Ashfield Congregational Church

​​​​​​​Ashfield, Massachusetts


Ministries

Sunday school

Our Sunday School is led by Rev. Sarah Pirtle, who joined our church staff in September 2010. She is an Interfaith Minister who lives in Shelburne Falls, MA. Since 1992 she has directed the Discovery Center for Peacebuilding, and she brings her experiences as peace educator to her work co-leading Sunday School. Sarah is on the faculty of Lesley University Graduate School and creates recordings for children on ecology and recordings for adults on spiritual courage. Her website www.sarahpirtle.com includes peace essays, song lyrics, and information about her four books and Journey Camp.

Hilltown Churches Food Pantry

The Hilltown Churches Food Pantry is located in Friendship Hall (the downstairs of our church.) It serves the 11 hill towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Monroe, Plainfield, Rowe and Shelburne. The only requirement for joining the food pantry is proof of residency in one of these 11 towns and a simple statement of need. There are no income requirements, if you need food please come and sign up.

We have our food distributions every other Tuesday from 3-6 pm. We typically serve about 600 people at each distribution. We have distribution calendars available here.

We rely on donations of money and food for our continued operation. We are able to stretch our money by shopping at the Food Bank of Western Mass. as they provide most foods free and a few for 19 cents/lb. Last year we gave out 85,616 pounds of food to those in need. We spend 96-98% of our budget directly on food.

Bubble Up Theology

Deacons help the pastor prepare for worship services, supervise music and educational staff, oversee the religious and spiritual uses of the building, and look out for the needs of the congregation and community.  Today, we are especially reminded of this too. Deacons are responsible for helping the pastor hold the spirit and care of the congregation in more than a single pair of hands or a single heart, and our role is also to support the pastor, not only in her work, but in caring for her spirit. We are assuming that Bubble Up will continue or in a new incarnation as a kind of Bible study group/Book Group or monthly spiritual moment for anyone who wants to come. “Bubble Up Theology” Group continued on the third Tuesday evening of each month. Back in 2007, it was thought to be a one-year experiment, but it continues to grow in size, strength, and depth.