Central Church profile

The Central Connection

Central Congregational Church,

United Church of Christ

Newburyport, MA

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Ney, pastor

Pastor's Preview

Dear Friends,

In Sunday's message our lay minister James Leahy, will share what 'us' means. From Paul's letter tot he Romans, to the Last Supper, James will explore the importance of seeing the whole world as one single family, all of us children of God. We hear of the importance of acceptance in his sermon titled "All Of Us'. Please join us for worship on Sunday, September 17 at 10:30 am, then enjoy beverages, birthday cake & fellowship, courtesy of the Hospitality Committee in the Social Hall following the service.

Stay well,

James Leahy


In-person and broadcast Worship begins at 10:30 AM on Sunday morning. Services are broadcast on Facebook Live thanks to our awesome Broadcast Team of volunteers.

Sunday Worship 10:30 AM

Scripture Readings

ROMANS 14:1-12


Click Here to View Messenger for Sunday Worship Service 10:30 AM September 17, 2023
Click here to view this week's Announcements
Click here at 10:30 AM for Sunday Morning Worship on our Facebook page (scroll down to Videos. When worship begins, you will see the Live Video)


Sunday School begins the morning in the Sanctuary for the first part of the worship service, and on Sunday School days we go upstairs to our classrooms following the Children’s Sermon. We are please to continue lessons for Godly Play for ages 4-12, and Grapple for middle schoolers.

Youth Group will host Family Game Night on Friday, September 29th from 6-8PM!

Join the fun and bring a friend for a fun night of board games and pizza! Games will be decided that evening, but who’s up for a mini chess tournament? Who has a board game that they really love? I will be bringing Code Names and Confident, so feel free to bring your favorite game!

We will need RSVP’s for ordering pizza, so please let Lauren know if you are coming by Friday the 29th at noon!

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

Sunday School Registration Form
Parent Letter


If you have ever considered helping out with Sunday School at Central Congregational, now is a great time to share your time and talents with our wonderful group of students! Teaching is fun and does not need to be a yearly commitment - the more the merrier! Reach out to Lauren for more information regarding helping with Grapple (middle school ages) or Godly Play (ages 5-12).

Volunteer Today

Central Happenings 

Women’s Ministry - Dinner Out @ PORT VIDA

Women’s Ministry will gather for their monthly Dinner Out on Wednesday, September 20th, 6:00 PM at Port Vida, 10 Center Street to celebrate the arrival of Fall and reminisce about our summer adventures. We look forward to seeing you there. RSVP to Sarah Seamans 978-273-1512 sbseamans@icloud.com or Betty LaBaugh 978-985-3371 betty.labaugh@gmail.com by Monday, September 18 please.


Please contact Jean Copelin at copelinmoore@yahoo.com to let us know what Raffle Basket you will be donating and its theme. provide details about the contents of the basket and the market value of the items.

All Baskets are due in the church office by Oct 1, 2023 but please bring your basket in as soon as possible! The Basket Raffle team needs time to create the printed catalog and website for kickstarting raffle pre-sales orders.

Needed items...please check your closets! (you can drop your items at the church office)

*     New tissue paper in lots of colors

*     Wired ribbon in any size, color or theme

*     Bubble wrap, packing air "pillows" and/ or packing peanuts

(think Amazon deliveries)

*     Shredded crinkle for baskets

*     Extra Large baskets

Thank you! Jean Copelin and Marcia Lewis 

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

Health & Safety Information

Per CDC guidelines, masks are optional during worship and other activities, but are highly recommended for those who are high risk. We encourage anyone who chooses to wear a mask to do so at any time. We ask that anyone who has symptoms of cold or flu stay home and participate in worship remotely. Masks and hand sanitizers are available. We continue to monitor guidelines from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and local public safety/public health officials to ensure the continued health and safety of all Central Congregational Church members, visitor and guests.

Central Congregational Church
An Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ
14 Titcomb Street, PO Box 372, Newburyport, MA 01950
Visit our website
Like us on Facebook