Archives for February 2018

Outreach Spotlight: Barbara McInnis House

Through our Community Concerns Committee, Christ Church is a long-time supporter of the Barbara McInnis House, a medical respite facility run by Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). The Barbara McInnis House provides care for homeless people who are too sick to live in a shelter, but not sick enough to stay in a hospital. Homeless individuals with serious health problems and nowhere to go can receive medical attention as well as participate in activities, such as acreative writing program, that provide a sense of normalcy. “If you think of the true meaning of respite,there’s something to being able to have a normal life, whether that’s doing some writing or crafts or bingo,” said Dr. Dave Munson, who works for BHCHP.

Join Saturday’s Boston March to End Gun Violence (Note time change)

This Saturday, March 24, Reverend Nick Morris-Kliment will be leading a group from Christ Church, and whomever else would like to join us, to our Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont Street, Boston).  For those who would like to go together, we will meet at the Needham Heights commuter rail platform at 11:45 am in time for the 12 noon train. Please note that the rally on the Boston Common has been re-scheduled to 2 pm.

The Cathedral Church will offer hospitality and a gathering place for Boston marchers, throughout the day from 10 am through 5 pm. 

The bishops of the Episcopal dioceses of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts jointly issued the call: “From Lamentation to Action” on March 1. In it they urged solidarity in prayer and encouraged participation locally and nationally in the “March For Our Lives” on Saturday, March 24.

To read the Bishops’ full statement and see more details on March 24 events, click here.

Lent at Christ Church: A Season of Reflection

Lent is a time of reflection that begins with Ash Wednesday (February 14 this year) and ends with East (April 1). It marks the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert resisting temptation from the devil. During Lent, Christ Church Needham and Christians everywhere focus on repentence and preparing for Easter.

At Christ Church, the anticipation began February 11 with guided worship services in which the Reverend Nicolas Morris-Kliment explained the liturgy in detail. Parishioners enjoyed a Mardi Gras-themed coffee hour and an “untalent” show.

Lent officially begins with Ash Wednesday on February 14. Services with ashes will be held at 7 am, noon and 7 pm. Lent-to-Go boxes, blessed in the Church, are available for those who are unable to get to Ash Wednesday services. The boxes (see photo) also contain prayer and reflection helps for the season of Lent.

This Lent, Christ Church will also offer “Soul Tending in the Garden of Your Life,” a program designed to help busy people of all ages slow down and experience the work of God in their lives. Using a variety of methods, including video, arts and crafts, discussions, readings and others, we will build habits and patterns into our lives that help us to grow in the love of God, self, others, and creation. The program is an adaptation of a program created by the Society of St. John the Evangelist and the Center for Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. See more here:

Two time slots are being considered–five Sundays at church, 11:30am-1:00pm, on February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18; or five Wednesday Evenings in people’s homes, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21. Each session can also stand alone. All gatherings will include a simple meal, program and closing prayer. If you are interested, please take this survey to indicate which time slot suits your life better. Survey Monkey Poll

During Lent services, more silence and simplicity, including silent processions, will be incorporated in worship. The liturgical color changes to purple, symbolizing mourning on the one hand and royalty on the other. Jesus exemplifies kingship based on humility and service rather than force and exploitation. Beginning with Lent, and continuing thereafter, wine without alcohol will be available during communication (as well as the already offered gluetn-free wafers).

The spectacular Fauré “Requiem,” a musical Lenten offering, will be a performed at 3 pm, March 11, 2018, by the Christ Church Choir. Joining our choir will be the choirs of St. Paul’s, Dedham, and the Congregational Church, Needham. Rivers Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of David Tierney, will accompany the singers. Parishioners who would like to sing with the choir in this musical venture are invited to contact Music Director Pam Goody.

Also available are booklets with lenten readings that make excellent prayer companions on the journey through Lent. Copies can be found on the table in the Upper Parish Hall. The booklets are: Forward Day by Day, Episcopal Relief and Development and Living Compass