“Church Speak”


Central Congregational Church

 Every organization has its own set of specific terms and abbreviations. Here’s some info that should help you with ours!

CCC = Central Congregational Church

UCC = United Church of Christ, our denomination

The God Squad = our Senior High Youth Group

The Holy Cows = our Middle School Youth Group

KiSeLo = The name of our Women’s Fellowship. Stands for Kindness, Service, Love.

Narthex = the lobby of the church

Chancel = the area around the communion table, including the choir seating, pulpit & lectern.

Liturgist = the person leading the opening of the service

9 Worthen = the house next to the church, used for meetings; former parsonage.

Carson Park = the beautiful park with gazebo behind 9 Worthen St., on church grounds.

OGHS = One Great Hour of Sharing, an ecumenical offering taken in March for disaster relief and developmental aid.

NIN = Neighbors in Need, a UCC offering taken in the Fall for mission efforts in the US.

ONA = Open & Affirming, a designation for congregations that invite LGBTQ folks into full membership & participation in the church.

LGBTQ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer or Questioning.

SAM = our Social Action & Missions Committee.

The Beacon = our monthly church newsletter.

Diaconate = our board of deacons who along with the pastor oversee the spiritual ministries of the church.


Central Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

One Worthen St., PO Box 339

Chelmsford, MA 01824



Sunday Worship  10:00 am