Walking in the Way of Love is hard. Especially when there is so much fear, anxiety, hate and violence spinning all around us these days. Here at UCW, we are companions on a journey, fellow seekers, teaching, learning, supporting, challenging and guiding each other in non judgmental community of care and compassion. We seek to grow in love of God, self and neighbor and strengthen our call to discipleship so that we may be beacons of hope, sources of comfort, fonts of inspiration, and ambassadors of love, in this beautiful but wounded world.
As such, in addition to weekly worship, there are many small groups that provide an opportunity to strengthen relationship and to deepen and explore faith. These opportunities are detailed below. Pastor Stacy always welcomes new ideas and suggestions, so if there is something you would like to engage or explore that you do not see below, do not hesitate to reach out to her.
We cannot live without water. Water is essential to life. In biblical times (as in many cultures around the world today), the source of water was a well and women were the ones who came to the well to draw water for their families. As such, wells were a meeting place, a place of encounter where women gathered not only to draw up the water but also to share with each other, to hear the news of their lives, to be friends in their community. We invite the women of the church to “come to the well” on May 4 – 6th.
This will be a time to enjoy each other’s company, share our stories and grow together in love and hope — a time to draw deeply of the nourishing waters of our faith and to be refreshed and renewed by God’s word and presence.
Where: Toah Nipi, 252 Old Ashburnham Road, Rindge, NH 03461, [email protected], Phone: 603-899-5464. Toah Nipi (which means “Quiet Waters”) is a lovely and rest-filled setting in the spring for walks and activities by the lake.
When: 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 4 to 11:00 a.m., Sunday, May 6.
Cost: $120 includes four meals, and two nights lodging. If the cost of the retreat is a barrier to you, please feel free to contribute whatever is within your means. Also, if you would like to make a donation to a common fund to help make it possible for others to attend, it would be very much appreciated.
If you are interested, please be in touch with Pastor Stacy, [email protected]
Sunday Morning Bible Discussion
We gather every Sunday from 8 – 9:00 am to study scripture and reflect on how God’s word informs our living today. Instead of following a curriculum, we simply choose a book of the Bible and read it out loud together, pausing as we do to reflect on what the text is saying and how it may impact our lives today. No previous Bible study or Biblical literacy is needed. Come every Sunday or come when you can. All are welcome. We are holding Bible study at this time so as to not conflict with choir rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. Please consider making a morning of it – Bible Study, Choir and then Worship!
The third Wednesday of every month, the Lunch Bunch gathers from 12:00 – 1:30 for a time of conversation and fellowship. Most months we meet at church in the reception room but several times a year we will head out to explore some place new, like our excursion to the Mary Wakefield Estate in Milton pictured here. Lunch is provided. If you are interested in attending please be in touch with Pastor Stacy at [email protected] or call 617-965-3893
Wellspring is our women’s group. We gather on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 for a simple meal before moving into a time of sharing, discussion and support. Beginning in September, our five month module will take us into the theme of “Deepening our Friendship.” Also save the date May 4-6, for a women’s retreat at Toah Nipi Retreat Center in Rindge, NH.
Java Gents is an informal monthly breakfast hour for the men of the UCW congregation. It provides friendly fellowship and mutual support to the men.. Buz Bedford cooks up a full, hot breakfast. Jay O’Beirne hosts the lively discussion of timely topics, and personal goings on among the men.
Java gents usually meets the third Friday of each month in the church reception room at 7am.
All Church Retreat
Coming away together to share in fun, learning and the beauty of God’s good creation is now a regular part of our life at UCW. Our next all church retreat is scheduled for November 9-11, 2018 at Rolling Ridge Conference and Retreat Center in North Andover, MA.
Waban Health Worship
On the third Thursday of the month UCW and the Waban Health and Rehabilitation Center (located in Waban Square behind the Waban Market) hold a shared service in the activity room at Waban Health at 10:30 a.m. We sing, reflect on scripture, pray and partake of communion together. This is a Spirit filled time of loving fellowship and praise filled worship. Everyone is welcome. Please see Pastor Stacy for details.