News Archive

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

Made in the Shade

Throughout the summer Coffee Hour is transformed into a refreshing Lemonade Break following the 9 am service — making it even easier to set up and host!  Please see the sign-up sheet in Upper Parish Hall if you can help with this ministry of fellowship, and get in touch with coordinators Hope Anderson ( or (781-769-0797) or Debby Rempis ( or 339.777.5811) with any questions. Thank you!


B-SAFE Seeks Your Help    

On Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23 Christ Church will once again provide lunch and snacks for B-SAFE (Bishop’s Summer Academic and Fun Enrichment program), the diocesan summer day camp for urban kids in the Boston area. B-Safe offers safe, fun activities for children and provides jobs for teens who serve as counselors. We’ll be serving 170 children, teens and adults at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, one of the largest camps.  We are always grateful for the support of the Christ Church community for this wonderful program. If you wish to help, please make a check out to Christ Church, noting B-Safe in the memo line. Contact for more information. Thank you for your generosity!

Relax into Summer Schedule

Our summer schedule begins June 16 and continues until the Sunday after Labor Day.

Come as you are and join us on Sundays for worship:

  • 9 a.m. – Traditional service with Eucharist, in the Chapel, and
  • 5:30 p.m. – “Simple Sunday service” with Eucharist, in the Chapel.

Informal potluck gatherings:  On June 30 and July 28, stay after the 5:30 p.m. service for an informal potluck dinner (6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.).

Music: We have opportunities for you to select your favorite hymns  for a service on a specific Sunday, while helping us fund our pianist to accompany the service. We need a total of $100 per week. Please contact Pam Goody at for details and to arrange your selection.



View New Exhibit in Art Gallery

Feel like taking a ride? The Community Art Gallery at Christ Church is featuring a vibrant solo exhibit by artist Marne Rizika, titled “Earth Movers: Paintings, Drawings and Prints”. All members of the Needham community are welcome to stop in to view the exhibit during the following hours: Mon – Thurs 9-1;  Sun 9-11.

Marne’s fabulously bold and bright tractor paintings evoke another place and time, with long summer days outside in the fields. Her work has been shown throughout the Northeast and beyond. With a strong interest in architecture, construction, mechanical objects, and the transformation and reinvention of landscapes, Marne dedicated 8 years to on-site sketching at the Big Dig in Boston, the largest public highway project in U.S. history. Her work will be exhibited at Christ Church through the end of July, and a portion of the proceeds from sales will go toward the restoration of the church organ.




Honor Refugees Among Us … June 20

The bishops of the Diocese of Massachusetts invite all to gather to share stories and enjoy delicious foods from around the world at a free dinner event, “Honoring Refugees Among Us: Share a Meal, Share a Story,” to take place on World Refugee Day, Thursday, June 20, 5 p.m., at the Church of the Holy Spirit (525 River Street) in Mattapan.

Refugees and immigrants, and those who are working or desiring to work in alliance with them in advocacy, are particularly welcome.

The program will include not only presentations addressing matters of interest to refugees and immigrants but also will highlight cross-cultural sharing and lay plans for next steps in networking.  All are welcome.

RSVP by June 17 to .


Summer Brings the Thrill of the Trill

“Morning has broken like the first morning …”

Do you have a favorite hymn you would love to belt out on a Sunday morning? Now is your chance to play Music Director for a day, specifying a hymn you yearn to sing at  church while supporting the  need for a summer accompanist with a donation in any amount. This opportunity begins on June 16 when Christ Church moves to a single morning service at 9 am for the summer through Labor Day weekend.

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. We will recognize donors in the weekly bulletin. Please see Pam Goody after the 10 am service to arrange your selection. (Note that the 5:30 pm service continues, without music.)

“… On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross …”

Group to Study the Gospel of Matthew

The Wednesday Bible Study group will spend next year studying the Gospel of Matthew. This will correspond with the lectionary cycle of readings on Sunday mornings, which should make for some meaningful work together. Matthew’s gospel was intended for a Jewish audience and provides a particularly interesting perspective. We begin on September 18 and you can come to either the 10am-noon or 7-8:30pm class.

According to the web site, “Matthew, the Evangelist who wrote the Gospel that appears first in the New Testament, was different from the other Apostles. He was not a popular man. Many people felt that he was unworthy to be a chosen as a follower of Jesus. Matthew worked for the Romans as a tax collector.” Because f his association with money, Matthew is the patron saint of bankers and accountants. Besides writing his account of the life and teachings of Jesus, Matthew is believed to have established Christian communities in Ethiopia and elsewhere in Africa and to have died a martyr.

Learn about this controversial figure’s view of the life of Jesus at Bible study class.  The companion text by William Barclay will be paid for out of the Scripture Study Fund. To order books we need to get an accurate count now. By May 15 please contact Tracy Rubin if you plan to participate, and we will set aside a book for you when they come in. Thank you for your prompt response!

Parish Year-End Feast – June 9

Enjoy food and fellowship after the last regular 10 am service of the program year on June 9, as we look forward to summer adventures!  See you this summer at a 9 am service – or at 5:30 pm right off the beach!

Youth Group Serves (and Enjoys) New York

Members of the youth group are spending April vacation in New York City, working with Experience Mission and staying at the Salvation Army Temple in Harlem. They began their trip with a Palm Sunday blessing from Christ Church Rector Nick Morris-Kliment and members of the 8:15 congregation, then traveled to New York by train and to Harlem by subway.

Team members are Lila Carr, Sarah Jensen, Cole Lysaght, Katie Lysaght, Brian Melvin, Rev. Scottie Miller, Matt Moylan and Mike Niden.

On Wednesday, the service team worked at the Manhattan Citadel, the Salvation Army’s main headquarters.  They experienced a different part of Harlem.

The team spent part of the morning helping to assemble Easter baskets.  At lunchtime, they were invited to get out of their comfort zone. After giving out sandwiches to folks in the neighborhood, they joined a Prayer Station on the street, with music and people standing by to offer prayer to people in the neighborhood who asked.  Mostly, our kids wore the bright red vests and engaged people in conversation. They finished with a walk through the neighborhood, which, to their surprise, their Salvation Army host told them was a prayer walk. They walked to various stops (where drugs are sold, a park where people shoot up, a place where the sex trade happens) and offered prayer for healing and hope.

The Salvation Army is building a large new building in the neighborhood which will offer assisted living housing to community elders, and the Youth Group visited that site and offered prayers of blessing.  After work, they took the subway to Central Park and had a picnic with New York style pizza.  They finished the day with a sunset ride on the Staten Island Ferry, where they could view the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

On Thursday, the group worked in the Bronx, then visited some “touristy” sites. The finished the evening at Maundy Thursday services at Grace Church, where a team member, Lila Carr, was baptized and sang in the children’s choir.

During their stay, Youth Group members working in the food pantry helped 134 visitors, distributing enough food for 3,321 meals!

They head home to Needham on Good Friday.




The Lens, the Chisel and the Toothpick

A colorful new show of photos and woodcarvings will be presented April 9-May 5 by the Community Art Gallery at Christ Episcopal Church.

Are you curious? Photographer Joan Sewall is curious about swamps, stumps, spirals, shadows, reflections, water droplets, and, well, just about everything else she can see. Woodcarver/ painter Nancy Carroll is curious about the inside of a red pepper and the nose of a lion, and wonders if she can make a painting with a toothpick.

Come and satisfy YOUR curiosity. The Lens, the Chisel and the Toothpick opens on April 9 and runs until May 5 at the Community Art Gallery, Christ Episcopal Church, 1132 Highland Ave, Needham. The Community Art Gallery is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9 AM-2 PM, and Sundays 9 AM-noon. A closing reception will be held at 11:30 AM on May 5.

Twenty percent of proceeds from sale of art in the show will be donated to Black Feather Horse Rescue in Plymouth. BFHR is a rescue organization and sanctuary for horses, donkeys, pigs, llamas, ducks and more, and exemplifies the love and caring humans can give to neglected, abandoned, suffering and homeless animals. More more information, visit

Click here for The Lens The Chisel and the Toothpick flyer.

Click here for information about the Community Art Gallery.