Adult Faith and Spiritual Formation
There are many opportunities throughout the year for adults to gather together to explore faith questions, take part in Bible study or attend a retreat. Several Sunday evening faith and spiritual formation groups are also in the planning stages.
Next door, John R. Carson Memorial Park and our seven-circuit labyrinth offer ideal environments for private prayer, reflection or meditation, or to simply appreciate God’s beauty.
Social Action and Missions
SAM promotes Christian values by assisting in the interpretation and application of God’s will to all realms of life, beginning with the local parish and extending to the worldwide concerns of the Church. Each month, SAM focuses on a project, initiative or organization that is making a difference in the lives of others, contributing funds and raising awareness of their efforts within our church community. Focus projects support local, regional, national and global needs, through organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Lowell VNA Hospice, Lowell Alternative House, and the Chelmsford High School “Secret Santa.”
In difficult times when we do not know which way to turn and our hearts seem to cry out for help, we need to turn to our loving God who knows the anguish we are going through. When we pray to Him either for ourselves or for others, we experience the calm of knowing we have shared our burdens and trust that He will walk beside us, easing our aching hearts and give us much needed comfort. The CCC Prayer Chain is a group of dedicated friends who strongly believe in the power of prayer. If you have a prayer request or would like to become a link in our Prayer Chain please call the church office at 978-256-5931 or submit a prayer request.
The Music Ministry is a strong and vital part of Central Congregational Church. Praising God with music is an essential part of the worship service. The Music Committee and the Director of Music, Francisco Fernandez, try to ensure that the music at CCC meets the needs and desires of the congregation in sharing the Word. Belonging to one or more of the four music groups gives members a chance to share their talents and love of music with the congregation in a fulfilling way. All of the groups are actively looking for new people – you are invited to come to a rehearsal to join in.
The Chancel (senior) Choir is an all volunteer adult choir that rehearses Thursday evenings and sings an anthem in addition to leading the congregation in hymns and responses during the Sunday morning worship service. The only requirement is a love of singing.
The Junior Choir, children age 6+, sings monthly in the Sunday service and rehearses after church on Sundays where the children can enjoy learning the rudiments of choral singing while learning new songs in a nurturing Christian environment.
The Muriel Bridges Parlee Bell Choir is an intergenerational group that plays 3 octaves of handbells about once per month during the service. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings.
The newest music group is SonLight, a praise band that enjoys performing contemporary Christian music. They are looking for more instrumentalists and singers of all ages to join. Come to a rehearsal on Tuesdays at 7:30pm.
If you like to be an active participant in some aspect of music, there are many opportunities at Central Congregational Church!
Women's Fellowship Group
KiSeLo (Kindness, Service, Love) meets monthly for fellowship, to discuss their wide-ranging, mission-focused program, and to explore new opportunities to serve. Monthly meetings cover diverse topics and activities, ranging from the travelogues of local missionaries to the annual Christmas celebration.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry at Central Congregational Church, UCC continues to be very busy and active in its mission since being founded in 2005. We have many dedicated people who donate their time and talent to create these handcrafted shawls. Our mission is simple: to bring love, care and comfort to those who are hurting in some way through illness, loss, grief, a difficult bump in the road, or a very special event in one’s life journey. As we knit/crochet, we say prayers for whomever receives a prayer shawl that they shall feel the love, comfort, consolation and a feeling of God’s presence in their lives.
These prayer shawls are offered to patients at Lowell General Hospital’s Cancer Center, in-patients at the hospital, members of our church family, friends of our church family, nursing home patients, friends of friends, and those that are homebound. We also offer prayer shawls to graduating seniors to carry with them for that continued link with our church family. Baby prayer shawls are given to infants when they are baptized . On average, we distribute approximately 50 shawls each year.
We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, please contact the church office at 978/256-5931.
Children can be wonderfully empathetic and their desire to comfort others is strong. Just as adults sometimes want to comfort an ill, grieving, or distraught friend, neighbor, or family member with a tangible expression such as bringing food or a prayer shawl, children should also be given this opportunity. We have available stuffed toy lambs wearing different colored ribbons and tags that say God Loves You. The lambs usually reside in a basket in the sanctuary. If your child would like to give a friend, family member, etc, who needs comforting a lamb, please contact Pastor Rich if you would like to help your child to select a lamb and say a prayer together. A donation bag is attached to the basket if anyone would like to contribute to the Lamb Ministry.