“Church Speak”

at 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

office.admin@cccchelmsford.org | 978-256-5931

Sunday Worship  10:00 am