Archives for December 2017

Presiding Bishop shares Christmas Message

Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry wishes us a blessed Christmas. Click here to see the video or read the text of Bishop Curry’s Christmas message. English and Spanish versions.

Christmas at Christ Church Needham

The mystery of Christmas deepens at Christ Church Needham as parishioners prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25. Church members invite members of the public to join them in a busy slate of charitable, musical and worship activities.


Christmas worship and choral events begin Christmas Eve with a family service at 4:00 pm in the main church. The service includes the annual pageant presented by children of the parish (see below). Bring the whole family for a Christmas carol sing-a-long at 8:30 pm. Then stay for a festive, dimly lit choral Eucharist service at 9:00 pm. Soloist Kim Lysaght will sing “O Holy Night” and everyone present will light candles and sing “Silent Night” as we prepare for a day of peace. On Christmas Day, join us for an intimate service in the Chapel at 9:00 am.


Celebrate the season at the Christ Church Christmas party on Saturday, December 15, 6:30 – 9:30 pm! Lovely Christmas music, great fellowship, festive Christmas décor, and a cash bar (also alcohol-free punch). Attendance is free but you are encouraged to bring hot or cold hors d’oeuvres or finger desserts. Please contact Jo-Anne Allen at or 781-444-3271 for information.


Young people from grades 8-12 are invited to attend a Diocesan youth event on December 16.  We will be visiting Ecclesia San Lucas in Chelsea on December 16 from 6-9 pm (leaving Christ Church at 5 pm).  There will be an informal worship time with Bishop Gayle Harris, great music and wonderful food (mostly special seasonal treats from Mexico and Central America). The event is a youth celebration of the tradition of Las Posadas, a Christmas custom from Mexico and Central America, in which “Mary and Joseph” visit all the homes in a village and are turned away, until finally, someone (usually the local church) invites them in, and the whole village celebrates together.  This celebration invites young people to contemplate what it means to welcome the stranger, and to provide shelter to those in need–and is just an incredible amount of fun! To register, or to find out more, please contact Rev. Scottie either by cell (978-979-1694), by email ( or in person.


It’s time to plan the pageant, held annually at Christ Church at 4 pm on Christmas Eve, as part of our family service. All children of the Parish and visiting guests are welcome to participate. Sign up for roles: We have our two narrators and our Mary, but we still need our Joseph, three kings, and many more angels, shepherds and animals! There will be a sign-up sheet in Upper Parish Hall until the Sunday before Christmas.Volunteers requested: Two people to help give out costumes after the 10 am service on December 17, and one person at 3:30 pm on Christmas Eve to help the kids get ready for the 4 pm service. There is no formal rehearsal, but we do ask you to be in Lower Parish Hall by 3:30 pm on Christmas Eve.  For information or to volunteer, contact Rev. Scottie (978-979-1694 or


The Christ Church Youth Choir invites children and youth in 4th grade and higher to join us as we prepare for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany at our new time: Mondays, 4:00 to 5:00 pm, in the Sanctuary at Christ Church. Now that the winter light is fading, we’ve moved our rehearsal times a bit earlier in the day. It’s never too late to join Youth Choir – now that fall sports have wrapped up, try something new–lifting your voice in song to the glory of God!  For more information, contact Lea Peterson (phone/text 860-707-3763, email or Myra Anderson (phone/text 781-258-9597, email  Come let us sing unto the Lord!


Envelopes for contributions to memorial flowers on the altar at Christmas are available outside the main church and the chapel and in Upper Parish Hall.  Please place envelopes in the basket outside the church office by Sunday, December 16.


In honor of St. Nicholas Day on December 6, Christ Episcopal Church is sponsoring a shoe drive to benefit Circle of Hope. We’re collecting new winter boots and sneakers, especially in toddler and children’s sizes, through December 16. Donations can be dropped in the “shoe box” located in the Upper Parish Hall of Christ Church from 9-2 Monday-Friday OR at Circle of Hope, 65 Rosemary St, during drop-off hours: Monday-Thursday & Saturday mornings 9-11 am, and Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons 3-5 pm.


The annual Christmas Giving Tree is up with tags ready for you to choose. All gifts need to be under the tree by Sunday, December 16 so that we can deliver them to the women and children of Shepherd House, a program for women in recovery, and at Transition House, a battered women’s shelter, in time to bring a bit of Christmas cheer.  Please see more information here.


Join us for new Sunday Evening Worship

Join us for a new family-oriented service every Sunday evening at 5:30 pm in the chapel. Beginning Sunday, January 7th and continuing through the year, Christ Church will offer a simple Eucharist on Sunday evenings.  Designed to last 35 to 40 minutes, this easy, family-friendly service for all ages contains all we need—welcome, Scripture, hymns, a brief message,prayers for the ourselves and the world, Communion—to greet the week ahead with strength and hope.

BEGINNING JANUARY 7, 2018 and each Sunday thereafter
5.30pm in the Chapel
Welcome – Scripture – Hymns – Homily – Prayers – Communion
Come as you are …Go in Peace

Come Visit our New Art Gallery

There’s a new art gallery in Needham at Christ Episcopal Church, 1132 Highland Ave.  Hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM and Sundays from 9:00 AM until 12:00 Noon.  The Gallery will share art that highlights awareness, education and increasing connections to diverse communities.  It will showcase the art of specific populations such as the elderly, veterans, developmentally delayed, as well as any artist who would like a portion of the proceeds to go to a specific charity or cause.    Art exhibits will rotate every one to two months.  The shows will be curated by expressive art therapist, Lucy Nims-LaFleche.  Using her expertise, she will reach out to the community to secure a variety of artists, making The Gallery unique to Needham.  If you would like to display your art, whether it be photos, paintings, please let contact Lucy:

This is an exciting new venue for Christ Church and the community of Needham.  Spread the word!

The Gallery’s first exhibit, on display until January 31, features quilts and textile art of Lucy Nims-LaFleche and Pam Goody.  All of their works are original designs and hand sewn. Most are available for purchase. The artists will give 10% of all sales to Hurricane Relief and Friends of Music.  Christmas is coming; give the gift of art to a loved one.