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Diocese and Parish News
Bright Idea: Cookout Eucharist brings worship and summer fun together in Sudbury
Summer is a great time to slow down, relax and enjoy one another’s company. At St. Elizabeth’s Church in Sudbury, there is a new summer tradition that reflects that slower summer pace: the cookout Eucharist.
"Ashes to Go" blesses givers and receivers
Each Ash Wednesday, Episcopalians from numerous congregations take to streets and train stations in an effort that's come to be known as "Ashes to Go." (Read about some past efforts here.)
Clean clothes and community: "Laundry Love" at Grace Church, New Bedford
Grace Church in New Bedford has joined a national movement to provide something that is taken for granted by many, but sometimes out of reach for the homeless and working poor: clean laundry. South Coast Mission Hub Life Together intern Victoria Laskey learned of the nationwide Laundry Love movement, and realized it was a perfect candidate for a new ministry for Grace Church.
Preparing the way together: Las Posadas at Our Saviour, Arlington
The Church of Our Saviour in Arlington is using an old tradition to build new connections among parishioners and promote prayerful waiting during the Advent season. Las Posadas is a tradition from Mexico and Central America, and Our Saviour's iteration of it, families bring nativity figures to one another’s homes and share a snack and some prayers, music and conversation. The nativity figures travel from home to home throughout Advent, arriving back at the church on the fourth Sunday of Advent.
Christ Church, Waltham students promote biodiversity
Creation Care Season got an early start at Christ Church in Waltham in its partnership with the Meadowscaping for Biodiversity summer program.
Episcopal City Tutoring tells a "story of abundance"
For high school students planning to attend college, SAT performance can be a major obstacle. Preparatory courses can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. These classes, which have become the norm in affluent school districts, are often financially out of reach for low-income students. For those kids, the SAT—already intimidating—can start to feel truly daunting.
Bright Ideas: Give-to-the-Earth Tree inspires simple gifts
As part of their Christmas gift giving this year, members of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Watertown are turning off lights in unused rooms, air drying laundry and carpooling--just a few of the relatively inexpensive carbon-emission-saving acts that are part of the parish's holiday Give-to-the-Earth Tree project.
Bright Ideas: Pumpkin patches connect church and community
Fall means pumpkins at Epiphany Parish in Walpole. Since 2006, the church has been hosting a pumpkin patch, incorporating the entire community into this month-long, seven-day-a-week effort. The word is spreading, as well: this year, St. Mark’s Church in Burlington opened its own pumpkin patch that also uses Pumpkins USA, the nonprofit that supplies the Walpole patch.