Keeping King's Chapel's members, friends, and subscribed visitors connected each week between Sunday worship services with updates from the Parish House.
From the Minister ...

On Sunday , we will observe what Augustine once called "the crown of Christian festivals." The author(s) of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles paint a vibrant scene, in which we imagine Jesus reaching his arms toward the sky. And with a loud gust of wind, he ascends---he disappears . The Ascension of Jesus has been an important scene throughout Christian history. It has been the subject of much art and hymnody. Cathedrals have been named for it. The Ascension of Jesus was important enough to those early Christians that the story survived the cutting room floor and received a starring role in the ancient creeds ("he ascended into heaven...").  On Sunday , we will explore just how important this curious and odd narrative is to the Christian story-to our story. Join us.

Upcoming Events ...
Choral Evensong | May 15, 5 PM

King's Chapel will celebrate the Festival of Pentecost with a service of Choral Evensong sung by the King's Chapel Choir on Sunday, May 15th, at 5 PM. Evensong will be preceded by an organ recital at 4:30 PM given by Heinrich Christensen. The program will including music by composers DuruflĂ©, MacMillan, Willan, Parratt, and Foss.
Lecture Series on Unitarianism - History and Where We Go | May 
4 & 11

The Rev. Stephen Kendrick, of First Church Boston, will give this Spring's Minns lectures on the Wednesday evenings May 4 (tonight) and May 11, at his church. The topic is Unitarian Universalist life - past, present, and future. For more information, and to sign up, go to the Minns Lectures website: . Dinners will be provided at 6 PM, and the lectures will begin at about 7:15 PM, at First Church.
Join us for the Mother's Day Walk for Peace | Sunday, May 8

The time has come. Sunday is the 20th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace! We have a good group of congregants from King's Chapel, including some church school families, who are planning to participate. Rain or shine, it's going to be a great day. Don't forget to wear purple!

A few hearty souls will do the 6.7 mile walk from Field's Corner Town Field, Leg 1 of the walk to City Hall Plaza. Most of us will meet for Leg 2 at the Madison Park High School, located on 75 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury MA. It is a 3 minute walk from the Orange Line Roxbury Crossing T station. Look for the King's Chapel Signs!

We hope to meet with the Leg 1 walkers around 9:45 AM, and to arrive at City Hall Plaza in time to go to the 11 AM service.

It is not too late to join us! Contact Carol Genovese with questions,
. All walkers can register  here, and click the waiver at the bottom of the form. Donations of any size are welcome. The Second Sunday offering of this week will be donated to the Louis Brown Peace Institute.

Simon Bon Voyage Party |  May 15

Simon Pilecki will be leaving us on Friday, May 20.  We will be celebrating his good work and sending him on his way after our Morning Prayer Service on Sunday May 15.  Please join us at the Parish House for a light luncheon, and help us send Simon on his way to new adventures! Please RSVP to Gretchen at
Theology on Tap | May 18, 7 PM

Believer. Non-believer. Confident. Curious. Join us for a lively discussion of big questions at a local pub. On May 18th at 7 PM, we will discuss the theologies, mysteries, and curiosities of Holy Communion. Anyone 21 and over is welcome to join. We will meet at The Kinsale, located across from City Hall Plaza. For more information or to RSVP, contact
Blessing of the Animals | May 22, 9 AM

Join us in the beauty of our Parish House Garden (located behind 64 Beacon Street, accessible via Branch Street) for an annual service in celebration and thanksgiving for the animals that give us so much joy. Through a liturgy that includes brief readings, prayers, and hymns, we will bless each animal and each relationship. We will thank God for the loving and forgiving creatures that bless our lives. Please contain animals that sting, bite, or scratch. If you cannot bring your animal, we will gladly bless photos, stuffed animals, or any other item that invokes memory. We welcome all.
Memorial Service for Jay Schochet | June 1, 11 AM

Our longtime member Jay Schochet died in March, and his Memorial Service will be held at King's Chapel on Wednesday, June 1, at 11 AM. Jay served on the Vestry, and founded the Men's Dinner group. Jay's widow Suzie has arranged for the service to include music provided by a small orchestra and choir because of their love of the King's Chapel concert series. A reception will follow the service. All members of King's Chapel and friends of the Schochets are warmly invited to the service.
Pride Parade | June 11

Join King's Chapel as we march in the Boston Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11th at 12 PM. The parade kicks off at Copley Square, travels through the South End, then passes both the King's Chapel Parish House and Stone Chapel before finishing at Government Center. All are welcome to participate. For more information, contact
King's Chapel's 330th Birthday |  June 12

June 12 will be a special day at King's Chapel: we celebrate our 330th Birthday and welcome new members at our Morning Prayer Service!  Please mark this date on your calendar so that you can be sure to join us.
King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity-Boston Build | June 25

We have nearly a full team for the June 25 (the first Sunday of Summer) King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity-Boston build.  We can accept 1 or 2 more.  The build runs from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM with a one hour lunch break.  In the past the KC teams have enjoyed lunch in one of the local ethnic restaurants. 

The build will be at one of the HFH-Boston sites now under construction in Roslindale, Mattapan, or Dorchester.  The exact location will be selected hy HFH-Boston based upon the specific build site requirements.  Work will be available for all skill levels (including none). For more information on HFH-Boston and the site where they build, go to  and

King's Chapel has supported HFH-Boston both financially and with multiple volunteer efforts.  If you haven't done this before, please consider joining now. The minimum age to participate is 16.  To enroll or for more information contact Emanuel Genovese at 617-738-6367 or , or Peter Sexton at 781-383-9028 or .
News from the Parish House

From the Freedom Trail Visitor Program

Meet our Educators!

Last week I shared that the program welcomed five new educators aboard for the upcoming season. For the next several weeks, I will be featuring one new team member in Between Sundays. This week, please give a warm welcome to Rosalie Wilbur.


A native Bostonian and lifelong history enthusiast, Rosalie recently returned to her hometown after spending a year in the North of England where she earned her master's degree in medieval archaeology from the University of York. Previously, Rosalie studied archaeology and art history at Boston University, graduating with degrees in each discipline in 2014. A significant portion of her academic focus has dealt with church architecture and parish development over time as well as sharing her passion with others through public archaeology. Working in King's Chapel unites her love for studying churches and their communities with the history of Boston. Aside from digging through the past and helping others explore it, she's an avid supporter of Arsenal FC and the Boston Red Sox and loves to cook, read and ski.
Parish Garden Update

After many months of planning, the Parish House garden will be re-landscaped starting this week. We are grateful to the Beacon Hill Garden Club for providing much of the funds for the work.  When finished, you will see new plantings, moved plantings, and new grass!  Pictures to follow when the work is complete!
Feeling hospitable? Join us by signing up to host Hospitality!

Co-Chairs of the Hospitality committee, Mindy Hinkel and Gregg Sorensen say, "Let there be no barrier to hospitality"! We are very excited to announce a new shared email address ( and sign-up applications at VolunteerSpot ( to make it as easy as possible to volunteer to host hospitality, try co-hosting with someone else; or sign-up to bring a specific item for a luncheon.

The Hospitality committee at King's Chapel consists of co-chairs who share in the responsibilities of coordinating hospitality for over 100 services, 3 luncheons (Homecoming, Milk Punch, Annual Hearing) and the King's Chapel Birthday celebration. Mindy Hinkel heads up  Wednesday evening services, Gregg Sorensen coordinates Sundays, and both work towards making sure supplies are at hand and volunteers handy to make luncheons are yummy yet easy!

The Co-Chairs rely on volunteers to sign-up, who become the "Friends of Hospitality". Many hands make labors light and this is no more true than for this committee that feeds those hungry for what King's Chapel has to offer spiritually, socially, and well, also in the physical sense with regard to food! Who doesn't like food? You need not be the most skilled culinary artist, nor know your way around the kitchen. We're here to help you pick up those skills, either at the local grocery store, or through the fellowship we share.

Please consider choosing a "spot" to volunteer at one of our many services or reach out to either one us with your interest.

Hospitality Committee Co-Chairs
Mindy Hinkel  (617) 939-4604
Gregg Sorensen  (617) 519-5564
Shareable Link to sign-up to volunteer:

In This Issue
Wednesday, May 4 , 6PM

The Rev. Shawn Fiedler, Preaching
  • Mindy Hinkel, Soloist
  • Cathy Price, Hospitality
Sunday, May 8, 11AM

The Rev. Shawn Fiedler, Preacher
  • Cynthia Perkins, Lay Reader
  • Amanda Pickett, Lector
  • Anne Sexton and Paul Luca, Head Ushers
  • Gregg Sorensen, Usher in Charge
  • Sylvia Soderberg and Charles Perry, Ushers
  • Carolyn Conley-Das, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 47
  • Old Testament: Daniel 7:9-14
  • New Testament: Luke 24-46-53

The flowers on the communion table are given in loving memory of Alice deVermandois Perry, Lewis Frederick Perry, Elizabeth Lowell Ware and Charles Eliot Ware, Jr. by their children and grandchildren.
After the service, all are invited to Coffee Hour, hosted by Gregg Sorensen and friends of the hospitality committee.

At the communion rail following the service,
Jim Power will greet those interested in learning more about King's Chapel.
From the Bench
By Heinrich Christensen
For  this Sunday after Ascension, you will hear Olivier Messiaen's organ suite in four movements,
L'Ascension. It seeks to depict separate scenes from the Ascension narrative, from a very meditative prayer of Christ ascending, to much more earthly outbursts and Alleluias.

The choir will sing various joyful anthems based on Psalm 47, including Boston colonial composer William Billings' 
Queen Street,  as well as English settings by Weelkes and Croft.
Tuesday Recital
Tuesday, May 10, 12:15 PM

Nick Cutroneo, guitar
Britten, Sor, York
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More News from 
The Parish
Stewardship Update

We are moving steadily toward our goal, with 63% of our $195,000 reached.  Thank you to our two most recent Stewards:

Lark Palermo
Karen Hawthorne
Still need to make your pledge?  Call the Parish House if you need another form, or   
to donate!  The pledge
drive ends soon!
Upcoming Meetings
Vestry Meeting-
Tuesday, May 10 at 6 PM

Membership Committee Meeting-
Friday, May 13, at 10:30 AM
Contributing to Between Sundays

Want something in Between Sundays? Feel free to email Simon at with a written piece and/or pictures before Wednesday at Noon!
Accessibility Assists

Our beautiful Georgian sanctuary designed by Peter Harrison and completed in 1754, has been lovingly maintained by the congregation since its completion. One of the box pews has been made wheel-chair accessible. Ushers are available to assist those who are wheelchair-bound to that pew.

A sound system has been installed in the sanctuary of The Chapel to amplify the sound during worship services. Hearing assistance devices are available for your use. Please see an Usher for assistance.