News Archive

The articles below are selected news highlights. See the Newsletters page for current and past issues of our monthly newsletter The Visitor.

Join the Flotilla … down the Charles River

Enjoy a lazy, late summer Saturday morning on the Charles River. Join fellow parishioners for a canoe party from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9. Cost is $20/person. We will meet up at Charles River Canoe, 455 Nahantan Street (closeby on the Needham/Newton line). Please click here to sign up for the event.

Post a Sign: “Hate has no Home Here”

Together with Temple Beth Shalom, Christ Church has been asked to be a distribution point for the “Hate has no Home Here” signs.

Joanne Herrera at Temple Beth Shalom is organizing the effort and has asked for help in funding the
production of the signs, so they can be provided to people at no cost. Please consider making a donation:

Bishop Curry speaks about racial reconciliation

Presiding Bishop Curry speaks about racial reconciliation, in the light of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Click here to hear Bishop Curry’s remarks and to read the Virginia bishops’ perspectives on Charlottesville. The link also includes other resources, such as a Community Response Guide to Fighting Hate.

Celebrate end-of-summer Eucharist on Patio

Enjoy our simple summer Eucharist on the patio at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 27. This will be our last “patio” service of the summer season. Just returning from the beach? … Come as you are! Join us on the Rosemary Street patio (behind the church). There will be a pot luck dinner following the service. Please bring something to share. All are welcome.

Welcome to our new Associate Rector

We are delighted to welcome to our community the Rev. Scottie Wagner as Associate Rector for Children, Youth, and Families. Scottie will also share in preaching, presiding, and teaching, as well as providing pastoral care for all ages. The Rev. Nick Morris-Kliment shares the following about her: ” … Scottie is a seasoned priest with a heart for children, youth, and families, as well as gifts for preaching, teaching, and pastoral care for all ages. In years past, we worked together on the Board of the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center, as well as in the Mystic Valley Deanery. I know her to be warm, energetic, and smart, able to communicate the Gospel with depth and joy. CCN folks who met her during the search experienced these qualities as well.”

Scottie’s Letter of Introduction follows below:

“My first introduction to Christ Church, Needham was over two decades ago, when I needed directions. I was about to start seminary, and in the last few weeks before school started, I had agreed to help coordinate Vacation Bible School. I had agreed to pick up the curriculum at a church supply store in Needham and was hopelessly lost. In those pre-GPS days, all I could think of to do was to follow the signs for the Episcopal Church and hope the office wasopen. Your then rector, Bud Cederholm, was in the office that afternoon and if I remember right, he gave me directions and then drew me a map to get me where I needed to go. In the intervening years, I heard about Christ Church a lot. I have attended at least one retreat at Christ Church, as well as a funeral, and of course, Nick’s institution as our rector, so I knew about your church’s commitment to liturgy, worship, and music. I also knew of Christ Church because of the parish’s longstanding work on social justice and environmental
stewardship. I am so delighted that my spiritual GPS has led me back to Christ Church.

When I first started out doing volunteer work at our church in Winchester, where we lived at the time, I began by teaching church school, then leading children’s chapel. Later, I was hired as a lay assistant and coordinated the middle and high school youth groups. In the intervening years, of course, I learned other skills and served in other capacities, but working with children and young people was always among my favorite parts of church work.

I am so looking forward to becoming a part of the community at Christ Church, and to getting to know every aspect of our life together. I am delighted to be able to serve with Nick Morris-Kliment, whom I have known as a colleague and friend in our work together with the Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center, and in other diocesan work. And I am so grateful for the welcome I have already received from the dedicated and talented members of committees and parish leadership I have already met and from my new colleagues on Christ Church’s staff. Most of all, I am very excited and grateful to be able to work with children and young people again, and to work with teachers and youth group leaders.

I can already tell that this is a very special community, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. I am so looking forward to sharing in your ministry. Over the summer, I hope to be able to get to know many of you, and I hope you’ll feel free to stop by the office any time for a visit or a cup of coffee and that you will share your ideas and tell me your story. I am looking forward to preaching over the summer and to getting to know Christ Church, and the community of Needham. If you aren’t able to
drop in in person, feel free to give me a call or send a note or email.”


Enjoy Longwood Opera Summer Concerts

Longwood Opera ushers in its 2017 Summer Concert Series at 7:30 pm on July 11. Concerts run every Tuesday evening at the same time through August 29 in the Christ Church Chapel (AIR CONDITIONED). Longwood Opera is Needham’s own and Christ Church’s resident opera company.

July 11 – An Evening of Opera
July 18 – Broadway Melodies
July 25 – Opera on the Lighter Side
August 1 – Love is in the Air
August 8 – An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan
August 15 – Opera the Art of Emotions
August 22 – An Evening of Stage & Screen
August 29 – A Gala Night of Opera

Tickets for the summer series are available online or at the door. Admission $8; seniors, students & children $6. SAVE with a
summer season pass for $50; seniors/students & children, $35. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

This fall, Longwood Opera will present Humperdinck’s “Hansel & Gretel,” fully staged and in English. Visit the Longwood Opera website at

Community and Float Building = Grand Prize!

Many thanks to the scores of people of all ages who contributed in countless ways to the Grand Prize-winning Christ Church float. Over two dozen parishioners marched (including some four legged ones). The viewers along the route, particularly the kids, loved the float and its singing, moving parts. The whole building process over the past few weeks was a joyful one that deepened bonds in the Christ Church community and showed our love for the town of Needham.
Special thanks to the team of Nardin Baker, Dave Carnahan, Rich Gatto, Dusty Hecker, Tim Lysaght, and Stefano Migliuolo who planned and executed through the final weeks and days of float construction. And a very special thanks to Nardin Baker for creating an exciting float idea and design … and to Tim Lysaght for presiding over its faithful execution.

Participate in B-SAFE Summer Camp

Join members of Christ Church as we participate in the B-Safe Camp Program for Boston youth. We need volunteers to help prepare and serve lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, July 5 and 6. On Friday, July 7, we have planned a field trip to Plimouth Plantation and the children will have a brown-bag lunch on the picnic grounds. Volunteers will help make bagged lunches and have the opportunity to join the field trip. If you would like to volunteer your time or make a financial contribution, please call or email the office (781-444-1469 or

Summer Worship Schedule Begins June 18

Beginning Sunday, June 18, we will be holding one service at 9 a.m. in the air-conditioned Chapel. This summer schedule will continue until Sunday, September 10, which starts our new program year.

We will also be holding outdoor services on the patio on July 30 and August 27, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. We welcome members and visitors to come as they are – straight from the ball field or beach. The patio is behind the church on Rosemary Street

Office Hours for the summer will be Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The office will be closed on Fridays.

Longwood Opera Hosts Free Performance

Longwood Opera will usher in the 2017 season at Christ Church on Sunday, June 18, at 2:30 p.m. with a free performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Yeomen of the Guard”, in collaboration with the New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

Longwood Opera’s summer season begins on July 11 and will run every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. through August 29. Concerts will be held in the air-conditioned chapel. In the fall, Longwood Opera will present Humperdinck’s “Hansel & Gretel,” fully staged and in English. Tickets for all performances are available online at or at the door. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.