Though we are a small church, we strive to make a difference in our community.
The Mustard Seed Ministry: every third Monday of a month a group of folks gather at the New Braintree Town Hall Kitchen to prepare a meal for the Mustard Seed Ministry in Worcester and Jeremiah’s Inn. Folks take the meal to Worcester and help serve the meal at The Mustard Seed and drop off prepared food for Jeremiah’s Inn. If you would like to learn more about this ministry, want to assist in preparing or would like to serve the meal, please leave a message at the church office
Gilbertville Food Pantry: 179 Main Street, Gilbertville, MA – 01031; 413-477-6635
Provides a food pantry and farmers’ market coupons. Pantry hours: 1st and 3rd Friday: 9:30 – 11:30 AM. (During July and August, the first Friday only)
Sunday School led by Ashley Stolgitis begins after the ‘Time with Children’ and ends at 11:00 am with the start of our Fellowship Time. The Sunday School participates in a Christmas Service during Advent and a Children’s Day Service(May/June) and at other times throughout the year they are given opportunities to share their gifts during Worship.
‘Manna from Heaven’ Bible Study facilitated by Pastor Deb Shepard is on the 2nd Sunday of the month 8:30 am – 9:30 am at the church where worship is being held. This is a conversational time to ask questions, look for answers and explore other questions that emerge. The group decides what the ‘Question/Topic’ will be for the next class and does research on their own.
Bible Study with Shawna Andrews are on Wednesdays 4:30 pm at the New Braintree Church. Delve into the Bible and the Word – perfect for the experienced and those just starting out. Contact Shawna email@example.com– you are truly welcome!
Last year we visited the Cross in Barre
Update on Bible Study with Shawna Andrews,from Fall 2018
In early Fall, 2018 our Bible Study Group focused on Apostle Paul’s two letters to the fledgling church of the Thessalonians. We utilized Beth Moore’s “Children of the Day” work book and accompanying videos. Paul’s words of encouragement to the Thessalonians to stay firm in their beliefs, to live to please God, to continue to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ, and prepare for his second coming are also meant for us.
On November 7th we participated in the Women’s Night of Prayer and Reflection with Maura Sweeney hosted by the St. Augustine Mission in Wheelwright. Mrs. Sweeney is the Faith Formation Director at Annunciation Parish in Gardner. Her presentation focused on the concept that we are all called to Holiness and should live our lives accordingly in thoughts and deeds. It was a special night of fellowship.
In early December we spent an evening at Old Sturbridge Village’s Christmas by Candlelight, viewing the miniature Nativity display, listening to several pieces performed by the Northampton Woodwind Quintet, and enjoying a quiet dinner at the Bullard Tavern. It was a perfect night, with a little snow on the ground and good company!
We have just completed our study of effective prayer, learning why some prayers work and others do not. We used John Eldredge’s book “Moving Mountains, Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority”.
Bible Study is at 4:30 PM on Wednesdays, at the New Braintree Congregational Church with a study of the parables. We welcome all to join us. Please contact Shawna Andrews if you are interested.
Deacon’s Fund: A fund created for our Deacons to assist our most vulnerable with the necessities of life such as fuel. If you have a need, please reach out to our deacon Marjie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Deb: The pastor is available for appointments either at the office or by visitation. Pastor Deb is also available for personalized baptisms, weddings/renewal of wedding vows, Blessings of: home, animals, a memorial tree, modes of transportation, transitional ie: birth/death, services of Celebration/Memorial, etc. coordinated with one of our Churches or at the site of your preference (with owner’s permission.)
Pastor Deb also contributes her time to the Hardwick Youth Center 🙂