Payson Park Church invites friends and neighbors to join them in their traditional Christmas Eve CAndlelight Service held on December 24 at 7:00PM
Special Mission Moments
A SPECIAL MISSION PRESENTATION For THE City Mission Society
A SPECIAL MISSION PRESENTATION For Heifer International
A SPECIAL MISSION PRESENTATION BY ROBERTA ROSENBERG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE SECOND STEP The Second Step partners with adult and child survi-vors of domestic violence to enhance supportive com-munity and identify pathways to physical and emotional healing, housing, and financial security. They work at the individual, community and societal levels to end domestic violence. The Second Step offers a multitude of services and resources to empower survivors of domestic violence to heal from trauma, to forge relationships that create a community of support, to secure affordable housing, and to move toward financial security. Any survivor of domestic violence is welcome at The Second Step. The Second Step has helped over 2,000 adult and child survivors of domestic violence find a way from violence to self-reliance. Over 95% of our clients are women and their children, although our staff is sensitive to the needs of others. Of those we serve, approximately 30% are African American, 30% are Caucasian, 30% are Latino and 10% are Asian-American. The Second Step can serve sixteen families in its resi-dences at any given time, with three additional families housed at the Louis Garfield House. The Afterschool Program serves children in our residences. Each year, approximately 120 families use our services as non-residents.
Communion is one of the sacraments of the church.
Baptism is a sacrament – something that is sacred, or holy, and has special significance for Christians. During the ritual of baptism, everyone has the opportunity to experience the reality of God’s grace and God’s love which are freely given. Baptism welcomes and connects us to the family of God, a world-wide community of disciples of all ages and races. During a baptism the whole congregation makes promises to support the one being baptized. Baptism is an act of the church by which someone is welcomed in a special way into the Christian community and becomes a member of the church, the Body of Christ. With the visible, outward sign of water, the church recognizes that the one being baptized has a new life in Christ. Baptism is a visible symbol of God’s love. The word “baptize” means to sprinkle or immerse in water. In biblical times water was both a precious product and a religious symbol for purification, renewal, and life. The water used in Baptism is a symbol of cleansing, restoring, and giving new life. From the days of the early church, the children of believing parents have been baptized and nurtured in the family of God. This acknowledges that children are also part of the covenant relationship with God. When these children are older, they can make their own profession of faith in Christ, affirming the faith into which they were baptized. The baptism of children clearly indicates that this is God’s action. God’s love is always with us and does not result from any act of ours. The promises we make in baptism are in response to God’s gracious love. Remember your baptism. Those who were baptized as infants often celebrate this experience by lighting their baptismal candles each year to remember that day. Whenever we participate in the baptism of others, we say again the baptismal promises, and keep growing in our understanding of the importance of this act in our lives. Baptism rituals and practices vary from church to church, but there are some common elements: • baptism usually takes place during public worship, when the community is gathered • the worship leader gives the names of the one being baptized • the one being baptized (or their parents/sponsors) makes promises • the faith community pledges support, and promises that they will be part of the ongoing journey of faith of the one being baptized • the worship leader offers prayers for the one being baptized • sometimes gifts are given Ways to include children in the sacrament of baptism. Children can… • be invited to gather near the font • carry the water to the font • present the gifts (candle, certifi cate, Bible) • make welcome cards Parents can… • talk about some of the symbols of baptism water — restores, cleanses, and brings new life candle — God’s presence white clothes — new life sea shell — an ancient symbol of baptism • explain the promises that are made by parents and the congregation • help children learn and join in the responses to the questions to the congregation • make sure that children have an unobstructed view during a baptism. spiritseasons.com For more information about the meaning of Baptism and Baptism services, please call the office at 671-484-1542.
The good news of your approaching wedding is a welcome word at Payson Park Church. The congregation and staff are pleased to send along good wishes and sincere prayers as you anticipate your wedding day. We are glad to help you plan the Service of Christian Marriage.
From a faith perspective, we affirm that a wedding is the result of more than just a good fortune or good planning. In the church we say that this relationship is a gift from God, and for that blessing we give thanks.
At the heart of the wedding is the exchange of vows. The service itself is often called a "Convenant of Marriage." A covenant is an exchange of promises reminding us of a biblical agreement bound together by faithfulness and forgiveness. The bride and groom exchange vows in the presence of the God who makes promises we can trust.
At Payson Park Church we approach weddings with an attitude of joy, gratitude and hope.
For more information, please call the church office and ask for the pastor at 617-484-1542
Do you enjoy gathering with members of other churches? Would you like to attend a meeting of our denomination? There are often many opportunities for you to be a part of the wider church:
The Metropolitan Boston Association has Spring and fall meetings yearly. Typically over a hundred representatives from area congregations attend. If you are interested in attending a conference event, please call the church office. In addition to our Pastor, our church has at least one or two delegates present.
It’s never too soon to plan for the holidays! As you dust off your calendars and make plans for the fall season, make a note of the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service. This is a beautiful way to get together in the spirit of thanksgiving and unity, as we gather with our neighbors and friends for a time of worship. Singers of all ages and abilities are invited to join the choir (rehearsal time 6:30 pm). A time of lively fellowship and great refreshments follow. The service is typicaaly held on the Sunday eve before Thanksgiving. Call the church office for details.
We celebrate Easter with a special Hallelujah Chorus! We are alive in God’s Spirit of love and service! Alleluia!