News Archive

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

Everything You Always 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. Class dates and times will be arranged after we hear from you. If you’re interested, please email the our rector, Rev. Nicholas Morris-Kliment.

Sum-Sum-Summertime at Christ Church

The days are lazy, long and hot … at least they will be, if the weather ever cooperates. Regardless, it is a Christ Church tradition to celebrate the joys of summer with a more relaxed schedule.

Sunday services are held at 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM in the chapel. This schedule continues from June 17 through Labor Day Weekend. Reminder: the chapel is air-conditioned!

During summer, there is also an opportunity to be music director for a day. Do you have a favorite hymn you’d love to hear during the 9 AM service? You can decide while also making a contribution to support a summer accompanist with a donation in any amount you choose. (We need a total of $100 per week; if you write a check, please make it out to Christ Church and note “summer music” in the memo line.) Donors will be recognized in the weekly bulletin. Please see official Music Director Pam Goody or contact her at to arrange your selection and preferred summer Sunday.

Another summer delight is the substitution of the traditional coffee hour with a Lemonade Break after the 9:00 AM service, beginning June 17. If you are interested in hosting, please sign up on the ledger in the Upper Parish Hall. You can provide iced tea, lemonade, cookies or whatever refreshments you like. Please get in touch with coordinators Debby Rempis at or Joanne Neale at to to ask questions or volunteer.

The Sanctuary Garden will be in full bloom, and that applies to weeds as well as flowers. Please consider volunteering a week or two this summer to help care for this lovely oasis. Tasks include light weeding, dead-heading and keeping walkways and benches clean. (No watering or lawn care is required.)  A sign-up sheet is posted in Upper Parish Hall. Your support is very much appreciated! Please contact Winnie West at 781-444-8739 or with questions.

Volunteer to make B-SAFE a success

Join our Christ Church team to help sponsor B-Safe Camp for 2 days in July. The dates for Christ Church participation are Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24. We will be responsible for serving snacks and lunch at the Epiphany School in Dorchester. (This is a change from last year: We will provide lunch and snacks for twice the number of children and staff on each given day, but for only two rather than four days).

B-Safe is a summer program of our diocese that provides a safe and fun day camp experience for kids from Boston and other urban communities, and that provides jobs and leadership opportunities for the teens in the communities who serve as staff at the camp. Kids in B-Safe enjoy healthy snacks and a lunch, daily activities and play, and a field trip each week. The Epiphany School program serves about 140 campers and staff each day.

B-Safe is a great way to do some service and to help kids and young people in our diocese. This is a project that families can do together and that children and young people can participate in. We need volunteers to help make snacks and a lunch. We also need volunteers to join us at the Epiphany School to help set up lunch and clean up afterwards.

Please contact the Rev. Scottie Miller ( or 781-444-1469) to offer your help, to make a donation, or for more information.

Study Buddies … Going Strong thru Year 5

With kids’ interests and attention turning away from Social Studies and compound fractions and more toward days at the playground, Christ Church Study Buddies volunteers are also closing their books on another school year. Each week, a small group of volunteers has ventured to the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan, often twice a week, to help 3-6 graders with arithmetic, science, language arts… and even “Romeo & Juliet.” Like all kids, they are anxious for guidance and help as many now face the anxiety of MCAS testing.

While the Study Buddies ministry can be challenging, it is extremely rewarding to see kids formerly struggling with long division and vocabulary words now make the Honor Roll and, according to their teachers, consistently “Exceed Expectations.” If you’d like to become a Study Buddy this coming fall, be sure to contact Barbara Baker or Harding Ounanian, Jr. It’s your opportunity to make an impact.

Inviting youth choir participants for Fall 2018

We are happy to announce the revitalization of our youth choir program beginning in September 2018.
Aspiring singers ages 12-18 are invited to participate in weekly Monday rehearsals and performances at occasional Sunday services and other musical events. This is a great opportunity for young people to learn about music, community, and fellowship.
Lea Peterson, our mezzo-soprano soloist and section leader in the adult choir, will direct the youth choir, assisted by former youth choir director and current choir member Myra Anderson.  Lea is passionate about choral music of all genres, including classical, musical theatre, spiritual and folk, a cappella and chamber, and traditional gospel.
We look forward to bringing the youth choral tradition back to Christ Church! To learn more, please reach out to one of us:
            Lea Peterson (
            Myra Anderson (
            Pamela Goody (

Stop in to See Needham Community Art

Come see Needham Community Art! Christ Church has opened its doors to artists and art lovers and all who enjoy the healing power of art. We are sponsoring  rotating artists’ exhibitions  in the church’s Upper Parish Hall. Visitors, stop in to enjoy the exhibits anytime the church is open. Click here to view the Needham Channel’s recent coverage.

We are always looking for new artists and communities to display their art and educate us about their causes. For more information, please contact Lucy Nims-LaFleche at 617/947-0671 or

May/June Exhibit: In honor of Mother’s and Father’s Day, during May and June the Community Gallery at Christ Church will be exploring the theme of parenting — a tribute to this glorious, challenging and sometimes heartbreaking role, and to all who have helped to raise us and to who we are helping to raise. We invite people of all ages and artistic abilities to submit a framed or matted piece of art, photo or sculpture pertaining to this theme. Bring your piece to Upper Parish Hall at Christ Church in Needham on Tuesday, May 8between 10am-2pm or call Lucy Nims-LaFleche at 617-947-0671 to arrange another time. Attach an index card attached with the artist’s name, contact info and brief story or description of the work. You do not have to sell your work but if you would like to, include a price on the card with an understanding that you will donate a minimum of 10% to or a parenting charity of your choice. Spread the word to friends and family! You don’t have to be a Christ Church member to participate. One of the gallery’s goals is to invite people from all walks of life into our community. Help us fill this great space with new art and new faces!

March/April Exhibit: We welcomed Dan DePlaines, photographer, and Margueritte Swartz, watercolorist, to our gallery in Upper Parish Hall in March. Dan and Marg are siblings who are both local artists and 20% of their sales will go to The Brain and Behavioral Research Foundation. One in five of us lives with a mental illness. One hundred percent of contributions to this foundation is invested into research grants to scientists thanks to the generous support of two family foundations which covers their operating expenses. The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. This Foundation awards scientific grants to discover how to improve treatments of mental disorders.

Dan and Marg are also generously donating 10% of their sales to The Friends of Music at Christ Church which supports all special musical programs that are not funded by the church. Dan DesPlaines has traveled around the United States with camera in hand. He is self-taught and is always striving for that unusual shot or angle. Favorite spots are New England, Florida and Washington. He attributes his adventurous and curious personality to his dad
Gabriel and mother Yvonne. Gabriel was a camera collector and Gabriel and Yvonne had an uncanny appreciation of the world around us. Dan has strived to have the same appreciation and looks at his photography as a way to show off the beauty or our world and try to motivate us all to get outside whenever possible and enjoy the wonders of our planet. Dan can be reached at:

Marguerite Swartz has been drawing and painting since her early teens. She has taken various night classes and watercolor courses along the way and also favors painting nature and water subjects. Marguerite’s aunt was a skilled oil painter specializing in still life and Marguerite thinks she may have acquired an “artistic gene” from her. She also has a passion for photography and never tires of the hunt for that next great shot.

If you would like to purchase a piece of their art just drop off in the church office, payment in cash or check made out to the artist and take the piece with you at any time that the office is open.


Putting Down Roots: A Class to Welcome You

Want to learn more about the Episcopal Church? To explore how you can connect to the life of this parish? Join Nick, Scottie, and lay leaders in this six-part series about what Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls “The Episcopal Branch of the JesusMovement.” Learn about our beliefs, worship, theology, sacraments, governance and history. Especially, learn how Christ Church lives out love of God and neighbor in the world.

If you are new here, considering Membership (what is that?), Confirmation (yes, adults can be confirmed, even baptized!), Reception (formally joining the Episcopal Church from another branch of the Jesus Movement) or simply want to refresh your faith, please come. Date and time to be announced once we hear from you! Email to let him know if you are interested or have questions.

Hear Youth Group Stories – Sunday, 29th

Join us for services this Sunday, April 29, to hear our youth group members’ stories about their recent mission trip. They have returned from re-building efforts in Houston following Hurricane Harvey. They will share their reflections during the sermon at each of the 3 services.

If you would like to support our service ministry, you can participate in a special offering on April 29, or you can send a contribution directly to the church. Just mark “Youth Group Service Project” on the memo line of the check, or mark an envelope with “Youth Group” for cash donations. Half of any money collected will go as a direct gift to the Saint Bernard Project, an organization founded after Hurricane Katrina. The other half will go in the youth fund, as seed money for next year’s trip.

Youth group members and three adult volunteers joined the Saint Bernard Project for a week-long service project. They worked from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm each day, and spent time in the evenings cooking and eating together. They also had opportunities to explore Houston and enjoy a dinner out.

Participants included Molly Hurley, Bob Keener, Cole Lysaght, Brian Melvin, Tim Melvin, Scottie Miller, Jim Prescott, Nate Ruddy, and Mairead Walsh.

Planning for Women’s Spirituality Group

All women are invited to an April 24 meeting to gauge interest and make plans for a women’s group. While there are many opportunities for involvement and service at Christ Church, it has been some years since we have had intentional offerings for women. We aren’t entirely sure what form a women’s group might take, or what the interest is, but we are excited about exploring what kinds of things we might do together. This is an opportunity for retreats and worship events, a trip, a book group or other shared interest, purely social gatherings, service trips or projects—or whatever we decide we would like to offer.

Please join us at the home of Abby Carr, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24. Enjoy good company and light refreshments and come with your hopes and ideas.

For more information, and to help us plan for numbers, please call or email Abby Carr or Scottie Wagner. Abby:; 646-413-0380. Scottie:; 978-979-1694.

Families: Join Movie Night Fundraiser

The Church School middle school class is hosting a movie night fundraiser on May 12 from 5-9 pm for kids, ages 3-10.  This is a great opportunity for parents to get out for a date night!  We’ll serve a pizza dinner, and show the featured movie Finding Nemo.  The kids (big and little) can play for a while before and after the movie, supervised by teens.  The suggested donation is $15 per child with a max of $30 per family.  Please spread the word to anyone you know who has children in this age group.  All funds raised will go to support the Youth Group’s mission trip.  Please contact Kevin Ruddy at for details and to RSVP.