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In loving memory of my best friend & soulmate Russ.
With Love from Bev.




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Did you know that Easter is not just a day but a 40 day long season?  We are looking forward to several weeks of “Eastertide” during which we will celebrate creation and new life in ways that draw our minds and hearts to God’s creation.  

Peace and blessings!

Pastor Cheryl

Meet Andrew our new Designated Term Director of Music

A native of Bristol, Connecticut, Andrew Jonathan Welch has recently returned to New England after thirteen years of studying and working in the greater Washington, DC area. A pianist, conductor, composer, and educator by trade, Andrew brings to his ministry at Allin Congregational over fifteen years of professional church work across sundry denominations, and believes in the meteoric power of music to guide ministry and transform lives.

In addition to his work in church ministry and music, Andrew is an avid runner and cyclist, autodidactic learner of German, and a passionate, though amateur, gourmet, who is currently cooking his way through Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty More. As of mid-November, he is a resident of Oak Hill in Pawtucket, RI where he lives with his partner Cynthia, a surgical medicine resident at Rhode Island Hospital.

Job Posting: Designated Term Director of Children, Youth, and Families Ministry

Job Description:

The CYF Director plans and oversees a rich program of faith formation and fellowship for all youth (infant to 12th grade) and their families who attend Allin Congregational Church. The CYF Director coordinates Christian education offered by the Church, including weekly Sunday School and youth ministry, and works to build strong bonds between children, youth, their families, and the other members of the church community. We are looking for a warm, caring, and energetic individual with a strong Christian faith who is a self-starter. Good administrative, organizational, leadership and ministry skills are essential. The successful candidate will collaborate with the pastor, the Christian Education Committee, and a committed group of volunteers to lead Allin Church’s CYF ministry. At this time, most CYF duties are carried out in a virtual environment, so facility with a variety of online collaboration tools, social media, and software is a must.

Programmatic Duties:

  •  Plan and deliver children and youth faith formation programming, including weekly worship “Children’s Time” activities, Sunday School, and Confirmation Class while adhering to current COVID safety protocol.

  • Provide pastoral care for children, youth and their families in communication with the pastor and actively engage and maintain communication with Allin families about faith formation activities and resources.

  • Administrative duties, including but not limited to communication with appropriate Allin ministries, staff and families, record keeping, etc.

Required qualifications:

  • Commitment to the Christian faith and to fostering a safe and supportive community for kids and families of all backgrounds and abilities to deepen their relationship with God.

  • Ability to relate to children and youth in a personable and engaging manner.

  • Degree, course work, and/or experience in Christian education, faith formation, or related field.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to be a team player, work well with volunteers and staff, and effectively manage conflict.

  • Fluency in basic digital and social media platforms such as Google (docs, Hangout, etc), Facebook, Instagram, Zoom, etc.

  • Eligible to work in the United States.

  • Required to submit to a criminal background check through Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) system for the state of Massachusetts.

Overall Position Time Commitments:

12-15 hours/week, $18-25/hr, commensurate with experience.

Designated term: ASAP through Sunday, June 20, 2020.

 Please email resume and brief cover letter with the email subject line “CYF Director.”

 Location: Allin Congregational Church, UCC

 Contact: Elizabeth McNamee

 Address: 683 High St. Dedham MA 02026

 Email: moc.liamg@eemancmzile

Pastor’s Cheryl’s October Message 2019

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20) 

I find it interesting how, when life-things spiral into an otherworldly place, unexpected creativity seems to always come along for the ride.

Which was exactly the case this summer as I spent my days navigating the unpredictable waters of childhood cancer treatment, silently including caring for the emotional tornadoes that are preteen and teenage siblings, checking in on a marriage that we have to just trust will make it through, and keeping my own self from shattering.  The emotional depth that inherently comes with all of this caretaking has become, for me, the fuel for my creativity. And so I found that, in the quiet down times (and once on a drive into Dana Farber) I felt compelled to write.

I know you all well enough at this point to make the statement that I am not alone in my extreme circumstances.  I’ve seen you too experience the chaos of an unexpected familial death, diagnosis, or mental health emergency. I’ve wandered with you into those depths of wonder and widened perspective. I’ve witnessed your new found sight – a sight that sees life and death and life everlasting in a new light.

In our efforts to make sense of it all – or maybe just to record the divine insight? – some of us turn to art.

I’ve always known art to be a window to Divine wisdom.  We are warned in the scripture to keep our idolatry of words in check.  That The Word – God’s Word – is more than just the words originally passed orally from generation to generation, then scribed on parchment, and then compiled into a single bible.  The Word is the experience that created these words, the emotions behind them, the relationships around them.

In short, The Divine Truth, the Christ, transcends simple words – which is why creativity and art become essential.  Dance, music, sculpture and painting. And creative writing.

But wait! Writing IS words! True, but also writing is imagining and metaphor and storytelling.  Jesus knew he could not translate God’s truth with simple “do this” and “do that” statements. And so he drew pictures with his words and actions, telling stories that drew on emotions and history and culture, to present an utterly counter culture message that would hold its relevance for all of eternity.  Even today, as we gather together in worship hearing again the stories of our tradition, we are called to wander into the depths of our own lives taking with us the fears, compulsions, graces and insights of our long ago ancestors.

All of this is to say that writing, for me, while not scripture, is evidence of my wandering through this expanding faith perspective.  It is my attempt to find meaning in the midst of everything changing. It’s where I can look into my faith and find hope.

And I want to share some of this with you!  Early in September I launched a blog project, Parables of Hope which can be found at  So far, the pieces that I’ve published here have everything to do with Gabe’s cancer and our experiences navigating the emotions that fill in around and within his treatments and appointments.  As time moves on, however, the themes of my entries will be more typical-life focused though will continue to seek hope through theological reflection on elements of the world around us.

God showed us the value of creativity in God’s original creation – of the sky and the sea, the earth and life and of humanity.  Through our own creating may we know God in deep and faithful ways. And may we hear God’s blessing: It is good.


Pastor Cheryl

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