News Archive

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

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.

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.

Enjoy peace and reflection at Gallery

Enjoy moments of peace and reflection at our Community Art Gallery in the Upper Parish Hall. During Lent, the theme is “Introspection and Meditation”. You will find numerous works of art and meditation stones. The artwork is for sale, and a portion of proceeds from the sale of works will be donated to the Christ Church Shelter Cooking mission. For more information about our art gallery, click here.  

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!