Bach in ‘Squam
Bach’s music will be the focus of a special concert at Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester, performed by violinist Scott Moore, the new artist-in-residence. As violin soloist, Moore will perform a set of Bach’s “Sonatas and Partitas” on May 22 at 3 p.m. The one-hour program will include a sonata and a partita. Admission is by donation and a reception will follow.
For more information, visit annisquamvillagechurch.org.
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.
More information is available by contacting Gloucester Assembly of God at 978-283-1736 or [email protected]
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 www.trinitycongregational.org.
Church of the village of Annisquam, 820 Washington St., is holding worship Sundays at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Chat rooms open at 9:30 a.m. A time of prayer and reflection is also offered on Thursdays at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Everyone is welcome. For more information and web links, please visit annisquamvillagechurch.org.
Cape Ann Bible Church, 8 Thompson St., Gloucester, is offering a Sunday service at 10.30am, with limited capacity and streaming live on facebook.com/capeannbiblechurch where past services and messages can be found. For more information, go to capeannbiblechurch.org or call 978-281-3941.
The Catholic Community of Gloucester and RockportThe churches of are open for masses without capacity limit or reservation.
Saturday Masses are at 4 p.m. at St Ann’s Church, 74 Pleasant St. in Gloucester, and at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect St. in Gloucester.
Sunday Masses will be at 7 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 8:15 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church and 10 a.m. at St. Joachim’s Church, 56 Broadway in Rockport. Sunday Mass will also be offered online on the churches YouTube channel, https://bit.ly/3oXvBnf.
Daily masses are celebrated at Notre-Dame du Bon Voyage church on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 a.m. and the first Saturday of the month at 8 a.m.
The sacrament of confession is offered on Wednesdays from 6:05 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Notre-Dame du Bon Voyage church and by appointment.
Masks are mandatory. There will be social distancing by having every other pew attached and unavailable at St. Ann’s during Masses at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 8:15 a.m. on Sunday.
Reverend James Achadinha, pastor of the community, said all pastoral and service organizations are meeting again. Pastoral assistance is always available by calling 978-281-4820 or [email protected]
Gloucester First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave., hosts Sunday services at 10 a.m. The shrine is open for worship and has been marked with arrows for entry and exit, and some pews have been blocked off to help observe proper COVID-19 protocols. Masks are mandatory at all times, as well as the practice of social distancing. The service is also available on Facebook Live to watch as it unfolds, or to watch later if you wish. Everyone is welcome.
Rockport First Baptist Church, 4 High St. in Rockport, worship Sundays at 10 a.m. Worship takes place in the sanctuary and is streamed live via facebook. There is a strong 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, worships in person (spaces limited and masks requested by the Essex Board of Health) and online on its website. To enter, visit www.fccoe.org and click on “At Home Sunday Worship”. You can also stay connected by clicking “Like” on his Facebook page, First Congregational Church of Essex.
First Congregational Church, UCC, of Rockport, 12 School St., now meets in person and online Sundays at 10 a.m. Links to online streaming can be found at www.oldsloop.org as well as to weekly Sunday Service reruns. Masks are mandatory for in-person services. Buildings are now open for in-person group meetings. Check the church “calendar” on the website for times and locations. Questions? 978-546-6638.
Manchester’s First Congregational Parish Church, 10 Central St. in Manchester, is hosting in-person and online worship on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. For those wishing to attend 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 on facebook.com/firstparishmanchesterma/live and YouTube (search for First Parish Church Manchester by the Sea).
Mondays: On the first and third of the month, the “Still Speaking” group meets at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the thinking of modern intellectuals on issues of faith, morals, and justice as they relate to our spiritual tradition. On the last Monday of the month, the Book Group meets at 7:00 p.m. to discuss a book of interest to people from diverse backgrounds.
Wednesdays: Prayer & Meditation, 7 p.m. An opportunity to come together for quiet reflection, sharing scripture and offering prayer intentions.
Thursdays: Bible Study, 4:00 p.m., discusses upcoming weekly scriptures. No preparation is necessary.
To join these programs on your computer, tablet, smartphone or phone, contact [email protected] or 978-526-7661 for details.
Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., is holding an in-person worship service on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. The church continues to assess COVID-19 and variant protocols, and wearing a mask inside the building is optional . Everyone is welcome! More information can be found on the church’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Gloucester-United-Methodist-Church-1065493790137131.
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church St., is holding Sunday services at 10 a.m. in person at its historic shrine, as well as online. For everyone’s safety, wearing a mask is compulsory to enter and leave the sanctuary and to sing. However, once seated and socially distanced, worshipers can remove their masks if they wish. Please visit the church’s website, www.gloucesteruu.org, for the link to the live stream. Everyone is welcome.
North Shore Bible Church of Cape Ann, 65 Eastern Ave. in Essex, plans this Sunday to have a 10 a.m. service and stream it online. Seats can be reserved at northshorebiblechurch.com.
Lanesville Orthodox Congregational ChurchSunday worship at 10 a.m. takes place in person and online. Go to https://occlanesville.org/ for information or for the link to connect via Zoom or Facebook to participate.
Pigeon Cove Chapel in RockportServices are celebrated in person and online at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. See his YouTube channel, Pigeon Cove Chapel. 978-546-2523
Rockport United Methodist Church, 36 Broadway in Rockport, is holding in-person worship Sundays at 11 a.m. The church continues to assess COVID-19 and variant protocols, and wearing a mask is optional inside the building. Everyone is welcome! More information can be found on our sister church Gloucester United Methodist Church’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Gloucester-United-Methodist-Church-1065493790137131.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St., resumed in-person worship on Sundays at 9 a.m., and streamed the service live on Facebook, and later posted on YouTube in stjohnsgloucester. Updates, links to services and more information are available at www.stjohnsgloucester.org.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St. in Gloucester, holds services every Sunday at 10 a.m., in person and on Zoom. All ages, genders, sexual orientations, races and faiths – including non-believers and those curious about faith – are welcome. More information is available at www.stpaulcapeann.org or by calling 978-283-6550.
Ahavat Achim Temple meets in person and via Zoom. Instructions on how to join the Temple Zervices can be found on its homepage, https://www.taagloucester.org/, where details of major holiday 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. Reverend Dr. Norma Brettell guides the services. COVID protocols: Mandatory vaccination record; 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 the church via email or online at www.trinitycongregational.org, where a full schedule can be found.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves St., Rockport, resumed in-person worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Services will also be available through Zoom. Check the website (www.uusr.org) for the Zoom ID and password or email us at [email protected], if you cannot attend in person. Everyone is welcome.
Visiting parish, Churches of the Sacred Heart and Saint-Jean-Baptiste: All masses and services are held at Sacred Heart Church, 62 School St. in Manchester, while St. John the Baptist, 52 Main St. in Essex is temporarily closed for refurbishment. Reverend Paul Flammia celebrates Sunday Mass at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.
More information can be found on the parish website at https://www.mecatholic.org.
West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC, 488 Essex Ave. in Gloucester, holds in-person services on Sundays at 10 a.m. Please wear a mask for the safety and protection of church children and those who cannot be vaccinated. Services are also streamed live on the church’s Facebook page. You don’t need to be a Facebook follower to see the service.
The church also offers a Zoom prayer time on Fridays at 10 a.m. All are welcome. To receive the Zoom link, please call the church at 978-283-2817, leave your email and specify the prayer time.
For pastoral needs, questions, or to reach Reverend Rona Tyndall, please contact the church at 978-283-2817 or [email protected] The website is www.wgtccucc.org.
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.