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Bach in ‘Squam

The music of Bach will be the focus of a special concert at Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester, performed by violinist Scott Moore, the newly appointed artist-in-residence. As a violin soloist, Moore will perform a set of Bach “Sonatas and Partitas” on May 22, at 3 pm The hour-long program will feature one sonata and one partita. Admission is by donation, and a reception will follow.

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Ladies’ Bible, coffee hour

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

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

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

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 am to 2 pm and Saturdays from 10 am 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


Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., is conducting worship Sundays at 10 am via Zoom. The chat rooms opens at 9:30 am A time of prayer and reflection also is offered Thursdays at 7 pm via Zoom. All are welcome. For more information and web links, please visit

Cape Ann Bible Church, 8 Thompson St., Gloucester, offers Sunday Service, 10:30 am, with limited capacity and live-streamed on where past services and messages may be found. For more information go to 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 pm at St Ann Church, 74 Pleasant St. in Gloucester, and 6 pm at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect St. in Gloucester.

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

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

The sacrament of confession is offered Wednesdays from 6:05 to 6:45 pm 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 pm Saturday and 8:15 am 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 [email protected]

First Baptist Church of Gloucester, 38 Gloucester Ave., hosts Sunday Services at 10 am 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 am 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 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 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 now meeting in person and online on Sundays at 10 am Links to online streaming can be found at as well as to weekly rebroadcasts of the Sunday service. Masks are required for in-person services. The buildings are now open to in-person group meetings. See the church’s “calendar” at the website for times and locations. Issues? 978-546-6638.

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

Mondays: On first and third of month, “Still Speaking” group meets at 7:30 pm 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 pm 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 pm, discusses upcoming weekly scripture. No preparation is needed.

To join these programs on your computer, tablet, smart phone or phone, contact [email protected] or 978-526-7661 for details.

Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., is hosting in-person worship service Sundays at 9:15 am The church continues to assess COVID-19 and variant protocols, and mask-wearing while inside the building is optional. All are welcome! More information may be found on the church’s Facebook page, 93790137131.

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church St., holds Sunday services at 10 am in person in its historic sanctuary, as well as online. For the safety of all, masks are required while entering and exiting the sanctuary and while singing. However, once seated and socially distanced, congregants may remove their masks if they so desire. Please visit the church’s website,, for the link to the live-streaming. All are welcome.

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

The Orthodox Congregational Church of Lanesville‘s Sunday 10 am worship service takes place in person and online. Visit 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 am Sunday. See its YouTube channel, Pigeon Cove Chapel. 978-546-2523

Rockport United Methodist Church, 36 Broadway in Rockport, is hosting in-person worship service Sundays at 11 am 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,

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

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St. in Gloucester, holds worship services every Sunday at 10 am, 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 or by calling 978-283-6550.

Ahavat Achim Temple is meeting in-person and via Zoom. Instructions on how to join the temple’s Zervices may be found at on its homepage,, 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 am 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, [email protected] or 978-283-1442, for details on the COVID-19 protocols in place for each service.

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

Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves St., Rockport, has summarized in-person worship on Sundays at 10:30 am Services will also be available via Zoom. Check the website ( for the Zoom ID and password or email us at [email protected], if you cannot attend in person. Everyone is welcome.

Visit 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 am

More information may be found on the parish website at

West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC, 488 Essex Ave. in Gloucester, is hosting in-person services Sundays at 10 am 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.

The church also offers a Zoom Prayer Time on Friday at 10 am All are welcome. To receive the Zoom link, please call the church at 978-283-2817, leave your email, and specify Prayer Time.

For pastoral needs, questions, or to reach the Rev. Rona Tyndall, please contact the church at 978-283-2817 or [email protected] The website is

Listings may be sent to: Religion Calendar, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or emailed to Andrea Holbrook at [email protected], at least two weeks prior to the event.

Ruth R. Culp