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Central Congregational Church,

United Church of Christ

Newburyport, MA

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Ney, pastor

Pastor's Preview

Dear Friends,

On Sunday, March 31, we gather for the joyous day of Easter, a resurrection celebration that confirms our faith in the promise of new life.

Our day of worship begins with greeting the dawn at 6:00 a.m. on Salisbury Beach with our sisters and brothers from other congregations for the Sunrise Service.

Worship continues at 10:30 a.m. at Central Church with a service of communion, special music, scripture stories of Easter, special flower dedications, and the flowering the cross. It will be a joyous day. I’ll preach about the meaning of this day in our daily lives with a sermon that I’m calling, “Startled by Seeing the Lord.”


I look forward to seeing you this 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

THE BOOK OF ACTS 10:34-43 


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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)


Sunrise service will be held at 6:00 am at Salisbury Beach Reservation (first parking lot, then walkway to pavilion) to greet the day and celebrate our new life in Christ.

Everyone is invited to share breakfast at East Parish Methodist Church in Salisbury Square following the service.

Click here to view Easter Sunrise Order of Service

Easter Flowers & Dedications

Spring colors in tulip plants adorn the sanctuary for Easter Sunday, as members and friends of Central Church offer dedications to loved ones.

Your plant order may be picked up after the 10:30 am worship service. Please see the deacons so they can check their list.

Click here to view Easter Flower Dedications


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 31:

No Sunday School Classes Today. Classes resume Sunday, April 7


CE Spring Fling - Games and fun for the whole family will be held on Saturday, April 6 at 5:00 p.m.  Please RSVP.

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


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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.

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)   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!

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 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!

Click Here to Submit Your Prayer Request

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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