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Personal Care Packages

Personal Care Packages

Over the winter we collected blankets and pillows for the refugees being homed at Logan Airport before being moved into shelters. During the month of April, our children and youth will be making care bags for as many of these people as possible! They are transported daily by Massport to local churches and shelters to shower, but they need to bring with them toiletries which are not readily available. We are looking for donations of:
TRAVEL-SIZE:
– Soap
– Shampoo
– Toothpaste & toothbrushes
– Lotion
– Deodorant
ALSO APPRECIATED:
– Fidget toys for the kids
– Diapers
– Tampons and pads
– Baby food

Bring your contributions to church after Easter, and leave them in the bin outside the parlor, labeled Toiletries for Refugees. If you have any questions, contact us via the contact page on our website.

Dress for Success

Dress for Success

Dress for Success‘ mission is to “empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.” This April we will collect gently used, nearly-new professional attire for their clients. Look for clothing racks outside of Gifford Hall, where you can hang your donations. (There will also be bins for shoes, handbags, etc.)  If you have any questions about the collection or what Dress for Success does, contact us in the church office or via our contact page.

Last Hope K-9 Returns

Last Hope K-9 Returns

Last Hope K-9 is a non-profit all-breed dog rescue based in Massachusetts. They save abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs from high-kill shelters in Central Arkansas and beyond. The dogs are fostered by families here in Massachusetts until they can be adopted through individual inquiries or events like the ones Crawford has hosted over the years. Learn more about the adoption process at lasthopek9.org. If you’re interested in adopting, get your application in right away, and meet the dogs awaiting their furever homes at Crawford on Saturday, April 6, between noon and 2:00pm.
Holy Week at Crawford

Holy Week at Crawford

Sunday, March 24: Join us as we kick off Holy Week with our 4th annual Palm Sunday Parade, led by the Occasional Brass and Strings. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. in front of the church, where everyone will be invited to pick up some palms and join us on a joyful stroll through the neighborhood. The parade will end back at the church in time for our worship service at 10:00 a.m. where we will celebrate Palm Sunday and welcome new members to our congregation.

Thursday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m.: We will gather for a more somber service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae. During this service, we remember Christ’s betrayal, trial, and crucifixion through a series of scripture readings and hymns, while slowly extinguishing the light in our sanctuary. All are welcome.

Then on Sunday, March 31: We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate the miracle of Easter!

  • 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at Sandy’s Island, in Winchester’s Mill Pond. The closest parking is behind the Winchester Public Library at 80 Washington Street.
  • 8:00 a.m. (approx.) Join us for our traditional light breakfast between services at Crawford
  • 10:00 a.m. Service at Crawford with music provided by our Chancel Choir and the Occasional Brass Quintet
  • 11:15 a.m. (approx.) Our annual egg hunt on the church lawn for kids of all ages
Flower Power

Flower Power

For the entire month of March, 2024, Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church has been selected by store leadership to benefit from the Stop & Shop’s Bloomin’ 4 Good Program, created to fight hunger across the communities served by Stop & Shop. During the month of March, the purchase of a $10.99 bouquet in the sleeve marked “Bloomin’ 4 Good” from the Winchester Stop & Shop will brighten a home or make someone’s day while also directing a $1 donation to Crawford’s mission to eradicate food insecurity. Crawford battles hunger by stocking a large micro pantry on our property at 34 Dix Street, Winchester, and by supporting like-minded organizations including Dwelling Place in Woburn, The Council for Social Concern, Winchester Got Lunch, and more.

WCSC’s Backpack Program

WCSC’s Backpack Program

In addition to the usual needs for their food pantry, the Woburn Council for Social Concern needs help for their backpack program. Each Friday, they send backpacks filled with food home with 55 food insecure students in the Woburn Public Schools. They would appreciate donations of:

    • Chef Boyardee microwavable meals
    • juice boxes
    • fruit cups
    • hot chocolate
    • small milks or powdered milk
    • individual snacks and cereals
    • tuna fish
    • macaroni and cheese

When you bring your donations to Crawford, please leave them in the large plastic storage tote on our front steps, or indoors in the big yellow box just outside of the sanctuary.

2024 Chili Cook-Off – Feb. 3

2024 Chili Cook-Off – Feb. 3

Crawford’s annual Chili Cook-Off, benefitting New England Justice For Our Neighbors! The cook-off will be held:

Saturday, February 3, 2024, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
at Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church
34 Dix Street, Winchester, MA

Bring  your family and friends, and your appetite! Good will offerings will be accepted at the door, and we will sell “ballots” for $1 each — tickets you can use to vote for your favorite chili(s).

Support an important cause.
There is no charge at the door, though good will offerings are welcome. The money we raise through this event helps support free legal counsel for immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees in the area, provided by New England Justice For Our Neighbors, in their clinics located across Massachusetts (Lawrence, Lowell, Springfield, and Worcester). Visit newenglandjfon.org for more information.

Take the night off from cooking.
Taste as many chilis as you like and accompany them with extras including salad and corn bread to round out your meal!

Enter the competition!
Do you have a favorite chili recipe? We’re hoping for a wide variety of entries — from sweet and mild to flaming hot. To enter, sign up here, or contact the church office by calling 781-729-5056. On the 11th, plan to bring your chili in a slow cooker (Crock Pot) and serving spoon to Crawford by 5:15. Please also bring a description of your chili including all ingredients, for those who may have food allergies. Everything else (bowls, utensils, napkins, etc.) will be provided.

Christmas at Crawford

Christmas at Crawford

We hope you will make Crawford part of your Christmas celebration this year. We have three services planned on the day of Christmas Eve, and a community carol sing-along as well! Seeing that Christmas Eve is on a Sunday this year, we will hold our regular Sunday worship service celebrating the Fourth Sunday of Advent at 10:00am. Later that day, we will hold two Christmas Eve services of Lessons and Carols — at 5pm and 9pm. Both of our Christmas Eve services will feature music by Occasional Brass and Strings, and at the 9pm service, they’ll be joined by our chancel choir. In between, we invite the community to join us at 6:30pm in a carol sing-along accompanied by the brass quintet and led by choir member Kate Frisoli on the steps in front of the church. You won’t want to miss any of it. Join us as we listen again to the story of Jesus’ birth, and sing together the Christmas carols we love and know so well. Bring your friends and family — all are welcome!

Christmas Eve Day 10:00am
Worship service celebrating the fourth Sunday of Advent

Christmas Eve 5:00pm
Service of Lessons and Carols, Children’s Message, Occasional Brass Quintet

Christmas Caroling 6:30pm
Community Carol Sing-Along outdoors in front of the church

Christmas Eve 9:00pm
Service of Lessons and Carols, music by our Chancel Choir and Occasional Brass & Strings

 

 

Kindness Advent Calendar

Kindness Advent Calendar

Each day of Advent, this calendar will give you a suggestion for how to show kindness to strangers, loved ones, and even yourself. Click on the button below to open the calendar online. Each day will reveal a new photo, which when clicked on reveals a suggested act of kindness. Visit our Advent Calendar daily here, to reveal a new photo and suggested act of kindness. Or, click here to download a PDF of the calendar which you can print for easy reference. We hope you will find these ideas to be fun, easy, and meaningful ways to spread a little hope, peace, joy, and love during this holiday season.

Collecting Winter Gloves & Hats

Collecting Winter Gloves & Hats

This December Crawford is again collecting hats and gloves for the homeless. Donations may be brought to church on Sunday and left in the box outside of the parlor or can be left in the bin on our front steps, along with any donations of food for the Woburn Council of Social Concern.  Hat and glove donations will be delivered to those in need in early January. This is our 10th year collecting winter wear for the homeless in Boston and we thank you in advance for your donations! If you have any questions, please reach out using our contact form.