Congregational Life

Charles Street is an electric and eclectic congregation. There are many organizations, ministries, and groups that help to make this church both a lively and lovely place:


Caribbean International Ministry

Roxbury is home to a large population of people who are of Caribbean descent.
Charles Street celebrates this diversity through the formation of this group
and holds an annual Caribbean service.

Richard Allen Brotherhood

A group of men that gathers to support and uplift one another,
and doubles as a choir, which sings twice a month on Sundays.
This group is also responsible for organizing the church’s annual Men’s Day.


Young women from across Boston bond with each other
through Bible study, community service, and social outings. 

Educators’ Alliance 

Charles Street continues to provide resources for students and families in the Boston Public Schools who are experiencing homelessness through partnership with the Homeless Education Resource Network (HERN). In addition to offering clothing, gift cards, Thanksgiving baskets, and other resources, many Charles Street members serve as mentors to students and as guest speakers at various events.
Lay Organization
The purpose of the local lay organization is to get the membership of the local church involved with the spiritual and political areas of the AME Church. This group also values the importance of teaching about the history and organizational structure of both the local and connectional church. 
Women’s Missionary Society
The Sarah Gorham WMS continues its relationship with Project Hope and the Boston Public Schools Homeless Education Resource Network, providing over 100 Thanksgiving baskets and grocery store gift cards to families in need. The WMS has most recently established a partnership with Fresh Truck, a mobile grocery store that brings affordable, healthy fruits and vegetables to the Roxbury neighborhood once a week.

Vacation Bible School

Every summer, the Christian Education Department hosts
a week-long program of themed Bible classes for all ages.
For children, activities include scripture readings and arts and crafts,
while the adults engage more of a deep reflection, in addition to singing and fellowship.

Ministry of Evangelism 

This group is for those who are committed to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christbeyond the doors of the church. While some of our evangelists engage people through casual means, others have chosen to undertake formal training, in which they were taught how to share their faith and have been sent out to be a witness to those they encounter.