We hope you’ll consider a small group experience, one of the time-tested ways that Christians grow. Jesus modeled this with his 12 disciples. We have two ChristCare Groups (fellowship, study, service), a Women’s Bible Study and several book studies and meditation groups throughout the year. In addition, groups like our Prayer Shawl Ministry and our choirs provide excellent opportunities to serve God alongside others. Please contact the church office for more information. 978-256-5931.
ChristCare leaders meet with their groups of 4-12 people twice a month for community building and caring, Bible study, mission, and prayer. New members and guests are always welcome! Presently there is a Men’s ChristCare Group that meets every other Sunday morning before worship, and a Weeknight Women’s ChristCare Group. Deb Lyons coordinates our groups. Contact the church office for more information.
Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study is held periodically on Sunday nights, led by Margie Dissinger. The studies often include a video component and sometimes a workbook to facilitate learning. New women are always welcome to attend.
A new study begins Sunday, September 24 at 7:00 PM. It will be a hybrid study – in person and via Zoom. There is no workbook or homework. We will be watching Rob Bell’s ‘Nooma’ series of short films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus.
If you have questions and to get the Zoom link, please contact Margie Dissinger at 978-256-3707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KiSeLo – 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 to fun skits 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 first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. For more information, please contact the church office at 978-256-5931.
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 either for ourselves or for others, we often experience the calm of knowing our burdens are shared and we’re part of a loving, caring community. Prayer helps us trust that God is indeed walking beside us, easing our aching hearts and giving us much needed comfort.
The CCC Prayer Ministry is a group of dedicated friends who believe in the power of prayer. If you have a prayer request or would like to become part of our Prayer Ministry please call the church office at 978-256-5931.
CCC Movie Group
The CCC Movie Group is open to all! Watch the selected movie(s) on your own, then join the group on Zoom at 7:00 pm on “Movie Mondays” to discuss.
Contact Lynn Horton for the Zoom link and to recommend a movie. Watch the church’s weekly emails to learn about the upcoming movies!
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 front of the sanctuary. If your child would like to give a lamb to a friend or family member, please contact Pastor Rich, who will often say a prayer with the child for the recipient of the lamb.