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SUNDAY AT OLD SOUTH: September 6th, 2015

First Worship Choir rehearses at 8:30 am to learn a simple song. Come-as-you-can each week. For more information, email [email protected].

Old South Church Summer Choir rehearses Sundays at 10 am to prepare for Festival Worship that morning. Robes are not worn, however, please wear black pants or skirt and a white or solid color shirt or blouse. All are welcome. For more information, email [email protected].

Study and reflect on today’s preaching text at Sunday Morning Bible Study at 10 am in the fourth floor Sam Johnson Room.

Practice the art of creating prayer shawls with the Old South Knitters at 10 am during Early Café in the Gordon Chapel.


Greeters, Ushers, café and fellowship hour servers, and a host of other volunteers help make Old South the warm and welcoming place it is.  To volunteer with the hospitality crew, or for more information visit


Infants through grade 2 are welcome in our childcare ministries beginning at 8:40 am. Care is available uninterrupted through First Worship, Community Hour, and Festival Worship.

Sunday, September 6th we are having a Super Special Secret Project Sunday (SSSPS) - which means it's going to be really awesome, really a secret ahead of time, and really MESSY (be forewarned).  But you shouldn't miss it. 10am. Be there!


Parents: mark your calendars for Friday September 11th and start booking reservations now at your favorite Back Bay restaurant because your prayers have been answered!

From 6 - 10 pm, Old South Church’s professional staff and volunteers will provide a fun, safe, and sound night of activity for children age 6 weeks through grade 6. Space is going quick! For more information, email [email protected].


New to Old South? On Saturday, September 12, from 10am-12noon join Senior Minister Nancy Taylor for a special behind the scenes look at the church. Abolitionists and patriots, old books and silver, organ pipes and secret passages, stairwells and bells: Nancy will take you on a tour and pull out some of our truly special treasures. If you are not intrigued by Old South Church yet, you will be.


Saturday, September 12, 5 pm. All church members and friends are invited to join us at the home (a pre-1830 restored farmhouse) of Elaine Huber and Nancy Richardson in Bradford, MA. This may be our last visit to this wonderful venue. You are welcome to arrive early for outdoor activities. Bring a dish for six to share and a beverage. For directions, RSVP your "yes" to [email protected].


Plan on kicking off the school-year and Old South's program year with a celebration breakfast on Sunday September 13th during the 10am hour.  We invite all generations to gather in Mary Norton Hall for breakfast that morning, and to learn about exciting upcoming Christian Formation opportunities across the lifespan!  Volunteers are needed to help host, contribute food, and clean up for this all-church event. For more information, email Kate Nintcheu at [email protected].


Fun-and-Not-Scary, at-a-Snail's-Pace Read Through of the Whooooole Bible
Thursdays, 7pm, beginning September 17th

Yes, you read right.

We are going to sink our teeth into the scriptures, taking them chapter by chapter, and book by book, skipping nothing... not even the genealogies (because there is cool, interesting stuff in them, too!). Reading the Bible through in this way -- called lectio continua -- opens up a new world of allusions, parallels, and rich insights.

For more information about the schedule and nature of the commitment, and to get in on the action, email [email protected].


So far, we have collected 27 backpacks, 60 bound notebooks, more than 1000 sheets of loose-leaf paper, over 300 pencils, a great variety of glue, markers, crayons, sharpeners, pencil bags, and other supplies. What's left to be done? On Sunday, September 13th during Festival Worship we will bless the backpacks and supplies. There will be minimal sorting work to do just prior to the service. On Sunday, September 20th we will take our collection to 4th Presbyterian Church, and worship with them at 10:30 am. If you would like to join that team let us know! For more information, contact [email protected].


Interested  in some spirited discussion? The Theological Book Group begins a new book on September 21st. We will study John Dominic Crossan's How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis to Revelation. Crossan, an acclaimed biblical scholar, deals with the Bible's two conflicting visions of Jesus and God; one a loving God, and one a vengeful God, and ways to discern which one to trust and follow. Sign up at the Front Desk (books are $17.00). If you download the book, email to add your name to the list. We limit the group to allow for maximum discussion. The first assignment will be sent to those on the list. For more information, contact Don Wells, [email protected].


Join us September 27th (and every fourth Sunday) at a favorite brunch spot in the Back Bay. Meet at the rear of the Sanctuary after Festival Worship and we will walk to Stephanie’s together. For more information, email [email protected].


The 3rd annual Old South Church Retreat will take place over Columbus Day weekend, October 9th-11th, at Craigville Retreat Center on Cape Cod.  Join multi-generations as we take time to play, learn, and pray together -- emphasis on PLAY!  Come and spend some time with your church family at the beach. For more information, email [email protected].


The Rolling Food Drive is collecting peanut butter to benefit the Allston-Brighton Food Pantry. Bring your favorite kind and we will see which wins, chunky or creamy! Collection in the stone entryway.

Tuesdays, 4:30 - 6 pm
@ Casa Myrna Vasquez, Dorchester Center

Participate in educational sessions with the young mothers including gardening, nutrition and cooking, and health and parenting skills. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected].

Sunday, September 27th, 12:30 - 4 pm @ Sunday’s Bread
35 Bowdoin St., Beacon Hill
Prep and serve a community hot lunch for people who are unhoused. Volunteers must be at least 15 to work in the kitchen, 17 to serve. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected].