Serving Others

Connecting to God, to the World
and to Each Other
through Service

Help with Outreach Programs

Serve our neighbors in need by volunteering to help with one of our Outreach programs.

Help with Sunday Service

Every week, we need volunteers for several positions – please consider lending a hand.

Help with Running Our Church

Leverage your talents by joining a committee or by helping with an upcoming program or event.

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).

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Heifer International

  • At holiday time, our church school children sell Heifer gifts to parishioners to give as gifts for the season.
  • All proceeds are donated to Heifer International.
  • Heifer works with communities to increase income, improve nutrition, care for the Earth, and end world hunger and poverty.
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Haiti Projects

  • Over the years we have stayed close to those in need in Haiti by purchasing Haitian linens by parishioners and communion scarves for the church.
  • Haiti Projects empower women of rural Haiti toward self-sufficiency. The organization provides access to jobs at fair-trade wages, education, health care, and avenues for building sustainable community.

Sunday Service Volunteers

  • Every week, we need volunteers for the positions listed below during our worship service.
  • Please consider volunteering your time and talent.
  • To volunteer, complete the form below (or sign up at the church).
Sign-Up Form

IMPORTANT

  • You must complete all required fields (indicated by an *);
  • Upon successful submission of the form, you will be redirected to the Form Confirmation Page;
  • If you are not redirected to the Form Confirmation Page, you need to return to this form and correct the highlighted errors.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Ushers

Ushering is an important role in the church. On the Sunday you usher, you are the face of the church for friends and strangers.

Imagine entering our doors for the first time, not knowing “the ropes” and maybe not knowing anyone in the sanctuary. This happens more often than you might think.

Welcoming the new person and making them feel at home can make the difference between whether they come back or stay away.

For a church “where all are welcome, wherever you are on your spiritual journey,” ushers create that welcome for all.

Please consider serving the Annisquam Village Church as an usher and representing God’s invitation to worship.

Readers

Volunteering to read passages at Sunday service is a wonderful way to participate and share the gift of your presence.

All are welcome to participate; no prior public-speaking experience required.

Worship Leaders

Each Sunday, a member of the congregation joins the pastor in leading worship. This is a visual sign that the church is under the care of its members. We all make worship happen.

All are welcome to participate; no prior public-speaking experience required.

Flowers

Please consider donating flowers from a florist or from your garden for the Sunday service.

Celebrate a special occasion or give in memory of a special person in your life.

There are plenty of containers available for you to use and help in arranging the flowers if you would like.

Please call the office to let us know which Sunday you would like to provide flowers.

Coffee Hour Coordinator

Every week following the worship service, a reception is held downstairs in the Cove Room.

The coffee hour coordinator is in charge of enlisting folks to volunteer to provide simple refreshments and to serve at coffee-hour.

Church School Assistants

We are always looking for volunteer church school assistants to help with our enriching program for our children.

We use “Seasons of the Spirit” curriculum as well as supplemental materials.

Your participation in our children’s spiritual formation is greatly appreciated!

Please speak with the pastor if you are able to volunteer your help.

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 Committee

We connect with each other by sharing our joys and our concerns.

When life brings challenges—illness, injury, loss of a loved one—we rally with our Care Committee to support recovery with meal preparation, visits, and encouragement.

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.