Visiting?

IMG_4364Are you visiting for the first time?  If so, you may have questions about directions/parking, what to expect during the services, and how to learn more about Christ Church.

We have listed some of the our visitor’s most frequent questions, along with brief answers.  Please don’t hesitate to call our church office at 781-444-1469 if you need additional information.

Where is Christ Church located?

You will find us at 1132 Highland Avenue, at the corner of Highland and Rosemary Street, in Needham, Massachusetts. We are directly across the street from the Needham Public Library. Find directions to the church.

What time are the services and how long do they last?

Sunday services

Program Year (after Labor Day through May)

  • welcome.church.building28:15 a.m. service, Holy Communion, Chapel. Forty-five minutes.
  • 10:00 a.m. service, Holy Communion with choir, Sanctuary. One hour to one hour and ten minutes.

Summer Schedule (early June through August)

  • 9:00 a.m. service, Holy Communion, Chapel. One hour.

Wednesday service (after Labor Day through May)

  • 12:00 noon service, Holy Communion, Chapel. Forty-five minutes.

Easter and Christmas Holiday services

  • Special services, with dates/times TBA. Check our website or contact the church office for schedule.

Where should I park?

Park in our church parking lot adjacent to the public library on Highland Avenue across from the main church entrance. If you need a handicap-accessible spot, park on Rosemary Street (one-way off Webster Street) and enter the church through the Rosemary Street entrance.

How should I dress?

Please come as you are. What you wear is entirely up to you. Some people dress up for church, while others choose casual attire. On a given Sunday, you will likely see people in dresses and suits and you will also see people in jeans.

What can I expect upon arriving?

You will find that Christ Church folks welcome you to worship with us.  At our 10 a.m. service, an usher will greet you and hand you a service bulletin which contains all the information you need  to follow the service. You are welcome to sit wherever you are comfortable, either in the sanctuary or balcony, and to participate in the prayers and hymns as you feel comfortable. During communion, you can receive communion or a blessing at the alter. Or, you can choose to stay seated in your pew. Please introduce yourself to your neighbor and join us for Coffee Hour.

Do you host a coffee hour?

Yes!  Please join us for coffee and informal conversation after the 10:00 a.m. service.  Speak with an usher, who will be happy to direct you to the Upper Parish Hall and introduce you to others.

Is there child care?

Yes!  We provide child care for infants and toddlers on Sundays beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the end of the 10:00 a.m. worship service. We provide child care only on Sundays when church school meets. Please ask an usher for directions to the lower level nursery. And please be aware that infants and young children are always welcome at our worship services.

Is there a Sunday school program?

Yes! We invite visiting children or newcomers to join a class at any time during the year.

Our church school classes begin for children in pre-school and continue through 7th grade.  Our  confirmation program runs every other year for 8th & 9th graders.  Church school classes meet at 9:45 for about an hour.  At that point, children join their families at the ongoing 10 a.m. service (in time for communion) or meet their parent(s) in the Upper Parish Hall. Learn more about our children’s programs.

Are there programs for adults?

We offer adult forums after the 10:00 am service on a number of Sundays throughout the year. We also hold a popular Bible Study program weekly. Learn more about our adult education programs.

How can I learn more about Christ Church?

Fill out a welcome card in the pew with your name and contact information and let us know if you would like to speak with or meet a member of our clergy. Join us at Coffee Hour to meet other newcomers and parishioners. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter, The Visitor, by calling the Church office.