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Holy week events

Church of the village of Annisquam, 820 Washington St., invites the community to join an Ecumenical Good Friday Prayer Walk for Peace in Ukraine on April 15 at 1 p.m. , at the corner of Hough and Western avenues, and back. The walk will stop along the way to listen to short stories of Ukrainian people and offer brief prayers. The walk is approximately 1 mile in length and should take approximately one hour. Walkers are encouraged to wear blue and yellow, bring Ukraine or peace flags, and seek sponsors to donate to World Central Kitchen, 418987.

Easter Sunday worship Sunday is at 10 a.m. face-to-face and via Zoom. Zoom chat rooms open at 9:30 a.m. Masks are mandatory at the church. Everyone is welcome. For more information and web links, please visit

The Catholic Community of Gloucester and Rockport organizes these Holy Week events. Please hide.

Good Friday, April 15: Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect St.; Stations of the Cross at noon, St. Ann’s Church, 74 Pleasant St.; and services at 3 p.m. at St. Joachim’s Church, 56 Broadway in Rockport, and 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Bon Voyage Church.

Holy Saturday April 16: Morning prayer at 8 a.m. and Easter Vigil service at 7 p.m., both at St. Ann’s Church.

Easter Sunday, April 17: masses at 7 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. at Notre-Dame du Bon Voyage church, 8:15 a.m. at Sainte-Anne church and 10 a.m. at Saint-Joachim church.

Rockport First Baptist Church, 4 High St., Rockport, invites the community to its Good Friday service, April 15, with potluck and communion at 5:30 p.m., and Tennebrae service at 7:00 p.m. The church will host a Resurrection Sunday service at 6:15 a.m. in Harvey Park, followed by a community breakfast at the church at 7 a.m. The Easter service begins at 10 a.m. For more information, visit FirstBaptistRockport.Org or follow the church on Facebook and Instagram.

First Congregational Church, UCC, of ​​Rockport, 12 School St., is holding an Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service on April 17 at Good Harbor Beach at 5:45 a.m. An Easter Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. in person at the church and streamed live, accessible via its website, with special guest musicians Stephen Smith, cellist, and Stephanie Stathos, flautist. Masks are no longer required except for singing.

Congregation of the First Parish Church10 Central St. in Manchester, hosts an Ecumenical Easter Sunrise service on April 17 at Singing Beach at 5:45 a.m. An Easter Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. in person at the church and online.

St. John’s Episcopal Church48 Middle St., hosts the Stations of the Cross at noon and the Good Friday Vigil at 7 p.m. on April 15, the Great Easter Vigil at 7 p.m. on Saturday April 16 and Easter Worship at 8 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday April 17. The Good Friday and Saturday vigils as well as the 10:30 a.m. Easter service will also be streamed.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church24 Broadway, Rockport holds a Good Friday service April 15 at noon, an Easter Vigil at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and its Easter Sunday service at 10 a.m.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church1123 Washington St. in Gloucester, is holding in-person services Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. and Easter Sunday, April 17 at 10 p.m. For more details on Zoom, please visit

Trinity Congregational Church UCC, 70 Middle St., Gloucester, holds an ecumenical service on Good Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m., participate in an Easter sunrise service at 5:45 a.m. on Good Harbor Beach and hold a resurrection service Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the church. The church is in person with security protocols, as well as via Zoom. COVID protocols: Mandatory vaccination record; masks optional. Reverend Dr. Norma Brettell guides the services and all are welcome. Please contact the church for the most up-to-date protocols for each service: [email protected] or 978-283-1442. Full detailed calendar at

West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC, 488 Essex Ave. in Gloucester, will host its Easter Sunday service at 10 a.m. All are invited. To receive the Zoom link, please call the church at 978-283-2817 and leave your email address.

Cereal collection

The West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, in conjunction with We Are All in This Together, has extended its grain drive for The Open Door pantries. The campaign was supposed to end on March 31, but continues until Easter, April 17. Donations can be dropped off in the collection box next to the church mailbox, 488 Essex Ave. in Gloucester.

Ladies Bible, coffee time

A non-denominational, coffee-time ladies’ Bible study is held Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Gloucester Assembly of God, 211 Washington St. in Gloucester.

Ladies of all ages and from all churches are welcome. This informal meeting includes Bible study, group discussion, prayer and fellowship. The study will be led by the Reverend Rebecca Keefe of Gloucester.

The first series will be “The War Room” – a five-week Bible study that began April 6 based on clips from the film “War Room.”

More information is available by contacting Gloucester Assembly of God at 978-283-1736 or [email protected]

Thrift shop

The Cape Ann Thrift Shop, located at 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 for household items changes frequently, but it’s not uncommon to find barely used items or new items that still bear their tags. Donations accepted during opening hours.

Proceeds support Trinity Congregational Church Missions community programs. Connect with the church via email or online at

Lists can be sent to: Religion Calendar, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or by email to Andrea Holbrook at [email protected], at least two weeks before the event.

Ruth R. Culp