Sharing life’s journey in Christian faith, love and service
Welcome to The Second Church in Newton!
At Second Church we honor your questions and seek answers together as we celebrate God’s unconditional love and seek to share it with one another. We join Christians in every age as we seek to discern where God is calling us to serve in our time, and to interpret God’s Word with relevance to our lives as individuals and as a community. We invite you to join us in worship and receive your presence as a gift that enriches us.
Worship with Us
We are very pleased to announce that we have called Rev. Wayne Earl to be our interim pastor, beginning January 1. Rev. Earl has experience as an Interim Minister and as a chaplain. He also has credentials in Conflict Facilitation and Mediation and in Intentional Interim Ministry having completed Steps 1, 2, and 3 through the Interim Ministry Network. He and his wife are co-founders of the non-profit “This Star Won’t Go Out,” which they established in memory of their daughter, Ester Grace. It provides financial relief to families going through the trial of caring for a child with cancer. “My theology of ministry is based upon the grace and mercy of God and the absolute dignity and worth of each individual.”
Second Church was one of the first congregations in the nation to vote to explicitly welcome people who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual, in 1992. In 2016 the covenant was amended to become more inclusive.
Open and Affirming
About the United Church of Christ
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a Protestant Christian denomination with over 5000 member churches in the United States. The UCC does not require uniformity of belief. In fact, members are invited and encouraged to agree, disagree, and wrestle with life’s biggest questions in a spirit of love.
Parking access is from Highland and Chestnut Streets.
There is a parking area by the 60 Highland Street entrance with a short ramp to a door leading immediately to the sanctuary. However, the ramp is steep and the door is heavy. Alternatively:
1. Park in the lot off Chestnut Street and follow the walkway behind the building to the door with the Accessibility symbol and push it to open.
2. Turn left at the end of the hall and left again to enter Fellowship Hall. Go to the elevator on the left at the far end of the room.
3. Call the elevator and take it to the top level.
4. At the top of the stairs, turn left to enter the sanctuary.