News Archive

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

Join “Grateful Gatherings” Lenten Program

Come and join us for …. A simple meal … A short presentation … An honest conversation … about gratitude in the Christian life.

Three stand-alone sessions, about 90 minutes:

Saturday, March 16 – 9 a.m. Breakfast (Upper Parish Hall)

Sunday, March 31 – 6:30 p.m. Supper (Upper Parish Hall)

Wednesday, April 10 – Noon Lunch (Upper Parish Hall)

Questions? Would you like to help with food? Please contact Nick by emailing him at, or giving him a call at 781-444-1469 x113.

Youth Group plans annual Service Trip

The Christ Church Youth Group is getting ready for their annual service trip. This year they will travel to NYC, serving people at the Salvation Army Center in Harlem. The group will help prepare meals for homeless guests; paint and reorganize the thrift shop. Youth group members will work alongside people served at the center and students from a nearby school.  Our members are welcome to invite a friend to join the mission project. Cost is $750 per person, which covers the cost of meals and transportation. Please contact Mike Niden ( or Scottie Miller ( to register.

Come to Youth “Big Sing” Concert, March 23

The public is invited to enjoy this concert of youth choirs at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. The concert will be held in the sanctuary at Christ Church. Tickets, $3 each, will be available at the sanctuary door prior to the performance.

The “Big Sing East” is a youth and children’s choir festival. Choirs from the greater Boston areas will present short, individual programs, followed by a combined performance to conclude the concert. The event is  sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

Enjoy Mardi Gras Pancakes/ Untalent Show

We are excited to announce that we will once again be having our annual “Untalent Show” on Sunday, March 3, immediately following the 10 a.m. service.

On this last Sunday before Lent begins, we will enjoy a “Mardis Gras Sunday” celebration, complete with pancakes and fun for all ages. Contact Kristin Auffermann at or 617-797-7710 ot help decorate the remodeled Fellowship Hall. Please consider signing up to share some “untalent” with the rest of us! Whether you have a funny story or poem to share, a song, a dance, a skit, or even playing the spoons … we would love your participation for the enjoyment by all.

Sign up in the Upper Parish Hall at coffee hour or contact Kin Lysaght at or 781-237-0709.

This has always been a fun event for all ages. Even if you decide not to join the show … do plan to come to enjoy some flapjacks, fun, and fellowship!

Come to receive ashes, Wed. March 6

On this holy day, come to receive ashes:

7:30 a.m. – “Ashes To Go” at Hersey Commuter Rail platform, Needham

Noon – Liturgy with Homily and Imposition of Ashes (Christ Church Chapel)

7:00 p.m. – Liturgy with Homily and Impositions of Ashes (Christ Church Chapel)

Church ordains the Rev. Jennifer McCracken

Former parishioner Jennifer McCracken was ordained on January 27 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Boston. It was a glorious and joyful occasion for Jennifer and family and friends, including many from Christ Church.  The congregation included those whom she pastors at the MANNA community and at St. Michael’s in Milton.  The chasuble Jennifer wore on the occasion is a gift from members of the MANNA community … and many hands contributed to creating it!!!

The Rev. Jennifer McCracken, who has been the head pastor to the MANNA community for the past two years, will assume leadership of the MANNA team starting in mid-June and will move to full-time status on the cathedral staff.

CEC Missioners Renew Ties with Haiti

A group of four clergy/parishioners from Christ Church renewed ties with its Partner Parish, St. Luc’s Church on a mission tip to Lazil, Haiti in January. The group included: Rev. Nick Morris-Kliment, Pastor; the Reverend Holly Hartman, Diocesan Deacon for Global Ministries Partnerships; and Margaret Pantridge and Betsy Keener, parishioners.

Christ Church members met with the leadership of Lazil Parish and discussed the status of St. Luc’s school; its music program; the community’s goat cooperative; and reconstruction of the church following the 2010 earthquake. All of these initiatives were created in partnership with Christ Church.

Activities during the visit included a concert by the school band; a Children’s Day with coloring, beading, a three-legged race and tug o’ war (smash hit!), and community meal of rice, beans, salad, and goat meat, accompanied by lively music. Several students made and held up signs thanking Christ Church for its support.



Visit our February Community Art Gallery

Meet our featured February artist, Aidan Keene, at the opening reception in our Community Art Gallery. We will be hosting the reception on Sunday, February 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the Upper Parish Hall. Artwork will be for sale, and a portion of sales will be donated to Beth Israel Needham. In celebration of this art exhibit, Treat Cupcake has designed an art exhibit-themed cupcake through their “Treat Others Well” initiative. Visit Treat Needham in the town center … cupcake proceeds will be donated to the BID Center for Autonomic and Peripheral Nerve Disorders. Read the Aidan Keane Bio (1).

The Community Art Gallery is housed in the church’s Upper Parish Hall. It is open to the community Mon.-Fri.9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sun 9 a.m. – noon. We seek out artists in the Needham community who are interested in sharing their work with the Needham community. Exhibits are usually displayed for one month, with each month featuring a specific artist or group of artists. Artwork may be sold, and the artist gives 10% or more of the proceeds to a community charity.  Find more information here.

For artists interested in exhibiting their artwork, please contact Lucy LaFleche, Curator, at or call her at 617-947-0671.



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.)