BEAUTIFUL SNOWY EVENING IN GLOUCESTER TOWN- with MAN AT THE WHEEL, DESTINOS, UU CHURCH, OUR LADY OF GOOD VOYAGE, ST. JOHN’S, AND MORE

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ENROLL NOW FOR CAPE ANN ARTS DAY CAMP FOR KIDS!

MUSIC and MORE CAMP!

Registration is now open and ongoing for CAPE ANN ARTS ALIVE – MUSIC AND MORE, a week-long day camp for children aged 5 – 13. Fostering knowledge and pride in the unique character of Cape Ann, the camp runs from August 20 – 24 (M – F), 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Based at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 48 Middle Street in Gloucester, the camp is now in its third year and is open to children from all traditions (religious or otherwise). It is sponsored by the North Shore Mission Hub and supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

Daily visits to nearby local points of interest provide campers with experience and performance opportunities. Each year’s campers have built a foundation of singing, bell ringing, art, drama, and movement to create a repertoire in anticipation of Gloucester’s 400th Anniversary celebrations. Works related to Cape Ann’s rich cultural heritage (songs of Stephen Scotti and Leonard Bernstein, dances like “The Lobster Quadrille” from Alice in Wonderland, and artworks such as nautical pennants and papier mâché fish) provide a wide range of artistic endeavor and productive, joyful activity. This action-packed week ends at the renowned Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Friday, August 24 with a brief, free concert at 11:15 AM. All are welcome!

The camp is staffed by local musicians known for their successful work with children’s programs: Kathleen Adams (Annisquam Village Church), Eva DiLascio (St. Paul Lutheran), Kristina Martin (1st Congregational, Rockport), and Mark Nelson (St. John’s Episcopal). Registration is $50. More details are available at stjohnsgloucester.org/musicandmore or by contacting Mark Nelson mark@stjohnsgloucester.org or 978-283-1708.

THE FISK CONNECTION | A PROGRESSIVE ORGAN CONCERT ON APRIL 14 Gloucester Meetinghouse UU and St. John’s

high res Fisk facade photoGloucester Meetinghouse Foundation shares news about its upcoming special event

“The the first half of the concert is performed on the historic 1893 Hutchings/Fisk organ in the Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Unitarian Universalist Church) and the second half is performed on the innovative 1989 C. B. Fisk organ in St. John’s Episcopal Church next door.  Six professional organists, related in various ways to Gloucester, will perform diverse repertoire on these two fine pipe-organs.  The concert will include narration about the work of Charles Fisk, the relationship of the players to the Fisk legacy, and a bit about how the two instruments sound.  A reception will follow the concert.”

Fisk Connection Organ Concert PosterRead the full press release Continue reading “THE FISK CONNECTION | A PROGRESSIVE ORGAN CONCERT ON APRIL 14 Gloucester Meetinghouse UU and St. John’s”

Beauport Hearing

Hearing and Brain Fitness

Hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church

48 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA  01930

April 21, 2018, 11 AM – 1 PM

This first Hearing Mission event introduces the human hearing system, how to protect good hearing, and the restorative benefits of aural rehabilitation. Attend this event to learn about the human hearing system, your brain, and how you can keep your brain sharper through better hearing. There will be door prizes and gifts too! We will answer your questions about hearing aids and explain the role of aural rehabilitation and brain fitness in hearing health. Beauport Hearing Care takes a more holistic approach. Good nutrition and exercise matter. Better hearing is not just about hearing aids! In addition, hearing screenings will also be offered at the program. And free hearing tests with personalized hearing coaching will be scheduled for those that request it.

Mission participants that need hearing aids but cannot afford them may apply for free hearing aids through the Beauport Hearing Mission in partnership with the Starkey Hearing Foundation. But whether or not you qualify for free, all participants are introduced to a new way of thinking about their hearing and health.

Hearing and healing are central to every spiritual and religious tradition! The vast majority of traditions are oral traditions, e.g. they have no written language. ‘Hearing’ God’s Word is universal to all traditions. Moreover, science is discovering that hearing is the primary sense to help the brain organize and prioritize all sensory inputs. The beautiful human hearing system bridges our physical and spiritual worlds. Healthy hearing promotes measurably better social and physical health. Socialization is important to maintain good brain health, and hearing is essential to socialization. Hearing is also necessary to understand the advice of your doctor.

The Beauport Hearing Mission demonstrates one way St. John’s Community Health Ministry enables better health. Like healthy hearing, other health problems like diabetes also require a more holistic and social intervention to be most effective. We need your help! Come see how the Hearing Mission is leading. Consider volunteering for St. John’s Community Health Ministry by becoming a St. John’s ‘hearing coordinator’.

Earth day every day- off the mark by Mark Parisi

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Mark Parisi’s off the mark comic panel has been published since 1987. Parisi has been nominated for the National Cartoonists Society Best Newspaper panel 4x and won twice (2009 and 20012). He grew up in Gloucester. We bought the desk calendar at The Weathervane.

Earth Day Volunteer Today– link to Donna Ardizonni’s reminder about the Great Gloucester Cleanup.

Treat yourself tonight to the art of music on Middle Street: Joonho Park’s all-Bach organ double concert. The doors open at 7PM at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church; following intermission and a stroll, the recital continues at St. John’s Episcopal Church!

Next week Cape Ann Sustainability Fair and Gloucester Pride Stride.

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St. John’s Thrift Shop

Located right in downtown Gloucester under the buildings of St. John’s Episcopal Church (48 Middle St.), and with an entrance and parking available off of Washington street (more or less across from Midori and Tedeschi), the St. John’s thrift Shop is very accessible either on foot or by car.

SJ0They are open Tuesday-Thursday, 10-2, during the summer (generally starting in May and ending in September).  Martha Whitney (in a photo below), who runs the shop, told me that they have aimed to synchronize their hours with the other thrift shop a few doors down, sponsored by the Congregational Church (to be featured here another day).  That makes it easy for someone to visit both shops in one trip.

Their inventory includes some clothes and a wide, eclectic variety of other household items, including kitchenware, books, framed pictures, clothes, blankets, etc. From my experience, prices are very, very affordable, and everything is clean and carefully selected.

I have picked up several useful items here over the past week, including a nice warm afghan, a wastepaper basket, and a corkscrew. Definitely worth checking out!

Matthew Green

St. John’s Episcopal Church 150th Anniversary Concert

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gloucester is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year!

As a part of the celebrations, they will be holding a concert:

All Parish Musicians in Concert

4pm, Sunday, May 19

Music especially chosen to celebrate our Sesquicentennial will include:

Detail from a window in St. John’s

Britten’s Festival Te Deum
McKie’s “We wait for thy loving kindness”
Sumsion’s “They that go down to the sea in ships”
Will Todd’s “The Call of Wisdom”
Gardiner’s “Tomorrow shall be my dancing day”
Tindley’s “The Storm is passing over”

Also included will be several hymns
as well as readings from church history involving music.
Former Music Director Frances Conover Fitch
will play the organ and conduct the choir.

There will be a very festive reception to follow.

Fr. Matthew Green

Given by the vessel Caracara

Rose window of St. John's Episcopal Church

Beyond a doubt, one of the most beautiful depictions of this kind and theme I’ve ever seen.  More info about the windows in this series of my posts is available on the church’s website.

Fr. Matthew Green

Monkeys and Peacocks: trivia answer

The peacocks and monkeys I posted yesterday are from a window in St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gloucester.  They (the church, not the monkeys and peacocks) graciously gave me permission to go photograph their stained glass windows, which are GORGEOUS.  I highly recommend visiting to see them.  The church is open for prayer and meditation Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon, and they don’t mind if you look at the windows too…

Here is a shot of the full window:

King Solomon's navy. The bible verse referenced on the window doesn't mention exotic animals, but it does say King Solomon had products shipped from other lands. Click on the photo to see it a little larger.

Almost all the windows feature ships, boats, or other nautical themes from the bible. I’ll post more photos and info over the coming days.  These windows are a real treasure!