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The Fall Fling Yard “Sale” returns at Cape Ann Bible Church, 8 Thompson Street, starting at 8:00 am. at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 11. Absolutely everything is free, and the place is chock full of good things. Everyone is welcome, and there will be refreshments. For more information, call 978-281-3941.


Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., is open for worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. The church limits the capacity to 100 people vaccinated. COVID-19 protocols continue to be evaluated as needed. Worship services are also accessible through Zoom. Chat rooms open at 9:30 a.m. A time of prayer and reflection is offered on Thursdays at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Everyone is welcome. For more information and web links, please see

Cape Ann Bible Church, 8 Thompson St., Gloucester, has a Sunday service at 10:30 a.m., with limited capacity and broadcast live on where past services and messages can be found. For more information, visit or call 978-281-3941.

The Catholic community of Gloucester & Rockport has reopened all of its churches for masses without capacity limits or reservations.

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

Sunday Masses will be at 7:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 8:15 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church and 10:00 a.m. at St. Joachim’s Church, 56 Broadway in Rockport . Sunday Mass will also be available online on the churches YouTube channel,

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 encouraged. There will be social distancing by having all other benches roped up and not available at Sainte-Anne during Masses at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 8:15 a.m. on Sunday.

Reverend James Achadinha, pastor of the community, said all ministry and ministering organizations can start meeting again. The parish office remains closed but pastoral assistance is still available by calling 978-281-4820 or [email protected]

Churches of the Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist: Reverend Paul Flammia will celebrate Sunday Mass at 8:30 a.m. at the Church of the Sacred Heart, 62 School St. in Manchester, and at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist, 52 Main Saint in Essex. More information can be found on the parish website at

First Baptist Church of Gloucester, 38 Gloucester Ave., hosts Sunday services at 10 a.m. Masks are mandatory at all times, as well as the practice of social distancing. The service is also available on Facebook Live to be consulted as it unfolds, or to be consulted later if you wish. Everyone is welcome.

Rockport’s First Baptist Church, 4 High St. in Rockport, resumed in-person Sunday worship at 10 a.m. The church will not require masks to be worn but encourages those who wish to do so. Some benches will be closed to maintain social separation. Outdoor Sunday and weekly programming is offered to children and youth. All activities follow COVID-19 protocols. More information about the church and services can be found at

Wenham First Church, 1 Arbor Street, Wenham has candle light prayer services on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in front of the church building. Masks must be worn at all times. Outdoor health safety instructions will be followed throughout the events.

First Congregational Church of Essex (FCCOE), 39 Main Street, Essex, worship in person (places limited) and online at their website. To participate in the visit and click on “Home Sunday Worship”. You can also stay connected by clicking “Like” on her Facebook page, First Congregational Church of Essex.

Rockport’s First Congregational Church, UCC, hosts in-person Sundays of worship at 10 a.m. The services will be broadcast live on the church’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Questions? 978-546-6638.

First Parish Manchester, 10 Central St. in Manchester, hosts Sunday morning worship in person and online at 10 a.m.

For those who wish to attend in person, the church will follow the state’s COVID-19 protocols; details can be found at Virtual worship for those who are not yet ready to return can be found at 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 pm to discuss the thinking of modern intellectuals on questions of faith, morals and justice in relation to our spiritual tradition. On the last Monday of the month, the Book Group meets at 7 p.m. to discuss a book of interest to people of various backgrounds.

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

Thursdays: Bible Study, 4:00 p.m., covers 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., hosts in-person Sunday worship services at 9:15 a.m. and follows state COVID-19 guidelines for group attendance. Online virtual Sunday worship services are also available with music, scripture readings and a sermon starting at 9:15 a.m. on Gloucester Church Facebook. page,

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church St., Gloucester, has Zoom services on Sundays at 10 a.m. Weather permitting, this Sunday August 29 service will take place in person, outside on the church aisle as well as on Zoom. To request a link, go to [email protected] Additional information is a Everyone is welcome.

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

The Lanesville Orthodox Congregational Church Sunday worship service at 10:00 am is held in person and online. Visit for information or for the link to connect via Zoom or Facebook to participate.

Pigeon Cove Chapel services in Rockport 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, Rockport, has resumed in-person Sunday worship services at 11 a.m. and is following state COVID-19 guidelines for group attendance. Virtual online Sunday worship services are also available with music, scripture readings and a sermon starting at 9:15 a.m. on the Gloucester United Methodist Church Facebook page,

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, resumed in-person Sunday worship at 9 a.m. Online services are posted on Youtube at stjohnsgloucester. Updates, links to services and more information are available at

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gloucester hosts Sunday School at 9.15 a.m. and Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live at All welcome. Questions? Call 978-283-6550

Ahavat Achim Temple hosts a religious school, a weekly Torah study class, a morning Shabbat service, and a Sunday minyan service in person and on the Zoom platform. Instructions on how to join the temple’s Zervices can be found on its home page,, where details on the programming of the High Holidays can also be found.

Trinity Congregational Church UUC, 70 Middle St., Gloucester, invites everyone to the open-air Drive-In Church and Zoom services every Sunday at 10 a.m., through August. Sit outside in socially distanced chairs or watch via Zoom. Reverend Dr. Norma Brettell, Pastor, will lead the service. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month in a COVID-safe format.

The church also offers:

Sunset Jazz Vespers @ Plum Cove Beach. Emphasizes trust in the company of God throughout our lives. Please bring a light picnic. Look for the bright red banner at Trinity Church on Wednesday, September 15 at 6:15 p.m. (sunset at 6:52 p.m.).

The Seaside Strummers ukele group meets outside the church on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. No experience required.

Weekly Scripture Prayer Group: Pray using a method that allows the spirit to settle deep within. Open air at the church on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Labyrinth Meditation @ Wingaersheek. Brettel will mark out a small labyrinth on the beach and guide this ancient spiritual practice. Participate in this ancient spiritual practice on Wednesdays. Sept. 29, at 1 p.m.

All offsite gatherings will require a chair and bug spray, with meeting locations marked with a red “Trinity” banner:

Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves St., Rockport, hosts Zoom Worship Services Online Sundays at 10:30 am. For an invitation to join the service, send an email to [email protected] Everyone is welcome.

West Gloucester Congregational Church, UCC, 488 Essex Ave. in Gloucester, has resumed in-person worship and all Sunday services will be webcast live on the church’s Facebook page on Sunday at 10 a.m. Masks will be required inside the shrine for the safety and protection of our church children and those who cannot be vaccinated.

Services will also be available online on YouTube Trinitarian Congregational Church in West Gloucester or on the church’s website,

The musicians for the August 29 and September 26 services are Jeannine Lynch and Arnie Rosen, while September 5, Communion Sunday, and September 12 and 19 it will be Renée Dupuis.

The church also offers a Zoom Prayer Time / Coffee Hour on Fridays at 10 a.m. All are welcome. To receive the Zoom link, please call the church at 978-283-2817 and leave your email.

For pastoral needs, questions, or to reach Reverend Rona Tyndall, please call the church at 978-283-2817.

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

Ruth R. Culp