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By God’s grace and the leading of the Holy Spirit, Central Presbyterian Church seeks to
Engage one another in a transforming and worshipful relationship with Jesus Christ;
Equip disciples for Christian fellowship, growth, and service;
Extend Christ’s love to the world!

What’s Happening Now At Central Presbyterian Church

Worship This Week

In-person worship services in the Sanctuary have been suspended until further notice due to new restrictions on indoor gatherings in New Jersey.  There will be no in-person Sunday School this week either.  We hope you will join us virtually.

Central will  broadcast worship at 10am each Sunday on Hometowne TV in Summit, NJ,  Facebook Live,  and our  YouTube channel .   See the  Virtual Sunday School lesson here.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

SHIP  “Summit Helping it’s People” has an essential, daily role in supporting Summit’s neediest residents. Each morning, volunteers gather to cook breakfast and to prepare lunch, and every fall, Central Church supports SHIP with our annual food drive. Please consider picking up one of these items the next time you are at the store, and feel free to drop them off at the church anytime. You can leave them in the glass hallway, drop them in the school car line, or leave them in the “collection bin.” Drive ends NOVEMBER 22
  • paper napkins
  • sugar
  • corned beef hash
  • soups with open top
  • coffee
  • tea bags
  • plastic sandwich bags
  • foil
  • plastic wrap
  • masks
  • food handling gloves
  • (Please – no tuna)

Sharing Tree

Our Sharing Tree brings the joy of Christmas to those in need in our community. This year, we will show our generosity by helping families in need at Family Promise. The need is huge this year and they could really benefit from our grace this holiday season.Family Promise has requested gift cards due to COVID so that the families can do their own shopping. Please plan to drop off your Sharing Tree gift cards (suggested $20-$50) by Friday, December 4, to Jessica Mills (62 Portland Rd. in Summit). There will be a box on the front porch labeled Sharing Tree. Please place your gift cards inside a sealed envelope with your name and gift number or numbers on the outside. Thank you to everyone in advance for your generosity. Here is the link to sign up to help.

Christmas Pageant

We are working on a socially distant, no rehearsal, outdoor pageant for Christmas Eve at 4:00 p.m. We will use narrators and we are asking families to sign up for the various parts of the story- animals, angels, shepherds, holy family, magi. Families of all sizes are invited to participate, and we are happy to include well behaved dogs. To sign up, please click here. More than one family is invited to sign up for each scene.

Advent Candle Lighting
Sundays at 4:30 pm

Join us each Sunday at 4:30 pm during Advent, November 29 – December 20, for a live lighting of candles on the Advent wreath. We will be featuring Christmas music from our new carillon and readings from Advent texts in the Bible, in addition to lighting the candles. The wreath will be lit at the North Classroom entrance so that you can participate from your car, parked in the municipal lot on Elm Street, no matter what the weather is like! Each evening’s service will be about 15-20 minutes long. Join us as we celebrate a very different Advent!  Click HERE for the lyric sheet for November 29th.

Hallelujah: The Bible and Handel's Messiah
Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

You are invited to join Pastor Steele and Dr. Wicks for a four week study of Part I of Handel’s wonderful oratorio, Messiah. The study will be held via Zoom on Sunday mornings from 11 am until noon, beginning November 29 and continuing every Sunday through December 20. Please register for the course by visiting this Sign Up Genius link. Once you sign up, you will be sent the Zoom link. (If you need help using Zoom, please contact Pastor Deborah at DHuggins@centralpres.org. Help is available from Central Church youth!) And if you must miss a week, that’s not a problem since each session will be recorded so that you don’t have to miss out on the content being covered.

And there will be interesting content each week as Pastor Steele explores the Biblical texts and Dr. Wicks explores the musical treatment of those texts. Whether or not you know the oratorio well, you will be learning things that you did not know about it, deepening your appreciation of this beloved musical classic.


Central Presbyterian Ministries

Adult Ministries

Our Adult Ministries are involved in many events around the Summit area.

Youth Ministries

See what our Youth are up to! Fun, games and learning to apply the Word in their daily lives.

Children's Ministries

Sunday School, Club 4-5 and nurshery are ongoning ministries for your child or toddler.

Spiritual Development

Grow your spiritual relationship with Jesus using these ministries.


These ministries help you to reach out to others in your daily activities.

Central Arts Academy

Central Arts Academy, a ministry of Central Church,  offers music and voice lessons

Central Presbyterian Staff Blogs


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