Committee Fair

Sunday, April 7, 11:30 am

We have 18 committees to thank for the amazing things Central is able to accomplish. All of this work is run by members and friends who understand that “church” is a verb. How we use our talents and time makes Central more than just a special place of worship, but a wellspring of true community. You can be part of it. Join us in Chapel Hall and see how you can make a difference!

Fourth Thursday Book Group

Thursday, March. 28, 12:30 pm

This month the Fourth Thursday Book Group will meet to discuss “The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America,” by Russell Shorto (2004). Shorto tells the story of New Netherland, the Dutch colony that pre-dated the Pilgrims and established ideals of tolerance and individual rights that shaped American history.  Email Ann Scott for a Zoom invitation.

Maundy Thursday & Potluck Supper / Service of Tenebrae

Thursday, March 28, 6 pm / 7 pm

Our contemplative Service of Tenebrae recalls the Last Supper through scripture and music: “Ubi Caritas,” by Maurice Duruflé, “O Vos Omnes,” by Pablo Casals, and “Variations on ‘Ah Holy Jesus,’” by Roger Petrich. Communion will be served. This profound service ends in quiet and total darkness. (Children third grade and up are welcome to attend.)  Please bring a main dish or salad to share at the potluck supper beforehand.

Good Friday Service of Music

Friday, March 29, 12 noon

At this year’s Good Friday Service of Music, the Central Congregational Church Choir – conducted by Patrick Aiken, organist/choirmaster – presents “The Crucifixion” by John Stainer (1840 to 1901), one of the most distinguished musicians of his generation. Stainer modeled this oratorio on the scheme of choruses, chorales, recitatives, and arias in Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” – while also including five hymns for congregational participation.

Easter Vigil

Saturday, March 30, 7 pm

The Easter Vigil is the church’s first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This meditative, candlelit service is traditional in every way except length. Lasting approximately 45 minutes (instead of all night), it includes a service of the light, service of the Word, service of baptism, and service of communion. Please join us in Wilson Chapel.

Easter Festival Service of Worship

Sunday, March 31, 10:10 am

Our Easter Festival Service of Worship is a joyful, music-filled service – with choir, organ, brass and timpani – that reaches mind and heart to acknowledge the faith that is so much greater than ourselves. Worship begins at 10:10 am with Easter Preludes performed by organist/choirmaster Patrick Aiken.  And this year, the choir will sing two movements from the Easter cantata, “The Green Blade Riseth” – Hilariter and Alleluia! – by Searle Wright (1918 to 2004).

Easter Breakfast / Egg Hunt

Sunday, March 31, 9 am / 9:45 am

As we celebrate that Christ has risen, the Central church family will gather for a delicious Easter Breakfast ($10 per person, $30 for families with children ages 12 and under). Proceeds benefit CCC Youth’s summer mission trip. Then, at 9:45 am, we’ll hold the annual Easter Egg Hunt for children in fifth grade and under. We’ll meet in the Fireplace Room before heading out to the West Lawn for the hunt!

Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 24, 10:10 am

To remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the children of the church – with palm fronds in hand and beast of burden in tow – will lead the congregation on a joyous procession around the block. We will enter the church for Worship at approximately 10:30 am, accompanied by Central’s magnificent organ and choir, which will perform “The Palms” by Jean Baptiste Fauré.  Meet us outside on Diman Place.

Lenten Mission Supper / Food for Thought Book Group

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 6 pm

The theme for this year’s Mission Suppers is “Poverty in Rhode Island.” The series concludes this week with a group discussion of “Poverty, by America” by Matthew Desmond. Desmond reimagines the debate on poverty, arguing that it persists because the rest of us benefit from it. Claudia’s book group joins us in the Fireplace Room following Lenten Mediations, for a light soup supper and scintillating discussion.

Lenten Meditation

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 5:30 pm

Every Wednesday in the weeks leading up to Palm Sunday, a member of Central leads a brief, meditative service in Wilson Chapel, sharing his or her journey of faith. This is a chance to contemplate your own spiritual path, share in another’s journey, and find connections in common ideas, concerns, questions, and experiences. Perhaps most importantly, we come to know one another in thoughtful and faith-filled ways.