Outreach and Social Justice
Together as an Open and Affirming community of faith and through our good works, the Old Sloop church helps homeless families, works with asylum seekers, and focuses on issues of immigration. We help support, educate, and take an active role in LGBTQ issues throughout the world. Locally, we participate in walks and parades organized by North Shore Pride. The Old Sloop helped to establish and continues to support Cape Ann’s Open Door, which operates food pantries and other food delivery services in the area. On Wednesday evenings we hold community potluck suppers where good food and fellowship are on the menu. In 2009 representatives of our church met with other North Shore faith groups to discuss homelessness in the area. These meetings led to the creation of Family Promise North Shore Boston. As a host church for Family Promise we provide a week’s housing and meals for up to four families four times a year.
Here at the Old Sloop we actively support the historic role of the United Church of Christ in working for social justice throughout the country. On May 20, 2007, our congregation voted to become an Open and Affirming church. We welcome all who wish to join in our celebration of faith.
In the summer of 2020 our Outreach Committee helped to organize a rally and vigil on the front lawn of the church in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. These events were held in conjunction with local interfaith clergy and the Rockport Police Department to raise awareness of racial injustice and police brutality across the country.
The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily changed how our church committees and ministry teams function, but not how we fulfill our missions. Our Outreach Committee has cancelled all events that involve social interactions where distancing is difficult to achieve. However, we continue our support and ministry through the following organizations that we include each year in our Mission Budget.
Big Brother, Big Sister Foundation
Church World Service
City Mission Society
Cottage Hill Academy
Family Promise North Shore Boston
Healing Abuse, Working for Change
Mass Coalition for the Homeless
Mass Council of Churches
North Shore Health Project
Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry
Refugee Immigration Ministry
United Church of Christ
Old Sloop Fair
The Old Sloop is home to one of the oldest and largest church fairs in Massachusetts. An annual event for over 60 years, it’s a true Rockport tradition! The whole congregation joins in the fun and fellowship of working together to make it a success.
We were unable to hold the fair in 2020 due to the pandemic. However plans are under way for a safe and exciting event next year in keeping with whatever health guidelines are in effect. We hope you will join us as we come together although we may be apart.
The Christmas Bazaar is an Advent tradition held each year on the first Saturday of December. The creativity, talent, and skills of our congregation are displayed in unique holiday decorations, gifts, and homemade baked goods and other treats. Join us next year for a joyous celebration of the holiday season.
Old Sloop Eastertide Film Series
Our team for the Welcoming Ministry of Hospitality presents an entertaining and thought-provoking series of films each year in the weeks following Easter. Bring a friend and a dish for a night of food, film, and conversation. Please call 978-546-6638 for more information and to learn when the series will resume.
As part of our faith mission, we serve potluck suppers every Wednesday night for anyone who wants or needs a meal. Bringing a dish is optional. All ages are welcome to share food and fellowship around our communal tables. Please join us for good food and laughter after pandemic restrictions have been lifted and the weekly meals have resumed.