News Archive

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

Christ Church Ministries for Women and Men

Christ Church welcomes your participation in special activities designed to deepen fellowship and camaraderie among women and among men.

The next “Women’s Dinner Out” will take place Monday, February 3, at 6:30 PM at District 118 Kitchen and Bar at 118 Needham Street, Newton. If you’d like to attend, please email to RSVP. The  January dinner attracted 16 participants. Dinners are held periodically during the regular church year (September-June).

Men’s dinners are held on selected Wednesday evenings at the Echo Bridge Restaurant in Newton Upper Falls. For the next date, email organizer Bill Eichhold at Christ Church men also meet for informal prayer and conversation on Tuesday mornings from 8:00-8:45 in the Memorial Room. For more information, please contact the Rev. Nick Morris-Kliment at

Study of Matthew Continues in the New Year

Through the Gospel he authored, Matthew–tax collector, apostle and witness to the ascension of Jesus–left a legacy rich in meaning for the ages. The Christ Church Bible Study group continues to probe the book of Matthew on Wednesdays under the guidance of parishioner Tracy Rubin. The group meets Wednesdays; choose either the 10-11:45 AM  or the 7-8:30 class. Says one participant, “Our journey with Matthew encourages our questions, our musings and our discoveries.” For more information, please contact Tracy Rubin at

Join Us for Christmas Services

Christ Church welcomes one and all to join us in Christmas worship at an array of family-friendly services.

Tuesday, December 24: Christmas Eve

4:00pm Children’s Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist Rite II (Main Sanctuary)
8:30pm Christmas Concert with carol singing and special music (Main Sanctuary)
9:00pm Festive Choral Eucharist Rite II (Main Sanctuary)

Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Day

9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II with Christmas Hymns (Chapel)

Sunday, December 29: First Sunday after Christmas

10:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II with Christmas Hymns (Chapel)
The Rev. Laurie Rofinot, guest preacher
Please note that there is only one service today. There will be no child care or church school.

Sunday, January 5: Second Sunday after Christmas
8:15am Holy Eucharist Rite I (Chapel)
10:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II with Choir (Main Sanctuary)
5:30pm Simple Sunday Worship (Chapel)


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. We invite you to join us for a musical program 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.  It is free and open to the public. 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 on-site.  The Youth Choir, directed by Lea Peterson, will sing “Once in Royal David’s City” 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, Mark Anderson, MaryAnn Ryan and Myra Anderson.  This musical gem will be accompanied by string quintet, flute and organ. Additional selections include”Veni, Veni, Emmanuel,” arranged by Michael John Trotta, and “Gesu Bambino” by Pietro Yon.

9 PM.  Christmas Eve Eucharist and Choral Service.  Featuring the Christ Church Choir, Bruce Goody, flutist, and Charles Raines, organist.  Musical highlights include “Of a Rose, a Lovely Rose,” by Richard DeLong and Kim Lysaght singing “O Holy Night.”  In one of the season’s most moving moments, the congregation will sing “Silent Night”  by candlelight.

Wednesday, December 25
Christmas Day

9 AM.  Christmas service in the Chapel.  Join us in the intimate setting of the Chapel for a quiet, serene morning of worship and Christmas carols.



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.




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.