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 PrideThe 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.

For more information on what we believe and our mission we urge you to visit: United Church of Christ and the Southern New England Conference of the UCC.

Social Justice

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.

If you are interested in helping with our Outreach or Social Justice programs, please contact us.

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.

Through our giving we help to support the following agencies:

Action, Inc.

Beverly Bootstraps

Big Brother, Big Sister Foundation

Church World Service

City Mission Society

Family Promise North Shore Boston

Grace Center

Healing Abuse, Working for Change

Heifer International


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

Wellspring House

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 or 2021 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.

Christmas Bazaar

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. This series was suspended due to the pandemic. Please call 978-546-6638 for more information and to learn when the series will resume. 

Community Suppers

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.