June 2019 High School Service Trip A Great Success!

During the last week of June, four high school students from Grace traveled to the Noble View Outdoor Center in Russell, MA to partner with the Appalachian Mountain Club for a few days of trail work.

What makes trail work a worthy service trip? As Episcopalians, we hold that caring for creation is a key part of our responsibilities as Christians. In our diocese, we have even added a sixth question to our Baptismal Covenant: “Will you cherish the wondrous works of God, and protect and restore the beauty and integrity of all creation?” to which we respond, “We will with God’s help.”

Grace helped construct a new section of trail at Noble View, making the trail safer, more ecologically sustainable by increasing its resistance to erosion, and more accessible for the thousands of people who walk the trails each year.

We also were trained in Leave No Trace outdoor ethics by a certified Master Trainer. While Leave No Trace is a secular program, the values that it espouses were a great launch point for further discussion about creation care and why we spent a few days working hard in the heat with very heavy tools!

I can’t wait to bring another group of teenagers to Noble View this year, and if their final feedback about the trip was any indication, I think I’ll have a few repeat volunteers!





Advent Crafternoon

Advent Crafternoon 

2-5 pm Saturday December 8 

Spend some time with Grace friends crafting and celebrating Advent. Regina is teaching a beginner ukulele lesson at 4 pm, Rowan will have materials for making several different kinds of ornaments for kids, and we’ll be making a new star for the Christmas Pageant! Bring any craft projects you think it would be more fun to work on with friends.

Minister of Christian Formation: Position Description

Grace Episcopal Church, Newton Corner, MA is seeking a part-time (lay) Minister of Christian Formation for Children and Youth, to begin late August 2018. We seek someone with strong Christian faith who loves working with children, youth, and families, is very organized, and an excellent communicator.

Grace Church is full of lively, friendly, and creative people who feel that ministry with children and youth is one of the most important things we do in our lives together in Christ. Over the past several years, we have prioritized connecting children, youth, and families with social action opportunities. We have also been experimenting with new models of Christian formation that are intergenerational and hands-on, and allow children and youth to participate fully in worship. In the next several years, we want to build on our strengths with our Church School program while also expanding our offerings for teenagers. Grace is a great place to be, Christ-centered, hospitable, and fun, whether you are looking towards a future as an ordained minister, or following your vocation to work specifically with children and youth.


20 hours a week, Godly Play experience a plus,

basic musicianship (singing and guitar or another instrument) always handy.


For seminarians, other opportunities for ministry could be coordinated into this placement.


Send a letter of interest, résumé, and references to the Rev. Regina Walton, Pastor and Rector, at pastor@gracenewton.org. Reviews of applications and interviews will begin asap.


Behind the Scenes: The Church School Creation Play!

This past Sunday, members of our Church School presented a play of the first lesson, of the Creation story from Genesis. They did a great job, and brought lots of imagination and creativity to the retelling of a familiar story! (“God” wore a cotta and held a “thumbs’ up” emoji sign to indicate that what he created was good!) This play was an example of the way that Jared, and now Tom, and the Christian Education Committee have been rethinking how we form our children in faith. Though we have put on plays with the Church School in the past (live or recorded), we haven’t done so in a while. About a year ago, the Christian Education Committee began a series of conversations about what we wanted to teach children and youth, and how we wanted to teach it. So often conversations about Church School begin with choosing curricula, but we wanted to take a step back and first look at our values and core beliefs as a parish, and then decide how best to teach those things. Only then would we look at curricula and formats. We decided we wanted children and parents participate in faith-forming activities together sometimes; to weave in music and the arts more; to teach the Bible creatively, and for children to have more participatory roles in worship. Social action and stewardship of creation is also important to us. All of these things, of course, mirror our larger values as a parish. Having these conversations helped us plan this Eastertide segment of Formation Station, the play. Children and parents worked together for weeks to revisit the story, come up with the “script,” work on costumes and posters and props, decide roles, and practice staging. This play was an act of “biblical imagination,” that brought children and parents together to creatively tell this story of our faith and reflect upon it. Even younger children had some questions: how did God create plants before creating the sun? (Look it up; they’re right!!) This was a good opportunity for a conversation about literal, historic truth and mythic truth! This Creation play is one example of how we are trying to be intentional, creative, hands-on, intergenerational, and worshipful in our ministry to and with children. Bravo, Grace Church School!

In Christ,

Film & Pizza, Discussion & Prayer

On Friday, June 16th from 6pm – 8:30, the Social Action Committee and Grace Youth Group will be co-hosting a screening of the documentary “13th” about race, justice and mass incarceration.  We’ll have dinner while watching the film, hold space for conversation and close the evening with a quick Compline service.

– Tom

Thank you from St. John’s, Beverly Farms & NUDay Syria!

Thank you from St. John’s, Beverly Farms & NUDay Syria!

We gathered 3 huge bags of crafting and school supplies for the Lenten and Easter collection for NUDay Syria.  Gail and Terry from St. John’s were so grateful, and are hoping to come back to Grace to talk about their ministry towards such an important and timely cause.

pictured above: Gail, Terry and Tom at the collected goods handoff on Saturday