News Archive

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

Lent at Christ Chruch: 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

Confirmation Class Seeks Clothing Donations

The 2018 Christ Church confirmation class is off and running, with classes under way and members serving as acolytes in church services.

Another important facet of the program, this year and every year, is participation in City Reach, a program run by Common Cathedral. During an evening at the cathedral, students will interact with members of the Boston homeless community and share clothing items they have begun collecting.

The group asks members of the Christ Church community to make donations. Please leave them in the collection box in the Upper Parish Hall for by 4 pm, Friday, February 9.

Please consider providing gently used clothing that is warm, comfortable and rugged–the sort of thing you would wear camping or hiking. The Common Cathedral hosts many more male guests than female guests, so about 80% of donations should be unisex or men’s sizes, particularly larger sizes (XL, XXL and XXXL), hooded sweatshirts and sweat pants. Other items in demand include warm coats, sweaters, T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, jeans, khakis and other casual pants, waterproof boots, comfortable shoes, sneakers, hats, waterproof gloves and belts.

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 next meeting Sunday, January 21, at 6:30 pm. The group will be reading selected chapters from Fr. Richard Rohr’s book, From Wild Man to Wise Man: Reflections on Male Spirituality.

The book looks at Christianity with a fresh lens and covers topics such as money, fatherhood, sexuality, addiction and many other important issues. Conversation will be facilitated by John Carr, a parishioner who is a therapist in private practice in Boston and specializes in working with men, fathers, healthcare providers and millennials on parenting, anger and spiritual issues.

The group will meet from 6:30-8:00 pm at the church on the following Sunday evenings:  January 21, 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!”

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.

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.


Opening Our Hearts to those in Need

During the Advent season, we will share our blessings with others by contributing to the St. Nicholas Boot Drive, the Annual Christmas Giving Tree, and the Cathedral Clothing Closet. We thank our many members and friends of Christ Church for their donations and generous spirit in bringing Christmas to many. Opportunities include:

Annual Giving Tree

Christmas is fast approaching and so we are putting our thoughts on Christmas and the Christ Church Annual Giving Tree. The agencies we serve would like to have our offering of gifts to the recipients by Monday, December 18th. So all gifts will need to be at Christ Church by Sunday, December 17th. Please consider donating one (or more) of the following:

Gifts for Children: Tags are on the Giving Tree for the children of the women living at Shepherd House. Please take a tag, check the number on your tag, and sign up on the “Shepherd House Childrens Gift” sign-up sheet.

– Gift Cards for Women at Transition House: We will also again be making gifts to Transition House, a battered women’s shelter in Cambridge. We will be collecting $25 gift cards to Target. We had 70 cards last year and will likely need about the same number of cards this year.

Women’s Winter Care Packages: We will be doing the Women’s Winter Care Packages again. These are bags for the women living at Shepherd House, a program for women in recovery run by Victory Programs. The items we include in each bag
are: hat, scarf, gloves or mittens, toothpaste and toothbrush, lip gloss, body/hand lotion and shampoo. You may add anything else to the bag (lipstick, night gown, jewelry, etc.) that you wish, including a note of encouragement to the woman who receives the bag. All are greatly appreciated! You may also fill up a bag of your own with all the items listed.

St Nicholas Boot Drive – for NEW Boots!

Please join the Chiappinelli family in helping Boston’s homeless children by contributing new boots to the St. Nicholas Boot Drive. Circle of Hope volunteers will give these boots to homeless children in the weeks to come to provide warmth throughout the winter months. We are deeply grateful to the Chiappinelli family for organizing the boot drive for the firth year in a row and we thank all who donate. DROP OFF boots in the labeled bins in the Upper Parish Hall at Christ Church by Sunday, December 17.


Cathedral Clothing Closet

In December, we hope to provide a set of thermal underwear, a warm hat and a pair of warm gloves to every guest of MANNA’s Monday Lunch who spends most of their day and night outside over the winter. Myra Anderson will be collecting cash donations on December 3rd and December 10th to purchase long underwear, gloves and hats at reduced prices to ensure that everyone is helped. Your donation of $15 will buy a set of all three! Checks can be made out to Christ Church, with “MANNA Clothing” in the memo line. As always, in our box in Upper Parish Hall, we will continue to collect warm clothing and outerwear, travel-size toiletries, backpacks and new socks to keep the Clothing Closet well-stocked all winter. If you would like
to help distribute clothing, join us on our next trip to Boston on December 11th.
Contact Myra at

Submit Your Nominations for Parish Leadership Positions

Members – please submit your nomination forms to elect our next slate of Vestry leaders, Warden, and other parish leadership roles. Forms are due in to the Parish Office or via email by end of day on Tuesday, November 28.  We ask that you check with any candidate you have in mind before you submit his/her name. We also welcome people interested in serving to nominate themselves. Voting will take place at the Annual Meeting on January 28, 2018.

Click here  for a description of positions and a ballot form. Also, you can find nomination forms in the Upper Parish Hall at church.

Join Festivities of Annual Christmas Party

Celebrate the season at the Christ Church Christmas party on Saturday, December 9, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Lovely Christmas music, great fellowship, festive Christmas décor, and a cash bar (also alcohol-free punch). We encourage everyone to bring a food item to share … hot or cold hors d’oeuvres or finger desserts. (There will be sign-up sheets after coffee hour). Please contact Jo-Anne
Allen at 781-444-3271 for more information.