The Episcopal Voice of the Lower Merrimack Valley

Who We Are

We are the Episcopal parishes of the Lower Merrimack Valley, in Massachusetts, USA. We’re all member parishes of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. (We sometimes call ourselves the Lower Merrimack Valley Collaborative, or LMVC for short.) The Episcopal Voice of the Lower Merrimack Valley is a collaboration to create community through shared events, actions, activities, worship, ministries, learning, connecting, relationships and communication.  Church membership is not required.  

Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your life journey, we will each be enriched by walking together.


Featured Opportunities


Music that Makes Community - March 07, 2020 at 12pm - 5:30pm

An Intergenerational Workshop Exploring The Practice Of Paperless (Aural/Oral Tradition) Singing, Basic Leadership Skills In This Style, And Modeling How Paperless Music Can Be Integrated Into Scripture Reading And Storytelling. Zachary Stephens-Walter And Paul Vasile Will Lead The Group In Participatory Learning, And Present Paperless Songs And Leadership Practices You Can Share In Your Community. We’ll Begin With A Community Lunch And Spend An Energizing Afternoon Of Singing And Learning.View the schedule and REGISTER HERE!

Paul and Zachary will also offer musical leadership at congregations within the Lower Merrimack Valley Collective on Sunday, March 8.

Music That Makes Community encourages and support practices of communal singing and learning. Watch this short video to learn about the unique work we’re doing around the United States and Canada.
Individual Registration Fee: $25
Free for LMVC parish members with promo code
Meals, refreshments, and workshop materials are included in the cost. Childcare will be provided for infants and younger children; older children and young adults are warmly welcomed to sing with us. Scholarships are available for students, seminarians, seniors, other individuals and congregations with limited financial resources. Contact Paul Vasile in the MtMC office to learn more.
The workshop is generously sponsored by the Lower Merrimack Valley Collective and Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

March 07, 2020 at 12pm – 5:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Church
26 White St
Haverhill, MA 01830
United States
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Helen Pickard · Lead Collaborator ·

The Adventure Group (formally the Fellowship Group) - Jan thru Feb

January through February 2020 Activities:

The Adventure Group (formally the Fellowship Group) schedule of events for January through February 2020 is below. We hope you can join us for any or all of the outings that are planned. If you have questions or want confirmation of an event, please feel free to reach out to Karen at 603-382-7044.
Car Pools for the meet-up happen at the St. James parking lot behind the church at 120 Main Street (drive down Aubin Street (the street after you past the church on the right) and you will see the parking lot on the right).

Sat Jan 11 – The Museum of Print: Meet at St James parking lot at 1:30pm to car pool to Haverhill.

Wed Jan 15 – The Lowell Boat Shop: Meet at St James parking lot at 1:45pm to car pool. Time awaiting confirmation.

Thursday Feb 6 – Peabody Essex Museum: Meet at St James parking lot at 9:15am to car pool.

Sunday Feb 9 – Players Ring Theater, Portsmouth, NH (Crippled Inside): Meet at St James parking lot at 2:00pm to car pool. Tickets will be ordered by Karen. Please be sure to contact Karen at 603-382-7044 by January 30th.

Wed Feb 19 – Wenham Museum: Meet at St James parking lot at 1:00pm to car pool.

Wed Feb 26 – Movie (TBD)

Wed March 4 – Planning meeting: St James parish hall 2-4pm


Concert Series - Feb to April 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3:00 PM

“The Romantic Piano” presented by the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early, and experience the thrilling debut of St. Paul’s newly acquired Steinway concert grand piano! Join us as Lithuanian pianist Paulius Pancekauskas performs a varied program to showcase the instrument’s range, from Romantic composers Chopin and Schumann and the late-Romantic Rachmaninov to contemporary French composer Jean-Pierre Armanet. Followed by a wine reception with the pianist and composer.



Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 4:00 PM

Skylark’s “Once Upon a Time”

Over three years, Skylark has pioneered an entirely new concert experience that weaves choral music from all ages into engaging stories shared by master storyteller Sarah Walker. This year, we re-imagine our whimsical and inventive program inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen in a dynamic collaboration with composer Benedict Sheehan. We present the fantastical stories of Snow White and The Little Mermaid in impressionistic musical form: Sheehan’s new and original scoring will blend seamlessly with Sarah Walker’s narrative, stitching together an eclectic and engaging mix of existing music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Francis Poulenc, Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen, and more. Once Upon a Time is a one-of-a-kind ‘choral-theatrical’ experience that brings music and fantasy to life in a whole new way!



Friday, April 24, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Skylark’s “Sub Rosa: Secrets Revealed”

 What might happen if Robert Langdon, acclaimed professor of Symbology at Harvard University (and fictional hero of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels, including The Da Vinci Code), were enlisted to explore hidden symbols, secret codes, and long-forgotten historical connections buried in manuscripts of choral music over the centuries? Join Skylark to find out…featuring video introductions by author Dan Brown and stunning new music by Gregory W. Brown.



Where We Are

St. James Episcopal Church, Amesbury

St. James is a strong and loving community that welcomes, encourages and empowers all to grow in Christ and to do God’s work in the world.

Our parish is engaged in many ways in the wider community. Whether you are looking for a one time event, a short term project, or ongoing ministry, St. James is the place to be! We feed the hungry at Our Neighbors’ Table, participate in a variety of annual walks for non-profits, support the B-Safe Program by hosting inner-city kids, and much more.

120 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913

St. James Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church, Haverhill

Located in the heart of the city, we are an Episcopal church, a parish of the Diocese of Massachusetts and a member of the world-wide Anglican communion.   We welcome you to join us for worship and fellowship!

We create community through the “Academy of Creative Arts at Trinity” (ACAT).  Music teachers provide free and affordable music lessons for elementary age children in the Haverhill area. “Joyful Ladle” fills community with hot meals on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Dinah’s House empowers women through the fierce and resilient strength of sisterhood.

26 White Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

Trinity Episcopal Church

St. James Episcopal Church, Groveland

St. James Episcopal Church prides itself on being a smaller, friendly, community-oriented spiritual haven for all who seek God and the knowledge of God’s love throughout all points in their lives. We are not all alike—in religious background, politics, spirituality or demographic! However, we come together to worship the God, who in the person of Jesus Christ, demonstrated how love breaks down divisions and binds seekers of that love together.

Our “Traditional New England Style Bean Suppers” on occasional Saturday nights provide community for all outside of worship.  Our Wednesday morning group creates community with interesting and deep discussion of Bible stories each week.


119 Washington Street
Groveland, MA 01834

St. James Episcopal Church

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Methuen

St. Andrew’s is a family-oriented parish that has enjoyed being in Methuen for over 100 years. Our parish is made up of people of all ages – from infants to seniors. 

St. Andrew’s has established ongoing and developing relationships across contexts of difference both within our own community of Methuen, and with the African community of Nghumbi, Tanzania. In partnership with the Methuen Arlington Neighborhood (MAN), Inc. community organization, St. Andrew’s has been sharing its abundance with its neighbors in ways requested by the neighborhood. Our Parish Hall is used for after school programming.  We share a community garden on the church grounds.  We house a food pantry.  In companionship with St. John’s (Anglican) Church, Nghumbi, Tanzania, St. Andrew’s supports resources for clean water and children’s books.  We have come to realize that God wants us to be more than believers. God wants us to be doers who live our faith, not just think about it, believe it, or feel it. We believe that Love is an action verb!


90 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Newburyport

St. Paul’s, Newburyport, the oldest continuously operating Episcopal church in Massachusetts, is an open and welcoming community. While we love our beautiful buildings and grounds we are especially proud of the services offered to disadvantaged people in the Greater Newburyport area. We provide three nourishing meals weekly through Among Friends, host many 12-step programs and second offender meetings, as well as providing food, gas and hotel vouchers to individuals in need.

For music lovers, St. Paul’s is the home of the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival and we host many significant concerts throughout the year. Looking for a faith community? Come and see if you’ll find it with us!

166 High Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, North Andover

Here at St. Paul’s, we recognize that life is difficult and fills us with questions that move us beyond the pat answer we learned as children. We welcome those questions and invite you to join us to love God, make friends, heal your soul, and make the world a better place in the name of the living God, Jesus Christ. Our church is not a collection of those who have it all figured out, but those who are continually learning, growing, and helping each other along the way.

 We participate with the greater community from “Undies Sundays”, to Hike for Hope, to Habitat for Humanity, to People’s Pantry and more. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, St. Paul’s welcomes you.

390 Main Street
North Andover, MA 01845

St. Paul's North Andover

All Saints Episcopal Church, West Newbury

All Saints’ Episcopal Church is a warm, caring, inclusive congregation that works on living lives of faith, hope and love and that wishes to share ourselves and our resources with others. If you are looking for a church home, we invite you to see who we are and what we offer.

We pray, worship, learn, work and play together and we have FUN! We value what we do, we are greatly blessed and we want to share our many blessings with others.  Please come visit us. We think you’ll like what you find.

895 Main St.
West Newbury, MA 01985

All Saints Episcopal Church

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