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Summer Sessions

Summer sessions (#summersesh) are classes, discussion groups, or activities led by someone in our community. They’re meant to bring people together and encourage conversation and relationship for anyone who wants to participate. We are offering two types of sessions in July and August: a lecture/discussion series and a series of Saturday fun activities.

To sign up for a session, click on the title of that session. We look forward to seeing you there!


Series 1: What Does the Gospel Say About…?

(#theologyandculture)

We believe that the Christian gospel message is true, not just on Sundays at church but in every aspect of life. And if it’s true, we will find it in the things that really matter to us: our culture, our jobs, our neighborhoods, families, and relationships. Our Wednesday night Summer Session series focuses on these topics that are near and dear to our hearts, brought you by people in our community who have expertise to share in these specific areas. Come to any or all of them!

These sessions will be held in Powery Hall at 105 Jersey St. 02215. Please use the door into the building at the back end of the parking lot (when facing the building this is to the right of the main entrance with the columns).

To sign up, please click on the title of the session.


1. What does the Gospel say about Place?

From the Garden to the City – God’s Use of Place
Date & Time:
Wednesday, July 17; 7:00pm
Location: 105 Jersey St. 02215
Speaker: John Cissel

2. What does the Gospel say about Vocation?

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 24; 7:00pm
Location: 105 Jersey St. 02215
Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Kelly Madden

3. What does the Gospel say about Addiction (& Recovery)?

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 31; 7:00pm
Location: 105 Jersey St. 02215
Speaker: Amanda Jacobson & Rich O’Connor

4. What does the Gospel say about Artificial Intelligence?

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 7; 7:00pm
Location: 105 Jersey St. 02215
Speaker: Maggie Makar

5. What does the Gospel say about Ideological Polarization?

The Effect of Taking Sides, In and Out of the Church
Date & Time: Wednesday, August 14; 7:00pm
Location: 105 Jersey St. 02215
Speaker: Connor Wood

6. What does the Gospel say about (My Ability to) Change?

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 21; 7:00pm
Location: 105 Jersey St. 02215
Speaker: Ben Tidwell


Series 2: Summer Saturday Fun!

(#weekendfun)

We also believe in having a lot of fun and spending time together with friends inside and outside of our church community. Our Saturday Summer Session series is focused on doing just that. From stargazing at the Harvard Planetarium to flying balsa wood gliders in a park, we’ve got trips and activities for everyone. Grab a friend, or three, and join us!

To sign up, please click on the title of the session.


1. Castle Island Field Trip

Beaches, a fort, playgrounds, soft serve and the best lobster roll in Southie…bring some friends and explore this local gem!
Date & Time: Saturday, July 6; TBD
Location: Castle Island, South Boston
Host: Amanda Jacobson

2. Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps

Learn how to craft fabric and beeswax into food storage as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap – no sad lunches here!
Date & Time: Saturday, July 13; 10am
Location: The Lefroys’ House
Host: Heather Kaufmann
Cost: $5/person

3. Beer and Games Night

Grab a friend and join us at a local brewery for some friendly competition and fun!
Date & Time: Saturday, July 20; 4pm
Location: Brewery TBD
Host: Jon Yeager

4. Rubber Stamp Carving

Learn to make your very own stamp to print a tea towel or tote bag!
Date & Time: Saturday, July 27; 2-4pm
Location: The Ladesics’ apartment, Brighton
Host: Hannah Ladesic
Cost: $15

5. Yoga on the Beach

Bring your sunscreen and a friend for some fitness fun on Revere Beach!
Date & Time: Saturday, August 3; 9am
Location: Revere Beach
Host: Rachel Spencer

6. Stargazing with Dr. ZuHone

To Infinity and Beyond! Literally.
Date & Time: Saturday, August 2 or 3 depending on weather; after dark
Location: The Harvard Observatory (60 Garden St. in Cambridge)
Host: Dr. John ZuHone

7. Balsa Wood Gliders

Let’s go fly a kite balsa wood gliders! Bring a kid (or kid at heart) and experience the joy of flight in a beautiful setting.
Date & Time: Saturday, August 10; time TBD
Location: Larz Anderson Park, Brookline
Host: Gordon Strodel
Cost: TBD

8. 288 Vermont St. House Concert

A Night at the (West) Roxbury - #jamsesh and all around great time with your favorite CotC musicians!
Date & Time: Saturday, August 10; 7pm
Location: West Roxbury
Host: The 288 Vermont St. House

9. The Fisherman’s Feast

Come experience the finest revelry the North End has to offer with an afternoon at the Fisherman’s Feast
Date & Time: Saturday, August 17; 1pm—until the party ends
Location: The North End/the Irelands’ apartment
Host: Betsy and Wes Ireland