News Archive

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

Enjoy the Sounds of the Season

At Christ Church Needham, Christmas is a feast for the ears and eyes as well as the spirit and soul. Join us for musical highlights offered by our music director, choristers and musicians to make your advent season more meaningful and merry than ever.

Sunday, December 15, 3 PM
A Festival of Lessons and Carols in the Sanctuary

A traditional Advent service of nine Bible readings (lessons) followed by carols or choral anthems sung by the Adult and Youth Choirs. Included are “E’en So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come,” “People Look East,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” “Lo, How a Rose,” “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” and more.  Joined by guests Bruce Goody, flutist, and Jonathan Moretz, guitarist.  Pamela Goody, music director, Charles Raines, associate music director, and organist and Lea Peterson, youth choir director, invite you to enjoy an afternoon of Advent music.  A reception will follow in Upper Parish Hall’s Community Art Gallery amid the colorful paintings of artist Evelyn Berde (see image at right).

Tuesday, December 24
Christmas Eve

4 PM.  Family service and Christmas Pageant in the Sanctuary.  Children are invited to dress as an animal, angel or shepherd.  Costumes are provided.  The Youth Choir, directed by Lea Peterson, will sing at this fun, active family service.  Also featuring Charles Raines, associate music director and organist.

8:30 PM.  Pre-Service Concert.  “A Christmas Garland on ‘Greensleeves,” written by Richard Shephard specifically for Christmas Eve.  Performed by the Adult Choir with soloists Lea Peterson, Grant Furgiuele and Mark Anderson.  This musical gem will be accompanied by string quintet, flute and organ.

9 PM.  Christmas Eve Eucharist and Choral Service.  Featuring the Christ Church Choir, Bruce Goody, flutist, and Charles Raines, organist.  Kim Lysaght will sing “O Holy Night.”   The congregation will sing “Silent Night”  by candlelight.

Wednesday, December 25
Christmas Day

9 AM.  Christmas service in the Chapel.  Join us to sing Christmas carols with organist Charles Raines.

Light the Tree with Us

O come, all ye faithful, to kick off the Advent season with the Christ Church family. On Sunday, December 8, following the 5:30 PM service, we will light the parish Christmas Tree in the Upper Parish Hall. We will also sing Christmas carols, decorate cookies and enjoy an Advent Godly Play story. Please consider bringing and donating a new pair of boots to help Circle of Hope help the homeless. There will also be an opportunity to choose a card from the Giving Tree to help others.

Please note that there will be no church school on the morning of December to allow families to attend the evening service.



Bring a new pair of boots to donate to Circle of Hope.Choose a card from our Giving Tree to help others.

Join us for the 5:30pm service on Sunday, Dec. 8th featuring an Advent Godly Play story followed by a celebration of the Christmas Spirit with:

Cookie Decorating      Tree Lighting    Christmas Carols

*We will not have Church School in the morning to allow families to attend the evening service.  


Church Celebrates 125th!

The Right Reverend Alan Gates–the 16th bishop of Massachusetts–preached and presided on October 27 as we kicked off our commemoration of 125 years of loving God and neighbor At Christ Church Needham. Parishioners and friends of all ages joined us for one glorious service followed by a light lunch and brief program. Here’s to the next 125 years!

Contribute to mylar blanket drive

We at Christ Church have gladly accepted the request of the MANNA leadership group at the Cathedral to raise funds to purchase Mylar blankets for the homeless community in Boston. This is the community of people we serve through the Monday Lunch Program at the Cathedral.   The cost of each blanket is only about 80¢, so you can see that a little money goes a long way!  Please consider making a donation. You can write a check to Christ Church, with MANNA blanket drive in the memo line, and drop it in the church office. Or, hand a check to our organizer, Debby Rempis, at coffee hour.  We will be making our donation on November 4, and we thank you for your support

Gospel of Matthew: Who knew?

Did you know that the Gospel of Matthew has a lot to say about immigration?  Come join this year’s Bible Study, as we explore this extremely relevant text. We begin on Wednesday, September 18, with morning or evening  sessions: 10 am-noon or  7-8:30 pm. Bible Study meets in the Memorial Room off the Upper Parish Hall.
We will be studying and discussing the Gospel of Matthew from September to May. We will be exploring many “Who Knew? questions, such as:
– Who knew that this gospel has so much to say about immigration (Jesus being a refugee with his family when they fled Herod)?
– Who knew the Gospel of Matthew has so much to say about the role of women, demonstrated by their presence at the crucifixion, the first at the empty tomb, and the first to meet the resurrected Christ?
– Who knew the Gospel of Matthew has so much to say about church policy and how the community should function?

Cuttyhunk Ahoy!

If it’s September, the guys must be heading over to Cuttyhunk Island. From Friday, Sept. 20 – Sunday, Sept. 22, men of Christ Church will make their annual pilgrimage to revere one of the Lord’s most magnificent creations, the striped bass. There is also an early option to sail in from Woods Hole on Thursday, Sept. 19. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, September 19
(optional day)
Sail from Woods Hole on Steve Peck’s sailboat Lotus II

Friday, September 20
Morning (10am) or afternoon (3pm) ferry from New Bedford to Cuttyhunk
5:00pm Welcome reception with Brian Horrigan’s raw bar featuring Seth
6:30pm Dinner with Joe’s Barr’s legendary Bananas Foster

Saturday, September 21
Explore Cuttyhunk Island (read, hike, sail, nap, fish)
5:00pm Reception and dinner

Sunday, September 22
Morning service
3:00pm Ferry to New Bedford

Please contact Mike Niden  ( or 781-801-2151) or Tim Lysaght ( to RSVP or for more info.

All Saint’s Day Choral Evensong

Join us at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel on Sunday, November 3.

Choral Evensong essentially is a service of reflection—of leaving ourselves open so that God may speak to us through hymns and psalms, readings and canticles, which are the core of the service. In the Anglican tradition this music finds its natural setting in the office of Evensong, a combination of the medieval offices of Vespers and Compline. As day settles into night, the Choir settles worshippers into a peaceful place of rest and contemplation.

Yet, Choral Evensong is a tiny fragment of something else: it is part of the worship which is offered to God by Christian people every hour of the day and night, in every part of the world. When you come to Evensong, it is as if you were dropping in on a conversation already in progress—a conversation between God and humanity which began long before you were born and which will continue long after your death. For a brief moment, you step into the continual stream of worship which has been offered for millennia, is being offered today, and which will be offered to the end of time. 


Church Leaps into Leaf Season

With the invigorating crispness of autumn in the air, Christ Church Needham returns to its regular weekly cycle of activities as the 8:15 AM, 10:00 AM and 5:30 PM Sunday services resume on September 8. The Reverend Nicholas Morris-Kliment will deliver the sermon.

The regular music program resumes simultaneously under the direction of Music Director Pamela Goody. The first adult choir practice is slated for 7-9 PM, Thursday, September 5, in preparation for a full program of hymns and anthems at the 10 AM service on September 8. Everyone is welcome to sing in our choir–no auditions are required. Lift your voice in a relaxed, fun-filled atmosphere.

Youth Choir reconvenes on Monday, September 16. Rehearsals are 4-5 PM Mondays in the chapel. Children and youth in 4th grade and up are welcome to participate in this fun and formational addition to our worship life. For information, please contact Youth Choir Director Lea Peterson at

Bible Study, led by Tracy Rubin, resumes Wednesday, September 18, with morning (10am-noon) and evening (7-8:30pm) class options. The focus will be on the Gospel of Matthew, in part an early immigration narrative that recounts Jesus and his family fleeing from Herod. Matthew also has much material about the role of women, demonstrated by their presence at the crucifixion, the first at the empty tomb, and the first to meet the resurrected Christ.

The Men’s Group kicks off the fall season September 20-22 with a splash and a whirr as members reel in a weekend of fishing, fellowship and prayer on their annual trip to Cuttyhunk Island (see related item below).

The church office resumes its regular schedule on Tuesday, September 3. The office is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM-2 PM.

Christ Church invites you to experience our community dedicated to loving God and our neighbors. Our communion table is open to all.

How Can We Better Love Our Neighbors?

Prayer is a not a substitute for action, but a precondition for it. In the wake of yet another season of brutal, hate-saturated killings, the understandable temptation for each of us is to imagine that there is little we can do, so why bother? Inaction is precisely the evil that we ask God to deliver us from in the Lord’s Prayer. Right here, right now, it is possible for each of us to avoid inaction and to do something in this “time of trial.” Together, if each one of us clicks on one of more of these sites to learn more about what we can do to stop this violence, we can do something. Together, let’s click and see how much we can do. Together, let’s love our neighbor in this way.

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Moms Demand Action

Everytown for Gun Safety

Join us for Celebration Sunday, 9/8!

Welcome to the start of our program year this Sunday, 9/8. Join us for our special “Celebration Sunday”. Church School Registration – 9:30 a.m.;  Church school classes begin, along with “Blessing of the Backpacks” – 10 a.m.; Sunday Service with Choir – 10 a.m.; Ice cream sundaes and bouncy house at Coffee Hour – 11:15 a.m.