Our commitment as an Open and Affirming Congregation

We, the congregation of Central Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation. With the grace of God, we commit ourselves to being a congregation that includes all persons, embracing diversity and not restricting participation because of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, mental and physical ability, as well as racial, ethnic and socio-economic background.

We welcome all persons, whether members or non-members, to share in the full life and ministry of this church including fellowship, worship, sacraments and ceremonies and celebrations; in the shared responsibilities of stewardship and living in a covenantal relationship; in the shared blessings of the right to marry or celebrate a commitment to a person of one’s choosing, in the right to celebrate a loved one’s life in a memorial service; and to receive pastoral care.

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Worship services

You are invited to worship with us this summer on Sunday mornings at 9:30am.  Our 10:30am worship will resume on September 10.    We hope your experience is meaningful and that it gives you a sense of the community gathered at Central.  If you are a visitor please sign the guest book in the narthex and introduce yourself to the pastor, a deacon or any member.

Our services last about an hour during which we sing hymns and spirituals.  The Chancel Choir, led by Music Director Michael Hamill, offers exceptional musical selections. During the school year, Rev. Chris Ney gives a short sermon to the children.  We hear three readings from the Holy Bible, usually chosen according to the Revised Common Lectionary. Rev. Ney  offers a sermon.  On the first Sunday of each month, we share in the Lord’s Supper, and all are welcome.

Childcare during worship is available for small children in the nursery located off the narthex (front entrance hall). If you need to comfort your child you are welcome in the nursery, where speakers allow you to hear the service. We have a carpeted space in the rear of the sanctuary for adults with young children. You are invited to sit, rock and soothe your child during the service.

Sunday School classes are arranged as follows:  Pre-K and Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade and 6th-8th grade.  Children begin in church with their parents; after the Children’s Message teachers will lead them upstairs to Sunday School.  The Youth Choir is open to all children.  They rehearse most weeks after Sunday School and sing in worship once a month.  Keri Kurgun, Director of Christian Education, is happy to answer your questions.