Ashfield Congregational Church

​​​​​​​Ashfield, Massachusetts


Ministries

Sunday school

Sunday school is off for the summer.


All children are welcome to join our Sunday

School Program. Each week, children begin the morning by attending the church service with their families. Then, following Children’s Time with the minister, they proceed to the Sunday School meeting room or sometimes outside for activities and singing. 


We are committed to providing our children with an enriching and rewarding religious education program. We strive to combine biblical teachings, lessons on morality, and sense of community, all in the spirit of fun.

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.