Photo and Commentary by Melissa Ginsburg
The Church in the Cove has been an important part of Beverly since it was constructed in 1956. Following its construction, it has been renovated and expanded numerous times to accommodate its growing number of members. The unifying concept that we are, together, one family, says the church’s belief statement. As such, we love, support and respect one another. The Church in the Cove is important because it helps to bring the community together. In today’s society, there is a great need for a positive influence on the people, both old and young alike. The church provides this influence by encouraging people do to good through organized community activities.
The Church in the Cove is sustainable over time because churches, as well as other places of worship, are valued. Generally, because of this, churches are able to last a long time and carry a history of the people who have attended them. In the future it may be thought of as immortal because the possibility is strong that it will still exist. It may even be an important part of Beverly, as it is today, for many years to come. Even if this specific church does not exist in the future, all of the influences it has had on society and records of its many events will be remembered.
Locally, the Church in the Cove is a place for Christians to gather and enjoy the company of one another while learning and serving the Lord. It has impacted many people of all faiths through its youth and outreach programs. Places like this church are vital to the prosperity of Beverly because its people need a place to worship. Without this church, people may not have stayed here nor had the chance to get involved in the community. In a larger sense, this church is one of many Christian churches in the United States. When people first immigrated to America, one of the many reasons they did so was because of religious persecution. The promise of freedom of religion attracted people to America.
This promise of freedom of religion has stood the test of time and is still valued in the Unites States today. The Church in the Cove is a representation of the people’s need to worship the way they choose.