What’s Going On

Wreath Making!

Wreath Making!

Christian Education will be hosting a Wreath Making Activity outside at the church on Sunday, November 22, at 1:00 p.m.  You can get all the materials from us at that time, make your wreath there, or pick up and take home what you choose to use for your wreath.  Please help us plan by letting us know how many wreaths your family would like! Email Jessica at jessica@crawfordumc.org  to rsvp for your wreaths!

Cancelled Holiday Faire

Cancelled Holiday Faire

After many conversations with the Town of Winchester Health Department, it has become clear that we sadly will have to cancel our 2020 Holiday Faire due to COVID‑19. We feel that the faire cannot be held both successfully and safely.  Many thanks to the Crawford team who worked so hard to find a way to make this happen.

Rebuilding our Garden

Rebuilding our Garden

On Sunday, October 11 at 1:00 pm, we will gather near the old garden to build a new one and to decorate for Halloween. Two separate activities so double the fun, but you can do both so no need to choose.

  • Please come with your friends and family.
  • Bring any decorations you’d like to lend us that are spooky or not so  spooky. When you arrive you’ll see what our terrifying plan is 🙂
  • If you would like to help build the new larger garden, please bring gloves. We are going to be building with cinder blocks so you’ll want to protect your paws.
  • Take home a pumpkin or two complements of the Christian Education Committee!

Please wear a mask and maintain 6-foot distance as best you can, even though we are outdoors. We want everyone to stay healthy.

We will be out there for at least 2 hours so if 1:00 doesn’t work for you, come on by later.

Look forward to seeing everyone at 1:00 pm this Sunday!

Thanksgiving Baskets

Thanksgiving Baskets

We are not filling Thanksgiving baskets this year…Covid!!  Instead, Crawford will be collecting gift cards. Our goal is 100 gift cards of $10 each from Market Basket or Stop & Shop. These will be donated to the Council’s Food Pantry which will distribute them instead of baskets. Please consider helping to reach Crawford’s goal…bring them to the outdoor service on November 1…or put them in the church mailbox if you can’t get to the service…or contact the church office at office@crawfordumc.org with questions or other ideas.

Socks, socks, socks

Socks, socks, socks

Crawford has received 2,500 pairs of socks from Bombas to distribute to charitable agencies and directly to street people whenever we can start to connect again. We need your help in deciding where to donate them. We are open to all suggestions. If you have a donation destination you would like added to the list of potential landing places, please let us know by calling the Crawford office @ 781.729.5056. Thank you.

Playground Update

Playground Update

Reed Solomon, a senior Boy Scout in Troop 507, which is sponsored by and meets at Crawford, is planning an Eagle Scout project to rehab and improve the Crawford playground.  This project will be a benefit to Crawford, and a very worthwhile effort on the part of the Scout troop to give back to Crawford.

As part of the project, Reed has established a GoFundMe account to accept donations to help cover the cost of the materials for the project (mulch, benches, plants, etc.).  He is soliciting support from his troop, family, friends, and the community in general.  If you wish to make a donation, please visit the link.  Any excess funds will revert to Crawford as the beneficiary of the project.

We look forward to this project and to the improved playground that can be used by the children and families of Crawford.

Pastor Anne wants to meet you

Pastor Anne wants to meet you

Starting next Friday, August 28, Pastor Anne will be hosting both virtual and in-person opportunities for hour-long meet and greets so that she can get to know members of the congregation better and you can get to know her. These will be held at several times on Fridays (morning and evening) and on Saturday mornings throughout the month of September.

Each session will be limited to 8 people and you can click here to sign up for a spot. She wants to meet the children and youth of Crawford, too! If the times all fill up, we’ll add more. If none of the days/times work for you or if you would like to set up a private time to meet, drop her an email at anne@crawfordumc.org and she’ll work that out with you directly.

Come and Commune with Our New Pastor

Come and Commune with Our New Pastor

We invite you to the church grounds for 1 of 3 “COMMUN-ity” sessions on the afternoon of August 2 at 1:00, 2:30 or 4:00 pm to meet Pastor Anne Robertson and celebrate Holy Communion. We will be joined in heart but socially distant; open to God even while masked; experiencing the mystery of one bread and cup, even though we each need to bring our own. Please bring your own elements (juice and something bread-like, whatever is best for your dietary restrictions), a chair if you have one, and whatever else you might need to be comfortable outdoors for an hour.
Signup for your preferred session here.
Download the The Great Thanksgiving (p. 13-14 of the UMH) and bring your own paper or electronic copy on Sunday.
Rebuilding our Garden

Re-Gathering

The Crawford Re-Gathering and Re-Opening Work Group continues to develop ideas and plans for safely offering opportunities to re-gather as a Crawford community.  The results of our recent survey (thanks to all who responded) confirm that all of us need and want to safely regain forms of direct human connection.  About half of our family and friends are age 65 and over, i.e., in a COVID higher risk age group.  The survey also confirms that many people are open to new and creative way to re-gather and stay connected, such as small groups, outdoor services at various locations, and continuation of remote access.   With these considerations in mind, and with initial input from both Pastor Hope and Pastor Anne and from church staff, we believe that we could begin re-gathering with outdoor Sunday services in August – date still to be determined.  We would require everyone wear masks, respect social distancing and follow other COVID protocols.  We also are looking into ways to livestream the services for those who cannot or choose not to join in person.  The services would not be a replication of our normal indoor services, but would reflect the gifts of being more connected to nature, explore alternatives for individually and collectively building and sharing our faith, and strengthening our bonds of supporting each other.  In addition to worship service, we are looking at other ways to re-gather including small groups.  There are still lots of details to be worked out, and we continue to solicit your input – contact any of the work group members listed below.  We’ll provide updates as our plans develop further.  May God’s blessings, grace and peace be with you as we all work through this together.

Members of the Work Group are Pam Reeve, Frank Leathers, Joyce Cummings, Brian Rogers, Laura Myers, Peter Hobson, Paula Riley, Colin Simson, Judy Stafford, Tammy MacLean, Jim Clayton, Sherry Miller, Pastor Hope and Pastor Anne.