We are an energized and engaged congregation of the United Church of Christ  providing diverse worship opportunities, vibrant multi-generational education, and varied community service that has a positive impact on the world.

Our commitment as an open and affirming church

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’re invited to worship with us. Our services last about an hour. During the school year, Pastor Chris Ney gives a short sermon to the children, and then Sunday School starts about ten minutes after the service starts.

We sing hymns and spiritual songs. During the school year our choir, led by Music Director Michael Hamill, offers a piece or two. We hear three readings from the Holy Bible, usually chosen according to the Revised Common Lectionary. Pastor Chris or another preacher 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. It’s 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.