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Central Congregational Church,

United Church of Christ

Newburyport, MA

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Ney, pastor

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Dear Friends,

On Sunday, March 24, we gather at 10:30 a.m. to observe Palm Sunday as we prepare to enter Holy Week and celebrate Easter. Palm Sunday focuses our attention on Jesus’ triumphal entry and self-giving humility. The drama of the day also reminds us of the contradictions of our humanity. This year, Palm Sunday falls on a significant date —March 24th, the anniversary of the killing of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. I’ll seek to address these many layers of meaning in a sermon that I’m calling, “The Lord Needs It.” I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.


Grace and peace,




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

Sunday Worship 10:30 AM

Scripture Readings

PSALM 118:1-2, 19-29 



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Palm Sunday is March 24!

We are invited to join the processional with the choir for the opening hymn “All Glory, Laud and Honor”

Please plan to arrive to church no later than 10:10 AM - we will be gathering in the Social Hall to review the processional plans and pass out palms.

Weather permitting, we may begin the procession outside, coming back into the church via the Narthex.

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

Sunday School March 24:

Godly Play - Jesus in the Wilderness

Grapple - I wonder what Jesus and God talked about?

Youth Group:   Movie Night is Saturday, March 23rd! We will meet in the Social Hall at 6:00 PM, and then make our way upstairs to watch “The Prince of Egypt”.  Popcorn and few other snacks will be provided - please bring your water bottle, and wear pajamas or comfortable clothing!


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


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You are invited to share in a simple fellowship meal of soup & bread at 6:00 p.m. to observe Maundy Thursday, the time we celebrate Jesus giving people the new commandment that we love one another as he has loved us. At 7:00 p.m., the Tenebrae service will follow in the sanctuary. If would like to bring soup or bread for the fellowship meal, the Deacons have a copy of the sign-up sheet available on Sunday or contact the church office.

Easter Vigil

Thursday March 28 - Friday March 29

We welcome two (2) people each hour to hold vigil in the Sanctuary for 8:00 p.m. Thursday until noon on March 29 Good Friday, to honor the request Jesus made of his disciples to stay and pray with him in the Garden off Gethsemane.

There are still available Vigil time slots for you to participate this year. The Deacons have a copy of the sign-up sheet available on Sunday or you can contact the church office to find out what times are open and to register. Call 978-465-0533.


The Easter vigil will draw to a close as we offer a simple and solemn service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, with a shared reading of Jesus’ passion, brief meditations and prayers.

New Member Classes

“It doesn’t matter where you’ve come from, or where you are on life’s journey—you are welcome here; we invite you to participate with our community at prayer.”

New Member Classes will be held on Sundays, April 14 & 21 and on May 5, following worship (approximately 11:30 am) in the Grimes Room. These classes are a great way to not only learn about the church but also meet others who are new to the church and also meet some of our church leaders. Sign up by contacting the church office or speak with Rev. Chris. Those who wish to join will be received into membership on Pentecost Sunday, May 19. Please contact the church office to sign up, or speak with Rev. Chris for more information.

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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)   Click the Donate to Central button at the bottom of the home page

3)   Complete the Online Donation form that appears


Your Support is important.

We continue to rely upon and appreciate your financial support!

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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 or complete a prayer request card available in the Sanctuary and give it to a Deacon before worship service begins. Your prayer concern will be mentioned in the Sunday Worship by first name only, for privacy concerns. Thank You!

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Health & Safety Information

Masks are optional during worship and other activities, but are 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 in the Sanctuary. 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
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