Healing Services are held the first Sunday of the month in our Chapel at 11:15. One of our pastors will be in the chapel to join you in prayer. You may speak with the pastor, pray together, or be anointed with oil. You may sit in silence or pray alone. You may write your prayers on a prayer request slip and leave it in a basket to be gathered up in the pastors’ prayers during the week. We invite your prayers wherever you need healing in body, mind, or spirit—in a broken relationship or the loss of a loved one, in a diagnosis or a struggle with depression, or in any other circumstance where you seek the presence of God’s healing spirit.
The labyrinth is an ancient form of prayer and meditation. Over the centuries, Christian churches have thought of the labyrinth as a symbolic road to salvation, a substitute for what was a dangerous pilgrimage to the Holy Land, a way of centering oneself, an active prayer and an act of prayer, and a way to draw closer to our God. For many years, Village Church has offered Labyrinth Walks one evening a month from September through June. The labyrinth in our Chapel is open on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:00-9:00 pm for self-guided walking. You are welcome to come at any point during this time and to walk at your own pace. There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth—there is only one path, which winds its way into the center and back out again. To learn more, visit Our Labyrinth page.
Welcome Sunday is the official start of the church program year. Held at 10:00 on the first Sunday after Labor Day, Welcome Sunday is always filled with the excitement of renewing old friendships and making new ones, and the anticipation of another year of growing in faith together. The service includes the Blessing of the Backpacks, through which we send our children off into the new school year with a blessing. After worship, all are invited to a picnic luncheon in the churchyard.
All Saints Day
On the Sunday closest to All Saints Day (November 1), we pause to remember the saints of our church who have died in the previous year. With the reading of the names and the tolling of a bell, we pause to remember the saints who have touched our lives and have now joined the cloud of witnesses that surrounds us and supports us with love.
There are times in our lives when Christmas may not seem very joyous. There are times when we are grieving the death of a spouse, a child, a parent, or a friend. There are times when we are grieving the loss of a job, of our health, or of the health of a loved one. There are times when we are depressed or family discord weighs us down. Contemplative Christmas is a service that acknowledges our losses and our grief, both past and present. This service offers spiritual support as well as the support of others who understand what you are experiencing. Please check the calendar to see when this service will be held during Advent.
MLK Sharing the Dream Service
Village Church has a long-standing partnership with the Charles Street AME Church in Roxbury. Over time, we have shared worship, Bible study, small groups, dinners, and service projects together. To celebrate this mutual relationship and to make us mindful of working toward Martin Luther King’s dream, we gather each year on the Sunday closest to his birthday for a lively, faith-filled Sharing the Dream service and luncheon. The two congregations take turns hosting the event in alternate years.