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Holy Week is Here

posted Apr 11, 2017, 10:06 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 10:06 AM ]

Holy Week is the time in the church year when we walk the road of Jesus' Passion with him. We want to make Holy Week accessible to members of all ages at Grace. For the last several years, our Maundy Thursday service has been intentionally intergenerational, with a homily aimed at children. We have also had a youth-led Good Friday service at noon.

This year, after talking with the Worship Committee and polling parents, we are trying something different: we will have a special Good Friday Family Service at 5 pm. The service will tell the story of the Palms and the Passion, complete with a symbolic meal and foot washing, the tomb and the promise that the story doesn't end there.  To read more click here for an article explaining how it goes. (Our traditional Good Friday service with Choir will be at 7:30.)

However, offering a family service on Good Friday does not necessarily mean that our Maundy Thursday service is *not* for families! Families with older children or youth may especially appreciate this service, where we begin with a meal, wash each other's feet as a symbol of commitment to loving service, remember Jesus' last supper with his friends, and watch the powerful Stripping of the Altar, where we prepare for the solemnity of Good Friday. This is a service with many powerful symbols, and beautiful music. Please do consider some form of Holy Week participation this year--it so enriches our celebration of Easter, and connects us to Jesus' life and death in a new and deeper way.

~Tom and Regina

Church School Returns

posted Feb 26, 2017, 10:07 AM by Amelia Fannin

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. 

Formation Station 2.0

posted Jan 10, 2017, 1:48 PM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 12:16 PM ]
On Sunday our Church School is once again experimenting with intergenerational faith formation. Parents and children (preK and up) will gather for an optional simple breakfast at 9:20. At 9:45 we’ll begin our activity. Kids in 1st grade and older will join their parents in church at 10:30 for the whole service, while preK/K attend Godly Play, coming in at the Peace.

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.

Congratulations to our Confirmands!

posted Oct 19, 2016, 8:48 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Oct 19, 2016, 8:52 AM ]

Congratulations to our four confirmands who were confirmed by Bishop Gayle Harris at All Saints Parish, Brookline, on Saurday, October 15!

Confirmation Service at All Saints, Brookline on October 15th!

posted Oct 14, 2016, 7:20 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Oct 14, 2016, 7:22 AM ]

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 Marsan Joins Grace Church as Minister for Christian Formation

posted Jul 21, 2016, 9:25 AM by Amelia Fannin

Grace Newton Welcomes Tom Marsan as Youth Minister
Great news for Grace youth! Tom Marsan will be joining us as Minister for Christian Formation for Children and Youth, beginning in late August.
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 2016: July 17-22

posted Jul 15, 2016, 8:42 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Jul 15, 2016, 8:47 AM ]

B-SAFE Boston
B-SAFE is happening the week of July 17
 this year and we are excited to be partnering with St. Mary’s, Upham’s Corner, Dorchester, again.

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 ( and Lisa Tieszen ( are happy to help them get to and from home. Contact Lisa if you're interested!

New Email Address

posted Jun 24, 2016, 4:45 AM by Amelia Fannin

We're official! Christian Education at Grace has a real gracenewton address. You will now be receiving messages from

Adult Volunteers Needed For Nursery

posted Jun 24, 2016, 4:32 AM by Amelia Fannin

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!


Graduating Senior: Will Bonaventura

posted Jun 18, 2016, 10:55 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 10:55 AM ]

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.

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