Programs and Groups
We offer a diverse and growing number of ways to connect with others here; ways to grow in spirit and in service and have fun too! Here’s an overview of offerings and groups here; you will find more time-specific information about programs and classes at the Adult Faith Formation Page.
Regular Church Gatherings & Groups
Play Church, Tuesday 3-5 pm
This fun gathering offers the chance for children to run and play together while parents, grandparents and caregivers enjoy some adult time over a cup of tea.
mindful Meditation practice, Tuesday 7 Pm
This Buddhist-inspired approach offers both meditation practice and teaching in a friendly and supportive group setting. Led by Bets Robertson.
Third Wednesday Programs
Once a month we offer this evening of nourishment for the body, mind and spirit. Beginning with Vespers (a quiet, contemplative 30 minute service) at 6 pm, followed by a simple meal at 6:30, and a choice of several programs at 7 pm.
Brown Bag Lunch, Thursday Noon
Usually hosted by Rev. Frank and other church staff, we welcome you to gather with us for lunch and conversation on Thursdays from noon to 1 pm.
Ladies Circle, Second Saturday, 1 Pm
This group of active, creative, and fun loving women meet at 1 pm on the 2nd Saturday of each month (except July and August). The meeting may include a speaker, a craftsperson, a road trip or perhaps a discussion on current events. The Ladies Circle supports the church in a variety of ways; each spring they raise money to fund special church projects by hosting a lovely high tea. They invite you to come join them and learn more about this lively group, or contact President Trudy Blyth.
Community Meals, First & Third Saturday, 4 pm
Twice a month we offer a warm and nourishing meal for all who are hungry. Preparing and serving the meal is an active of love and care, and a great way to make connections here. Contact Abbe Wertz for more information or to sign up.
Small Group Ministry
Small Group Ministry offers the opportunity to connect with others and consider significant questions and ideas in a deeper way. Each small group (7 to 10 people) commits to meeting twice a month for a minimum of three months. These groups, led by a facilitator who’s also a member of the group, engage in a practice of deep listening and engaged participation that can be powerful and helpful.
Vespers During Advent & Lent, Wednesday, 6 PM
Vespers is a quiet and contemplative service in our candlelit sanctuary; a quiet space in the middle of the week during Advent (the four weeks before Christmas) and Lent (the seven weeks before Easter). The service ends at 6:30 pm, and afterwards we gather for a simple meal.
Groups We Host
MoonPool Coven, First & Third Sunday, 6 pM
Led by Rick Baillargeon and Marylou Johnson, this group offers teaching about and experience of pagan and earth-centered spirituality. For more information, visit the Moonpool website.
Buddhist Sangha, Saturday 9:30 AM
We are pleased that the Nichiren Shu Buddhist Sangha of Greater New England, has their temple in our building. Nichiren Shu Buddhism came to the U.S. with Japanese immigrants over 100 years ago and is now very accessible here in New England with services conducted in English. Known as the noisy Buddhists because of their intense, percussive manner of chanting, they offer meditation, study of the Lotus Sutra, study of Nichiren Shonin's writings and sutra chanting practices.
New Moon Coffeehouse, Third Saturday, 8 pm
For over thirty years the New Moon Coffeehouse has offered great live folk and acoustic music here on Saturdays from September through May (no show in December). For more information, and for the current season’s schedule, visit the New Moon website.
Support and Recovery Groups
Alcoholics Anonymous, Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday, 7 PM
We are pleased to host three AA meetings each week, and grateful for the healing and life-saving work they bring to our community.
SMART Recovery, Monday 5-6 PM
SMART (Self-Management And Recovery Training) Recovery is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with addiction through a science-based program focused on self-empowerment.
Liz Murphy Open Hand Pantry, Tuesday 4-7 pm
Run by the people of St. James Parish, the pantry offers food to those in need. Find more information, click here.
TLC Autism Parent Community, Friday 9:30-11:30 am
This group offers a space for parents of children with autism to gather for support and learning.
Refuge Recovery, Friday 7:30-9 pm
This Buddhist-inspired path to recovery from addiction is grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for the addiction recovery process.