Extravagant Welcome

Jesus seems to have welcomed everyone.

When Jews and Gentiles were suspicious of each other, he made a point of talking to both.  Women would not dare to approach him, being a man, so he’d approach them.  Lepers, who had to keep their distance from everyone, he touched with compassion and healing.  Tax collectors, prostitutes, sinners of all shapes and sizes he’d invite to lunch, revolutionary activity in a time of worry about purity.  His own friends pushed the children away, not worthy of his time, they thought; he told his friends that they needed to be more like children themselves, and he welcomed the young.

Paul handshake with Jean Lenhart

Here at Hancock, we figure that if Jesus welcomed everyone, who are we to exclude?  So in 1998, we adopted our Covenant of Welcome, which declares our intent to welcome everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, economic status, sexual orientation or expression, or any handicapping condition.  It does not matter to us who you are, or what you look like, or who you love, or where you’re going.

It's So Great to See You

We’re a community of students and teachers, scientists and engineers, homemakers and helping professionals, children and youth and retirees.  We don’t all look alike, and we certainly don’t all think alike, but when we’re together we can do things that none of us could do alone, and we learn from our differences and we celebrate them, too.

So come and see; there’s room for you!

Hancock is an Open and Affirming Church Community.

All  gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender women and men are welcome in our community of faith. We affirm the full inclusion of all God’s people in the life and ministry of the church.  In harmony with Massachusetts law, our congregation also strongly supports the civil right of all free and consenting adults to marry.