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Central Congregational Church,
United Church of Christ
Newburyport, MA

The Rev. Christopher Ney, pastor
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Dear Friends,

On Sunday, we continue a series of reading and sermons about the founding family of our faith—Abraham and Sarah. This week, we hear the troubling story of the sacrifice of Isaac. It’s a story that is so offensive to contemporary sensibilities that it leads many of us to ask how it can be good news. That’s a question that I’ll wrestle with in a sermon that I’m calling, “Father Knows Best?” I hope you’ll join us for worship.


Grace and peace,




Sunday worship will begin at 9:30 AM each week through and including Sunday, September 3. Services will continue to be broadcast on Facebook Live throughout the summer.

Sunday Worship 9:30 AM

Scripture Readings

GENESIS 22:1-4

ROMANS 6:12-23

GOSPEL OF MATTHEW 10:1-9, 18-23

Click Here to View Messenger for Sunday Worship Service 9:30 AM July 2
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Click here at 9:30 AM for Sunday Morning Worship on our Facebook page (scroll down to Videos. When worship begins, you will see the Live Video)


Sunday School lessons will resume on Sunday, September 10th, 2023. Stay tuned for additional youth programs to be offered during the summer months!

For more information or to register for Fall programs, please contact Lauren lauren@centralnewburyport.org (978)572-1423

Central Happenings 


Appleton Farms Highlights

Central Congregational Church of Newburyport and the First Church of Ipswich gathered at Appleton Farms for the first of a series of family-friendly mid-week liturgies and dinners, on June 20th. Families attending brought blankets and lawn chairs, and favorite picnic foods to share. The liturgy included Communion, prayers, a short reflection and songs. After liturgy and a shared picnic supper, Ben Wise, livestock manager at Appleton Farms, led the group to meet some of the animals and their babies.

Summer schedule for Family Liturgy Dinner events:

Tuesdays, from 5:30-7:30 PM

July 11th Central Congregational Church

July 25th First Church, Ipswich

August 8th Central Congregational Church

We hope to see you at the next gathering!

Please RSVP, or contact Lauren lauren@centralnewburyport.org (978)572-1423 or email Stacey Keane (summer intern from BU) at stacey@centralnewburyport.org for more information.

Community News and Events


Special Donations - Afghan Family Support

If you are interested in making a special donation to support the Afghan family that Central Church is assisting, we have set-up a specific fund that you can donate to using our on-line giving system. Follow these easy steps through the Central Church website:

1)   Go to: https://www.centralnewburyport.org

2)   In the blue banner at top of page click on: ON LINE WORSHIP

3)   On the far right of the page click on the blue text link: Click here to contribute online.

4)   Complete the Online Donation form that appears

Your Support is important.

We continue to rely upon and appreciate your financial support!

Click Here to Give Online Now
Prayer Concerns
If you have a prayer concern this week,
please send an email to Chris at chris@centralnewburyport.org by the end of the day Saturday. Your prayer concern will be mentioned in the Sunday Worship by first name only, for privacy reasons. Thank You! 
Click Here to Submit Your Prayer Request

COVID Protocol (Revised Dec 2022)

Masks are optional during worship and activities. We ask that anyone who has symptoms of cold or flu stay home and participate in worship remotely. We have masks and hand sanitizers available and also encourage anyone who chooses to wear a mask to do that at any time.

Central Congregational Church
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14 Titcomb Street, PO Box 372, Newburyport, MA 01950
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