Newtown Congregational Church
14 West Street
Newtown, Connecticut 06470
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Tuesday through Friday
Newtown Congregational Church, UCC
Along with our usual 10:00am Sunday worship services, the congregation enjoys a busy time of preparation through getting involved in pageant rehearsals, stuffed animal gifts for donations, decorating the altar tree with crismons (Christian symbolic ornaments), multi-generational Advent workshops, and purchasing gifts for our "adopted" families of need.
5:00PM Family Service: A Family service with children's pageant.
8:00PM Service of Lessons and Carols: Featuring candlelight, a brass quintet, the NCC choir, and enough hymns to make it a festive night!
11:00PM Service of Light and Communion: A candlelight service of celebration of the birth of our Saviour.
AWE! (A Worship Experiences) - Special Lenten Mid-Week Services: From Ash Wednesday through Holy Week. After the evening Ash Wednesday service, the weekly gatherings change to Thursday evenings. Our contemporary worship ministryprovides a mid-week worship time that is also a creative worship style which involves a casual and relaxed atmosphere with family style social dinner, upbeat music, and a message relevant to our daily living.
6:00pm - Dinner begins. There are usually sign-up sheets for participants to contribute a food item, if they wish to do so. As we arrive, we seat ourselves at the next available place at the extened dinner table. This gives us an opportunity to build relationships with others in attendance. Due to the fact that we have staggered arrival times, rather than beginning our dinner with the Lord's Prayer, we actually finish the meal with the prayer as our transition into worship time.
7:00pm - Worship experience begins. The service lasts around forty-five minutes. The experience is always a unique creation that includes an inspirational message highlighted with contemporary song.
Palm Sunday the children have an extra special day beginning with a palm parade during the worship service. Post worship the children get to have an egg hunt. Our parents bring one dozen filled eggs for each of their children who will participate in the egg hunt. During worship service our Youth Group members enjoy hiding the eggs for the younger children.
Maundy Thursday evening begins with a 6:00pm light supper followed at 7:00pm with the Office of the Tenebrae (Last Supper reflection) in the Sanctuary.
Good Friday the sanctuary is open from 9:00am until 5:00pm for prayer and self-guided meditation. Guides and reference material are available.
Outdoor Sunrise Worship Service: Offered as the sun rises, the time of service flucuates each year as it is determined by the official sunrise for that date. The service is held at the top of Castle Hill (near the bench). We bundle up in our hats, coats, gloves, and/or blankets and participate in a communion celebration of the glorious morning! Following the service, there is a continental breakfast waiting in the Great Room.
Indoor 10:00am Traditional Sanctuary Worship Service: Easter morning in all its glory is celebrated at 10:00am in a full traditional service where all are welcome! Following the service the congregation is invited to a time of fellowship and refreshments in the Great Room.