This is a warm and welcoming small group that meets once a month from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. downstairs in the church building.
Members suggest book titles and discussion topics. The group engages in in-depth discussion and sharing of personal stories and experiences about the Bible, prayer, and meditation. Deep listening, compassion and honest conversation are hallmarks of this deeply spiritual group.
The group welcomes new ideas and supports one another in a communal and individual search for understanding our faith.
Books which have been discussed include:
The Wesley Foundation in Cambridge was founded in 1918 to serve the spiritual and social needs of United Methodist students at Harvard, Radcliffe, MIT, Wellesley, and Lesley. In the late 1940’s through the early 1960’s, it was not uncommon to have over 100 students attend Wesley Foundation Sunday evening activities at Harvard-Epworth. Students prepared and enjoyed a common meal, listened to and debated with outstanding speakers about religion, ethics and philosophy, and shared in student-led worship services. Retreats and social outreach projects were also popular during those years.
In the early 1960’s, several of the leading members of the Harvard-Epworth congregation made significant gifts to the Wesley Foundation in Cambridge to support this ministry, and in particular to facilitate the purchase of a parsonage for its full-time director. A two-family house on Avon Hill Road and Bates Street was purchased. The unit on Avon Hill was occupied by the director of the Foundation; the unit on Bates Street was rented out. By the mid 1960’s, however, student interests had shifted, and the desire to maintain a director of student activities vanished. At that time, the Wesley Foundation offered use of the Avon Hill parsonage to Harvard-Epworth.
The Wesley Foundation currently supports campus ministries through contributions.In addition, the Foundation funds an intern at Harvard-Epworth whose mission is to develop on campus ministries.The Wesley Foundation also supports the parsonage for Harvard-Epworth.
On the 3rd Sunday of each month, volunteers from Harvard-Epworth prepare and distrubute sandwiches to persons in Cambridge who are homeless. Volunteers (individuals or groups) from the church are invited to provide sandwiches as well as to distribute them. There is also an oppurtunity to provide and/or distribute sandwiches every 3rd Saturday of the month. A sign-up sheet can be found in the entrance hall of the church building for those interested in being a part of this vital ministry.
If you are interested in helping out with this ministry contact the church office.
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Harvard-Epworth joins with other churches in the Harvard Square area to provide a weekly hot meal for over 110 needy people on Thursdays at Christ Church, Zero Garden St. The original cafeteria-style meal was changed after a few years to family-style service at the tables, with volunteers sitting and eating with the attendees to provide a more welcoming atmosphere. The churches provide annual funds for the food, and volunteers who prepare and serve the food, eat and visit with the guests, and clean up.
The Harvard Square Meals program began in 1982 as an ecumenical ministry of ten churches in Harvard Square. It contin aues to serve a nutritious, sit-down dinner every Thursday at Christ Church, Zero Garden Street to over 120 needy people – more than ever before. We invite you to volunteer with us on a Thursday: food preparation starts at 3:00 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy the community spirit and a good meal. For more information, call Laurie at (508) 653-7767 or Lieby at (617) 797-4444. Or, just come by on a Thursday!
Each Wednesday morning, some of the Harvard-Epworth congregation gather by phone for meditation and prayer. This gathering is a wonderful way to begin the day and to hold the concerns of our congregation in prayer. The meditation and prayer begins at 7:45 a.m. and concludes at 8:00 a.m. All are invited and welcome to join in this mid-week gathering. People dial-in from bed, from the breakfast table, and occasionally even from an office or out of town. You are free to state your prayer needs, or not to say anything at all but rather dial-in and listen. To join the call, dial: 712-432-1690, a voice will prompt you to enter code: 658031#.
Created and run by Inus Daneel of our church, this program originally had a two-fold purpose: 1) To make theological education and ordination available to a wide range of people in Zimbabwe who otherwise would not be able to obtain it; and 2) To re-forest Zimbabwe, because so much of the forestation had been decimated for building, cooking, and other needs. There was a large thirst for the theological education, and Inus was able to blend the ideas of indigenous tribes’ beliefs about being responsible for every living thing with the need for tree-planting.
Unfortunately, as the political situation in the country has severely declined over the last few years, it has become extremely dangerous for Inus and all those who live there to continue the work. We continue to support this cause because we know that while Inus is in Zimbabwe (six months of each year), he uses the funds to provide as much help as is humanly possible.
Contact Persons: Dana Robert and Inus Daneel
Soon after Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005, Reverend Campbell and Harvard-Epworth reached out to UMC’s in the region and partnered with Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church in New Orleans. Since that time, Harvard-Epworth has sent 4 mission trip teams to New Orleans to help rebuild houses in part of the region devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
The first group was in New Orleans [NOLA] January 21 – 27, 2006. A second group was down February 18-24, 2006. The groups toured much of the devastation in the city and worked with the United Methodist Committee on Relief [UMCOR] on removing debris from and gutting houses. Another team journeyed down in 2007 and worked on rebuilding the interior of two houses. In 2008 a joint team from Harvard-Epworth and Calvary United Methodist in Arlington, MA traveled to NOLA and sheet rocked the interior of an entire house.
These teams went to work with the people of New Orleans in rebuilding their city and their lives.
The actual work was, of course, essential; but perhaps more important was building personal relationships with the people of the city. The deep and heartfelt gratitude from homeowners and people on the street, in the churches and in places of business was overwhelming. One homeowner called the January, 2006 team “her angels.” This was a transformational experience for many of the team members – the very presence of the team in a place so in need of healing.
Harvard-Epworth and Rayne Memorial continue a partnership with H-E’s contributions to the weekly free medical clinic (“Luke’s Place”) that is a collaboration between Rayne and several other NOLA UMC’s.