Between Sundays
Keeping the Parish Community Connected
Worship With Us | Sunday, September 26

Morning Light Service | 9:00 AM
In-Person at 64 Beacon Street or Virtual on Zoom

For those who wish to continue to worship with us virtually, the Zoom link and service will remain the same. We'll open up Zoom at 8:50 for greetings, start the service promptly at 9:00, and a short "coffee hour" will follow the service, hosted by our musician Skip Lewan

If you would rather join us in-person for Morning Light, doors will open at the Little Chapel at 8:45 AM. Masks are required. Congregants will sign in for contact tracing purposes, and some pews have been removed to allow spacing between worshippers. 
Morning Prayer Service | 11:00 AM
In-person at 58 Tremont Street or Live-Streamed on YouTube

For those who wish to worship with us in-person, doors open at 10:30 AM. Masks required. Worshippers will be asked to sign in for contact tracing purposes and masks are required. An usher will escort you to your pew and we ask that you remain in your pew for the rest of the time inside to maintain 3 feet apart from others. Prelude and live-streaming will start at 10:50 AM. A fellowship on the bricks will take place immediately following the service.

For those who wish to worship virtually, we are continuing to improve our live-streaming equipment and process. Join us on YouTube (link below) at 10:50 AM from the comfort of your own home. You can also find the link on our YouTube channel homepage or our website homepage.
COVID-Related Reminders
Just as a reminder for those who will be joining us in-person, masks will be required inside both Chapels at all times and attendees will be requested to sign in for contact tracing purposes. We also ask all to maintain at least 3 feet distance from those outside of your household.
Upcoming Parish Events
Tuesday Recital
Tuesday, September 28 at 12:15 PM

​Featuring Emily Bieber-Harris, soprano; Heinrich Christensen, organ 

Join in-person or watch live on YouTube.
Bible Study
Wednesdays at 6:15 PM on Zoom

Join members on Wednesday evenings as we gather on Zoom for a discussion on the weekly lectionary readings. Check out the online calendar for details of each week's focus.

Contact Tim ([email protected]) to join.
Thursday Coffee
Thursdays at 10:00 AM on Zoom

Bring your cup of coffee or tea and join other King's Chapel folks for an informal conversation by Zoom every Thursday morning. A great way to get to know each other a bit better. Drop in for any part of the hour. 

King's Chapel Memorial Project
Save the Date - MASS Design Presentation On October 3!

Please join us after Morning Prayer on Sunday, October 3, for a presentation by MASS Design Group on a vision for King’s Chapel’s Memorial Project. A world-class, Boston-based organization, MASS designed the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama in collaboration with Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy and the forthcoming King Memorial here in Boston. Their projects span the globe, from hospitals and research centers, to schools, institutes, and libraries, to memorials, parks, and affordable housing. From Roxbury to Rwanda, Poughkeepsie to Port au Prince, MASS’s footprint extends across several continents, and we are excited to have them as partners in our efforts to remember the past and repair the present. Visit to read more about MASS and see examples of their work!

Information will be forthcoming on how and where to participate in this exciting presentation.
Looking Back on Homecoming Sunday:
Building the Beloved Community
All the months of preparation culminated in a beautiful Homecoming Sunday! Betsy Petersen decorated the church exterior with Dick and Cynthia Perkins. John Bowman designed and hung banners for our doors. Carol Kemp placed on our communion table the beautiful flowers donated by Lee Glenn. Many ushers readied the new sign-in sheets, and explained why we are closing some pews, to keep us all safe. Kathe German read scripture from the Reading Desk, as she has so many times. The full choir sang to Heinrich Christensen’s beautiful organ, safely masked and spread out across the balcony. We were back, 50 of us gathered in person after 18 months, and even more of us joining through on the King’s Chapel YouTube channel by live stream. I saw many joyful faces, grateful to be together with one another again. 

At Morning Light, Sarah, Mark and Eleanor Graber arrived early to open the Parish House. Neighbors walked over through the garden and in the front door. A television screen in the Little Chapel came alive with faces on zoom – from long time members Faith Scovel in Jamaica Plain and Miguel Gomez-Ibanez in Maine, to those who joined us in the pandemic - Heather, James, Felicia and Fred from Toronto, Illinois, North Carolina and New Hampshire. When we came to the center of Morning Light, where we all share prayers, Love knew no bounds of time or space. 

Week by week we will improve, better able to see and hear each other again, remember the flow of our lives together, learning how to be both a beloved community and safe. In December, we’ll have a new integrated video and sound system for our main sanctuary; as the fall continues, more of our traditions will continue to unfold. But for now, we rejoice greatly glad to be fully open again, and able to welcome all, wherever you are on life’s journey.

~ Joy
A Special Note from Hospitality
Homecoming Sunday, a wonderful gathering as always—even without food or drink! So the Hospitality Committee got off lightly, but still has people to thank. We could only add bit of festive decor, but would not have done so without Cynthia Perkins, who figured out how to make bows from crepe paper streamers, and to Dick Perkins for assembly. Thank you both!
First Tuesday Recital A Success!
Our first Tuesday recital back after reopening was a great success! 50 intrepid audience members were eager to get back to hearing live music. We are grateful to our friends from Ensemble Chaconne for being willing to serve as “performer guinea pigs”. Since we had a flutist, we implemented a safety zone and roped off the front 4 pews so everybody would be well distanced from errant droplets and aerosols, and our Sunday worship protocols are also in place for Tuesday recitals, with masks and sign-in required. 

Our livestream encountered a few hiccups (huge thanks yet again to Minister of Technology David Waters for manning cameras and microphones), but all in all we are off to an auspicious beginning. 
Parish Committee News
Sandwich makers needed! Join us to make meals for common cathedral October 31st

It's almost October, which means it's time to make the sandwiches! Only three more opportunities this year to make sandwiches and share meals and worship with our unhoused neighbors on common cathedral. The next date, October 31st is coming up fast! Please contact Carol Genovese if you can help shop for ingredients, make sandwiches, or share worship our neighbors in their outdoor service on Boston Common. Then mark your calendars, because the last two dates for this year, November 28th and December 12th, will arrive before your know it!
Looking back: Peace Play with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

Nine participants from King's Chapel attended Peace Play in person in the Parish House garden on Sept 15th. The event was beautifully facilitated by Tina Chery and 2 other staff members from the Peace Institute. Peace Play is both an individual reflection and an interactive one—using small sand boxes for each participant with an opportunity to choose miniature objects and figures set up on a long table.
Participant Carol Genovese says: "We all chose what was speaking to us at that moment in time and nonverbally our individual work expressing what we found in our hearts and minds. We were invited later to share verbally or listen to others in our group share the experience." Stay tuned for more reflections from participants on this unique and moving experience!
Environmental Action Initiative Supports Mothers Out Front

This Sunday Betsy Peterson will be bringing postcards from Mothers Out Front to the church for signatures to petition gas companies in Massachusetts to submit their plans of how they will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to zero as part of the state’s climate plan. Look for her after the service.
History Program News
History Program Reopening

Join us in congratulating and thanking the History Program team for their hard work leading up to and during their grand reopening! Last Thursday, the History Program opened its doors for onsite tours for the first time since March 2020! While it was a quiet weekend, Historic Site Educators guided a total of 11 tours to visitors from as nearby as Boston and as far as Nevada!
We look forward to welcoming you back to the History Program as well, as we offer guided tours of King's Chapel Thursdays through Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. For more information, please contact [email protected].
As we welcome back visitors for the very first time and give our first tours to public audiences (pictured is a glimpse of our opening day today!), tours tickets are offered at a discount. We appreciate your patience and value tour feedback as we work our best to jump back in!

Go to our Eventbrite page for more information.

Public tours are pre-registration only and tickets are available on our Eventbrite page. King's Chapel members get a discounted rate for these guided tours (use code: KCmember)!
Upcoming Minn's Lecture Series
Minns Fall 2021 Series | October 7, 14 & 21 | "The Coming Good Society," William F. Schulz

After decades of promoting human rights, Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz will challenge us to think hard about how rights evolve with changing circumstances, and what rights will look like ten, twenty, or fifty years from now. In these Minns Lectures, he will detail the many frontiers of rights today and the debates surrounding them.

Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz served as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association before becoming executive director of Amnesty International USA in 1994 and then president of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee from 2010–16. He is co-author with Sushma Raman of The Coming Good Society: Why New Realities Demand New Rights (Harvard University Press).

The first lecture will take place on Thursday, October 7 with the theme "Where Do Rights Come From?" Click here for more information.
Support King's Chapel
Please consider a stewardship offering in a spirit of thanksgiving to help us through this challenging time. Every single gift in any amount is equally valued and helps enormously. Visit our webpage to learn more about ways to give:
Prayer Circle
The King's Chapel Prayer Circle, led by Cynthia Perkins, stands ready to pray for any who request it, in complete confidence.  

To request prayers email Joy ([email protected]) or Cynthia Perkins
In the love of truth, and the spirit of Jesus Christ,
we unite for the worship of God
​and the service of all​.