What we do

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Essex Church Community concerts

Celebrating the gift of music in Community Concerts

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Essex Community Church Sunday School

Coming to understand love and family through Sunday School studies


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Operation Christmas Child

Through Operation Christmas Child, members of ECC prepare gift-filled shoeboxes of toys, toiletries, and other practical gifts that will be delivered children around the world. This is a program of Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization.


High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc

High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc.: members of Essex Community Church regularly visit the sick and donate funds to help people and their families during their final days on Earth.


SEGA Girls School in Tanzania

ECC contributes annually to the SEGA Girls School in Tanzania, a residential secondary school for bright and motivated girls who are otherwise unable to attend school due to extreme poverty or personal hardship. The school is located in a rural area of Tanzania, at the foot of the Uluguru Mountains near the town of Morogoro, 190 km west of Dar es Salaam. The Sega Girls School is a program of Nurturing Minds, Inc.

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Polly Dolan

Tracey Dolan

Tracey Dolan

ECC shares a special link to the SEGA Girls School through church member Billie Houghton: Her nieces, Polly Dolan and Tracey Dolan, are co-founders of US-based Nurturing Minds in Africa, and Tracey serves on the board. Polly is founder and director of the SEGA School, and also serves on the Nurturing Minds board.


SEGA Graduate 2013

This photo was taken by photojournalist Sarah Bones in 2015, during a home visit where Subira lived with her mother.  When Subira started SEGA she already had a child but was encouraged by her mother to attend SEGA residential school for girls.  She completed four years of secondary school and graduated in October 2013.

Today Subira runs two small businesses, selling clothes and food items. She manages her own family and the father of her two children also helps out. Subira’s mother died earlier this year (2017) and Subira is now also caring for her siblings.

Azmina Update

Tracey Dolan has sent an update on Azmina Mbilinyi, the student who is sponsored by Essex Community Church. This photo shows a group of the Form 4 students who had just finished taking their mock exam (they seem playful!). Azmina is third from the left; Dana, the SEGA School Program Advisor, is at far left.

Wycliffe Bible Translators, Peru: Jaime and Maria Alaya

ECC has supported missionary work in Peru for many years by way of the Wycliffe Bible translators, who make the Bible accessible to indigenous peoples in their own language. ECC specifically supports the work of missionaries Jaime and Maria Alaya through monthly donations, thanks to initial contact by way of a longtime member of ECC. Jaime serves on the Americas Area Leader Development team in Peru, providing training, coaching, and team building, while Maria offers training in child protection and cultural self-discovery.


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Community outreach

In the first Winter Workshop, "Inlay and Marquetry: Painting with Wood," ECC invited others to expand their talents and learn new skills

Other outreach workshops are planned in the coming months. 


ReNew partnership

ReNew is an all-volunteer ecumenical thrift store at 1846 Main Street in Essex, NY, under the leadership of Saint John’s Episcopal Church. Thanks to volunteers from ECC and other area churches, ReNew uses the proceeds from sales of gently used items to help needy families with rent, utilities, medical expenses, car repairs, insurance, etc. To donate goods or to volunteer, please contact St. John’s Episcopal Church, Essex: 518-963-7775 or Norma Goff (518-963-4083).

Methodist Women’s Organization

ECC’s Methodist Women’s Organization (MWO) is active in many charitable and community efforts. MWO makes annual contributions to High Peaks Hospice and to Nurturing Minds / SEGA School in Tanzania. ECC’s annual donations to SEGA helps cover expenses for Azmina Charles Mbilinyi. MWO also assists with setup and receptions after special events, including the annual concert in May of the Pleasant Valley Chorale, pot luck suppers, and wedding or funeral services. MWO assists the church throughout the year by hosting the annual Strawberry Shortcake Sale, the Ecumenical Ladies’ Luncheon, and the Christmas Bazaar, to name but a few. (For More Information: see EVENTS)


Sharing Meals

The people of Essex Community Church have a long tradition of sharing meals and fellowship with members of the greater Essex community.

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