RELIGION – News – The Wellesley Townsman


Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley Hills

309 Washington St.

781-235-7423; http://uuwellesley.org

The Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason, senior minister

The Rev. Dr. John H. Nichols, minister emeritus

Dr. Suzanne Cartreine, music director

Kim Towlun, coordinator of religious education

Amanda Spinazzola, congregational coordinator

Our mission at UU Wellesley Hills is to build a community of faith that inspires spiritual growth, just and responsible action and lives of compassion, purpose and hope. Sunday worship is held in our Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m., with a Time For All Ages in the service before children’s religious education; childcare is available then. Our UU Wellesley Hills Choir sings most weeks. Fellowship hour is a time of continuing conversation and connection, and all are welcome. Our campus is handicapped-accessible and parking is available on site.

Our friends, members and guests tap into the vitality of our liberal faith tradition through spiritual themes from The Touchstones Project. Everyone is encouraged to connect with one of the Touchstones groups which meet monthly in Rice House in the evenings and during lunchtime hours. Email UUWellesley@gmail.com to join one of these groups. Our May touchstone is “Mystery”; our annual theme is “Let Your Life Speak!”

May 2019 events include: the four-week adult enrichment course “Completing Our Relationships: What Really Matters in Love & Life” will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 14, 21 and 28; the Black Lives Matter vigil on May 5 at 12:30 p.m.; a talk on “Understanding Autism through Brain Science” will be held at 7 p.m. May 9; Men’s Breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 11; and Pride Movie Night at 7 p.m. May 17.

Our church office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. We are a Welcoming Congregation, a Green Sanctuary and a member congregation of the UU Urban Ministry. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Here at UU Wellesley Hills we believe in growing the good — in ourselves and others, in our community and in our world.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal

79 Denton Road

781-235-7310; http://standrewswellesley.org

The Rev. Adrian Robbins-Cole, rector

The Rev. Margaret Schwarzer, associate rector for Adult Formation and Membership

The Rev. Catherine Healy, assistant rector for Youth and Family

The Rev. Karen Vickers Budney, pastoral associate

Katharine Clark, parish administrator

Helen Ward Mannix, music minister

Susan Jackson, Christian Learning coordinator

Parish Office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays.

Holy Eucharist: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the month of May. The Holy Eucharist is also celebrated at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Silent Contemplative Morning Prayer: 8:45 a.m. Mondays-Fridays.

12-Step Programs at the church: Al-Anon, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Men’s AA, 8 p.m. Wednesdays; Women’s AA, 7 p.m. Thursdays; Emotions Anonymous, 9:30 a.m. Saturdays; Sober Sisters, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays.

Adult Christian Learning continues at 9 a.m. May 12 and 19 in Room 2 and will meet every Sunday for the rest of the month.

Kid’s Place for 0 to pre-K, Church School for pre-K to fifth grade and Rite-13 for sixth and seventh grades is held every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. beginning May 5.

Confirmation Prep will be held during and following the 5 p.m. service May 19. High School Youth Students gather 6:45 p.m. May 19.

Other happenings in May are: Every third Thursday of the month St. Andrew’s holds a service of Holy Eucharist at North Hill at 11 a.m.

For a more exact schedule, contact the parish office at 781/235-7310 or at Kate@standrewswellesley.org.

Wellesley Village Church (Congregational, UCC)

2 Central St.

781-235-1988; https://wellesleyvillagechurch.org

The Rev. Dr. Sarah Sarchet Butter, senior pastor

The Rev. Pamela Emslie, associate pastor

The Rev. Liz Garrigan-Byerly, associate pastor

The Rev. Eric Ogi, pastoral resident

Sean Patrick Coady, pastoral resident

Michaela McDonald, director of children’s ministries

Wellesley Village Church (Congregational, UCC) is a holy place to be, belong, and become! We gather to connect with God and one another in worship and fellowship each Sunday. People of every age and stage of life, families of every shape and kind and members of every generation are always invited. Our 9 a.m. service, held in the more intimate setting of our chapel, includes piano, vocal music and weekly communion; in this engaging service, children worship with the congregation. Our 10 a.m. service is held in our sanctuary, with music by choir and organ and communion on first Sundays; children begin in worship, then move to a creative children’s church program that concludes at 11:15 a.m. Childcare for 0-3 is available Sundays from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. We are an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ where all are welcome all the time. Parking is on Central/Washington/Church streets or in nearby lots. For handicap access, please enter driveway from Church Street and use church parking lot. The Rev. Dr. Sarah Sarchet Butter and the Rev. Liz Garrigan-Byerly are available for conversation about our faith and life together. To learn about our thriving Village Children’s Church programs, contact Michaela McDonald, ext. 16; for our Youth Programs, ask for the Rev. Pam Emslie, ext. 15.

Wellesley Hills Congregational Church

207 Washington St.

781-235-4424; hillschurch.org

The Rev. Matt Wooster, senior minister

The Rev. Judy Swahnberg, associate minister

The Rev. Anne Marie Holloway, associate minister for youth and families

John Finney, director of music

Cynthia Gordan, church administrator

Sally Tomasetti, coordinator for children’s ministry,

An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, they welcome people of all ages, orientations and faith backgrounds. Whether a lifelong Christian or seeking a faith community for the first time, they welcome all. Join for music and worship, Sunday school and youth activities, mission and service opportunities. Regular weekly service of worship begins at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Child care for infants, toddlers and pre-K is available during worship. Children in grades K-8 are welcome to worship with their parents or to attend church school classes with other young people their age. Community hour in the assembly room follows worship each Sunday at 11 a.m. The Hills Church is handicapped-accessible.

Christ Church United Methodist

2 Brook St. and Wellesley Ave.

781-235-7569; carterumc.org

Rev. Gary L. Shaw, senior pastor

Ashley Murphy, director of Faith Formation

Rev. Corrie Hermans-Webster, director of music

Kathie Zeman, operations manager

Arron Rosenthal, organist

Lay Leaders: Nancy Frantz, Samantha Clark and Thomas Taylor

Interns: Carly Payne and William Hoch (Boston University School of Theology)

The church’s mission is to seek, share and serve God, through worship, fellowship and service to the world. They are an inclusive community of faith seeking to live into Christian discipleship and love.

Sunday worship takes place at 10:15 a.m. at Carter Memorial UMC, 800 Highland Ave., Needham. Carter is handicapped-accessible on all levels and leads the area in music, worship, mission and hospitality. Carter is also a teaching parish associated with the Boston Theological Institute.

Previous worship service broadcast: 10 a.m. Sundays on Wellesley Community Channel.

Christ Church Nursery School is a vital mission of the Wellesley campus. CCNS is not a religious based nursery school, rather one whose mission is “Where playing is learning and learning is growing.” Now accepting applications at 781-237-1288 and http://ccnswelleslyma.com.

Also hosting Overeaters Anonymous 9:30 a.m. every Monday at the Korean Methodist Church or 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sundays in Wellesley and other community organizations.

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

9 Glen Road

781-235-0045

stjohnwellesley.org

Rev. James J. Laughlin, Pastor

Rev. Robert J. Blaney, Parochial Vicar

Rev. John J. Connelly, In Residence

Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, In Residence

A vibrant Catholic Community of faith – wherever you are on life’s journey, you are always welcome!

Part of the St. John-St. Paul Catholic Collaborative

The church is handicapped-accessible.

Daily Mass: 7 a.m. Monday-Saturday

Saturday Vigil: 5 p.m.

Sunday Mass: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. Family Mass, 11 a.m. Choir
See website for special Sunday 5 p.m. Collaborative Mass and summer schedule

Holy Days: As announced

Confessions: 3:30 to 4 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment

Anointing of the Sick: First Saturdays following 5 p.m. Vigil Mass

Baptism: Second Sundays, call to arrange

Marriage: Arrange six months prior

Religious Education: 781-235-0045

Saint John School: Preschool through sixth grade. For information, call 781-235-0300 or visit http://saintjohnschool.net. Michael Dibbert, principal

Metrowest Baptist

Carter Memorial campus, 2 Brook St., Wellesley

781-431-0828; metrowestchurch.com

The Rev. David Melton, lead pastor

Kimberly Melton, worship leader

Service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages and Bible Study following. Child care provided for all Sunday services. MetroWest Baptist is a Christ-centered church with an emphasis on practical help for real-life issues. Small-group Bible studies are held weekly in homes. Call or visit the website for additional information about all events, including men’s and women’s ministry events, kids’ clubs and family ministry events.

St. Paul Catholic Church

502 Washington St.

781-235-1060; stpaulwellesley.com

Rev. James J. Laughlin, Pastor

Rev. Robert J. Blaney, Parochial Vicar

Rev. Msgr. Joseph Lind, Senior Priest

A Catholic community of faith bound together by liturgical worship.

Part of the St. John-St. Paul Catholic Collaborative

The church is handicapped-accessible.

Daily Mass: 9 a.m. Monday-Saturday

Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m.

Sunday Mass: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. Family Mass, 11 a.m. Choir

See website for special Sunday 5 p.m. Collaborative Mass and schedule

Holy Days: As announced

Confessions: 3-3:45 Saturdays or by appointment

Anointing of the Sick: First Saturdays following 4 p.m. Vigil Mass

Baptism: 1st Sundays, call to arrange

Marriage: Arrange six months prior

Religious Education: 781-235-5012

First Church of Christ, Scientist

8 Rockland St.

781-235-1114; christiansciencewellesley.org

Jim Brown, First Reader

Russell Cramer, Second Reader

The Wellesley Christian Science Church holds Sunday services and Sunday School at 10 a.m., and Wednesday meetings at 7:30 p.m. All services are open to the community, and child care is provided.

Sunday School offers an opportunity for children and teens to discover how God’s love improves health, relationships, school experiences, family dynamics and purpose in their lives. This spiritual education includes study of the Old and New Testaments along with the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” by Mary Baker Eddy.

Wednesday evening meetings cover topics selected for their relevance to community issues and concerns. These range from “How to Heal Depression” to “Understanding Divine Government.” Sample readings are available at http://christiansciencewellesley.org. After a short selection of readings and hymns, members of the congregation are invited to share their experiences, reflections and testimonies of healing.

Quakers (Wellesley Friends Meeting)

26 Benvenue St.

781-444-9446; wellesleyfriendsmeeting.org

Quakers worship in silence, speaking out of the silence as they are led by the Spirit in their midst. They experience God in everyone. All are welcome. Child care provided.

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. all-ages Meeting-wide Religious Education; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship. They sponsor the Boston Area Quaker Youth Group for high school youth. Quakers and non-Quakers are welcome. BAQYG will meet one Saturday night a month at Wellesley Meeting House from 6-9:30 p.m. for dinner, Quaker spirit and fun. Email bostonquakeryouth@gmail.com with questions.

Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church

258 Concord St., Newton Lower Falls

617-527-4769; st-marys-episcopal.org

The Rev. Dr. Paul Kolbet, interim rector

Services at 8 and 10 a.m.

May 5: 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist; 9:45 a.m. child care; 10 a.m. Sunday school; 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist; 11 a.m. Coffee hour; 4 p.m. Christ the King.

Wellesley-Weston Chabad Center

793 Worcester St., Wellesley Hills

781-239-1076; wwjewish.org

Rabbi: Moshe Bleich

President: Jesse Grinberg

Sar Hamashkim: Charles Evan

Wellesley Weston Chabad is a family-style congregation, open-minded and welcoming regardless of religious level or affiliation. No membership required. Join any Shabbat at 10:30 a.m. for services followed by a hot kiddush/lunch.

Temple Beth Elohim

10 Bethel Road

781-235-8419; https://bethelohim-wellesley.org

Rabbis Joel Sisenwine, Rachel Saphire and Philip Sherman

Cantors Jodi Sufrin and Shanna Zell

Rabbi Emeritus Ronald Weiss

Temple Beth Elohim is an inclusive Reform congregation, dedicated to creating a sacred community engaged in participatory and meaningful prayer, lifelong Jewish learning, innovation in education and social activism. They are a magnet congregation of more than 1,200 families from more than 37 different cities and towns from the suburbs of Boston. Services: Friday evening services at 6 p.m., Shabbat morning services at 10:30 a.m., Minyan: Saturdays at 9 a.m., Meditation: Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Evangelical Baptist Church

23 Chapel St., Newton

617-932-7906; https://evangelicalbaptist.org

Join this Sunday at Evangelical Baptist Church at 23 Chapel St. in Newton, with classes explaining the Bible at 9:15 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m.



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