Archives for January 2018

Faure’s Requiem to be Performed March 11

Eternal rest and consolation are the focus of Faure’s magnificent Requiem, which will be presented in Needham in observance of Lent on Sunday, March 11 at 3:00 PM.

Performing the Requiem will be the combined choirs of Christ Episcopal Church, Needham, the Congregational Church of Needham, and St. Paul Episcopal Church of Dedham; the Rivers Symphony Orchestra; and organist Charles W. Raines. Guest soloists are Julie Tierney, soprano, and Mark Anderson, bass.

Under the direction of Needham resident David Tierney, the Rivers Symphony Orchestra will also play “Symphony in D” by Juan Chrisostomo de Arriaga. This classical era composer nicknamed “the Spanish Mozart” lived a tragically short life, dying at age 20 in 1826. Also to be heard is Antonio Salieri’s overture to the opera “La Grotta di Trofonio,” which was composed in 1795.

Admission is free but donations are gladly accepted to help defray costs of this production.

The performance will be held at Christ Church, 1132 Highland Avenue, Needham (across from the public library). The church is handicap-accessible. For more infomration, please call the Christ Church office at 781-444-1469.

Wild and Wise: Christ Church Men’s Events


The Christ Church Men’s Spirituality Book Group invites men to experience rich conversation with other men from the church at its twice-monthly meetings, from 6:30-8:00 pm at the church. Upcoming gathering are scheduled for February 11, February 25, March 11, March 18, and April 8.  New members are welcome. Please email John Carr if you have questions at

In addition, the men of Christ Church hold an informal fellowship dinner at 6:30 pm on the third Thursday of each month at the Echo Bridge Restaurant, 1068 Bridge Street, Newton Upper Falls. The group extends a welcome to all men with an interest in the parish to join them in breaking bread and fostering relationships. Please RSVP for the upcoming dinner by the previous Tuesday by contacting Mike Niden at 781-801-2151 or

Come As You Are, Go in Peace …

… This invitation captures the spirit of Simple Sunday Evening Worship, an innovative and informal worship service that began January 7 at Christ Church. The 35-to-40-minute service, held every Sunday at 5:30 pm in the chapel, provides a family-friendly option to people of all ages. It includes scripture, hymns, a homily, prayers and communion. The service will be held every Sunday until June 11, except Easter, including long weekends.

Attendance at the first service was robust. Afterward many expressed their enjoyment and said it worked well for their schedules. Steve Sussman played piano and Myra Anderson served at the altar alongside Pastor Nicholas Morris-Kliment.

Rev. Morris-Kliment said all “jobs”–such as serving on the altar, greeting and reading– are open to all. He asked anyone interested to get in touch with him.

“The 5:30 Sunday evening service was very nice,” said Ingrid Melvin. “I love the intimacy of a chapel service but with humans.”

The Carnahan family also attended. They commented that the service was “the perfect way to enter the new week, recharged and refreshed. Both the chapel and the service were warm and inviting for the 30 people that gathered to share in the joy. The great acoustics of the chapel, coupled with Steve Sussman’s piano playing, made for a beautiful pairing with Nick’s gentle yet engaging sermon. Jack (13 years old) told us at the end of the service he would give it a Trip Advisors rating of 5!”