There will be social distancing by having every other pew roped off and not available at St. Ann during the Masses at 4 p.m. Saturday and 8:15 a.m. Sunday.

The Rev. James Achadinha, pastor of the community, said all pastoral ministry and service organizations are meeting again. Pastoral assistance is always available by calling 978-281-4820 or office@ccgronline.com.

First Baptist Church of Gloucester, 38 Gloucester Ave., hosts Sunday Services at 10 a.m. The sanctuary is open for worship, and been marked with arrows for entrance and exit, and some pews have been blocked to help observe proper COVID-19 protocols. Masks are required at all times, as well as practicing social distancing. The service is also available on Facebook Live for viewing as it is being conducted, or for viewing at a future time if desired. All are welcome.

First Baptist Church of Rockport, 4 High St. in Rockport, worships on Sundays at 10 a.m. Worship takes place in the sanctuary and is live streamed via facebook. There is a robust Children’s Church program divided by respective ages that takes place during the service. The service includes traditional and contemporary worship music. For more information, visit FirstBaptistRockport.org or follow on Facebook and Instagram.

First Congregational Church of Essex (FCCOE), 39 Main St., Essex, is worshiping in person (seating limited and masks requested by Essex Board of Health) 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, 12 School St., is meeting in person and online on Sundays at 10 a.m. Links to online streaming can be found at www.oldsloop.org as well as weekly rebroadcasts of the Sunday service. Masks are now optional for in-person services and meetings in the buildings. See the church’s “calendar” of weekly activities and Zoom prayer meetings, storytelling, Bible study, book groups, coffee houses, choirs and poetry at the website, www.oldsloop.org, for times and locations. Questions? 978- 546-6638.

First Parish Church Congregational Manchester, 10 Central St. in Manchester, is hosting in-person and online Sunday morning worship at 10 a.m. For those interested in attending in person, the church will follow state COVID-19 protocols; details can be found at firstparishchurch.org. Virtual worship for those not yet ready to return can be found at facebook.com/firstparishmanchesterma/live and YouTube (search First Parish Church Manchester by the Sea).

Mondays: On first and third of month, “Still Speaking” group meets at 7:30 p.m. to discuss modern intellectuals’ thinking on issues of faith, morals and justice as they relate to our spiritual tradition. Last Monday of the month, the Book Group meets at 7 p.m. to discuss of a book of interest to people of various backgrounds.

Wednesdays: Prayer & Meditation, 7 p.m.. An opportunity to come together for quiet reflection, sharing of scripture and the offering of prayer intentions.

Thursdays: Bible Study, 4 p.m., discusses upcoming weekly scripture. No preparation is needed.

To join these programs on your computer, tablet, smart phone or phone, contact office.fpchurch@gmail.com or 978-526-7661 for details.

Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., is meeting with Rockport Methodists on Sundays at 10 a.m. in August at the Rockport UMC, 36 Broadway. All are welcome! More information may be found on the church’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Gloucester-United-Methodist-Church-1065493790137131.

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church St., holds Sunday services at 10 a.m. in-person in its historic sanctuary, as well as online. Please visit the church’s website, www.gloucesteruu.org, for the link to the live-streaming.Masks are now optional at all times. All are welcome.

North Shore Bible Church of Cape Ann, 65 Eastern Ave. in Essex, plans this Sunday to have one service at 10 a.m., and stream it online. Seats may be reserved at northshorebiblechurch.com.

The Orthodox Congregational Church of Lanesville‘s Sunday 10 a.m. worship service takes place in person and online. 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 being celebrated in person and online at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. See its YouTube channel, Pigeon Cove Chapel. 978-546-2523

Rockport United Methodist Church, 36 Broadway in Rockport. In August, Gloucester Methodists are joining Rockporters on Sundays at 10 a.m. at the Rockport church. The church continues to assess COVID-19 and variant protocols, and mask-wearing is optional while inside the building. All are welcome! More information may be found on our sister church’s Gloucester United Methodist Church Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Gloucester-United-Methodist-Church-1065493790137131.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St., has resumed in-person worship Sundays at 9 a.m., and streaming the service live on Facebook, and posting later to YouTube at stjohnsgloucester. Updates, links to services, and more information are available at www.stjohnsgloucester.org.

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St. in Gloucester, holds worship services every Sunday at 9 a.m., in-person and on Zoom. All ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, and faiths — including non-believers and persons curious about faith — are welcome. More information is available at www.stpaulcapeann.org or by calling 978-283-6550.

Temple Ahavat Achim is meeting in-person and via Zoom. 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 UCC, 70 Middle St., Gloucester, invites all to its Sunday Services at 10:30 a.m. Services are in-person with safety protocols, as well as via Zoom. The Rev. Dr. Norma Brettell guides the services. COVID protocols: Vaccination card required; masks optional. Please contact the church office, trinity@trinitycongregational.org or 978-283-1442, for details on the COVID-19 protocols in place for each service.

Connect with church via email, or online at www.trinitycongregational.org, where a full calendar can be found.

Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves St., Rockport, has resumed in-person worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Services will also be available via Zoom. Check the website (www.uusr.org) for the Zoom ID and password or email us at rockportuu@rockportuu.org, if you cannot attend in person. Everyone is welcome.

Visitation Parish, Churches of Sacred Heart & St. John the Baptist: All Masses and services are being held at Sacred Heart Church, 62 School St. in Manchester, while St. John the Baptist, 52 Main St. in Essex is temporarily closed for renovations. The Rev. Paul Flammia celebrates Sunday Mass at 8:30 and 10 a.m.

More information may found on the parish website at https://www.mecatholic.org.

West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC, 488 Essex Ave. in Gloucester, is hosting in-person services Sundays at 10 a.m. Please wear a mask for the safety and protection of the church’s children and those who cannot be vaccinated. Services are also streamed live on the church’s Facebook page. You do not need to be a subscriber to Facebook to view the worship service.

Aug. 14 and 21 — musician Jocelyn Chaparro.

Aug. 28 — Musicians Jeannine Lynch and Arnie Rosen.

Aug. 28 is also the date for the church’s Ham & Bean Supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Jazz Dynamics in concert at 7 p.m. Please purchase tickets for the dinner and show in advance through the church office (978-283-2817) for $30; or $20 at the door for just the concert.

During August, the church will be collecting back-to-school supplies (pencils, erasers, glue sticks, notebooks, backpacks, pencil boxes, etc.) to be distributed by The Open Door. All donations may be placed in the Mission Bin next to the church’s mailbox. Thank you to everyone in the community who supports our monthly mission drives and makes them so successful.

For pastoral needs, questions, or to reach the Rev. Rona Tyndall, please contact the church at 978-283-2817 or www.wgtccucc@gmail.net. The website is www.wgtccucc.org.

Listings may be sent to: Religion Calendar, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or emailed to Andrea Holbrook at aholbrook@gloucestertimes.com, at least two weeks prior to the event.

 

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