Family Service & Supper

  • Are you and your family feeling frazzled, or like you need to hit a “reset” button?
  • Are you looking for ways to connect to a sense of peace and hope?
  • How would it feel to unplug on Sunday night and pause before the busy week ahead?

find some rest, renewal, and joy at our FAMILY SERVICE & SUPPER

Sunday evenings, quarterly
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Join us for an intergenerational worship service followed by a time for conversation & connection over soup, bread, crackers, and cookies.


Upcoming Services

October 2nd, 2022
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Worship will be led by
Rev. Sarah Napoline

and we are delighted to welcome back guest musicians

Mark David Buckles
(guitar, vocals)
and Julie Metcalf
(fiddle, vocals)

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Mark David Buckles is a conductor, composer, singer, music educator, and multi-instrumentalist. Mark David’s many roles include serving as the Director of Music at Arlington Street Church in Boston, Music Director of The Sanctuary Boston, and Lecturer of Music Theory at MIT. In addition, Mark David is both a prolific composer and arranger of choral, vocal, and instrumental music, and an acclaimed performer and worship leader, leading worship and music services throughout the country with his reverent spirit and infectious energy. When he is not making music and/or spending time with his amazing daughter, Mark David enjoys chess, hiking, bread, and geocaching.

Julie Metcalf, fiddler and violist, can often be spotted at contra dances in the Boston area, either on stage playing fiddle or on the dance floor. Coming from a family of musicians, she was encouraged to makemusic from an early age; Julie picked up the violin for the first time when she was 4 years old and has been playing ever since. Julie holds a degree in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music. She has played many styles of music, from Celtic chamber music to Mariachi, and old-time fiddle tunes are her very favorite. She loves connecting with people through music and dance.


About the Service

Reset, Refresh, Renew… Together

These gatherings are intended for people of all ages and stages, as well as different

backgrounds and traditions. The worship will be an all-ages service lasting approximately 50 minutes, followed by a short time for food and fellowship with a simple meal of soup & bread (or crackers and cookies!) – arrive by 5:00, and you’ll be back on the road by 6:30 PM.

The services are filled with engaging music of different styles and eras— from jazz to hymns to pop music and musicals. We include short readings, poems, and stories, as well as some time to share joys & sorrows, and quiet prayer and meditation. At each service, there is a reflection by the worship leader to explore big questions about making meaning of our lives and building connections with one another.

This is a great and inspiring way for families and individuals to start their week off right. Come unplug at our Family Service & Supper and find your monthly “reset” — refresh your mind and renew your spirit.


Upcoming Dates

Save the dates!
Our Fall 2022 Family Services will be held on
October 2nd & December 11th.


Recent Services

May 15, 2022

In May (and June, on Sunday morning!) we were delighted to welcome Michael J. Johnson as our guest musician. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a master’s and doctorate in studio music and jazz from the University of Miami. He is the Music Director at Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church in West Roxbury and an associate professor at Berklee College of Music. During the service, Rev. Sarah explored what it meant to be “imperfectly perfect” and how our cracks and flaws are actually beautiful parts of our whole selves, absolutely perfect in our imperfection.

 

March 27, 2022

Our March service featured outstanding music from Mark David Buckles (composer, singer, music educator, and worship leader) and Julie Metcalf (fiddler and violist). Rev. Sarah talked about feeling busy or overwhelmed, and how important it is to place the “stones” into our lives in the correct order. If we start with our keystone as the foundation, we can find balance while creating cairns in our lives. 

 

January 9, 2022

We were excited to have an all-ages morning service in January! Matt Meyer returned to lead a service called “Homemade at the River.” The story he told in his children’s message was from a children’s book he wrote, Desmond Gets Free. The story is a parable about collective liberation inspired by the life and ministry of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

You can get the book at the UUA bookstore, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookseller.

 

Sarah Napoline talking & gesturing.

November 21, 2021

“Thank-Full” – We welcomed back the musical stylings of Steve Sussman, and Rev. Sarah Napoline led our service in November on the theme of being FULL of thanks for more than just turkey and mashed potatoes, and what it means to bring a feast of blessings to the world.

 

 

October 17, 2021

In October our service was led by Matt Meyer, a longtime activist, drummer, and Unitarian Universalist worship & song leader. Matt has a degree in Hand Drumming from Berklee College of Music and studied drumming across the world.

 

 

 

September 19, 2021

Our September service featured music by Steve Sussman, a professional pianist on the faculty of The Rivers School Conservatory.