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.
The Advent's Church School program is a busy and exciting environment for Christian education! Nobody is too young for Church School - we even have a class for infants and their parents.
Church School happens every week after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Following Communion, our Church School teachers meet all children ages 3 & up at the rear of the church and head up to the third floor. Infants and toddlers and their parents can attend "Beulah Land". We have "Godly Play" classes for ages 3-6 and 6-9, and a Scripture Study for ages 9-12.
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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.
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 the fall of 2021.
Lectures from the 2019 Anglo-Catholic Conference, "Oxford Comes to Boston: 175 Year of Anglo-Catholicism in America"
During COVID-tide, weekly adult education has moved to Zoom classes. The clergy team-teach these classes, which include Bible study, reflections on the Church Fathers, and theological exploration. To be added to the invitation list for the Zoom class, please contact the Parish Office.
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.
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.
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.
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.