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Diocese and Parish News
St. Stephen's hosts Boston City Council hearing on school sanctuary
St. Stephen's Church in Boston hosted a March 7 community hearing with Boston City Council members on a resolution affirming sanctuary status for Boston Public Schools (BPS). About 200 people filled the church sanctuary, according to a St. Stephen's Church news release, with students, educators, parents, school nurses, faith leaders and staff from immigrant rights organizations testifying in support of the resolution.
St. John's, Beverly Farms mobilizes to help Syrian refugees
It has been one year since Episcopalians at St. John’s Church in Beverly Farms formed the Syrian Refugee Mission of the North Shore and began collecting warm clothing and supplies for Syrians living in refugee camps.
Grace Chapel celebrates six years of ministry in Brockton
Grace Chapel in Brockton will celebrate its sixth anniversary as a ministry in the Diocese of Massachusetts on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church (900 Main Street) in Brockton. Bishop Alan M. Gates will be the celebrant.
Kids in Community offers radical hospitality in Lynn
It's a July Monday, the first day of this year's Kids in Community summer day camp program at St. Stephen's Church in Lynn, and things are already in high gear. Some of the kids are doing indoor activities, some have overtaken the nearby Lynn Common for a boisterous game of Red Rover and another 30 or so, each wielding a pair of drumsticks, are putting down beats on chairs and buckets, as their teacher, Brandon, a Berklee School of Music graduate, leads them through a Simon Says-style lesson. It's noisy, and it's awesome.
St. Dunstan's, Dover signs on to Paris climate pledge
St. Dunstan’s Church in Dover has long been one of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts’ standard-bearers for creation care initiatives, and now the parish has signed on to a national commitment to further reduce the size of its carbon footprint.
Our Saviour, Arlington responds to vandalism of Black Lives Matter banner
Tish MillerThe Rev. Christine Elliott, Calvary Church (United Methodist), The Rev. Jill Small, Park Avenue Congregational Church, The Rev. Sue Fisher Seeger, Church of Our Saviour, The Rev. Marta Flanagan, First Parish (Unitarian), The Rev. Malia Crawford.The Rev. Malia Crawford on Friday, March 4 found an upsetting scene outside the Church of Our Saviour in Arlington, where she is the rector. The church’s "Black Lives Matter" banner had been defaced.
Cape area churches take action on homelessness
CourtesySt. Barnabas's, Falmouth, after one of last winter's record-breaking storms.As December's mild temperatures give way to single-digit January nights, new and longstanding ministries are responding to the issue of homelessness on Cape Cod and the islands. At St. Barnabas's Church in Falmouth, St.
"In a Manger" at St. Andrew's, Ayer gathers 450 Nativity scenes from around the world
St. Andrew’s Church has grown a parish Advent tradition into an event that its wider community in Ayer and beyond looks forward to every year. The church first held its "In a Manger" exhibit of Nativity scenes in 2002. The exhibit was staged by Carolyn Smith, a parishioner who wanted to find a way to share her personal collection of 75 Nativity scenes with others. Today, Smith is still the creative mind and the organizer behind the event, but "In a Manger" has grown to include 450 Nativity scenes that belong to members of St.
A new chapter begins in Newton: Auburndale, Newton Centre churches to merge
On Sunday, Nov. 29, the Parish of the Messiah in Auburndale and Trinity Parish of Newton Centre will merge. The two congregations will join together permanently at Trinity Parish on the corner of Centre and Homer Streets in Newton Centre, according to a joint release from the parishes. The Parish of the Messiah will celebrate its last Holy Eucharist in Auburndale on Nov. 22. On Nov. 29, the new merged parish will have its first official Sunday together at Trinity in Newton Centre. All are welcome.
St. Luke's-San Lucas teams up with El Hogar Ministries to welcome Honduran soccer star
St. Luke’s-San Lucas Church in Chelsea and El Hogar Ministries are welcoming a special guest this week. Eduardo Bennett, a graduate of El Hogar and formerly of the Honduran national soccer team, is visiting North America in support of El Hogar. Bennett will headline a community night at St. Luke’s-San Lucas on Friday, October 23, at 6 p.m.