Adult Education and Spiritual Formation

Sunday Morning Bible Discussion
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Christian Education

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!

Wednesday Morning Bible Study/Exploring the Bible

Using materials from the Massachusetts Bible Society, we will take up three courses of study.  The first, “What is the Bible” will give us a broad overview of the Bible, including chapters on how the Bible is organized, how the collection of Books that comprise the Bible were chosen etc.  This study meets every other Wednesday morning from 10:30 -11:45 in Pastor Stacy’s study. The second course of study, “Introducing the Old Testament” will help us look at the best-known stories, most influential passages and unforgettable characters that comprise the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures.  The third course of study, “Introducing the New Testament” will help us learn about Jesus as a man, as a Jewish rabbi and as the Christ of Christian faith.  All are welcome and no previous study or familiarity with the Bible is necessary.

Living Water Prayer Service

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Prayer GroupOn Wednesday mornings from 7:30 – 8:15 am we gather in the small chapel off the sanctuary for prayer. This time of prayer called “Living Water” is based on the passage in John’s Gospel where Jesus encounters the Samaritan women at the well (John 4:14). It gives us an opportunity to drink in the stillness of the peace and presence of God so that we will be filled and will not thirst as we go into the busyness of our weeks. We begin with 20 minutes of centering/meditative silence afterwards we light candles of prayers for celebrations and/or concerns we may have.

Lunch BunchLunch Bunch Blue Hills Outting
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The third Tuesday of very 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. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy the dessert that is provided.


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wellspringWELLSPRING is a gathering for women that has provided a safe space for exploring our spiritual journey together. We use a theme to guide us and this year we will focus on “Home — The Heart’s Deep Longing.” Where and what is home like? In a mobile culture, where is our true home? Is homesickness also a longing for God?

We meet 4 to 6 times, every third Wednesday of the month, at 6:30 PM at the Reception Room, starting with a simple meal, followed by a time for quiet reflection and group conversation. All are welcome.

Book Group

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Book GroupBook Group has been a source of good conversation and reflection for book lovers at UCW.  In the past several  years, we have chosen novels, poetry, essays by contemporary writers and  from the classics that have  some form of spiritual resonance. Book Group meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 7 PM at the Reception Room.   All are welcome.  Our book for September is “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren.

Java Gents 1Java Gents
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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. Java gents meet the third Friday of each month in the church reception room at 7am. 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.

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 October 20-22, 2017 at Rolling Ridge Conference and Retreat Center in North Andover, MA.

Waban Health Worship

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Waban HealthOn 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.