The Christian life is one of constant growth and nurturing.  At the Advent this nurturing begins with Baptism and continues through adulthood, with opportunities for learning and study at every age.

Advent Quiet Morning

December 11, 2021, beginning at 9am

Sarum for the Soul, with the Rev’d Rita Powell, Episcopal Chaplain at Harvard. Read more here.

Church School

Church School Kick Off
Church School Kick Off, 2019

The Advent's Church School program is a busy and exciting environment for Christian education! Church School happens every week after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. 

Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap is a ministry of the Church of the Advent for young adults (college aged through the thirties, married or single) in the Greater Boston Area.

For more information, please visit the Theology on Tap website.

Anglo-Catholic Conferences

A series of two-day gatherings of scholars and theologians, echoing the Anglo-Catholic Congresses of the early 20th century, have been taking place at the Advent since 2017. The most recent conference, in December 2019, celebrated the Advent's 175th anniversary while looking to the future as well. The next conference is tentatively planned for Ascensiontide 2022.

Lectures from the 2019 Anglo-Catholic Conference, "Oxford Comes to Boston: 175 Year of Anglo-Catholicism in America"

Adult Education

In September 2021, in-person Entr'acte classes resumed, on Sundays in the library at 10:10am. This fall's topic is "The Art of Reading Scripture", Sundays, September 26 through October 31.

Community Groups

The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group where we form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together. Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’ve never been to one at all, you’re invited!

Community groups meet throughout the Greater Boston area, and each group has its own unique character.  Some groups focus on Bible study, others read texts more broadly drawn from the Christian tradition, and others aren't reading based at all.  Please check the weekly announcements to see where and when groups are meeting, as well as what (if anything) they're reading.


Parents wishing to have their child(ren) baptized are asked to call the Rector at 617-523-2377 to make an appointment. We also encourage prospective parents who attend the Advent to advise clergy of the impending birth of their child and their desire for Baptism. This allows dialogue to begin between parents and clergy and focuses the attention of all on the child receiving his or her first sacrament. Instruction for parents and godparents is usually given the Saturday prior to the baptism.

Baptisms are normally conducted at the 9 or the 11:15 am Mass with family, sponsors and parish family in attendance. Four particular days are especially appropriate for Baptism: Easter Eve, All Saints' Sunday, Pentecost Sunday and the First Sunday after Epiphany. Other times are possible if there are pastoral considerations.

Guidelines for the Baptism of Infants and Young Children at the Church of the Advent

First Holy Communion

The receiving of Holy Communion for the first time is a very special event. 

While some parishioners prefer to honor the tradition of waiting until the time of Confirmation for receiving Holy Communion, we children who have demonstrated an understanding of the celebration of Eucharist and who have shown interest in receiving the sacrament to pursue instruction.

Please call the church office to set up an appointment for consultation and instruction.

Family Mass

Participation in the liturgy of the Mass is a rich and meaningful component of religious education. As such, we encourage all children to become involved as acolytes. By their service at the altar, our acolytes demonstrate a purposeful commitment to be formed by the life of worship. The term acolyte refers to "one who follows." During the Mass, an acolyte is one who originally followed the bishop or priest in procession and assisted with the liturgy. During the 9:00 Mass, we are delighted to have children serve at the high altar in positions including torch bearer, crucifer, and thurifer. Families who are interested are invited to contact Paul Roberts. After an initial appointment with Mr. Roberts, the child will receive individual training for serving at the high altar. The commitment to be an acolyte requires the child to arrive at the church by 8:30 and to be vested by 8:40 on mornings when (s)he is scheduled to serve. There may also be one or two training workshops a year that last for 1 or 2 hours each. These are offered on either Saturday or Sunday to allow everyone – including parents – to attend.


Deanery Confirmation at the Advent

At the current time, Young People's Confirmation Classes take place every other year.

Classes and assignments as well as retreats are in addition to Sunday School classes. Since these classes occur throughout the year starting in the Fall, please speak with clergy immediately if you are interested in being confirmed or call the church office and make your wishes known.

Young people of high school age or older seeking Confirmation may make special arrangements with the clergy.