February 11, 10:00 AM, Sanctuary
Jazz Worship is a creative and informal service of prayer, poetry, scripture, song, and live jazz. This service is intimate yet lively, contemplative yet participatory — perfect for modern day seekers. Hear jazz arrangements of traditional hymns and songs from our resident jazz band and jazz choir, under the guidance of our gifted music minister. There are moments to sing, moments to listen, moments to read, and moments to pray.
February 14, 6:30 AM, Winchester Center Train Station
The Ministry Team offers ashes to Winchester commuters at the train station on Ash Wednesday. All are welcome to join us as we offer free coffee to all, and a blessing, with or without ashes, to those who desire it.
February 14, 7:00 PM, Sanctuary
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Traditionally we observe Lent with fasting, prayer and other spiritual practices. The ashes, made from the burning of last year’s Palm Sunday palms, are a biblical sign of penance. The service includes several readings to deepen our understanding of ashes in our Christian tradition. We offer the sign of the cross in ashes to those who desire it.
February 20-March 27, 6:30-8:00 PM, Tucker and Palmer Rooms
As a way of staying conscious and connected to Jesus during the week on our Lenten journeys, we invite you to join us for an evening of prayer, reflection, and dinner together. From 6:30 to 6:50 we meet in the Palmer Room for Centering Prayer (silent meditation) as a way of meeting Christ beyond words, images, and attachments, and then we gather for soup and a presentation in the Tucker Room where we will listen to how six of our fellow community members relate Jesus and their faith to the work they do. Last year, the presentations included topics such as: Jesus and Political Engagement, Jesus and Welcoming Refugees, and Jesus, Justice and the Environmental Movement. Stay tuned for more details!
March 18, 10:00 AM, Sanctuary
Each year we hold a special Sunday morning worship service that emphasizes God’s healing power and our call to be healers in a broken world. Healing practices like anointing with oil and laying on of hands are incorporated into the worship service. After worship the ministers, deacons and any others that are interested team up to visit congregants at home and in the community.
March 25, 9:30 AM, Town Common
On Palm Sunday many churches from around Winchester gather at on the Town Common for a joint blessing of the Palms before they return to the respective sanctuaries for Palm Sunday services. It is a wonderful way to remember our unity in Christ, especially as we set into the most sacred week of the Christian year.
March 25, 10:00 AM, Sanctuary
Remembering Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem for his final week and his passion, our worship opens the gate to Holy Week and prepares us for the coming of Good Friday and eventually Easter. Palms are distributed, songs of praise lifted, and a foreshadowing of what is to come draws us prayerfully toward the heart of our faith.
March 29, 7:30 PM, Sanctuary
Gather with us in the sanctuary as we remember Jesus’ last gathering with his friends before his death. We’ll hear the story retold and watch in awe and wonder as the candles are extinguished one by one and the darkness grows. The service will end with the sharing of Communion.
March 29, 9:00 PM- March 30, 12:00PM, Sanctuary
From Maundy Thursday evening through Good Friday at noon, we keep watch before the single candle lit at the end of the Tenebrae service. This commemorates for us the disciples being asked to watch and pray with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before He was crucified.
March 30, 12:00 PM
After almost 17 hours of prayer vigil from Maundy Thursday through the wee hours of Good Friday we come to a simple and quiet moment where we read of Jesus’ death, accompanied by mournful cello and prayers of thanksgiving and hope.
March 31, 9:30 AM, Church Lobby and Front Lawn
Foreshadowing the next day’s celebration of Easter, we invite children and families to join us for an exciting egg hunt (eggs being a symbol for new life). The Easter Bunny joins us for picture taking and bagels before the children set out on their search on the front lawn. All eggs are nut-free, and donations benefit the High School & Middle School Mission trips.
Sunrise Yoga in the Barn, 5:15 AM, Wright-Locke Farm
Dress in comfortable layers and join us for standing poses, light movement and meditation. No mat is necessary.
Sunrise Service, 6:15 AM, Wright-Locke Farm
On Easter morning before the sun has risen, we gather at Wright-Locke Farm to hear the resurrection story, to sing together, and to celebrate the Risen Son as we watch together the rising of the sun. Parking is available at 82 Ridge Street.
Worship Services, 9:00 and 11:00 AM, Sanctuary
We hold two joyous Easter services in our main sanctuary to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and reaffirm our call to live resurrection-inspired lives of love and service to others.