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We're reopening on Jan. 23!

January 22, 2017

We are thrilled to announce the reopening of the Memorial Church building after an eight-month renovation. 

The Sanctuary and Appleton Chapel will reopen on a limited basis with the start of Spring Term 2017. The first Morning Prayers of Term will be held on Monday, Jan. 23 at 8:45 a.m. and the first Sunday Service of Term will be held on Jan. 29 at 11 a.m.

The lower-level of the church will remain closed until Monday, Jan. 30. Although staff offices will be functional at that time, finishing work will continue for the next several weeks and we expect that the ground level will be completed just after Spring Break. 

Compline returns to Appleton Chapel on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. Our Christian education programs begin on Sunday, Feb. 5 with the return of the Faith & Life Forum and Church School for Children. And our wonderful music department will perform several concerts, recitals, and choral services throughout the Term. Don't miss a special service of Evensong directed by Dr. Barry Rose on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. Read more about We're reopening on Jan. 23!

Memorial Church in winter

Renovation Update and Winter Recess Schedule

December 9, 2016

Construction on the Memorial Church is expected to be completed by late January with Morning Prayers and Sunday Services returning to Harvard’s historic sanctuary early in the Spring Term.

In the meantime, Morning Prayers have concluded for Fall Term, and are expected to resume in Appleton Chapel at 8:45 a.m., Jan. 23. The lower-level of the Church, however, is expected to remain closed to the public until Sunday, Jan. 29.

Sunday Services and Church School for Children will conclude for the Fall Term on Dec. 18. Additionally, the Christmas Eve service will not be held this year due to the construction project. Sunday Services will resume Jan. 29 in the sanctuary. Church School for Children and the Faith & Life Forum will resume on Feb. 5. Read more about Renovation Update and Winter Recess Schedule

MemChurch Documentary: “The Chorus Line,” an inside look at Harvard University Choir auditions

MemChurch Documentary: “The Chorus Line,” an inside look at Harvard University Choir auditions

December 1, 2016

Harvard University is an institution cultivated, in part, on the foundation of long-standing traditions that inhabit nearly every corner of the institution. The Harvard University Choir is one of those traditions. For the past 189 years, the student choir has provided the musical backdrop to services at Harvard Memorial Church.  

This film, shot during the span of the 2016-2017 Fall Term, follows Choirmaster Edward Elwyn Jones and his staff as they pick though the procession of talented students auditioning for 16 open parts in the 50-member choir. Jeffrey

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MemChurch to participate in #GivingTuesday

November 28, 2016

On Tuesday, Nov. 29th, the Memorial Church will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

All gifts received on November 29th will go entirely to support the work of the Memorial Church's Community Grants Program, which awards funds to non-profit charity organizations that serve the communities of Greater Boston.

Last year, 57 organizations received grants from the program, funding a variety of needs including

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MemChurch Tailgates: Making connections and expanding the Harvard Community

MemChurch Tailgates: Making connections and expanding the Harvard Community

November 21, 2016

By Jeffrey Blackwell/Harvard Memorial Church Communications

Under a crisp fall sky, Harvard students line up at buffet tables stocked with soft drinks, sandwiches and sweet treats on the front lawn of historic Sparks House – the pastoral home of Professor Jonathan L. Walton, the Pusey Minister of the Memorial Church – for an event that is becoming a popular stop on game day. Read more about MemChurch Tailgates: Making connections and expanding the Harvard Community

In the dust of renovation, Memorial Church defines its mission

In the dust of renovation, Memorial Church defines its mission

October 19, 2016

By Jeffrey Blackwell/Harvard Memorial Church Communications

The distance between Memorial Church in Harvard Yard and the Knafel Center in Radcliffe Yard is roughly a half-mile. And the nagging question for the leadership of the church this fall was centered on whether or not students and loyal regulars of Sunday services would find their way from one yard to the other during the renovation of Harvard’s historic sanctuary.

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South African minister, professor visits Harvard with message about helping others

South African minister, professor visits Harvard with message about helping others

October 18, 2016

 

By Jeffrey Blackwell/Harvard Memorial Church Communications

The Rev. Professor McGlory Speckman traveled the great distance from South Africa to Harvard Yard last week to bring a message from his homeland about helping others who may be less fortunate in wealth and opportunity, but not of mind.

Standing in front of the Memorial Church congregation at the Knafel Center Sunday, Speckman, an Anglican priest and the former Dean of Students and Professor of the New Testament at the University of Pretoria, said it was an honor to step foot on the Harvard campus and to

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Harvard University Choir opens 2016-1017 season with new members and venues

Harvard University Choir opens 2016-1017 season with new members and venues

September 21, 2016

By Jeffrey Blackwell/Harvard Memorial Church Communications

May Wang ’20 held out her hand and from Harvard University Choirmaster Edward Elwyn Jones accepted a small envelope and a blue tie embroidered with the crest of the Harvard Memorial Church.

With a quick bit of ceremony and a handshake, Wang recently became a member of a piece of Harvard tradition spanning 180 years — the Harvard University Choir, one of the oldest and most prestigious choruses on campus.

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New Shuttle Service for Sunday Worship

New Shuttle Service for Sunday Worship

September 16, 2016

Don’t know where to park for Sunday Services at the Knafel Center? We have a solution!

Starting this Sunday, Sept. 18, the Memorial Church will provide a free shuttle for Sunday Service attendees between Harvard’s Littauer parking lot and the Knafel Center. Parking at the Littauer Lot is free for Sunday Service attendees. Look for the van in the Littauer Lot with the “Memorial Church” sign. 

SHUTTLE PICK-UP

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