Walk the paths of Cape Ann’s early settlers, from 1728 to 1755, as they journeyed through the woods of Dogtown to Sunday Meeting.

Devoted_Footsteps

  • Walk the paths of Cape Ann’s early settlers, from 1728 to 1755, as they journeyed through the woods of Dogtown to Sunday Meeting.
  • We invite people of all ages to join in any or all parts of this commemorative event.
  • Sunday, September 25th, 2016,  8:30 a.m.
  • Living History Devotional and Breakfast at the Annisquam Village Church
  • 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Guided hike* along historic Dogtown path from the Village Church to the Rockport Congregational Church. Refreshments, music, and dramatic surprises along the way!
  • Designated exit points and transportation will allow for an optional shorter hike.
  • *Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Protective clothing and insect repellent is very highly recommended. All hikers must sign a waiver of liability.
  • 12:00 noon
  • Living History Devotional and Lunch at the Rockport Congregational Church
  • For more info ~ Kathleen, 978-283-6416 or Kristina, 978-509-4995
  • avc.music.program@gmail.com

Kathleen Adams, Music Director

Annisquam Village Church

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  • DEVOTED FOOTSTEPS

    In the years from 1728-1755 Cape Ann parishioners demonstrated their spiritual dedication step by step, as they hiked from Rockport and other points, through the northern Dogtown woods to the Third Parish (“Squam”) Meetinghouse now called the Annisquam Village Church. When the Fifth Parish was established in 1755, Rockport Congregational Church was built, and hikers were relieved of their lengthy Sunday morning commute.

    Curious about the experiences and inspired by the motivation of earlier congregations, the ANNISQUAM VILLAGE CHURCH and the ROCKPORT CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, in collaboration with the FRIENDS OF DOGTOWN, invite you to join in a Living

    History event entitled “DEVOTED FOOTSTEPS,” a recreation of the last walk home to Rockport from Annisquam.

    On Sunday, September 25th at 8 a.m. an 18thc. breakfast of porridge and biscuits at the Annisquam Village Church will be followed by a brief theatrical devotional and blessing. Those who desire will then hike with knowledgeable guides along the wooded path our forbears most likely trod, newly named “Parishioners’ Path” (and accessible on the Dogtown Trailfinder app…approximately a 2.5 hr. walk). Music (and surprises?) along the way will propel hikers to their destination at the Rockport Congregational Church where lunch and a closing “living history” devotional will complete the day.

    Public and parishioners alike are invited to participate in any and all parts of this commemorative event: just the breakfast and devotional, the noontime luncheon and devotional, or the hike and lunch, or any combination of all. Each part is designed to accommodate all ages, but children age 12 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Well-socialized dogs are welcome. All hikers will be asked to sign a waiver of liability. A point of exit near the beginning of the trail will be arranged for those wishing to hike only a short distance.

    To register in advance for these events, please contact coordinators for Annisquam Village Church jkadams1@comcast.net (978-283-6416) or Rockport Congregational Church kristinamartin@gmail.com (978-509-4995).
    (The Rev. Sarah Clark will preside at the 8:30 a.m. devotional, and at 10:00 a.m. will offer the usual worship service at the Village Church, focusing on these ancestral ties. Rev. Derek van Gulden, after hiking the Parishioners’ Path, will preside at the noontime arrival/devotional at the Rockport Congregational Church. in Rockport.)
    ALL ARE WELCOME

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  • I WOULD LIKE TO NOTE THAT MY FAMILY FROM DORCHESTER ENGLAND THE WOODBURYS SETTLE IN GLOUCESTER IN 1623 AND IM ONE OF THE LAST WOODBURYS TO MY KNOWLEDGE. THANK YOU AND SMOOTH SAILING

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  • Devoted Footsteps start time has been changed to 8:30 am Sunday, September 25, 2016.

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