Porchfest 2023

Porchfest 2023

Porchfest is returning to Winchester and to Crawford on June 10, from 12:00 noon to 5:30 pm. Crawford is happy to host the following acts:
  • 12pm – The Morningside Messengers – Jazz sextet playing bop, swing, Latin standards (and some rarities) – John MacRae – drums, Jeff Bates – bass, Michael Rosen – keys, Bob Salitzky – guitar, Jefferson Xu – trombone, Bruce Raisner – trumpet”
  • 1:30pm – Randall Kromm (pictured here performing at Crawford during Porchfest 2021) Singer-songwriter playing original acoustic music.
  • 3pm – Mark Hastings – Solo performing songwriter on keyboards with vocals. I play a variety of covers and originals in the genres of Classical, Swing, Boogie, Pop, Folk, Blues. 
  • 4:30pm – Gaia Mobilij – sophisticated loop sensation that brings different travel experiences into her work. Istanbul, Mexico City, Barcelona, Mumbai: Gaia has been at home in many places and processes the influences of these cultures directly in her performance. Armed with  vocals, an accordion, electronics and a variety of small instruments, audiences quickly wonder what a single person is musically capable of.
We hope you’ll join us under our tent to enjoy one or more of our musical guests! The full Porchfest schedule can be found here.
Refugee Resettlement Update

Refugee Resettlement Update

In the early months of 2022, Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church joined with other members of the Winchester community to form the Winchester Interfaith Resettlement Partnership. Our goal was to provide support to a family of Afghan refugees – two parents and five children – resettling in the area. One of the Partnership’s co-leaders provided this heart-warming update in mid-November.

“Many wonderful things have happened with this lovely family including improving their medical and dental care, providing childhood healthcare immunizations and assessments (including in one case physical therapy and adaptive equipment), moving forward with advanced immigration status which will enable them to more easily integrate into American society, educational and language opportunities for the children and parents, recreational and social programs in the community, two jobs for Ihsanullah to contribute to the household and friendship from our over 70 volunteers.

“Your financial support of the family has allowed us to continue in reasonable housing, managing educational, food and household purchases and working toward self-sufficiency as the family begins to stand on their own over the next several months.

“One of the greatest miracles of this whole journey from Afghanistan to America has been the arrival on Monday, November 14 of a baby girl to the proud parents. Aisha Rawan has just now returned home to the embrace of her five siblings with lots of kisses and hugs. She is the first US citizen of the family with hopefully more of them to follow.

“We invite your faith community to offer prayers of thanksgiving and safe delivery for Aisha and Zahida. We look forward to continuing our Interfaith partnership with each of your communities in the next critical months of transition and self-reliance for the Rawan family.

“Betty Stone and I as the co-leads of our Winchester Interfaith Resettlement Partnership give thanks for God’s many blessings during this season of Thanksgiving,”

– Bob Davidson

Get Screened for Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Get Screened for Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Life Line Screening is coming to Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church on Thursday, October 20. Sign up to assess your risk for cardiovascular disease.

Why should I screen? Life Line screening has the potential to provide benefits including:

  • Early detection of serious conditions
  • Prevention of disease progression
  • Peace of mind so you can enjoy life
  • Savings with more affordable screenings
  • Control, no insurance required

What tests are run at a Life Line screening?

  • Carotid Artery Disease: An ultrasound is performed to screen the carotid arteries for buildup of fatty plaque.
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease: An Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) test is performed using blood pressure cuffs on the arms and legs.
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: An ultrasound is performed to screen the abdominal aorta for the presence of an enlargement or aneurysm.
  • Atrial Fibrillation: A 6-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) is performed by placing sensors on the arms and legs to screen for irregular heartbeat.
  • Osteoporosis Risk: An ultrasound is performed to measure the shin bone for abnormal bone mass density.

For more information, download a flyer about the October 20 event here.

This event is open to the public and appointments are limited, so make your appointment today. To reserve your time, call 1-800-690-0323, or visit LLSA.SOCIAL/HS.

Slaying Giants

Slaying Giants

In the spirit of addresses to graduates at ceremonies across the country, I’ll be looking at the life lessons we can learn from the timeless story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. Whatever our age and stage, it is a fact of life that there will come a day when we are faced by a giant that seems utterly too big and too powerful. This story is way more than a Sunday School classic. It holds the imagination of the world because of the lessons and truths that it teaches. Join us on Sunday to celebrate our graduates and to think about this enduring story.

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Easter At Crawford

Easter At Crawford

Join us on Easter Sunday, April 17, for any or all of our services and celebrations:

  • 6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service around the fire pit (weather permitting, otherwise inside)
  • Easter breakfast immediately following the Sunrise Service in Gifford Hall
  • 10:00 a.m. Worship Service in the sanctuary, featuring live music by the Occasional Brass Quintet
  • Easter Egg Hunt for the kids immediately following the 10:00 service

Read Pastor Anne’s Easter greetings here.

If you can’t join us in-person on Easter, you can join us via the livestream on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. And you can download a copy of our Easter Sunday bulletin here.

The 17th Century Comes to Crawford, Sunday, February 27

The 17th Century Comes to Crawford, Sunday, February 27

On Sunday, February 27, Crawford will welcome Agnes Coakley and Nathaniel Cox – founders of In Stile Moderno – who will provide music for our service of worship at 10:00 a.m. All are invited to join us, whether in-person or via our livestream on either Facebook or YouTube.

In Stile Moderno is an ensemble for early music, which Coakley and Cox founded in Basel, Switzerland in 2012. Named after the “modern style” of music which emerged in Italy around 1600, the ensemble is dedicated to music of the seventeenth century, and combines fidelity to historical performance practice with a drive to make early music accessible and relevant to modern audiences. Both as a lute and voice duo and in larger formations with cornetto, organ, voice, and plucked instruments, In Stile Moderno has charmed audiences with their engaging performances of seventeenth-century music in Boston, Vermont, and New York, as well as in concert series in Switzerland, Germany, and France.

Their next concert, “Stay, Time: Lute Songs of John Dowland,” will take place on Saturday, March 12 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Watertown, MA. Please visit instilemoderno.com for more information.