Outdoor churches and chaplaincies in Massachusetts


What is Ecclesia Ministries?

History & Background  

In the summer of 1994, the Rev. Deborah Little began meeting with un-housed people on the streets of Boston, offering sandwiches, friendship, and referrals. From that simple beginning, Ecclesia Ministries has evolved into an ecumenical church community that engages people who have experienced homelessness and privileged people, service providers, clergy, seminarians, artists, and professionals of all kinds in activities that work to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of people who have experienced homelessness in Boston.  In addition, there are now about 125 Ecclesia affiliates in the United States and a growing number in other countries.

Vision Statement

We are un–housed and housed people called by God into Christian community and ministry for the purpose of transforming all our lives. We bridge the resources of diverse congregations, living into God's preference for the poor. We give voice to the voiceless, we respect the dignity of every human being, and we see the face of Christ in ourselves and others as we join in outdoor worship. There are seven Ecclesia affiliates in Massachusetts. All do street ministry and various other programs on weekdays. Most have Sunday afternoon or evening worship services. Most also have volunteer opportunities; check their websites for details:

Worcester Fellowship

Ecclesia Boston

Chaplains on the Way

Cathedral in the Night (Northampton)

The Outdoor Church (Cambridge)

Church Without Walls (Longmeadow, near Springfield)
 
The Bayside Fellowship (Fall River)