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


Join us for Worship on Sunday, September 4,   10:00


We will discuss the plight of laborers today, including those caught in modern day slavery.

Dress informally and do come early at 9:30 am to talk about your summer
exploits with friends.

 Informal dress is encouraged.

Newton Food Pantry offering:  Tuna Fish 

2 Special Events

Community Engagement in Newton?
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 7 pm    Second Church, Room 111

Lily Canan Reynolds, Community Engagement Manager for Newton’s Planning Division, will discuss opportunities for the church to extend welcome and be more active in mission in Newton. Ms. Reynolds recently met with Pastor Mark and enthusiastically talked about issues in housing and transportation where the church’s witness and involvement would not just be welcome, but also vital, especially in advocating for affordable and subsidized housing, bike lanes, alternative / public transportation, and more. Greater community engagement continues the advancement of the Crossroads process.


Exploring Aspects of White Privilege in Newton
Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 pm   First Unitarian Society of Newton, 1326 Washington St., West Newton

 Newton residents are invited and encouraged to attend a forum with other people of faith when Newton Police Chief, David MacDonald will share his perspective on the intersect of police work, white privilege, and the Black Lives Matter movement with ample time for questions and answers.


United Homes Adult Shelter in Dorchester counts on Second Church to provide Saturday dinner for its residents twice a month. The first Saturday in September is also Labor Day Weekend. But everyone isn’t away. Won’t you take 2 hours on September 3 at 2 pm to help prepare a meal? All we need is four good cooks! Sign up right now, HERE.

Or call Barbara in the office – 617-244-2690.


Sunday, September 4, 10:00 am

We will discuss the plight of laborers today, including those caught in modern day slavery.

Dress informally and do come early at 9:30 am to talk about your summer
exploits with friends.


SUMMER PICNICS –  for those Living in Transitional Housing

One Picnic Left:  Sept. 4, 12:30-3:00 pm
Last year Eliot Church hosted some picnics for families living in local Hotel Shelters. This led to the Mothers Day Lunch that we held recently. Some people from Union Church, Grace Church, Eliot Church, United Parish, and United Methodist have been meeting with Kim Gluck and Lissa Gilbert to plan the picnics this year.

Volunteer help needed for last picnic –

If you would like to volunteer for these summer cookouts, there are a number of jobs available.  We need help with set-up, food preparation, organizing and supervising crafts and games, operating the grill, mingling with the guests as hosts, and clean up.  You can sign-up in Fellowship Hall or online   HERE. 

If you are unable to volunteer in person but you still want to support this important outreach ministry, please make a donation directly to Eliot Church and reference “Community Cookouts” on your check or with your donation.

Please see Lissa Gilbert (  with questions or suggestions.

Thanks for your support and we hope to see you at a Community Cookout soon!

100logofinalTHEN TO NOW

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.

Read MORE about how you can get involved.


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

Sun Aug 28                 Agape Feast – Worship at 10:00

Tues Aug 30               Community Engagement Meeting  7:00   Second Church Room 111

Sun Sept 11                  Welcome Back Sunday – Worship at 10:00

Thurs Sept 15              Exploring Aspects of White Privilege in Newton  7:00  First Unitarian Society

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