An Open and Affirming Church
BUILDING FAITH * NURTURING COMMUNITY * WELCOMING ALL
Our name represents a place, a doctrine, a polity, and–most of all–a community! Although our name takes a long time to say, it won’t take you long to feel at home here.
We are a family-oriented and friendly congregation that has worshiped together and served Cape Ann and its neighboring communities since 1713. We have deep roots but are forward thinking; traditional but not old-fashioned.
If you are searching for a supportive community to help with life’s ups and downs or a comfortable worship experience that will inspire and challenge you, then please check us out.
- We worship together every Sunday at 10:00 a.m
- We observe the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month and at other times appointed by the Diaconate.
- We offer a Coffee Hour following worship downstairs in the church Vestry as a casual, non-threatening way to meet and greet fellow worshipers.
We are conveniently located in Gloucester, Massachusetts at 488 Essex Avenue (Route 133) which is Exit 14 from Route 128. The church is on your left side about one-tenth of a mile West of this exit. Parking is available on both sides of the church building as well as on Essex Avenue across from the church. Rest rooms (including a handicapped-friendly one) are located just inside the ground-level entrance on the right-hand side of the building. Continuing past the rest rooms and through the Vestry will lead to a handicapped-friendly lift to the sanctuary.
We, the congregation of the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, believe that every person is beloved of God, a special and unique creation made in God’s own image. Therefore, we declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation. With God’s grace, we commit ourselves to embrace diversity and encourage and support the participation of persons of every gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental and physical ability, as well as racial, ethnic and socio-economic background.
We welcome all persons, members and friends, to share in the full life and ministry of this church both lay and ordained, including fellowship, worship, sacraments and ceremonies and celebrations; in the shared responsibilities of stewardship and living in a covenantal relationship; in the shared blessings of the right to marry or celebrate a commitment to a person of one’s choosing; in the right to celebrate a loved one’s life in a memorial service; and to receive pastoral care.
At the WGTCC we believe in God’s inclusive love for all which means that no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here. Recognizing that we are called together by God to follow in the ways of Christ, and recognizing the words of Holy Scripture (Colossians 3: 12-17 and 1 Thessalonians 5: 12-24) we covenant with one another to live together in loving relationships. With God’s help, we will hold ourselves and one another to the following values and guidelines as we seek to live in community together.
- We seek to build each other up and not tear down.
- We respect and honor our pastor and lay leaders.
- We seek to communicate clearly, listening to one another and honoring what the other is saying.
- We offer our opinions with charity and humility.
- We make positive investments in each other’s lives by recognizing one another’s spiritual gifts and seeking to nurture them.
- We seek to discover not what may be best for the individual or the small group but what is best for God’s church as a whole.
- We accept disagreement, conflict and evolution as normal and natural and we will deal with them in a kind, open and loving way.
- We commit to being inconvenienced for the sake of the Gospel.
- We seek to respect people’s lives, affirming that it is acceptable to come to church and just be.
- We seek and extend grace and forgiveness in relationship with each other.