News Archive

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

Celebrate Bounty: Art Show and Mini Market

On Sunday, Sept. 23 at 11:15 a.m., please join us in the Upper Parish Hall for “Tending the Garden”, celebrating a season of growth and bounty. We will have a “Meet and Greet the Artists” community reception, with the opportunity to meet talented artists who have shared their creative visions of nature and bounty. We are also holding our first mini Farmer’s Market, with flowers, baked goodies, and cookbooks for sale. We will be celebrating the abundance in our lives. 100% of the proceeds from the market (and a portion of the month’s art sales) will go to Community Servings. This organization’s mission is to prepare and deliver hot, nutritious, culturally sensitive food to people with medical and emotional illnesses in Rhode Island and the greater Boston area, while also training individuals for work in the food service industry.


Youth Choir: Sing to the Lord a New Song!

Christ Church is proud to announce the revitalization of its youth choir program! Aspiring singers (that’s all of you!) ages 12-18 are invited to participate in weekly rehearsals (Mondays 5:30pm – 7:00pm, beginning Sept. 10) that will culminate in performances at occasional Sunday services and other musical happenings. This is a great opportunity for young people to learn about music, community, and fellowship, as well as deepen their appreciation for the role of music in our worship traditions.
The group will be directed by Lea Peterson, with assistance from Myra Anderson. Myra is a long-time parishioner and singer at Christ Church as well as the former leader of the youth choir program. Lea has been working at Christ Church for the past 2 years as a section leader, soloist, and occasional conductor in the adult choir. She is a freelance musician in the Boston area who frequently works with high-school-age students while also maintaining her own singing career as a classical mezzo-soprano. She began her music directing path with Rejoice! Inspirational Choir, a non-denominational gospel choir, and has a special aptitude for new religious music. Lea is passionate about
choral music of all genres, including classical, musical theatre, spiritual and folk, a cappella and chamber, and traditional gospel. She is’very excited to work with Christ Church’s young community and hopes to create a group in which mutual respect, collaboration, and desire to learn come together to make
great music.
For more information, please reach out to one of us. We look forward to bringing the youth choral tradition back to Christ Church!
Lea Peterson:
Myra Anderson:
Pamela Goody, Music Director at CEC:

Join Fall Bible Study: “Good Girls, Bad Girls”

Beginning September 19, Wednesday Bible Study will be examining the role of the major female figures of the Old Testament–their individual choices, the historical and cultural context, Jewish and Christian interpretations, and the relevance to our own times. The companion text for this class is Good Girls, Bad Girls by T. J. Wray. Copies are available in the church office are are free to participants (through the Scripture Study Fund). Please sign up for the class when you pick up your copy.  You can attend either the morning (10am-noon) or evening (7-8:30pm) session. This will be a discussion-based opportunity led by Tracy Rubin, MTS, Harvard Divinity School.  Any level of participation is welcome. Please plan to join us this fall as we begin an exciting year of communal study and sharing to deepen our faith through mindful attention to scripture.

Begins on 9/16 … Program on Episcopal Faith

Everything you’ve wanted to know … about Christ Church Needham and the Episcopal faith. This fall, a six-session program called “Putting Down Roots” will address beliefs, worship, theology, sacraments, governance and history of the Episcopal church as well as how members of Christ Church live out love of God and neighbor in the world. Taught by Christ Church clergy and lay leaders, the program is open to all: new residents of Needham, people considering joining and people who are already members.

The class will be held from 6:30-8:00 pm on the following Sunday evenings: September 16, 23 and 30 and October 14, 21 and 28.

To sign up or for more information, please email Rector Rev. Nicholas Morris-Kliment.

Church Activity Ramps Up for Fall on Sept. 9

In many ways (if not liturgically), the church’s New Year begins in September with a fresh surge of activity similar to the schools’. Christ Church Needham will return to a full Sunday worship schedule and many programs will ramp up again after the languor of summer.

Starting the Sunday after Labor Day, September 9, worship services will be held at 8:15 am in the chapel, 10:00 am in the main sanctuary and 5:30 am in the chapel. The 8:15 and 5:30 services are simplified and usually do not include music or singing. Childcare is available during the 10:300 worship service, beginning at 9:30. Sunday school starts at 9:45.

Opening day activities on September 9 will include commissioning Church School teachers, Blessing of the Backpacks for kids and a special outdoor Coffee Hour to welcome everyone back from summer travels.

In September, adult and youth choirs will begin singing again, and the youth group will start up for the year.

Adult formation activities will include “Putting Down Roots,” on Sundays beginning September 16 and Bible Class on Wednesdays beginning September 19 and (see related items).

Men: Hunker Down at Cuttyhunk

Men of Christ Church, mark your calendars: this year’s sojourn to Cuttyhunk Island off the coast of Massachusetts will take place Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 23. Activities will include fishing for the wily striped bass as well as hiking, sailing, reading, napping … and praying. There is an early option to sail (from Woods Hole) or ferry (from New Bedford) in on Thursday, Sept. 20. Here’s the full schedule:

Thursday, September 20 (optional day)

  • Morning or afternoon ferry from New Bedford to Cuttyhunk or
  • Morning sail from Woods Hole on Steve Peck’s sailboat Lotus II

Friday, September 21

  • Morning or afternoon ferry from New Bedford to Cuttyhunk
  • 5:00pm Welcome reception, raw and grilled oysters and dinner

Saturday, September 22

  • Explore Cuttyhunk Island — read, hike, sail, nap, fish

Sunday, September 23

  • 9:00am Morning service
  • 10:30am Sail back to Woods Hole or
  • 3:00pm Ferry to New Bedford

Please contact Mike Niden ASAP to RSVP (!


Celebrate Mr. Rogers

Children’s television host Fred Rogers will be the topic of discussion at a potluck supper at Christ Church on Sunday, August 26. Many parishioners have seen the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor, which was released 50 years after his program first aired in 1968.  The movie explores the impact Mr. Rogers had way beyond the neighborhood, as he found gentle ways to help children participate in the transformation of American culture in a period of rapid social change. Many of us found it moving, and have indicated a desire to discuss its impact on us with others … so, to that end, please join us for a potluck supper and facilitated discussion at the church after the 5:30 pm service on August 26.

Christ Church Welcomes Ken Cook

Christ Church Needham warmly welcomes its new Facilities Manager, Ken Cook of Quincy. In this role, Ken works with parishioners to keep the church user-friendly, efficient and structurally sound. He also supports the many partners whose use of our facility helps make 1132 Highland Avenue a vibrant center of community life beyond the parish.

Born and brought up in Massachusetts, Ken recently downsized from his home of many years in Braintree and moved to Quincy with his wife and dog. He is the proud father of two grown sons and six awesome grandchildren.

Ken worked many years as a self-employed builder/carpenter, completing projects all over the South Shore. He then went on to become a Facility Manager at a property on Beacon Hill, at Hellenic College and at senior housing on the South Shore and West Roxbury. Ken and his wife are active members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in North Quincy.

Welcome, Ken!

July 29 Environment Talk and Pot Luck Supper

Please join us on the last Sunday in July following the 5:30 pm service for a potluck dinner and a talk by Dr. Robert Sluka of A Rocha (“the Rock” in Portuguese), an international network of environmental organizations with a Christian ethos. Dr. Sluka is the lead scientist of A Rocha’s Marine and Coastal Conservation Program, and a friend of parishioners Jenny and James Burton. He is also an associate of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. For an introduction to Dr. Sluka and his global work, view this video:

Sum-Sum-Summertime at Christ Church

The days are lazy, long and hot … at least they will be, if the weather ever cooperates. Regardless, it is a Christ Church tradition to celebrate the joys of summer with a more relaxed schedule.

Sunday services are held at 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM in the chapel. This schedule continues from June 17 through Labor Day Weekend. Reminder: the chapel is air-conditioned!

During summer, there is also an opportunity to be music director for a day. Do you have a favorite hymn you’d love to hear during the 9 AM service? You can decide while also making a contribution to support a summer accompanist with a donation in any amount you choose. (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.) Donors will be recognized in the weekly bulletin. Please see official Music Director Pam Goody or contact her at to arrange your selection and preferred summer Sunday.

Another summer delight is the substitution of the traditional coffee hour with a Lemonade Break after the 9:00 AM service, beginning June 17. If you are interested in hosting, please sign up on the ledger in the Upper Parish Hall. You can provide iced tea, lemonade, cookies or whatever refreshments you like. Please get in touch with coordinators Debby Rempis at or Joanne Neale at to to ask questions or volunteer.

The Sanctuary Garden will be in full bloom, and that applies to weeds as well as flowers. Please consider volunteering a week or two this summer to help care for this lovely oasis. Tasks include light weeding, dead-heading and keeping walkways and benches clean. (No watering or lawn care is required.)  A sign-up sheet is posted in Upper Parish Hall. Your support is very much appreciated! Please contact Winnie West at 781-444-8739 or with questions.