Tag Archives: St. John’s Episcopal Church

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

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!