Keeping King's Chapel's members and friends connected each week between Sunday worship services with updates from the Parish House.
From the Minister
"It's not fair!"

Two years olds say it, and 94 year olds, and all of us in between.

Sometimes when we say, "It's not fair!" we're just cranky, but other times we're exposing a grave injustice. In our world, the very same circumstance can be seen by some as mere petulance, and by others as courageous truth-telling. When do we just need to "get over it," and when are we required to say, "It's not fair"? It's not always clear.

Think developmentally. A toddler may be genuinely outraged to be required to share with someone else her own favorite toy: it belongs to her, part of her identity, and she feels as if she's being made to give a piece of herself away. Think of your leg being severed at the hip, the blood loss profuse. A two year old really wonders if she can survive without her beloved toy.

We, her parent, have a different perspective. We know children must learn to share and take turns; that sharing doesn't mean our child will never see the toy again; and that, in fact, there may be other toys our darling could enjoy, if only we can distract her long enough to consider them. What to do?

"It's not fair," our toddler is frantically sobbing, unable to understand. Do we parents respond, "Get over it"? Do we make our toddler share if the favored toy is the blanket she cannot sleep without and drags everywhere?

What if the other hand reaching for the blanket is an elder at the park, on a cold day? Or the parent of a shivering infant, for some unknown reason without warmth? If our toddler is in a snowsuit or a sweater? If the other one also begins crying out, "It's not fair!" "It's not fair," our little toddler says, looking at us reproachfully. What should we parents do?

How does God ever try to teach us? What works, at our different faith development ages?


Spotlight On...
King's Chapel Open House | This Sunday | 12 - 4 PM

This Sunday King's Chapel will be opening the Parish House first floor and garden from  12 - 4 PM for the Beacon Hill Fall HillFest  sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association.

In the Parish House garden members of King's Chapel will be offering family friendly activities: giant bubble blowing, cookie decorating, parlor games, and sing-along songs performed by the church school music teacher Skip Lewan.  Parents are also welcome to utilize the downstairs King's Chapel nursery for young ones who need a break from the festivities.   Please come and join the fun at  noon  after Morning Prayer service! 

In addition, members at the King's Chapel table will pass out information on our programing along with KC crowns, bubbles, and offer facepainting for the young and young at heart. 

A special thank you to...

- Cathy Price, who will be at the King's Chapel table providing information about our programs

- Amanda Cegielski and Christopher Allen who will help children make and decorate cookies

- John Appleton, who will be on site to answer questions about the history of King's Chapel and provide tours of the Little Chapel

- Jacob Edson, who has volunteered to help church school staff with bubble blowing, sing alongs, and cookie decorating/ eating. 

If you wish to get involved in welcoming folks to King's Chapel please email Rev. Amelia: 

Upcoming Events...

Tuesday, October 3 | 5:30-7 PM | Conversations with Carl Scovel | Parish House | RSVP Required

Beacon Hill Village is sponsoring an evening with Carl Scovel, the Minister Emeritus at King's Chapel, where he will discuss A Prayer Book Companion, his recently completed book on the King's Chapel Prayer Book, an edited version of the Anglican Prayer Book first used by King's Chapel when it was founded in 1686. The book is a fascinating exploration of how the prayer book came to be and how and why it's been changed over the years. Carl will also offer reflections on other issues. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. Meet at King's Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon Street, at 5:30 p.m. for light hors d'oeuvres and wine; program begins at 6 p.m. The event is free to members of King's Chapel, but participants MUST register in advance as seats are limited. Register through the Beacon Hill Village website calendar by clicking on this event:

Prayer Groups Begin

Tuesday Prayer Group |
October 3rd- November 14th | 12 PM | Little Chapel

A prayer and meditation group led by Rev. Joy Fallon. Come for a time of prayer, silence, and rejuvenation.       7 week class for those able to attend most Tuesdays.
Please sign up via

Thursday Prayers | October 5th-November 9th
12 PM | Little Chapel, 64 Beacon St.
Experience the ancient  practice of Centering Prayer, a guided meditation designed to calm the mind and soul. Led by Rev. Amelia Nugent. 
Drop-Ins Welcome!    

Praying with the Mystics | October 8 - 
November 12 |  Second Sundays

Spend time with timeless spiritual writers from the East and West. On October 8, we will read St. Francis. On November 12, we will read Rumi. Readings available in advance or at the class. Contact the Parish Administrator Gretchen for further details at

Tuesday, October 10 | 6-8 PM | Committees Gather for "Many Meetings" | Newcomers Welcome | Dinner included

On Tuesday, October 10, many of the church's committees will host a meeting simultaneously,
including Community Action, Membership, Adult Religious Education and others. This is an excellent time to visit committees, if you are interested in possibly joining one; it also is a time for committees to work jointly, and to meet others at King's Chapel. We begin with a short service in the Little Chapel at 6, share a dinner together on the second floor of the Parish
House, and then move into our committee meetings at
7 PM. Please RSVP to our Parish Administrator at

Save the date for the first Sunday Concert of the 60th Season | Sunday, October 29 | 5 PM

We open our 60th anniversary concert season on October 29 at 5 PM with a celebratory program, featuring J.S. Bach's beloved  Magnificat . This exuberant song of praise with moving words of the Virgin Mary does indeed magnify the Lord with trumpets, timpani, and all manners of festivity.

In addition to the masterpiece of the family patriarch, Johann Sebastian Bach, you will hear the 
festival cantata  Musik am Dankfeste wegen des fertigen Michaelisturms  by Bach's second son,   Carl Philipp Emanuel. W ritten for the dedication of the completed tower of St. Michael's Church in Hamburg on Reformation Sunday, October 31, 1786, the work  was only recovered in 1999 from the former Soviet Union, after being presumed lost in the Second World War as part of the library of the Berlin Sing-Akademie. O ur performance marks the US premiere of this historic gem. 

As always, advance tickets are available at a $5 discount:

King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity Boston build | November 11, 2017

Registration is open for the King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity Boston build in November.  The build runs from 9 AM to 3:30 PM with a one hour lunch break. 

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 by 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 Please RSVP early as Emanuel will be away in Italy during October.

From the Parish House
Evensong at King's Chapel

We had a very nice turnout for our Evensong this past 
Sunday. Thanks as always to our lovely choir members who sang their hearts out, and a special word of appreciation for our new usher, Zack Charette, who juggled and lit the many candles masterfully, assisted by our able usher crew consisting of Amy Meyer, Cathy Price, and Gregg Sorensen.

Social Justice News

1) Faith in Action | Sunday, October 8 | 
10-10:45 AM | Making Sandwiches at the 
Parish House

Join the Church School in making sandwiches for our
unhoused neighbors. We'll work from 10-10:45 AM between the two Sunday services making sandwiches at the Parish House Kitchen. All ages welcome!  Contact Ryan Harrison, if you can help at

2) The Peace Institute | Lobbying to Support Burial Costs | Important Note from Carol Genovese

The Louis D Brown Peace Institute (LDBP) with which we have been partnering for the annual Mother's Day
Walk for Peace, is sponsoring a bill in the state legislature (H.742) and asks for our support. The proposed legislation would amend the current victim compensation law to say that families of murder victims cannot be denied reimbursement for modest compensation because of the circumstances surrounding their loved ones death.

According to LDBP, "These funds are used to provide proper funeral and burial for families surviving homicide, final expenses that can be a nearly insurmountable burden on top of insurmountable grief. A proper funeral and burial is an essential step in any families healing journey after the tragic death of a loved one."
Please click HERE to watch further information about this bill and watch a short video to hear the moving and
very courageous testimony at the end of the newsletter on Channel 5's Survivors on Primetime. Then please, if you agree, TAKE THE NEXT STEP and call your state legislator to support H.742.
I often have felt helpless when I heard of the murder of so many young people in Boston. Taking action and
prayers are the only thing that help me. The victims need to know we care and they are not alone. I regard this
and taking part in and contributing to the Mother's Day Walk for Peace as a way we can help .

3) Opening Our Freedom Trail Doors

At King's Chapel, we do not require any visitors to pay a fee to enter our sanctuary, or take a self-guided tour, unlike some other sites on the historic Boston Freedom Trail. However, we do hope that guests will make voluntary contributions to support our costs. We also do charge for any of the special tours given to groups.
In order for us to open our groups tours more widely, also, King's Chapel's Freedom Trail Program recently applied to participate in the "EBT Card to Culture" program.

This new program 
through the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance and the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) began in August 2017 and is an inclusive, community-based initiative working towards the MCC's Universal Participation Initiative.

This initiative strives to break down 
barriers preventing people from participating in cultural organizations in Massachusetts.

Economic inaccessibility remains an issue at many organizations. Through Card to Culture, EBT

cardholders and their families are granted free or discounted admission to over a hundred cultural
and historic institutions throughout the Commonwealth. The program has been dubbed the "nation's most comprehensive effort to expand cultural access for low-income families."

Through the EBT Card to Culture, a family or group of up to 5 people with an EBT card will be able to take a guided tour of King's Chapel for the price of one regular adult ticket. The Freedom Trail Program staff look forward to welcoming under-served communities to the historic building and sharing our history with new audiences. 

From the Church School:

Our first day of Church School started off with some Joyful Noise as the kids provided the beat while Skip played familiar tunes on the piano such as "Jesus Loves Me". The children were introduced to their new learning rooms where they learned about sacred space and prayer. We ended our time with a game in which we were taught it is much easier to help others (or keep them from falling to the ground as we were playing with balloons) if we work together as a community. That's what we do at King's Chapel.   


This week, all of our children are invited to spend 10-15 minutes of music time with Skip before going upstairs for Church School. Our Godly Play group will begin to wonder about the mystery of God as they are told the story of Creation. Our Middle School group will contemplate prayer and what we pray for as we read about Jonah and why he was so angry at God that he ran out into the desert and pouted. Join us as we hear stories, contemplate God, play music, pray, and have lots and lots of fun! To see more details about what the Church School is up to, follow this link.


Our 2017 Stewardship Appeal
King's Chapel needs your help!  We are far short of the needed goal of $200,000 as approved by the congregation, and the $225,000 set by the committee. Please send in your contribution if you have not already done so!

In This Issue
Sunday Services
September 24
Morning Light | 9 AM
At the Little Chapel

Morning Prayer | 11 AM
The Rev. Joy Fallon will Preach
  • Heinrich Christensen, Music Director
  • Albert Craig and Emily Bieber-Harris, Soloists
  • Patricia Bass, Lay Reader
  • Paul Luca, Head Usher
  • Amy Meyer, Usher in Charge
  • Marie Wells, David Wheeler, and Paul Luca, Ushers
  • Zach Charette, Verger

The Readings:
  • Psalm 145:1-9 
  • Old Testament:       
    Jonah 3:10-4:11
  • New Testament: 
    Matthew 20:1-16
The flowers on the communion table are given in loving memory of  Mildred Montano and Florence Perry by their nephew, Charles M. Perry.  
Marie Wells will meet those interested in learning more about  King's Chapel at the Communion Rail
After the service, all are invited to Coffee Hour,  hosted by Gregg Sorensen and friends of the Hospitality Committee.
From the Bench
We open musically with Mendelssohn this week: First his Prelude in c minor for organ, then new choir members Albert Craig (see elsewhere in this issue for more on Albert!) will sing Lord God of Abraham from Elijah. 

The choral offerings are the spiritual He Had to Run, featuring soprano Emily Bieber-Harris singing about Jonah, Samson and other good biblical folk. 

The offertory anthem is a setting of our gospel reading by Italian Renaissance composer Francisco Guerrero.

We close as we started, this time with Mendelssohn's rousing companion to the Prelude, the Fugue in c minor.

Introducing our new Choir Member: Albert Craig

Albert, bass-baritone, holds a bachelor's degree in voice performance from the University of New
Hampshire and a master of music degree in voice performance and pedagogy from Penn State University,
where he studied with Norman Spivey and Mary Saunders-Barton. 

Passionate about  teaching voice, Albert has focused his teaching in the areas of musical theater and classical music an d currently  works at the Bosse school of music in Weymouth, Massachusetts. 

In addition to teaching  voice, he enjoys singing in various oratorio engagements and with the early music ensemble Capella Nova Mundi

In his free time he is often spotted hiking in the mountains of his native New Hampshire.

Tuesday Recitals
Tuesday, September 26 |      
12:15 PM

Gogofski Ensemble
Songs of Bosnia, Macedonia, and Serbia   

Upcoming Meetings
* Leadership
   September 21st | 6 PM 

* Vestry
   September 26th | 6 PM

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King's Chapel?

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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.