Requests may take up to two weeks to be reviewed by the Ministry Team and after review, you will be contacted by the Building Manager with the decision of the Ministry Team.
The Neighborhood Cooperative Nursery School (NCNS) is an independent preschool program for children ages 3-5. They are a parent-led cooperative preschool dedicated to helping each child develop in his or her unique way. They are located below the sanctuary.
Winchester School of Chinese Culture is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to teach the language and traditional culture of China through classroom instructions, the arts, and cultural events and to promote and engage in cultural exchanges and civic activities to develop and sustain community-school partnerships. They hold a weekly after-school program and an all day summer camp at our church.
Boy Scout Troop 503 has been sponsored by the First Congregational Church since 1903! They meet Tuesday evenings in Chidley Hall.
The Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence (WFEE) headquarters is located on the 3rd floor. Since 1992 WFEE has provided private financial support to Winchester’s children in order to foster innovation and excellence in teaching and learning.
Family Action Network hosts a toddler playgroup on Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 AM, in the Tucker Room. They follow the Winchester Public School’s calendar so they don’t meet during vacations, the Summer, or snow days.
The Winchester ABC (A Better Chance) house is our neighbor, and uses our church hall for family dinners and special events.
Sounds of Grace is a hospice choir, started by member Lynne Rahmeier. Their mission is to provide beautiful music to those in hospice or palliative care in group or private homes and to draw singers from all faith traditions, ages, races, and experiences, thereby reaching out to the broader care community and encouraging dialogue about a caring and conscious approach to dying. They rehearse in the Tucker Room on Sundays from 4:00-5:30.
Winchester Got Lunch (WGL) is a collaborative community effort of Winchester faith-based organizations, schools, businesses and civic groups. WGL provides nourishing lunches during the summer for students who rely upon subsidized school-year lunches. During the summer school break, WGL volunteers meet once a week in Chidley Hall to purchase food, pack lunch bags containing enough healthy food items to prepare lunches for five days for a child, and deliver the bags directly to each participant’s home.
Lotus Pond Painting Studio: Lotus Pond Painting Studio is a place that bring Children together to explore and enjoy the beauty of Art World. By providing different levels of art classes of drawing, painting and sculpting, kids learn diverse techniques and mediums through age appropriate projects. We combine Chinese tradition, culture and history into art classes. Contact Shuchi Zhang for more info. They use our classrooms on the weekends.
Tai Chi: Tai Chi Chuan (also called Tai Ji Quan) is a centuries old Chinese martial art. Today it is regarded as a highly effective modality for pain relief, balance, and overall health. The instructor Rick Wong, has over 30 years of teaching experience and is a licensed Physical Therapist with Spaulding Rehabilitation. Beginner and intermediate Tai Chi classes can be found at the First Congregational church Wednesday evenings, as well as other venues. Please call Rick Wong at (617) 435-5751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further inquiry.
Rockabye Beats: Rockabye Beats classes are fun for everyone to enjoy! We offer immersive music classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers where we sing, play, and explore instruments, dance, pretend, learn a little Spanish, and show off our goofy side. It’s a chance for children and parents to have fun, make new friends, and come together as a community to jump into the world of music! They hold classes in Ripley Chapel on Tuesdays at 3:30.