Lent and Easter at East Church
Our 8-week study series provides much food for thought in this contemplative season of Lent. Learn more about the discussion series here.
Welcome to the East Church Community…
No matter where you are on your life’s journey and no matter what your faith background is or has been, East Church extends a warm welcome, inviting all of God’s children to share in our common life.
If you are new to the area, or looking for a church home…
If you are seeking a safe and caring environment for your children, a creative Christian Education program, or a place to nurture your own spiritual life…
You are most welcome to join us on Sunday morning for worship!
East Congregational Church, UCC is an Open and Affirming Congregation in the United Church of Christ. (The phrase “Open and Affirming” is church-speak. Roughly translated, it means we provide a safe sanctuary, open to and affirming of all people; East Church explicitly extends a welcome to all regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Learn more about what we mean by Open and Affirming here.) We are a vibrant community of faith that strives to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. East Church welcomes the spiritual pilgrim and our congregation includes people from a variety of backgrounds and faith traditions. From this diversity we believe we gain a greater understanding of the way God is present in our lives. Together we walk this journey of faith, listening for the voice of our Still Speaking God. As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe that we can make a difference in the lives of people and in our world through the transforming power of the Gospel. Through engaging worship and study, we continue to grow in the Spirit and live our faith, building and serving community.
We’re in the season of Lent. Learn what that means.
You can read Pastor Shelly's most recent Reflection here.
Our previous week’s worship service may be viewed on Milton’s cable station (channel 9) at 10:00 AM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. (This has been known to change, so you might wish to consult the Milton Access TV listing page.)
The current week’s Worship Bulletin is available here.
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Lenten Study on Sunday Mornings
Beginning February 18 at 8:30am in the Parlor
We will watch and explore together the ideas presented in Violence Divine: Overcoming the Bible's Betrayal of its Non-Violent God, an eight-session DVD-based program featuring New Testament scholar and historian of early Christianity, John Dominic Crossan. In this study Crossan exposes and overturns the long-standing theological fallacy "that everlasting peace can only be achieved through the onslaught of divine violence." An excellent companion book for this DVD series is that you may also want to read is Crossan's book, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis through Revelation.
Palm Sunday Pony Rides at East Church
March 25, 2018 from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm.
Children from the community are invited to vist East Church on Sunday, March 25, for pony rides!
This popular annual event is free, and all are welcome to participate.
It is, however, weather dependent.
Please check the church's website if the weather seems iffy.
East Church is located at 610 Adams Street in East Milton.
Free parking is available.
Lent and Easter Highlights
Special worship services and events for the season of Lent and Easter include
Palm Sunday, March 25 featuring the joyous procession of Palms during worship and the very popular pony rides for children afterwards. (This is of course weather dependent; a prominent notice will be placed at the top of our home page if the weather looks uncertain.)
Maundy Thursday, March 29 featuring a simple meal at 6:00 followed by a meditative worship experience at 7:00.
Easter Sunday, April 1
All are welcome to participate in all or any of these worship experiences. Same for the Lent Discussion Series that precedes Sunday worship. You don't need to be an East Church member or even a regular visitor to participate in these moments of reverence.
2017 Year-in-Review Photo Album
2017 highlights at East Church: a photo album of memories!
Block Party Photos
Photos from the 5th annual block party, organized by East Church and the Friends of Crane Field, are online. Have a look!
Are you new to the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC?
If you’re new to the Mass. Conference, or just want to learn more, check out the newly updated "Welcome" section of the the MACUCC website: www.macucc.org/welcome
East Church’s Kitchen Supports a Local Small Business
Bushel + Crumb offers “local food” enthusiasts a monthly subscription of savory and sweet pies, featuring locally grown fruits, vegetables, dairy and grain products. And they are baking their product in East Church’s recently renovated kitchen!
Click to learn more about Bushel + Crumb and how you can sign up for pie shares.
News from the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ:
- Read the weekly Mass. Conference of the UCC (MACUCC) Newsletter.
- Springfield Pastor Chosen For Oral History Archive
- News from the Open and Affirming Ministry Team
- Churches Invited to be Livestream Sites
- Haystack Award for Justice - Nominations Welcome!
- UCC's 'Podcast for a Just World' connects faith, justice and community building
- Public Safety Forums for Churches
- BU School of Theology Announces Two New Denominational Learning Communities
- Churches Invited to Join The Fight for 15
- 18-month Soul of Leadership Program Offered
- Updated MACUCC Cleanup Kit Collection