News Archive

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

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 Men’s “On Being” Podcast Discussions

Men of Christ Church: Join us in breaking bread and enjoying conversation based on podcasts from Krista Tippet’s “On Being”.  Meetings take place on the following Sundays: November 4 and 18, and December 2 and 16, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. in the Lower Parish Hall.  Topics include big questions of meaning, purpose and value found through spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. “On Being” is a ground-breaking, Peabody Award-winning NPR program. Enjoy the podcasts … and join a rich discussion!


Fund blankets for Boston homeless

Help us contribute mylar blankets to the homeless. Christ Church is fundraising throughout the month of October to purchase mylar blankets for the homeless community we serve at the MANNA Monday Lunch Program at the Cathedral in Boston.  The cost of the blankets is only about 80¢ each, so a little money goes a long way!   To donate, please see Debby Rempis at coffee hour.  Cash or checks are accepted. (Please make checks out to Christ Church and put MANNA Blanket Drive on the memo line.)

Come to Circle of Hope Event Oct. 13

Join us at Full Circle, which is Circle of Hope’s annual family event. We will be back for our third year on Saturday, October 13, 10 am-12 noon on the Needham Town Common. Last year, nearly 300 parents and children participated in this event, both fun and meaningful.  Each child receives a “Passport of Giving” and moves through different stations, collecting stamps and completing fun hands-on activities. The focus is on helping homeless individuals and families. This event is free and all are welcome … so, please join us!


Circle of Hope Open for Business

Help us outfit children who are homeless as they return to school and fall routines. A new school year and new hope … we’re in this together.

Circle of Hope has returned to its school year hours, as follows for Sept. – June:

Monday: 9 am-11 am
Tuesday: 9 am-11 am and 3 pm-5 pm
Wednesday: 9 am-11 am and 3 pm-5 pm
Thursday: 9 am-11 am
Saturday: 9 am-11 am

Over the summer, COH helped 850 people in just one week in July! More than 400 infants and children, along with 450 women and men, received essential clothing, sneakers, and toiletries from COH for a healthier summer. We made sure each shelter and clinic had an ample supply of clothing for emergency needs of homeless families, refugees, and people struggling with chronic homelessness to carry them through until September.

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Join Christ Church for Evensong November 25

As the days get darker and schedules busier, this brief, simple service, offers a chance to experience God’s peace through prayer, choral music, and chanting in the Anglican tradition just after daylight fades. It will be held in the chapel on Sunday, November 25, at 5:30 PM. We invite the community to extend the spirit of Thanksgiving through the weekend. This service is free and open to the public.

Celebrate Bounty: Art Show and Mini Market

On Sunday, Sept. 23 at 11:15 a.m., please join us in the Upper Parish Hall for “Tending the Garden”, celebrating a season of growth and bounty. We will have a “Meet and Greet the Artists” community reception, with the opportunity to meet talented artists who have shared their creative visions of nature and bounty. We are also holding our first mini Farmer’s Market, with flowers, baked goodies, and cookbooks for sale. We will be celebrating the abundance in our lives. 100% of the proceeds from the market (and a portion of the month’s art sales) will go to Community Servings. This organization’s mission is to prepare and deliver hot, nutritious, culturally sensitive food to people with medical and emotional illnesses in Rhode Island and the greater Boston area, while also training individuals for work in the food service industry.


Youth Choir: Sing to the Lord a New Song!

Christ Church is proud to announce the revitalization of its youth choir program! Aspiring singers (that’s all of you!) ages 12-18 are invited to participate in weekly rehearsals (Mondays 5:30pm – 7:00pm, beginning Sept. 10) that will culminate in performances at occasional Sunday services and other musical happenings. This is a great opportunity for young people to learn about music, community, and fellowship, as well as deepen their appreciation for the role of music in our worship traditions.
The group will be directed by Lea Peterson, with assistance from Myra Anderson. Myra is a long-time parishioner and singer at Christ Church as well as the former leader of the youth choir program. Lea has been working at Christ Church for the past 2 years as a section leader, soloist, and occasional conductor in the adult choir. She is a freelance musician in the Boston area who frequently works with high-school-age students while also maintaining her own singing career as a classical mezzo-soprano. She began her music directing path with Rejoice! Inspirational Choir, a non-denominational gospel choir, and has a special aptitude for new religious music. Lea is passionate about
choral music of all genres, including classical, musical theatre, spiritual and folk, a cappella and chamber, and traditional gospel. She is’very excited to work with Christ Church’s young community and hopes to create a group in which mutual respect, collaboration, and desire to learn come together to make
great music.
For more information, please reach out to one of us. We look forward to bringing the youth choral tradition back to Christ Church!
Lea Peterson:
Myra Anderson:
Pamela Goody, Music Director at CEC:

Join Fall Bible Study: “Good Girls, Bad Girls”

Beginning September 19, Wednesday Bible Study will be examining the role of the major female figures of the Old Testament–their individual choices, the historical and cultural context, Jewish and Christian interpretations, and the relevance to our own times. The companion text for this class is Good Girls, Bad Girls by T. J. Wray. Copies are available in the church office are are free to participants (through the Scripture Study Fund). Please sign up for the class when you pick up your copy.  You can attend either the morning (10am-noon) or evening (7-8:30pm) session. This will be a discussion-based opportunity led by Tracy Rubin, MTS, Harvard Divinity School.  Any level of participation is welcome. Please plan to join us this fall as we begin an exciting year of communal study and sharing to deepen our faith through mindful attention to scripture.

Begins on 9/16 … Program on Episcopal Faith

Everything you’ve wanted to know … about Christ Church Needham and the Episcopal faith. This fall, a six-session program called “Putting Down Roots” will address beliefs, worship, theology, sacraments, governance and history of the Episcopal church as well as how members of Christ Church live out love of God and neighbor in the world. Taught by Christ Church clergy and lay leaders, the program is open to all: new residents of Needham, people considering joining and people who are already members.

The class will be held from 6:30-8:00 pm on the following Sunday evenings: September 16, 23 and 30 and October 14, 21 and 28.

To sign up or for more information, please email Rector Rev. Nicholas Morris-Kliment.