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 16 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 seven leaders from North Attleboro from January to May 2019: Jillian Allen, Meara Curran, Kendall Hauerwas, Bailey Hobbs, Jason Montes, Angela Olinyk and Elizabeth Szajda. and eight leaders from June to December 2019: Meara Curran, Teddy Girouard; Bailey Hobbs, Jason Montes, Angela Olinyk, Elvis Young, Elizabeth Szajda, and Sam Willey.
These outstanding teams help to create a wonderful relationship between the ages in our community. Thanks also go to, Kelly Thibeault, Perilene Twyman, Darnell Horman, Cindi Barkley 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 2019 they supported: Lenore’s Pantry; NAHS Friends of Music; Alzheimer’s Association; Always Hope Sober House for Women; Community Comets Food Pantry; New Hope; Toys for Tots; UCC Hurricane Fund; and donations to our church.
Since its beginning in 2004 we have held 146 events. As of the close of 2019 these motivated and talented people have helped raise a cumulative total of $83,547!
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