As part of its mission to the community, Second Church shares its large building with a number of nonprofit community organizations. The building is almost never quiet!
The Second Church Nursery School is an integral part of Second Church. It is a nonsectarian nursery school serving all families in Newton and the surrounding communities. Toddler classes, morning preschool classes and extended afternoon sessions are offered. Children are grouped developmentally to promote their growth and to enhance their social, cognitive and motor skills. Second Church Nursery School is designed to help your child become a confident, happy and independent person! In 2014 The Second Church Nursery School was voted “Number 1 Pre-school” in Newton by the Newton Tab.
Dorshei Tzedek is a dynamic and growing congregation in West Newton, Massachusetts, with over 200 member households. We are dedicated to Jewish learning and to ethical Jewish living in the modern world. Our Reconstructionist educational program is committed to making Judaism relevant and meaningful for children as well as adults.
Newton Baroque is a period instrument ensemble dedicated to innovative performances of Baroque Repertoire. The musicians of Newton Baroque enjoy taking musical risks together and imbuing their performances with a spirit of improvisatory spontaneity. They are committed to calling attention to fine music that is not in the Baroque “Canon”. It has been said of the group, “They play music that is either rarely heard or well known music as it has never been heard before.” They perform regularly at Second Church in Newton, Massachusetts, for the concert series of the Society of Historically Informed Performances and live on WGBH Boston Public Radio. Their Performances of Concerti by Johann Pisendel was awarded the Boston Globe “Pick of the Week.”
The Greater Boston Youth Chorus introduced the joy and fellowship of choral singing to generations of young people. Weekly rehearsals provide vocal, ear and sight-singing training, choral discipline and exposure to music in foreign languages – cultivated in team-building atmosphere. YpM attracts members from all over Greater Boston, uniting young people from different communities based on their shared interest in music.
In addition, Scouts, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Al Anon meet at Second Church.