, Salem, MA


April 26, 2014

North Shore religion news in brief

The Peabody Essex Museum and St. Michael’s Church are sponsoring a symposium, titled “Building a Handsome Church: St. Michael’s Marblehead, 1714,” on Saturday, June 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at PEM, 161 Essex St., Salem. The symposium features a full day of presentations observing the 300th anniversary of the oldest Episcopal Church in New England still holding worship services in its original building. The $75 registration fee includes all presentations, lunch, tours of St. Michael’s Church, concluding reception and general admission to PEM. Everyone is welcome to attend. Registration and details are available at

The JCC of the North Shore has partnered with New England Yachad, the local chapter of the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, to offer inclusion services to children with different abilities. Yachad is launching a new initiative, Yachad Buddies, at the JCC this spring. Two to three times a week, Yachad will buddy teens from the North Shore Teen Initiative with children participating in JCC classes and programs. There is no charge for the services and all are welcome to participate. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact Becca Spiewak,, 617-651-2243, to discuss their children’s needs and the Yachad Buddies program. All levels of ability and need can be accommodated.

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church will receive the Marblehead Ministerial Association’s Covenant from Grace Community Church during a special evensong service at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at St. Michael’s, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. People of all faiths are invited to join the congregations of the Ministerial Association to observe the 25th anniversary of the creation of the covenant, which originated in response to a widely publicized incident of vandalism and desecration at Temple Emanu-El and at Marblehead’s Jewish Community Center. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact the Rev. Andrew J. Stoessel at St. Michael’s Church, 781-631-0657, or visit

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