Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

Child care is offered during the 9 am and 11:15 am services; an usher can guide you to the nursery.

Welcome cards are located in each pew; please fill one out so we can keep in touch.

9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Carolyn & Tom McDermott with Nola Sheffer. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Ellie Dixon and Meg Mill. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


The “mini-ring”

The Church of the Advent welcomes the North American Guild of Change Ringers for their annual meeting. Expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada will be here and at other sites around Massachusetts this Wednesday through Sunday.

For those who aren’t familiar, the ancient English art of change ringing requires mental agility, concentration and teamwork; ringers guide the massive bells through rapidly changing progressions of sonic permutations. The progressions can be short (a few minutes for practice exercises or to announce an event) or long (a few hours for a peal). Because the bells take over a second to swing through a full 360-degree arc, the ringers do not play songs, but rather ring methods. The methods, or rules for generating the permutations, vary in complexity, constantly providing challenges, even for expert ringers.

In addition to the tower bells at the Advent, there will be a mini-ring in Moseley Hall where you are invited to come along, watch, ask questions and even have a go. Open house times for this ring are on Thursday from 10 to 11, and Sunday between the two services.

Note also that in conjunction with this event, the Advent’s change ringing tradition is the subject of this month’s Advent 175 display just outside the church office. Be sure to check it out.


Mark Your Calendars: here are some keys dates for the fall:

Sun, Sep 15: Church School registration

Sun, Sep 22: Church School resumes; Advent Choirs return

Sat, Sep 28: Vestry Retreat and Meeting

Sun, Sep 29: Michaelmas; Entr’acte resumes

Sun, Oct 6: Blessing of Animals/Petting Zoo

Sun, Oct 20: Evensong & Benediction resumes

Sun, Nov 3: Sunday of All Saints

Fri-Sat, Nov 8-9: Guild of All Souls meeting

Thu, Nov 28: Thanksgiving

Sun, Dec 1: Advent Sunday; Bishop’s Visit; 175th Anniversary; Advent Lessons & Carols

Thu-Fri, Dec 5-6: Anglo-Catholic Conference (at The Advent)

More information to come; stay tuned!


A Note about Community Dinners: In summer, many regular volunteers at the Tuesday supper are away, so if you were ever thinking of trying it out, now is a great time! Contact Barbara Boles (bbolesster@gmail.com) for details.

August 19-25, 2019

Monday, August 19

Tuesday, August 20
Bernard of Clairvaux
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, August 21
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers set-up

Thursday, August 22
9:30 am: Changeringers Guild
10:00 am: Mini-ring Open House

Friday, August 23
9:30 am: Changeringers Guild
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, August 24
Saint Bartholomew the Apostle

Sunday, August 25
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass (Mini-ring Open House follows)
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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