Sharing life’s journey in Christian faith, love and service.




On October 1, 1916, Second Church moved its parish home from Washington Street in West Newton up the hill to our present home on Highland Street.  Under the direction of J. Edgar Park, the glorious Gothic style building had been completed in less than two years, and was dedicated “as a tribute of gratitude and love to Him in whom we live and move and have our being.”

Now, one hundred years later, we are planning a celebration:  not just a celebration of our building, but a celebration of the life and ministry of Second Church.  It is an opportunity to re-dedicate our Second Church mission and to invite the folks who share our building, our West Newton neighbors and the wider community to learn about our Second Church mission and join in our celebration.


Sunday September 25

How Daniel and the Lion’s Den relates to the way Jesus asks us to pray

Parents are asked to drop off students in Fellowship Hall at 9:50 am and join the congregation for Sunday service. Teachers and students will return to service after the sermon.

Junior and Senior High Youth Groups:

Friday, September 23:  “Out of Church” meeting – Movie Night

Full year schedule: 

Juniors HERE
Seniors HERE

Every month we will have a “Second Church out of the Church”  Youth Group meeting where we serve the community or have a bonding event such as bowling, laser tag, etc.

david-gaillardetz   Welcome David Gaillardetz,  Assistant YouthEducator

David holds a Masters Degree in Child and Family Social Work from Boston College where he is finishing a second Masters in Theology and Ministry. He currently works at the Home for Little Wanderers doing In-Home Therapy with children and Families. He thanks everyone for welcoming him so warmly into the Second Church community and is delighted to be helping with youth groups and Sunday school. We are grateful for his enthusiasm!



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Wednessday, September 28 at 6:30 for a potluck with Elena Huegel.   She will share stories and wisdom from two decades of mission service among the people of Chile.   Read some of her writings.

Second Church – What Does It Mean to be a Member?

After worship on October 9, Pastor Mark will hold an inquirers class for those who would like to know more about Second Church, the United Church of Christ, and the meaning of church membership. All are welcome, whether or not they plan to join the church. There will be a reception of new members in worship on October 16.

Visitation Training Forum – October 30

Pastor Mark is going to offer Visitation Training for anyone in the congregation who would like to participate.  Even if you don’t plan to visit people in nursing homes or hospitals, the focus of the mini-workshop will be “The Ministry Presence.”    Read More.

You’re Invited to a Celebration!   November 5 at 6:00 PM
Meet Our Neighbors in Our Building

We are inviting you and all our building users to attend a celebration, not a celebration of the building so much as an opportunity to focus on all the good works that flow from the people who use the space.  Read More.


October 9            What does it mean to be a member of Second Church?

October 30          Visitation Training


 Special Events

West Newton Square Enhancement Project
Wednesday, September 28, 6:30-8:00 pm

First Unitarian Society of Newton 

We will review design concepts and layout options. Hope to see you there.


Second Church Photo Contest
Celebrating 100 years

Submit a photo (or two or any number for that matter!) of anything in or around Second Church that moves you! Use your phone or come to church with your professional camera. Love the stained glass windows? Or the intricate wood carvings? What about the spire or gargoyles in just the right lighting – the possibilities are endless!

Submitting the photos is simple:  Just send photos via email to: Giving a caption to your photo is encouraged but optional.

Start taking photos now until end of September.    All ages are encouraged to participate.

Save These Dates

Wed Sept 28               Potluck Supper – Chilean Missionary – Elena Huegel   6:30  Learn More

Sun Oct.  2                   Celebration of 100 years – Worship at 10:00   Learn More

Sun Oct. 9                    What does it mean to be a member of Second Church?   Forum Following worship

Sun Oct. 30                  Visitor Training Forum    Learn More

Sat  Nov 5                     Building Users’ Celebration 6:00    Learn More