A Thriving Spiritual Community

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Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

Annisquam Village Church Logo

Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

A Thriving Spiritual Community

Outreach Programs

  • As a Christian community we are called to gladly serve our neighbors.
  • Below you will find a list of the programs we support at this time.
  • To sign up, please contact the Church office at 978-281-0376 or avchurch820@gmail.com

It is something that has truly enriched my life. The gratitude from the guests at each of these opportunities is palpable. I’ve made many friends through the volunteers and also the guests at Open Door and Family Promise.
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The Open Door Community Meals

  • Every other month, on a scheduled Wednesday, we plan a meal, shop, cook, and serve dinner to those who would not otherwise have one at The Open Door, located at 28 Emerson Avenue in Gloucester. We also clean up after the meal.
  • In November, we prepare a large Thanksgiving dinner on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
  • You are welcome to participate any way you can to help us provide nutritious meals to those in our area struggling with food insecurity.
  • Help is needed for menu planning, shopping, cooking, serving, and clean-up.
  • Meal prep begins at 3:00 p.m. and meals are served at 5:00 p.m.
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Lunches for Action Shelter

  • On the second Wednesday of every month (unless otherwise advised), we shop for and assemble healthy bagged lunches in our kitchen for 35 guests of the Action Shelter in Gloucester.
  • Our “Lunch Bunch” is a wonderful way to help our local community and to get to know folks in our church community.
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Family Promise

  • Our church is a support church for Family Promise North Shore Boston.
  • Family Promise is a non-profit, interfaith hospitality network that provides temporary shelter, meals, hospitality, and case management for families experiencing homelessness.
  • Four times a year, we make a meal and visit with guests.
  • Often, one of us also spends a night at the church with the guests (2 adult volunteers need to be at the church each night during the families’ stay).

Church Committees

  • Serving on a committee is a great way to connect with other church members while contributing to the essential operations of the church.
  • Please consider volunteering your time and talent to make a difference.
Care Team

We are a church of caring and connection. The Care Team offers compassionate support to the sick, those approaching the end of life, the bereaved, the caretakers, our seniors and those who live alone. We also welcome those new to our church.

  • Our Associate for Pastoral Care, Rev. ElizaBeth Emery, makes visits on her frequent Prayer Walks.
  • Care Team members make a commitment to pray for each person on our church prayer list.
  • We lend our ears, take walks with people in need of support, make visits and phone calls, pen notes, send cards and e-mails, celebrate birthdays and assist in collations.
  • We bring flowers, meals, gift baskets and balloons.
  • We offer transportation to church or appointments for those without cars.
  • We grocery shop for others who are unable to get out.
  • The Care Team consists of seven members, including a consultant for mental health issues.

If you would like to join our merry band, please contact Jaye Whittier at jayewhittier@yahoo.com, or Rev. ElizaBeth Emery  at etemery@gmail.com.

You can also contribute to our efforts by contributing note cards, such as thinking of you, get well, birthday, sympathy, etc.

Church Board

The Church Board is, in essence, the governing body of the church. It is responsible for the day-to-day management of the church as well as setting its strategic direction in collaboration with the pastor.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is responsible for overseeing the financial affairs of the church in conjunction with the treasurer and assistant treasurer.

This committee oversees the preparation of the annual budget based on information provided by the church administration and other operational committees.

Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee ensures we have hosts for coffee hours, ensures we have ushers and greeters, and, most importantly, works to connect everyone to each other.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee prepares a slate of names for election to the various church committees and recommends individuals to fill mid-term vacancies.