Life of the Church and Prayer & Praise



2021 Annual Meeting Candidates

Next year’s Annual Meeting will take place on WED FEB 24. View the names and biographies of this year’s candidates here.

H.O.M.E. (formerly TNO) Annual Christmas Backpack Event

The Christmas Backpack event is going on now for H.O.M.E (Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement)’s annual Christmas dinner to our neighbors. This year our “backpack event” has turned into a fundraiser. The cost to fill one backpack is $14 and we expect to fill 120 backpacks for our neighbors this year. The backpacks will be filled with warm scarves, hats and gloves, festive socks and needed hygiene items like toothpaste /brush and first aid kits and other items! We will also provide $5 gift cards to Dunkin Donuts or McDonalds which provides a warm beverage or meal for our houseless neighbors.

Donate at by selecting “H.O.M.E. Fund (tno)” in the dropdown.

Email [email protected] with questions!

Toy/Coat Drive for the Root Cellar

The Family Ministry is hosting a toy and coat drive for The Root Cellar again this year. The Root Cellar ministers to refugee families in Lewiston, ME. This year’s will look a little different as do all things this year. It will be a general toy and coat drive. You can bring a new toy or coat for a boy, girl, child, or teen to the church during business hours throughout the week. We will have a box in the Ockenga Lobby for them to go in. If you would like to mail it to the church, address it the following way:

Park Street Church
C/O Family Ministry
1 Park Street
Boston, MA 02108.

All toys and coats must be at the church by Dec 18. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

2020 Global Missions Conference Survey

Thank you for taking part in our first ever virtual missions conference. We would greatly appreciate your feedback regarding the conference so that we learn from this experience. Would you take 5 minutes to share your thoughts with us by participating in this anonymous survey? Survey responses will be received until Dec. 18.


WBS Stamps!

Even though we are unable to meet in person, Woman’s Benevolent Society is still gathering on Zoom for prayer and fellowship. We remain grateful for your gifts of used Christmas Cards and postage stamps. You can bring cards and stamps to church, mail or drop them off, or just hang onto them until we are all together again! In the meantime, let us know if we can be praying for you.

(Note about stamps: When you cut the envelope around the stamp, please leave a large border on all sides.) Thank you!

Emergency Relief Fund Update

The Emergency Relief Fund continues to support food pantries at our sister churches, provide materials for face masks, help workers engaged in homeless care, purchase groceries for families with a COVID-19 diagnosis, and supply our own food bank (which provides back-up to food pantries around the city). Join in the ongoing work of City Engagement and our partnerships to serve the city!


Dec 1, 2020
Dec 9, 2020
Total Contributions $19,323.00 $139,750.66
Boston Food Pantries
Boston Churches
Total Distributions $5,326.27 $53,227.97
NET (Balance) ($13,996.73) $86,523.55

Thank you for your generous giving!


Haitian Students in Need of Tutors during COVID-19

During COVID-19, many immigrant youth are struggling to scholastically flourish in crowded housing units with limited English language acquisition. Park Street Church is assisting Voice of the Gospel Tabernacle Church—a Haitian church, to build a tutoring program for its youth. Most of the youth are aged 15 to 18 years and recent immigrants to the US. If you might be available to offer tutoring from your home via zoom, please fill out the following survey. If you have any questions about this program, please direct them to Kimberley Morrison


Due to the urgency of creating this program we would ask that you respond to the survey by tomorrow, DEC 14. Thank you!

"Love Thy Neighbor" Grocery Delivery

COVID-19 continues to cause great distress to the most vulnerable individuals and families in the Greater Boston area. Many are unemployed or underemployed and food lines for food pantries continue to grow in this second spike.

City Engagement at Park Street has created a program called “Love Thy Neighbor” where we purchase and deliver groceries to families with a recent COVID-19 diagnosis. We deliver those groceries to help sustain the family while they are in 14 days of quarantine.

If you are unable to financially cover the cost of the groceries that need to be purchased, Park Street Church’s Emergency Relief Fund is able to reimburse you!



TONIGHT | A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

SUN DEC 13, 7:00 PM. Our traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols retells the story of humanity’s redemption in scripture and song, from the fall of man to the birth of the Messiah. The service will be streamed from our sanctuary, with live music by members of the Sanctuary Choir and the Park Street Orchestra.



Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition - Meet the Author today!

SUN DEC 13, 1:00 PM

Meet Dr. Christine Pohl, author of Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition. Ask questions, share in dialogue, and receive insights into the recovery of practices that build and sustain community. Christine taught Christian Ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky for twenty-nine years. Prior to graduate studies and teaching at Asbury, she was involved in congregational, parachurch, and refugee ministries. This event is hosted by Kataluma Refugee Ministry and L’Abri Fellowship. Contact Kimberley Morrison for more information and to register.

Blue Christmas

MON DEC 14, 8:00 PM. A Blue Christmas service acknowledges sadness and stress while offering comfort and hope. Ours is designed to welcome our seeking friends. Please join us over zoom for music, a reading of The Ragman parable, and a time of prayer. For more information please email Chris May.

Weekly Prayer moved to Saturdays in December

SAT DEC 19 9:00–10:30 AM. For the month of December, our weekly prayer has moved to Saturday mornings. Email Michael with questions!


Christmas Eve Service

THU DEC 24, 5:00 PM. Our traditional service for the Eve of Christ’s Nativity, streamed live from the sanctuary. Sermon by Mark Booker. Christmas hymns and carols led by choir and brass. Prelude begins at 4:45.

Details about these and other events can be found on the events page!

Live over Zoom after each service:

This link will be live immediately after the 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM services.

Prayer & Praise

Pray for the Congregation

  • “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation” (Psa 95:1);
  • Rejoice in Jesus and walk in his light (John 8:12);
  • Be of same mind, love, and accord with one another (Php 2:2);
  • Proclaim the gospel of peace through Jesus Christ (Acts 10:36).

Pray for the People

  • For our Bible Translators, each in their own context: reliance on God’s Spirit, focus on his will, and protection from harm while translating God’s Word in the languages of the peoples they serve;
  • For our Elders: grace to lovingly care for the deep needs of the congregation especially as the holidays, cold weather, and shortest days approach;
  • For our Deacons: hastening of their spirits in service of the church and community with their God-given gifts;
  • For our Staff: renewal of right spirits, reliance on the Holy Spirit, and sustenance by God’s willing Spirit;
  • Sympathy for Judy Dean, whose mother passed on NOV 29;
  • Sympathy for the families of former Park Street missionaries: Lois Ryckman (to Central African Republic) who passed on OCT 9, and Helen Evans (to Vietnam) who passed on NOV 25;
  • Thanksgiving for the effectiveness of chemotherapy, and prayer for continued healing for former missionary Bill O’Donnell;
  • Love, strength, and courage for all healthcare professionals stressed and strained in the battle against COVID-19;
  • Hope and courage for all battling illness or disease, and comfort from God’s presence throughout;
  • Mercy and help for families broken because of unemployment and desperate due to food insecurities and housing uncertainties;
  • Encouragement and support for all squeezed by fears, crushed by worries, or trapped in addiction;
  • Thanksgiving for our elected leaders and their public service, and courage to represent the needs of their constituents.

Pray for Grace

  • To unite in love and self-control to mitigate the spread of COVID-19;
  • To trust more, worry less, and give generously;
  • To offer comfort and strength to others who are hurting.