Serving Others

Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.

Mark 12: 30-31

We strive to live out the call to “love God and neighbor” recognizing that we all have gifts to share.

Explore Our Volunteer Opportunities

As the pandemic rages on, we have a variety of safe ways for you and your family to lend a helping hand.

African Indian Alliance

Strives to improve the lives of Siddis and other highly marginalized groups in Karnataka, India through education, access to health, and micro-financing efforts. Siddis are descendants of Africans who arrived in India over 600 years ago, many through forced migration or slavery. Over the centuries the Siddis have been forced into debt-induced slavery, human trafficking, and subsistence living. One of our former ministers, Reverend Pashington Obeng, developed a close relationship with local Catholic Sisters and Fathers with whom we partner to deliver services. Although several of our members have traveled to India to provide direct support to the Siddis, this has not happened during the pandemic.
https://africanindianalliance.wordpress.com

All Church Service Day

A Saturday with service opportunities for all church members. Activities for children, youth, young adults and the young at heart. ages, interests and physical capabilities. Activities such as

  • Cooking for food shelters
  • Planting flower bulbs at the church
  • Raking leaves for the elderly
  • Project Habitat construction

Christmas Gifts For Families In Waltham

Every year our congregation purchases Christmas gifts for low-income families served by the Thom Charles River early intervention child & family services agency. Families designate their wishes for the parents and kids, and members of the WHCC congregation buy and wrap presents for the families.

Collection Drives

Help our neighbors throughout the year. This year, we collected:
• Children’s books for the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center
• Clothing for Second Chances in Somerville
• Blood Drive in honor of Dan McCabe
• Christmas Gifts for Low Income Families in Waltham

Common Cathedral/ Feed the Hungry Ministry

Caters to chronically un–housed adults in downtown Boston and strives to remind them that they are children of God. It does this by building community, providing spiritual care, and bridging the gap between housed and unhoused people. To support this ministry, the church’s Feed the Hungry Ministry Team has been delivering sandwiches and cookies monthly.
http://commoncathedral.org/

Garden Patch

Grew vegetables through the efforts of the youth and their families to donate to the Wellesley Food Pantry. The WHCC youth groups also made cookies for the Food Pantry.

Family Promise Metrowest

Strives to transform the lives of families with children who are facing homelessness by mobilizing a diverse community to provide shelter, education, and comprehensive support. Until the onset of the pandemic, our church was among the congregations that converted our Sunday School classrooms into bedrooms to host families 3-4 times per year. Plans are underway for Family Promise to open a permanent shelter site in 2022 where we expect to continue to offer support by providing hot dinners, tutoring help, and other contributions including our recent Easter Offering. https://www.familypromisemetrowest.org/

Habitat for Humanity / ReStore

Brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Construction volunteers, who must be 16 years or older, are provided training.  Members of the church worked in early November on a site in Worcester that will contain three townhouses.  Non-construction roles also exist which include working at a ReStore, which is a used furniture warehouse open to the public whose sale proceeds go toward constructing Habitat for Humanity houses in the local area. Recipient of recent Christmas Offering.
https://www.habitatmwgw.org/

Honduras Hope

Empowers economically and politically marginalized people in rural Honduras to create stronger, more resilient, and self-sufficient communities. Volunteers from the church have participated in service trips there pre-covid. Recipient of our recent Christmas Offering.
https://hondurashopemission.org/

The Outdoor Church

Serves the homeless and street-involved men and women in Cambridge, MA. The youth of the church have been donating food and clothing monthly to individuals who are supported by this ministry.
https://theoutdoorchurch.org/

A Path In The Woods

Opens new doors of opportunity and exploration for the young men and women in our community and beyond who are searching for their path in life and need assistance, financial or otherwise in beginning their journey.
https://apathinthewoods.org

Pumpkin Patch

The annual sale of pumpkins every fall at the Hills Church is a beloved tradition. Staffed by church volunteers, the proceeds of it are split most years between an outside charitable organization and our Youth Fellowship to help fund their annual service trip. This year 100% of the proceeds went to support Global H.O.P.E.’s work in Haiti. The pumpkins are purchased from a Native American ministry in New Mexico.

Wellesley Food Pantry

The Wellesley Food Pantry is housed in the church’s buildings, providing supplemental and emergency food assistance to support residents of Wellesley and other local towns. The Food Pantry welcomes donations and often has opportunities for volunteers to help with its weekly and seasonal work to support this mission.
http://www.wellesleyfoodpantry.org/

Youth Service Trips

Typically, each year the members of the Confirmation Class (9th graders) and the high school youth group (10th – 12th grade) participate in a week of service either domestically or internationally. Although these service opportunities have not occurred in recent years due to Covid, we look forward to resuming them in the future when it is safe to do so.

A Better Chance

Provides academically talented and promising young women of color from underserved communities A Better Chance through enrollment at Wellesley High School and participation in a residential program.
https://www.wellesleyabc.org/

City Mission Boston

Educates and empowers individuals and communities to expose systemic barriers and act together to advance economic and racial equity for underserved families.
https://citymissionboston.org/

Cooperative Metro Ministries

Mobilizes congregations and communities across economic, religious, racial and ethnic lines to build partnerships that work for a just society.  Works with youth in summer programs, developing interfaith dialogue.  Recipient of recent Easter Offering.
https://www.coopmet.org

Friends Of Boston Homeless

Supports solutions-oriented programs with proven track records that help people transition from the streets and shelters into safe, dignified housing, and reclaim their lives.
They welcome collection drives of socks, underwear, toiletries, and small winter apparel and the donation of Housewarming gift baskets of household essentials.
https://www.fobh.org/

GLOBAL H.O.P.E.: Emergency Relief for Haiti, United Church of Christ

Provides opportunities for congregations to assist humanitarian collaborative efforts and to work towards a more just world for all.  Beneficiary of our Pumpkin Patch sales to support of their continued emergency relief efforts for the people of Haiti
https://www.ucc.org/what-we-do/wider-church-ministries/global-hope/

New Beginnings Of Wellesley Hills

Provides a safe place for adults to heal and recover from the loss of relationships through death of a spouse, divorce, or separation.  Offers support through therapeutic and practical programs, meeting weekly at the church.
https://NewbeginningsWellesley.org

New Life Furniture Bank Of Massachusetts

Accepts donations of furniture and household items, warehouses them and then makes them available at no charge to those in need through referring agencies. Staffed by volunteers.
https://newlifefb.org/

Care ministry team

Reaches out to members of the congregation experiencing life’s joys, sorrows, and other challenges. Each week clergy suggest individuals who might benefit from special care, and four Care Teams rotate being responsible for kindnesses, such as checking in with a phone call, writing encouraging cards, providing meals or rides.

Caring for the Caregiver

Provides mutual support and comfort to caregivers of spouses, adult children, grandchildren, relatives, and family members.

Chancel Ministry Team

Decorates the church’s main sanctuary and the one in Wallace Chapel throughout the year with special emphasis upon making them beautiful for Easter and Christmas.

Connections

An informal evening gathering open to all women in the church, held monthly, hosted in someone’s home. The goal is to share life experiences and book & film recommendations, laugh, eat goodies, and enjoy each other’s friendship. (During the pandemic the gathering happens on Zoom.)

Cup of Monday Morning Coffee

Bring your favorite cup of coffee/tea, sit outside in God’s sanctuary, settle in, and join a prayerful time of reflection and connection on Monday mornings @ 7am on Facebook on a private FB group. We will practice the breath prayer; breathe in the Creator’s bounty and breathe out your stress as a way to be still and know that God is with you.

New Beginnings

Provides a safe place for adults to heal and recover from the loss of relationships through death of a spouse, divorce, or separation. Offers support through therapeutic and practical programs, meeting weekly at the church.

Website: newbeginningswellesley.org

Parish Life

Fosters community and caring within the congregation by facilitating social activities and opportunities for fellowship to develop personal relationships and to contribute to the life of the church family. Regular events include an outdoor ice cream social on Rally Day and (during non-Covid times) a Souper Sunday meal and a multi-generational Hoedown.

Prayer Shawls & Red Scarves

The support and love of the congregation is made tangible in beautiful prayer shawls knit by talented members and distributed by the ministers during pastoral visits. White blankets are presented as gifts to those receiving the sacrament of baptism, and graduating seniors in high school are given red scarves wrapped around them during worship by their parents as a blessing.

Seniors Ministry

Supports and encourages the senior members of the church through monthly get-togethers, programs, recitals, and teas either in-person (in non-Covid times) or on Zoom. The emphasis is on checking in with friends, maintaining valued relationships with the church and each other, and having fun.

Tuesday Morning Meditation Ministry

Provides an opportunity to step aside from the busyness and challenges of our days and pause for an hour to explore the spiritual practice of meditation; to experience how this ancient practice of “resting in God” through simple breathing exercises, stillness, and prayer, can lower blood pressure, enrich our days, and deepen our faith journeys.

Women’s Ministry

Seeks to engage and embrace all women of the church in Christian fellowship by offering meaningful opportunities for women to come together to develop communities for sharing, caring for themselves and others, and spiritual growth.

African Indian Alliance

Strives to improve the lives of Siddis and other highly marginalized groups in Karnataka, India through education, access to health, and micro-financing efforts. Siddis are descendants of Africans who arrived in India over 600 years ago, many through forced migration or slavery. Over the centuries the Siddis have been forced into debt-induced slavery, human trafficking, and subsistence living. One of our former ministers, Reverend Pashington Obeng, developed a close relationship with local Catholic Sisters and Fathers with whom we partner to deliver services. Although several of our members have traveled to India to provide direct support to the Siddis, this has not happened during the pandemic.
https://africanindianalliance.wordpress.com

All Church Service Day

A Saturday with service opportunities for all church members. Activities for children, youth, young adults and the young at heart. ages, interests and physical capabilities. Activities such as

  • Cooking for food shelters
  • Planting flower bulbs at the church
  • Raking leaves for the elderly
  • Project Habitat construction

Christmas Gifts For Families In Waltham

Every year our congregation purchases Christmas gifts for low-income families served by the Thom Charles River early intervention child & family services agency. Families designate their wishes for the parents and kids, and members of the WHCC congregation buy and wrap presents for the families.

Collection Drives

Help our neighbors throughout the year. This year, we collected:
• Children’s books for the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center
• Clothing for Second Chances in Somerville
• Blood Drive in honor of Dan McCabe
• Christmas Gifts for Low Income Families in Waltham

Common Cathedral/ Feed the Hungry Ministry

Caters to chronically un–housed adults in downtown Boston and strives to remind them that they are children of God. It does this by building community, providing spiritual care, and bridging the gap between housed and unhoused people. To support this ministry, the church’s Feed the Hungry Ministry Team has been delivering sandwiches and cookies monthly.
http://commoncathedral.org/

Garden Patch

Grew vegetables through the efforts of the youth and their families to donate to the Wellesley Food Pantry. The WHCC youth groups also made cookies for the Food Pantry.

Family Promise Metrowest

Strives to transform the lives of families with children who are facing homelessness by mobilizing a diverse community to provide shelter, education, and comprehensive support. Until the onset of the pandemic, our church was among the congregations that converted our Sunday School classrooms into bedrooms to host families 3-4 times per year. Plans are underway for Family Promise to open a permanent shelter site in 2022 where we expect to continue to offer support by providing hot dinners, tutoring help, and other contributions including our recent Easter Offering. https://www.familypromisemetrowest.org/

Habitat for Humanity / ReStore

Brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Construction volunteers, who must be 16 years or older, are provided training.  Members of the church worked in early November on a site in Worcester that will contain three townhouses.  Non-construction roles also exist which include working at a ReStore, which is a used furniture warehouse open to the public whose sale proceeds go toward constructing Habitat for Humanity houses in the local area. Recipient of recent Christmas Offering.
https://www.habitatmwgw.org/

Honduras Hope

Empowers economically and politically marginalized people in rural Honduras to create stronger, more resilient, and self-sufficient communities. Volunteers from the church have participated in service trips there pre-covid. Recipient of our recent Christmas Offering.
https://hondurashopemission.org/

The Outdoor Church

Serves the homeless and street-involved men and women in Cambridge, MA. The youth of the church have been donating food and clothing monthly to individuals who are supported by this ministry.
https://theoutdoorchurch.org/

A Path In The Woods

Opens new doors of opportunity and exploration for the young men and women in our community and beyond who are searching for their path in life and need assistance, financial or otherwise in beginning their journey.
https://apathinthewoods.org

Pumpkin Patch

The annual sale of pumpkins every fall at the Hills Church is a beloved tradition. Staffed by church volunteers, the proceeds of it are split most years between an outside charitable organization and our Youth Fellowship to help fund their annual service trip. This year 100% of the proceeds went to support Global H.O.P.E.’s work in Haiti. The pumpkins are purchased from a Native American ministry in New Mexico.

Wellesley Food Pantry

The Wellesley Food Pantry is housed in the church’s buildings, providing supplemental and emergency food assistance to support residents of Wellesley and other local towns. The Food Pantry welcomes donations and often has opportunities for volunteers to help with its weekly and seasonal work to support this mission.
http://www.wellesleyfoodpantry.org/

Youth Service Trips

Typically, each year the members of the Confirmation Class (9th graders) and the high school youth group (10th – 12th grade) participate in a week of service either domestically or internationally. Although these service opportunities have not occurred in recent years due to Covid, we look forward to resuming them in the future when it is safe to do so.

A Better Chance

Provides academically talented and promising young women of color from underserved communities A Better Chance through enrollment at Wellesley High School and participation in a residential program.
https://www.wellesleyabc.org/

City Mission Boston

Educates and empowers individuals and communities to expose systemic barriers and act together to advance economic and racial equity for underserved families.
https://citymissionboston.org/

Cooperative Metro Ministries

Mobilizes congregations and communities across economic, religious, racial and ethnic lines to build partnerships that work for a just society.  Works with youth in summer programs, developing interfaith dialogue.  Recipient of recent Easter Offering.
https://www.coopmet.org

Friends Of Boston Homeless

Supports solutions-oriented programs with proven track records that help people transition from the streets and shelters into safe, dignified housing, and reclaim their lives.
They welcome collection drives of socks, underwear, toiletries, and small winter apparel and the donation of Housewarming gift baskets of household essentials.
https://www.fobh.org/

GLOBAL H.O.P.E.: Emergency Relief for Haiti, United Church of Christ

Provides opportunities for congregations to assist humanitarian collaborative efforts and to work towards a more just world for all.  Beneficiary of our Pumpkin Patch sales to support of their continued emergency relief efforts for the people of Haiti
https://www.ucc.org/what-we-do/wider-church-ministries/global-hope/

New Beginnings Of Wellesley Hills

Provides a safe place for adults to heal and recover from the loss of relationships through death of a spouse, divorce, or separation.  Offers support through therapeutic and practical programs, meeting weekly at the church.
https://NewbeginningsWellesley.org

New Life Furniture Bank Of Massachusetts

Accepts donations of furniture and household items, warehouses them and then makes them available at no charge to those in need through referring agencies. Staffed by volunteers.
https://newlifefb.org/

Care ministry team

Reaches out to members of the congregation experiencing life’s joys, sorrows, and other challenges. Each week clergy suggest individuals who might benefit from special care, and four Care Teams rotate being responsible for kindnesses, such as checking in with a phone call, writing encouraging cards, providing meals or rides.

Caring for the Caregiver

Provides mutual support and comfort to caregivers of spouses, adult children, grandchildren, relatives, and family members.

Chancel Ministry Team

Decorates the church’s main sanctuary and the one in Wallace Chapel throughout the year with special emphasis upon making them beautiful for Easter and Christmas.

Connections

An informal evening gathering open to all women in the church, held monthly, hosted in someone’s home. The goal is to share life experiences and book & film recommendations, laugh, eat goodies, and enjoy each other’s friendship. (During the pandemic the gathering happens on Zoom.)

Cup of Monday Morning Coffee

Bring your favorite cup of coffee/tea, sit outside in God’s sanctuary, settle in, and join a prayerful time of reflection and connection on Monday mornings @ 7am on Facebook on a private FB group. We will practice the breath prayer; breathe in the Creator’s bounty and breathe out your stress as a way to be still and know that God is with you.

New Beginnings

Provides a safe place for adults to heal and recover from the loss of relationships through death of a spouse, divorce, or separation. Offers support through therapeutic and practical programs, meeting weekly at the church.

Website: newbeginningswellesley.org

Parish Life

Fosters community and caring within the congregation by facilitating social activities and opportunities for fellowship to develop personal relationships and to contribute to the life of the church family. Regular events include an outdoor ice cream social on Rally Day and (during non-Covid times) a Souper Sunday meal and a multi-generational Hoedown.

Prayer Shawls & Red Scarves

The support and love of the congregation is made tangible in beautiful prayer shawls knit by talented members and distributed by the ministers during pastoral visits. White blankets are presented as gifts to those receiving the sacrament of baptism, and graduating seniors in high school are given red scarves wrapped around them during worship by their parents as a blessing.

Seniors Ministry

Supports and encourages the senior members of the church through monthly get-togethers, programs, recitals, and teas either in-person (in non-Covid times) or on Zoom. The emphasis is on checking in with friends, maintaining valued relationships with the church and each other, and having fun.

Tuesday Morning Meditation Ministry

Provides an opportunity to step aside from the busyness and challenges of our days and pause for an hour to explore the spiritual practice of meditation; to experience how this ancient practice of “resting in God” through simple breathing exercises, stillness, and prayer, can lower blood pressure, enrich our days, and deepen our faith journeys.

Women’s Ministry

Seeks to engage and embrace all women of the church in Christian fellowship by offering meaningful opportunities for women to come together to develop communities for sharing, caring for themselves and others, and spiritual growth.

Learn About our Partnerships and Grants

Each year the Hills Church makes grants to partner organizations who are doing their best to make the world a better place. Outlined below are some of the organizations we support financially

A Better Chance

Provides academically talented and promising young women of color from underserved communities A Better Chance through enrollment at Wellesley High School and participation in a residential program.
https://www.wellesleyabc.org/

City Mission Boston

Educates and empowers individuals and communities to expose systemic barriers and act together to advance economic and racial equity for underserved families.
https://citymissionboston.org/

Cooperative Metro Ministries

Mobilizes congregations and communities across economic, religious, racial and ethnic lines to build partnerships that work for a just society.  Works with youth in summer programs, developing interfaith dialogue.  Recipient of recent Easter Offering.
https://www.coopmet.org

Friends Of Boston Homeless

Supports solutions-oriented programs with proven track records that help people transition from the streets and shelters into safe, dignified housing, and reclaim their lives.
They welcome collection drives of socks, underwear, toiletries, and small winter apparel and the donation of Housewarming gift baskets of household essentials.
https://www.fobh.org/

GLOBAL H.O.P.E.: Emergency Relief for Haiti, United Church of Christ

Provides opportunities for congregations to assist humanitarian collaborative efforts and to work towards a more just world for all.  Beneficiary of our Pumpkin Patch sales to support of their continued emergency relief efforts for the people of Haiti
https://www.ucc.org/what-we-do/wider-church-ministries/global-hope/

New Beginnings Of Wellesley Hills

Provides a safe place for adults to heal and recover from the loss of relationships through death of a spouse, divorce, or separation.  Offers support through therapeutic and practical programs, meeting weekly at the church.
https://NewbeginningsWellesley.org

New Life Furniture Bank Of Massachusetts

Accepts donations of furniture and household items, warehouses them and then makes them available at no charge to those in need through referring agencies. Staffed by volunteers.
https://newlifefb.org/

A Better Chance

Provides academically talented and promising young women of color from underserved communities A Better Chance through enrollment at Wellesley High School and participation in a residential program.
https://www.wellesleyabc.org/

City Mission Boston

Educates and empowers individuals and communities to expose systemic barriers and act together to advance economic and racial equity for underserved families.
https://citymissionboston.org/

Cooperative Metro Ministries

Mobilizes congregations and communities across economic, religious, racial and ethnic lines to build partnerships that work for a just society.  Works with youth in summer programs, developing interfaith dialogue.  Recipient of recent Easter Offering.
https://www.coopmet.org

Friends Of Boston Homeless

Supports solutions-oriented programs with proven track records that help people transition from the streets and shelters into safe, dignified housing, and reclaim their lives.
They welcome collection drives of socks, underwear, toiletries, and small winter apparel and the donation of Housewarming gift baskets of household essentials.
https://www.fobh.org/

GLOBAL H.O.P.E.: Emergency Relief for Haiti, United Church of Christ

Provides opportunities for congregations to assist humanitarian collaborative efforts and to work towards a more just world for all.  Beneficiary of our Pumpkin Patch sales to support of their continued emergency relief efforts for the people of Haiti
https://www.ucc.org/what-we-do/wider-church-ministries/global-hope/

New Beginnings Of Wellesley Hills

Provides a safe place for adults to heal and recover from the loss of relationships through death of a spouse, divorce, or separation.  Offers support through therapeutic and practical programs, meeting weekly at the church.
https://NewbeginningsWellesley.org

New Life Furniture Bank Of Massachusetts

Accepts donations of furniture and household items, warehouses them and then makes them available at no charge to those in need through referring agencies. Staffed by volunteers.
https://newlifefb.org/