Keeping Connected April 5, 2024



April 6, 2024

5:00 PM - The Saturday in Easter Week -

Service of Evening Prayer

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April 7, 2024

8:00 AM - The Second Sunday of Easter -

Service of Morning Prayer

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10:00 AM - The Second Sunday of Easter -

Service of Morning Prayer

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Connect Virtually

We will continue using our new live streaming equipment. You may access our Sunday morning worship service via our YouTube Channel and our Facebook page.

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Rector's Reflection

Dear Ones of Christ Church,


Blessed Easter Week! Our poem today is “spring song,” by Lucille Clifton. Clifton gifts us with a joyful, hopeful, incarnational, and embodied celebration of this season of new life. A few questions we might ponder:


Where do you perceive the green of Jesus breaking through in your life and in the world?

Clifton’s line about “the sweet smell of delicious Jesus” reminds me of the Azorean- Portuguese sweet bread my family always eats at Easter. What does Clifton’s sensory imagery (sight, smell, taste, sound, movement) evoke for you?


What does “the world is turning in the body of Jesus” mean for you? What is the new creation, the possible future, that you long to see birthed from Jesus’s body?


With Eastertide blessings,

Melissa +


spring song

by Lucille Clifton


the green of Jesus

is breaking the ground

and the sweet

smell of delicious Jesus

is opening the house and

the dance of Jesus music

has hold of the air and

the world is turning

in the body of Jesus and

the future is possible


Source: The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, BOA Editions, Ltd., 1987.

Adventures In Learning

Greetings Church School Families,


Our Church School is bustling with activity as we gear up for the upcoming Easter celebrations. We want to extend our heartfelt thanks for entrusting us with your children in both church school and worship. Beginning a Sunday morning in the church building with the warm greetings and high-fives from your child is truly special. Watching your child participate in the Lord's Supper and sharing in that sacred moment not only nurtures their faith but also enriches the spiritual tapestry of our entire community.


Being part of the communion experience alongside believers of all ages, witnessing the connection between adults and children as they share profound words about Jesus, and offering prayers with folded arms create visual reminders of Jesus' sacrifice for all of us. We understand that parenting is a demanding journey, and there might be Sundays when you crave a moment of quiet reflection. We also acknowledge that there may have been times when you wondered if your little ones truly belonged in the worship setting. Despite these challenges, we encourage you to persevere, because beyond the joy your children bring to our collective worship, you are actively shaping their path of lifelong worship—a journey we're privileged to undertake together.

April: Love First - Love God

7         Love God 1

14       Love God 2

21       April Vacation—No regular Church School/YES Prepared Communion

28      Love God 3



5         Prepared Communion Service and Celebration (No regular church School).

12       Love God 4—Pentecost activity

19       Love God 5—PENTECOST

26      Memorial Day Weekend –No Church School


June: Review and Wrap-Up

2         Love First Review (Field Trip to Christ Church Food Pantry)

9         Family Sunday. Church School Recognition (No Regular Church School)

16       In Class celebrations


Blessings in Christ,


Donna Eby & Su D’Ambrosio

Interim Sunday School Coordinators

Bereavement Support Group

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4). Christ Church is offering an 8-week bereavement support group designed for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, whether the death is recent or in the past. Participants will have the opportunity to share their grief story, receive support, get information on ways to cope, and may find new strength and hope to continue on their healing journey. Each session will include some time of prayer.


Meetings will be on Saturday from 3:00 – 4:30 beginning April 13. The size of the group is limited. For more information or to register call Ann Fowler 508-923-9582 or Martha Zinger 401-835-6089.

Christ Church Thrift Shoppe

Spring has arrived at the shop with a large selection of seasonal clothing, most selling for only $4.00. Also available are slightly higher priced boutique items, jewelry, books, housewares and small furnishings. 

All proceeds benefit church ministries and community outreach.

Shoppe Hours

Thursday and Friday 10-4

Saturday 10-2

Christ Church Food Pantry

This week we are low on:

Canned peaches and fruit cocktail (mixed fruit)

Egg noodles


Dried black or red beans

All are welcome to the Christ Church Food Pantry! 

We are open by appointment: 

Tuesday 4:00-5:15

Thursday 12:00-1:15 and 4:00-5:15 

Saturday 10:00-11:15.

Call the pantry message line: 508-746-4959, ext 6, BY 1 PM THE DAY BEFORE YOU WISH TO PICK UP YOUR ORDER. Our volunteers check messages and return your call from their homes to ask you what you need.

Leave a message if you wish to donate non-perishable food and household items, or you may leave your donations under the mailboxes outside the office or in the front entrance to the sanctuary. Squirrels like to get into any bags left on the porch of the food pantry!


If you wish to volunteer, contact Eileen Paris at

For more information, please contact Barbara Wojtklewicz at 617-291-4634, or by email at

Prayer Chain

Our prayer chain consists of devoted parishioners who, in confidence, pray daily for the needs of our parish family. Our mission is to lift up to God the prayers of people in need, in joy, or in thanksgiving.

All prayer requests are said for a period of 2 weeks, and all requests are kept in strict confidence. If you would like a prayer said for yourself, a member of your family or friends, please reach out to Robyn Lench Whittles 781-291-9459 or email to

Pastoral Care

For any pastoral care needs of Christ Church, please call Robin Nielsen (774-454-2776) or email ~ A home visit, a home visit with holy communion or a phone call can be arranged. Although a small group, our Pastoral Care Ministry team meets monthly in confidence.

For any pastoral emergencies, please call Rev. Melissa Howell 508-746-4959 ext 4, and follow the instructions in her voice message.

Diocesan Election

A Note From Your Delegates to Convention - If you have any questions or have any thoughts to share, one of your delegates will be available after each service this weekend. Robb Pflock –, Louise Woodruff –

Diocesan News

Preliminary Bishop Nominee Slate Announced & Petition Period Opens

March 15, 2024

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Massachusetts is pleased to announce that, after receiving the recommendations of the Bishop Nominating Committee, it has approved a preliminary slate of four nominees for election as the 17th bishop diocesan of the Diocese of Massachusetts. They are:

  • The Rev. Dr. Brendan J. Barnicle,

Rector, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Wilsonville, OR

  • The Rev. Canon Jean Baptiste Ntagengwa,

Canon for Immigration and Multicultural Ministries, Diocese of Massachusetts

  • The Very Rev. Gideon L. K. Pollach,

Rector, St. John's Church, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

  • The Rev. Julia E. Whitworth,

Rector, Trinity Church, Indianapolis, IN

More information about each nominee can be found at

A seven-day petition period begins, effective today, March 15, during which anyone who meets the canonical requirements may petition to be added to the slate of nominees. The deadline to submit nomination materials is March 22 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. The requirements and procedure for nomination may be found here.

This announcement of our preliminary slate of nominees is a key milestone in our journey through the bishop search and transition process. We are deeply grateful to the Bishop Nominating Committee for the vigorous work they have undertaken since their formation in July of 2023. 

Once the petition process has been completed, the Standing Committee will announce the final slate of nominees. Members of the diocese will have the opportunity to meet the nominees in a series of Meet and Greets that will take place May 7-11. Information about the times and locations of the Meet and Greets will be made available soon. 

The election will take place on Saturday, May 18 at Trinity Church in Boston. All canonically resident clergy of the diocese and lay delegates (two elected from each of the diocese’s parishes and missions) vote separately as “orders”; a majority of votes on the same ballot from both the clergy and lay orders is required for election. (Find preliminary electing convention information at

Please keep the nominees, the Nominating Committee, the Transition Committee and the people of our diocese in your prayers as we move into this next phase in the discernment of our 17th bishop diocesan.

The Rev. Dr. Karen Coleman, President, Standing Committee

Grace Knowles, Vice-President, Standing Committee

William Boyce, Co-Chair, Bishop Nominating Committee

The Rev. Diane Wong, Co-Chair, Bishop Nominating Committee

Linda Ouellette, Co-Chair, Bishop Nominating Committee

Visit for more information and updates.

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