Over 20 adults and youth went to the Boston Common on Sunday May 6th to worship with Common Cathedral, a welcoming outdoor congregation whose members are both housed and un-housed.   We provided lunch to their congregation and any others on the Common who were hungry. There were a few UCW helpers who’d been to Common Cathedral before, but we had a great group of new servers this time too!

We were lucky – the rain held off and the temperature was perfect. We served meatball subs (which everyone loved), sandwiches, oranges, carrots, chips, birthday cake and brownies. UCW member Abby Larson was our star helper this time, doing the grocery shopping and meatball prep.  Abby, Jane Purser, and Pastor Amy organized the youth to help make the sandwiches, and bag the chips and fruit.

Our youth did a great job serving food and talking with the guests. UCW youth Natalie did a wonderful job collecting prayers and reading them during the service. We saw our friend Mabel, along with several other familiar faces. We served lunch to roughly 75 people! Thank you to all who donated socks! They were greatly appreciated!!

Sunday was also the Walk for Hunger. What a wonderful day for UCW to be serving lunch to the Bostonresidents. Common Cathedral is an outdoor congregation, sharing God’s love through community, pastoral care, creative expression, and worship on Boston Common. They have been leading services on the Common for 20 years, in sun, rain, blizzard, and hurricanes. The moving service was officiated by Rev. Laura Shatzer, who led us in music, reflection, and sharing of thoughts and prayers in the housed and un-housed community. Communion was served by members of the Union Church to all who wanted to receive it. It was a very special way for two congregations to worship together.