The Oldtown Church Coffeehouse was organized by North Attleborough High School junior and church member Kait Clavette and fellow church member Tammy England in June 2004 as a fundraiser for our steeple restoration. When Kait graduated in 2006, we formed an ad-hoc Coffeehouse Crew Committee to continue this ministry.
For the past 15 years this coffeehouse has been a welcoming place for the young people of our community to express themselves in music and poetry, supported by their peers. Yet our coffeehouses are open to performers and patrons of all ages.
These events are led by our community’s young people, with our Mission Ministry as sponsor to these events at the church. As each crew leader graduates and moves on to further education, we continue to be blessed with new leaders to take up the role. This year we were blessed with six leaders from North Attleboro from January to May 2018–Jillian Allen, Meara Curran, Kaylee Drew, Kendall Hauerwas, Casey Magas and Jason Montes–and seven leaders from June to December 2018–Jillian Allen, Meara Curran, Kendall Hauerwas, Bailey Hobbs, Jason Montes, Angela Olinyk and Elizabeth Szajda.
These outstanding teams help to create a wonderful relationship between the ages in our community. Thanks also go to Tamsen Coffey, Kelly Thibeault, June and Kait Clavette Perilene Twyman, Darnell Horman, and Kevin Graves for their faithful support and tireless work at the coffeehouse.
Proceeds from these events are donated to charities, selected by the leaders, and range from local, to national and global levels. In 2018 they supported: Lenore’s Pantry; NAHS Arts Dept Scholarship Fund; NAHS Friends of Music; Alzheimer’s Associtation; NAHS Theatre; New Hope; North Attleboro Animal Shelter; Toys for Tots; UCC Hurricane Fund; and donations to our church.
Since its beginning in 2004 we have held 136 events. As of the close of 2018 these motivated and talented people have helped raise a cumulative total of $80,680 !
We continue to be blessed to be part of the fellowship, talent and growth that is present in this collaboration. This experience is truly a gift to God as a joyful noise.
Please take the opportunity to share in the experience and the joy of a cup of coffee and music with us. I encourage more of our congregation to get involved in helping to chaperon the events.
All Are Truly Welcome!
Respectfully submitted, Edmund Clavette