Youth Education Updates
On Sunday, March 5th, we'll return to our usual Church School model, with Children's Chapel at 10:15, and at 10:30 we'll break off into Godly Play, Elementary and Middle School classes. The Elementary School will be trying out a new story model called "The Path" using their telling of some important Bible stories, and then activities to unpack them. To see more of the lessons, click here or to get a copy of the storybook for your family click here.
This Sunday, marks our last Sunday in this schedule before we move back to our usual classroom model. We'll join together and learn how to pray walking the labyrinth.
Confirmands from Grace Church will be confirmed by Bishop Gayle Harris on Saturday, October 15th, at the Charles River Deanery (our diocesan “subgroup”) Confirmation at All Saints Parish, Brookline, at 10:30 am. We will make a fuss over them at church the next day, October 16th.
Tom's brings deep experience and skill in working with youth, along with strong organizational skills and a deep and engaging spirituality to his ministry with us at Grace Church. Tom currently works with youth as a classroom leader for Christian Education in his home parish. He has served for over five years as Guesthouse Manager at the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge. Previously he worked as a counselor with Kids 4 Peace Boston, an interfaith summer program for adolescents for American, Israeli, and Palestinian youth, and also with the Episcopal/Lutheran Chaplaincy at Northeastern University, his alma mater.
In the last few years, Tom has trained as a spiritual director with Still Harbor Center for Discernment and Action in South Boston, and at Richard Rohr’s Living School for Contemplation and Action in Albuquerque, NM. His work with children, youth, and families at Grace will cross-fertilize his work as a spiritual director and retreat leader.
Regina knows Tom from The Society of St. John the Evangelist and has enjoyed his welcoming presence at SSJE over the years. She wholeheartedly agrees with one of Tom’s references who described him as “thoughtful, spiritual, and fun!”
B-SAFE stands for Bishop’s Summer Academic and Fun Enrichment Program, and is run by St. Stephen’s, South End, Youth Programs and volunteers from many parishes in our Diocese. It serves inner-city children and employs many teens as counselors.
Grace provides a week of lunches and volunteers with the kids.
We will be preparing lunches daily, and helping on Friday, July 22 with a field day for all partner sites at Larz Anderson Park! Each day we could use help with lunch preparation at Grace, serving lunch at St. Mary’s, and reading to children. Please consider taking the day off, or taking part of the day off, to help in this fun, great service initiative. We could really use five to seven helpers each day.
Please note: we are not at Grace on Friday this year for our field day and book distribution. Our Friday happens to fall on a full B-SAFE field day.
Children and youth are welcome, too! If you cannot get work off but your child wants to participate, Ellen Sheehy (email@example.com) and Lisa Tieszen (firstname.lastname@example.org) are happy to help them get to and from home. Contact Lisa if you're interested!
We're official! Christian Education at Grace has a real gracenewton address. You will now be receiving messages from email@example.com.
Please sign-up to help in the nursery this summer. We will have one sitter from Boston's Best Babysitters and one adult from the parish. Sometimes there will be no kids, so you can head to church after 15-20 minutes. There are only 11 Sundays, so we don't need that many helpers!
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
Looking back on my years involved in the Grace Church community, I am thankful to have been part of such an accepting, warm group of people. From my earliest memories as a young, junior choir participant, to my time serving as a youth representative on the vestry, to my more recent moments as Crucifer during service, I have never ceased to feel like a true member of the Grace family. The experiences I had spending summers in New Hampshire at the Barbara C. Harris camp, and traveling to Drumlin Farm as part of the B-SAFE program couldn't have proved more rewarding Grace adventures.
Furthermore, I was lucky enough to be involved in the Grace Vestry throughout the search process for a new Rector, and thus gained a valuable understanding of how a decision-making council functions. Even as I grew older and spent less and less time at Grace, I was always greeted with great kindness and generosity upon my visits; I am always amazed at how members of the community seem to express genuine interest and care for their fellow members. Over the years, Grace has grown into a second home of mine and I will thoroughly miss my time there next year.
This Sunday, June 19, we’ll be honoring our high school seniors.
thought it would be nice to list other milestones, as well!
Madeleine Aquilina: Graduated from Oberlin College
Abigail Bruins: Graduated from The University of Miami (Coral Gables)with honors (Marian and Bill’s granddaughter)
Lauren Chase: Graduated from Pine Manor (Yvonne Gomez-Carrion's daughter
Caroline Crook: Graduated from Day Middle School and will be attending Newton North High School
Claire Dunning: Received a PhD in American History from Harvard University and will begin a Post Doc at Stanford University
Joe Fort: Received a PhD in Music from Harvard University
Isabel Meigs: Graduated from Reed College and received a Fulbright Scholarship
Stoddard Meigs: Graduated from Vassar College
Mary Randolph: Graduated from the Advent School (Beacon Hill) and will be attending Buckingham, Browne and Nichols as a 7th grader
Cecily Walton: Graduated from pre-school and will be attending Thompson School in Arlington
Jane Yannis: Graduated from the Winship School (Brighton) and will be attending the Jackson-Mann School (Brighton)
Congratulations to all of the above and any others I haven’t heard about. Milestones are important and should be acknowledged whenever we can.