Acton Networkers


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ActonNetworkers is a secular job search networking and support group. Our goal is to help each other and, in doing so, shorten the transition time to a new position as much as possible.

      Our thanks to St. Matthew's and initially to Revs. Bruce A. Pehrson and Richard Black (currently to Reverend Steve Garnaas-Holmes) for their continued support in providing meeting space for the group. In 2009, we expanded our location to accommodate the increase in our membership. We'd also like to thank initially Reverend Paul Clifford (currently to Reverend Richard E. Cannon) and the congregation at St John the Evangelist Parish in Hopkinton.

     Member Profile: Members represent a spectrum of experience with no one dominant group. Current membership (Post 9/11 ~30, December 2004 ~500) is approximately 3300 (March 2020). Most members are at supervisory or management levels including senior executives. Professions include

  • Finance
  • Law
  • IT
  • Consulting
  • General Management
  • Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Business Development
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources

History: At approximately the same time two church-based groups dedicated to job search networking and support were begun, at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church and at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Concord. The St. Matthews group was the larger of the two and coined the name "ActonNetworkers". Both groups were secular in nature despite their association with their parish. In short order the two groups became aware of each other and began having monthly joint or general meetings.

     Later in 2002 similar parish based networking groups began at St. Isidore's Roman Catholic Church in Stow, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Acton and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish, Sudbury. All are associated with ActonNetworkers and share membership. For lack of a critical mass, the groups at First Parish and Mt. Calvary no longer meet. Their membership continues their activity within ActonNetworkers.

Directions: St Matthew's Church, 435 Central Street, West Acton

From West of Acton: Route 495 to Route 2 east, Exit 41 (first exit) onto Newtown Road, which becomes Central Street. Right at the end of the exit. St. Matthew's is on the left approximately 0.6 miles south of Route 2.  (If you cross RR tracks you've gone 0.7 mi. too far.) Parking in the rear

From East of Acton: Route 2 west to Newtown Road/Central Street (Exit 41 -- the one following the Route 27 exit) Left at the end of the exit ramp. St. Matthew's is on the left approximately 0.6 miles south of Route 2.  (If you cross RR tracks you've gone 0.7 mi. too far.) Parking in the rear

Acton/Maynard/Stow environs: From the intersection of Route 111 and 27: West one mile on Route 111 to first stoplight. Right onto Central Street. Continue over RR tracks. St. Matthew's is on the right about 1.2 miles north of the stop light. Parking in the rear


Directions: St John the Evangelist Parish, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA

From 495 South and North : Take Exit 21A to merge onto West Main St toward Hopkinton. Go roughly 2 miles and turn right at Church Street. St John is on the right.