News Archive

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

Find bargains at Yard Sale

Search for bargains at the Christ Church yard sale on Saturday, May 26, from 9 am to 2 pm. You will find toys, games, books, CD’s, videos, sports equipment, furniture, housewares, art, baby items, jewelry and electronics.

Parishioners, please bring your donations to the church on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25, 9 am2 pm. Also, sign up in the Upper Parish Hall to work the day of the sale and/or on May 24/25 to help sort and tag items.

All sale proceeds will help support the missions and activities of Christ Church.

Delight in free performance by Longwood Opera

Enjoy an upcoming performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta, Iolanthe, on Sunday, June 3 at 2:30 pm at Christ Church. Longwood Opera, in collaboration with the New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society, will be presenting the operetta. Admission is free.

Kathryn Denney will conduct the operetta.  Jim Hay is the pianist, and the audience is invited to sing along with the choruses. For more information, visit or

The performance will be held in Fellowship Hall (basement level).

Longwood Opera will begin its weekly Summer Concert Series at Christ Church on Tuesday, July 10.

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.


We wish you the blessings of this Easter Season!

We hope you will join us in worship and fellowship as the season unfolds.



Invitation: Mini-course on Julian of Norwich

Our Wednesday Bible study groups invite you to join us this spring for about eight weeks to read the“Showings” of Julian of Norwich, the first woman ever to write a book in English back in the 14thcentury. Experience for yourself this warm,
engaging group as we commune over scripture. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice close reading of a religious work with the support and insight of others.

There are two options for participating. The morning class from 10 am – 12 noon has begun to study Julian. The evening class from 7 – 8:30 pm will begin their study of  Julian on March 28 or April 4, depending on the weather.  Classes move at their own pace, and attendance every week is not necessary. If you’d like more information, please contact Tracy Rubin at

The recommended edition to purchase is “Julian of Norwich: Revelations of Divine Love”, translated (from Middle English) by Elizabeth Spearing, Penguin Books, ISBN-13: 978-0-140-44673-9. The reason for this edition is that it includes both her short and long texts. We’ll be reading the short text, but the long text will be available for deeper reading if you so desire. Any edition of the short text will also be fine.