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 Easter. 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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The Trees Are Speaking!
It's National Poetry Month in Crane Field
It's still cold enough that the flowers are slow to usher in spring this year, but the trees in Crane Field in East Milton are blossoming with poems! For the second year, East Church has created a “Poet-Tree Walk” to celebrate National Poetry Month in April. All are invited to take a stroll through the trees when you need a break. Bring your children or grandchildren and see if you can guess one another's favorite poems. Wind your way through the park to read all of the poems, or read a poem each day throughout the month. We hope this celebration of poetry will bring a smile to your face, encourage you to read to one another, and perhaps even spark some creative writing of your own.
Poem in Your Pocket
Please bring three poems (three different poems, or three copies of one poem, photocopied or hand-written) for the Poetry Basket over the next few weeks. Bring your favorite, or write your own!
On April 29, everyone will be invited to take a poem out of the basket to keep in their pockets for the rest of the day - or week - or month in celebration of April, National Poetry Month.
A Concert of Favoritesb>
You don't want to miss this opportunity
Sunday, April 29, at 12:00 PM in East Church's sanctuary.
Come and enjoy a program of old and new, Broadway to Classical musical selections Featuring Scott Woolweaver, viola and Lynn Salmonsen, piano PLUS Special Guest Artists!
The concert is free and open to the community. Voluntary Donations will support the South Shore Children's Chorus, the Milton Young Musicians Festival, and the music programs of East Church.
Toward an East Church Ethic of Creation Care and Faithful Stewardship of our Building and Grounds
East Church's Environmental Stewardship Assessment (ESA) as well as reporting on other aspects of what the church leadership has been doing recently to keep making our building more energy efficient is available via this page. Please note the ESA document is quite large and will probably take your browser some minutes to render. Be patient!
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.
- BU School of Theology Invites Congregations into Lilly-funded Project
- Global Ministries is Seeking Global Mission Interns
- ONA Updates
- Conference Looking for Green Congregations
- 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