Religious Landscape
Though it is a nondenominational congregation, Pigeon Cove Chapel is not isolated from the larger evangelical community on Cape Ann. It participates in a vibrant evangelical fellowship of about a dozen Bible-preaching churches on Cape Ann that have developed a close commitment to one another. At the center of that fellowship is a fundamental adherence to the Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ alone, by God’s grace alone, through his gift of faith alone, with the Bible alone as the sure guide to life and faith. This fellowship is expressed in monthly meetings of the church pastors who consistently encourage, teach and pray for one another. The churches also gather several times each year for joint services of singing, prayer, and hearing the Word of God. In addition, the evangelical community is connected to the nearby resources of Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
In the aggregate, however, the number of people in the evangelical congregations comprise a small fraction (less than 5%) of the local population. By a significant margin, three Roman Catholic congregations – one in Rockport and two in Gloucester – represent the largest religious presence on Cape Ann. County survey data indicates about 50% of its population identifies as Roman Catholic, but with a significant number of Cape Ann’s households being of Italian or Portuguese descent, some estimates suggest that 75% of the residents of the two towns are affiliated with the Diocese.
As a New England community, Cape Ann is home to many mainline Protestant churches of various denominations. A strong Jewish community also exists, with its synagogue located in Gloucester. However, Boston’s North Shore has been identified in one survey (Barna Group, 2015) as one of the three “least churched” regions in the United States. For those with eyes to see, the fields are white for the harvest (John 4:35).