News Archive

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


We wish you the blessings of this Easter Season!

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



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.

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.

Outreach Spotlight: Barbara McInnis House

Through our Community Concerns Committee, Christ Church is a long-time supporter of the Barbara McInnis House, a medical respite facility run by Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). The Barbara McInnis House provides care for homeless people who are too sick to live in a shelter, but not sick enough to stay in a hospital. Homeless individuals with serious health problems and nowhere to go can receive medical attention as well as participate in activities, such as acreative writing program, that provide a sense of normalcy. “If you think of the true meaning of respite,there’s something to being able to have a normal life, whether that’s doing some writing or crafts or bingo,” said Dr. Dave Munson, who works for BHCHP.

Join Saturday’s Boston March to End Gun Violence (Note time change)

This Saturday, March 24, Reverend Nick Morris-Kliment will be leading a group from Christ Church, and whomever else would like to join us, to our Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont Street, Boston).  For those who would like to go together, we will meet at the Needham Heights commuter rail platform at 11:45 am in time for the 12 noon train. Please note that the rally on the Boston Common has been re-scheduled to 2 pm.

The Cathedral Church will offer hospitality and a gathering place for Boston marchers, throughout the day from 10 am through 5 pm. 

The bishops of the Episcopal dioceses of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts jointly issued the call: “From Lamentation to Action” on March 1. In it they urged solidarity in prayer and encouraged participation locally and nationally in the “March For Our Lives” on Saturday, March 24.

To read the Bishops’ full statement and see more details on March 24 events, click here.

Lent at Christ Church: A Season of Reflection

Lent is a time of reflection that begins with Ash Wednesday (February 14 this year) and ends with East (April 1). It marks the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert resisting temptation from the devil. During Lent, Christ Church Needham and Christians everywhere focus on repentence and preparing for Easter.

At Christ Church, the anticipation began February 11 with guided worship services in which the Reverend Nicolas Morris-Kliment explained the liturgy in detail. Parishioners enjoyed a Mardi Gras-themed coffee hour and an “untalent” show.

Lent officially begins with Ash Wednesday on February 14. Services with ashes will be held at 7 am, noon and 7 pm. Lent-to-Go boxes, blessed in the Church, are available for those who are unable to get to Ash Wednesday services. The boxes (see photo) also contain prayer and reflection helps for the season of Lent.

This Lent, Christ Church will also offer “Soul Tending in the Garden of Your Life,” a program designed to help busy people of all ages slow down and experience the work of God in their lives. Using a variety of methods, including video, arts and crafts, discussions, readings and others, we will build habits and patterns into our lives that help us to grow in the love of God, self, others, and creation. The program is an adaptation of a program created by the Society of St. John the Evangelist and the Center for Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. See more here:

Two time slots are being considered–five Sundays at church, 11:30am-1:00pm, on February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18; or five Wednesday Evenings in people’s homes, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21. Each session can also stand alone. All gatherings will include a simple meal, program and closing prayer. If you are interested, please take this survey to indicate which time slot suits your life better. Survey Monkey Poll

During Lent services, more silence and simplicity, including silent processions, will be incorporated in worship. The liturgical color changes to purple, symbolizing mourning on the one hand and royalty on the other. Jesus exemplifies kingship based on humility and service rather than force and exploitation. Beginning with Lent, and continuing thereafter, wine without alcohol will be available during communication (as well as the already offered gluetn-free wafers).

The spectacular Fauré “Requiem,” a musical Lenten offering, will be a performed at 3 pm, March 11, 2018, by the Christ Church Choir. Joining our choir will be the choirs of St. Paul’s, Dedham, and the Congregational Church, Needham. Rivers Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of David Tierney, will accompany the singers. Parishioners who would like to sing with the choir in this musical venture are invited to contact Music Director Pam Goody.

Also available are booklets with lenten readings that make excellent prayer companions on the journey through Lent. Copies can be found on the table in the Upper Parish Hall. The booklets are: Forward Day by Day, Episcopal Relief and Development and Living Compass

Faure’s Requiem to be Performed March 11

Eternal rest and consolation are the focus of Faure’s magnificent Requiem, which will be presented in Needham in observance of Lent on Sunday, March 11 at 3:00 PM.

Performing the Requiem will be the combined choirs of Christ Episcopal Church, Needham, the Congregational Church of Needham, and St. Paul Episcopal Church of Dedham; the Rivers Symphony Orchestra; and organist Charles W. Raines. Guest soloists are Julie Tierney, soprano, and Mark Anderson, bass.

Under the direction of Needham resident David Tierney, the Rivers Symphony Orchestra will also play “Symphony in D” by Juan Chrisostomo de Arriaga. This classical era composer nicknamed “the Spanish Mozart” lived a tragically short life, dying at age 20 in 1826. Also to be heard is Antonio Salieri’s overture to the opera “La Grotta di Trofonio,” which was composed in 1795.

Admission is free but donations are gladly accepted to help defray costs of this production.

The performance will be held at Christ Church, 1132 Highland Avenue, Needham (across from the public library). The church is handicap-accessible. For more infomration, please call the Christ Church office at 781-444-1469.

Wild and Wise: Christ Church Men’s Events


The Christ Church Men’s Spirituality Book Group invites men to experience rich conversation with other men from the church at its twice-monthly meetings, from 6:30-8:00 pm at the church. Upcoming gathering are scheduled for February 11, February 25, March 11, March 18, and April 8.  New members are welcome. Please email John Carr if you have questions at

In addition, the men of Christ Church hold an informal fellowship dinner at 6:30 pm on the third Thursday of each month at the Echo Bridge Restaurant, 1068 Bridge Street, Newton Upper Falls. The group extends a welcome to all men with an interest in the parish to join them in breaking bread and fostering relationships. Please RSVP for the upcoming dinner by the previous Tuesday by contacting Mike Niden at 781-801-2151 or

Come As You Are, Go in Peace …

… This invitation captures the spirit of Simple Sunday Evening Worship, an innovative and informal worship service that began January 7 at Christ Church. The 35-to-40-minute service, held every Sunday at 5:30 pm in the chapel, provides a family-friendly option to people of all ages. It includes scripture, hymns, a homily, prayers and communion. The service will be held every Sunday until June 11, except Easter, including long weekends.

Attendance at the first service was robust. Afterward many expressed their enjoyment and said it worked well for their schedules. Steve Sussman played piano and Myra Anderson served at the altar alongside Pastor Nicholas Morris-Kliment.

Rev. Morris-Kliment said all “jobs”–such as serving on the altar, greeting and reading– are open to all. He asked anyone interested to get in touch with him.

“The 5:30 Sunday evening service was very nice,” said Ingrid Melvin. “I love the intimacy of a chapel service but with humans.”

The Carnahan family also attended. They commented that the service was “the perfect way to enter the new week, recharged and refreshed. Both the chapel and the service were warm and inviting for the 30 people that gathered to share in the joy. The great acoustics of the chapel, coupled with Steve Sussman’s piano playing, made for a beautiful pairing with Nick’s gentle yet engaging sermon. Jack (13 years old) told us at the end of the service he would give it a Trip Advisors rating of 5!”

Presiding Bishop shares Christmas Message

Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry wishes us a blessed Christmas. Click here to see the video or read the text of Bishop Curry’s Christmas message. English and Spanish versions.