Here at Central United Church of Christ, we are a warm, welcoming United Church of Christ (UCC) congregation that is always happy to receive guests.
We invite you to worship with us, see what’s happening at Central UCC, share your talents, discover who we are, and grow in faith through our faith formation programs. Every Sunday two services of worship are offered to meet the needs of a diverse congregation. The same sermon message is delivered at both.
At Central UCC, we invite you to come as you are… and discover who you can be
WELCOME TO CENTRAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Regular Worship Hours
Regular worship services:
8:15 A.M. – The Early Service – an informal worship service with readings, prayers and sermon.
10:30 A.M. – The Late Service – a more traditional worship service with choir, organ, and hymn singing as well as readings, prayer and a sermon.
*Please note that special services of worship are provided on Christian holidays and these may be at different times. We also occasionally have combined services which usually take place at 9:30 A.M.
Nursery care/preschool and Children’s Sunday School is offered during the 10:30 A.M. services. Please join us in the Library next to the offices at 10:00 A.M. for coffee, donuts and conversation.
We hope you will join us.
F.A.Q (Frequently Asked Questions)
Where is the church?
Central UCC is located at 118 W. Ashley Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101. Our phone number is (573) 635-1041. We are located on the corner of W. Ashley and Washington Streets and parking is available on the streets surrounding the church and in our parking lot which can be accessed off W. Ashley Street.
Where do your members come from?
While most of our members live in Jefferson City and Holts Summit, people from many of the surrounding towns are also active in our church community.
What are the religious backgrounds of your members?
Members of our church come from many Christian traditions including Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, and other Protestant traditions. People from many religious backgrounds or none at all have found a home at Central UCC.
When are worship services?
Central UCC holds 2 services on a Sunday morning – an intimate and informal service at 8:15 A.M. and a traditional service with organ and choir 10:30 A.M.
What should I wear?
At Central UCC, people wear whatever they’re comfortable with. Some dress up and some are more casual and dress down. You’ll see people in suits, dresses, jeans, and shorts all worshiping together. “God doesn’t care what you wear to church and neither do we.”
Are there nursery and Sunday school classes?
Central UCC has a nursery and Sunday school classes for all ages. Sunday school classes for children are held during the 10:30 A.M. service. The nursery is available year- round for children from birth to five.
What's the worship service like?
As you arrive at the door to the Sanctuary, an Usher will welcome you and hand you a bulletin and answer any questions you might have. When you enter the Sanctuary, sit wherever you like – there are no assigned seats here! At our services there is a bulletin, which lists the order of things in the worship service, and should be pretty easy to follow. Note that stars in the left margin indicate times for the congregation to stand. But don’t worry if you sit or stand at the wrong time. Those of us who have been attending for years occasionally do that too.
How do you celebrate Holy Communion?
If you happen to visit on a service when we’re celebrating communion, please join us. At Central UCC, everyone is welcome to take part in communion – members, non-members, adults, children whose parents feel they are ready, baptized, and not baptized. But if you don’t feel comfortable taking part, that’s fine too. We serve communion in two different styles:
- The first method, that is used most often at the traditional service, worshipers stay seated in the pews and the elements – bread and the cup (small cups of wine or juice) – are passed down each aisle by the ushers. First the bread is served. When everyone in the congregation has received the bread, we all eat the bread at the same time, as a community. Then the cup is served and we all drink the cup, as a community. (There are small cup holders on the back of the pew to place the cup when you’ve finished.)
- In the second method, called intinction, the bread and the wine are at the front of the sanctuary. Each pew, starting at the front, walks up to the front of the sanctuary, takes a piece of bread and dips it in the cup. Most people take the element right away, as they walk back to their seat.
Where are the restrooms?
Restrooms are located on the main floor behind the sanctuary and next to the music room, on the main floor next to the church offices, on the lower level near the Sunday School rooms and on the lower level next to the gym.
Are your buildings and bathrooms wheelchair accessible?
Mostly. We have an elevator that provides access to all levels of the building. We continue to investigate how to improve the accessibility of the building.
How can I arrange to hold a Wedding at Central UCC?
Congratulations! Thank you for considering Central UCC for such an important part of your life. Please contact the Church Office to talk about making arrangements.
How do I get on the mailing list for your newsletter?
Central UCC’s monthly newsletter can be sent to you by regular mail or by email.
What is the United Church of Christ?
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a mainline Protestant denomination founded in 1957, the result of a merger between the Congregational/Christian tradition and the Evangelical and Reformed tradition. Basically, it’s a new denomination comprised of old, historical traditions. The United Church of Christ enjoys a rich relationship with many churches, but in particular, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Canada.
What do you believe?
Central UCC receives the Scriptures as its authority in matters of faith and practice. Its understanding of Christian truth as contained therein is substantially set forth in the following:
I believe in the living God…Who creates and sustains the universe in power and in love.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God incarnate on earth, who showed us by his words and work, suffering with others, and conquest of death, what human life ought to be and what God is like.
I believe that the spirit of God is present with us now and always, and can be experienced in prayer, in forgiveness, in the word, in the sacraments, in the community of the church and in all that we do. Amen. (World Council of Churches)
How many members are at Central United Church of Christ?
About 450 individuals claim membership in this community of believers.
How many people attend worship each week?
Around 160 people attend worship weekly.
Do I have to put money in the offering plate?
All contributions, money and otherwise, are gratefully received. But no, you do not have to put money in the offering plate. If you’d like, we encourage you to write down something that you are thankful for and place it in the offering plate as it passes by.
Does the church have a budget? How are things paid for?
Our congregation approves a budget every year for the fiscal year that begins on January 1. The budget is based on financial pledges made by everyone in the congregation.
How do I become a member of Central United Church of Christ?
Several times a year we hold a new member’s class to help interested people become fully familiar with Central UCC – our history, our beliefs, our mission and outreach, our youth and adult education, our wealth of ministry teams, youth groups, and much, much more. On “New Members’ Sunday,” held at various times during the year, the members join the church during our worship service. If you are interested in joining, or just have questions, contact the Senior Pastor.
What if I have more questions?
If you have any questions, call the Central UCC office Monday through Friday at 573-635-1041 and make an appointment to meet the Pastor. We hope to see you Sunday!