ABOUT US

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Our Mission Statement

We are a Christian community of people who are reaching out to our neighbors, at home and abroad, sharing our faith and resources.

Our Vision

One of our greatest joys at Central Square Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is welcoming new people into our family faith. Some of us are life-long Congregationalists, but many of us are not. We come from different towns, different walks of life, and from different traditions (or no religious background at all.)


What we have in common is a deep desire to grow in relationship with God, and with others in a Christian community.

Worship Schedule

We invite you to join us for Worship each Sunday at 10:00 AM. If you can't make it to Worship, you can live stream with us every Sunday beginning at 10 AM using the link above!


Children start off at Worship in the Sanctuary and then go to their classrooms after a Message for All Ages. Nursery, Pre-School, and Sunday School are available for children through High School.


We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of the month. All are welcome to partake in the sacrament, whether you are baptized or not, whether you believe a little or a lot, no matter what your faith background, you are welcome at the table.


Everyone is invited to Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall immediately following Worship.

OUR HISTORY

It all started...

in 1821, nineteen members withdrew from the First Parish Unitarian to form the Trinitarian Congregational Church in the Scotland section of Bridgewater. By 1836 membership had grown to 120 members and the majority voted to move to the center of town to a newly built church.


That church burned to the ground in 1860 and the present structure was erected in 1862. In 1904 the church changed its name to Central Square Congregational Church. In 1961 the church voted to become part of the United Church of Christ, a new denomination formed in 1957 by the joining of the Congregational, Christian, & Evangelical & Reformed denominations.

OUR TEAM

Rev. Elizabeth Stotts

Rev. Beth Stotts joined Central Square Congregational Church, United Church of Christ as Preacher and Teacher in August of 2012.  She grew up in Northern Indiana, graduated from Hanover College with a double major in Sociology and Studio Art, and went on a life-changing three-month road trip promptly after graduation.  From there she spent time living in Kansas, then Chicago, prior to moving to Boston for her graduate education in Theological Research.  While in grad school she held her first position in ministry at the Second Church in Newton (United Church of Christ) as the Youth Minister, then as their Director of Christian Education.  Upon completing graduate school, she moved to North Carolina to teach in the Philosophy & Religion Department at Western Carolina University where she also worked as the International Student Advisor.  After several years at WCU, she discerned a call to ministry and began working toward her Masters of Divinity degree and ordination.  During this time she worked as a chaplain at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Trauma Intensive Care Unit.  She credits her work as a chaplain as the most formational experience in her ministry.  Following her time at the hospital, Beth spent the next three years working as an Intentional Interim Associate Pastor at a church in North Carolina with a focus on Faith Formation and Development, and as a Campus Minister at Guilford College. 


Rev. Beth enjoys yoga (but not the hot yoga. Yuck!), reading (mostly religious texts but also young adult fiction), playing music (ukulele, bari sax, recorder, drums…), listening to music (Andrew Bird, Cake, Ben Folds, The Mountain Goats, Pavement, Laura Veirs, Matt Pond, The Grateful Dead), writing (letters, thank you notes, sermons, newsletter articles, reports), visiting breweries (and sometimes having bible studies in them), and dancing (in the kitchen, in the car, in the shower).  She is married to Eric, a property manager, and they have two children, Jae and Josephine.


You can reach her by calling the church office at 508-697-6016, or emailing her at csccpastor@hotmail.com

Rich Sullivan

Sexton

Rich was born in the Houghs Neck section of Quincy and at the age of 2 he moved to Holbrook Massachusetts with his parents and siblings.  He attended worship at the Winthrop Congregational Church in Holbrook, and participated in the youth fellowship program there. 


After graduating from Holbrook High School in 1968, Rich worked as an apprentice pipe fitter at the Fore River Shipyard until 1971 when he began his career at AT&T Corporation.  After 15 years of various positions in the technical side of the business, including a brief position at AT&T headquarters in New Jersey, Rich moved into Business Sales & Marketing in Boston. In Oct 2010, after a 40 year career he retired from AT&T.  Rich worked as a consultant and contractor in the IT and Telephony business until 2016 when he took the position of Sexton at Central Square Congregational Church.  He has been a member of the Church for approximately 12 years and has served on the Board of Deacons and the Stewardship Committee.  Rich lives in Bridgewater with his wife and has 4 sons and 5 grandchildren. 

Ellen Atherton

Congregational Administrator

Ellen has been with us since August 2013. She has a passion for music and loves the beach. If you should ever need any assistance or have questions regarding the church, she is in the office Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM, and can be reached via the office phone at 508-697-6016, or email at office@csccucc.com.

Julia Scott Carey

Minister of Music

Julia Scott Carey began her music training at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where she received the Lanier Prize for Most Outstanding Graduating Senior. She was one of the first students admitted to the Harvard-New England Conservatory joint degree program, through which she received a master’s degree in composition. She received a second master’s degree in collaborative piano from Boston University. 


As a composer, her orchestral works have been performed by numerous orchestras, including the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops, and her works have been broadcast on national TV and radio in the United States and in Russia. She was the youngest composer ever published by the Theodore Presser Company. She was also chosen to arrange a folk song for Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Chang to play at Deval Patrick's inaugural ball. 


She has served as a music director or accompanist for over forty opera and musical theater productions. Productions for which Julia was the music director include Cy Coleman's City of Angels with the Longwood Players and Alexander Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg with OperaHub. Reviewing a performance Julia conducted of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Hubbard Hall Opera Company, the Berkshire Hudson Arts Review said “the players and singers were not just led, but were energized. Schicchi is a tough score, and Julia stood the test.”


As a pianist, Julia serves as the accompanist for the Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline, the Wellesley College Chamber Singers, and the Saengerfest Men’s Chorus. She also sometimes plays for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Chorus. She previously served as the pianist for the Handel and Haydn Society’s Educational Vocal Quartet and the Boston Children’s Chorus. She is also a founder and core ensemble member of Juventas New Music Ensemble. 


Also passionate about early music, Julia music directed a staged performance of four of Louis-Nicolas Clérambault’s Cantatas with the Harvard Early Music Society, which was taken on tour to Versailles. She also music directed a performance of John Eccles’ Semele with the same organization. Speaking of her performance as a harpsichordist in the Boston Opera Collaborative’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, the Boston Musical Intelligencer said, “The unwavering harpsichord accompaniment of Julia Carey richly and expressively textured the recitatives.”


Julia currently works as a musicianship teacher and department coordinator at the Suzuki School in Newton. She also taught an undergraduate music theory class at Boston College, served as a keyboard harmony teaching fellow at NEC, and worked as a musical theatre teacher at the Belvoir Terrace Arts Camp and the Boston Children's Theatre.


Julia has been involved in religious music for most of her life. She was a member of the Memorial Church’s Harvard University Choir and Choral Fellows during her time as a student at the university. She then sang in the choir at Trinity Church in Boston and worked as the children’s choir accompanist at the Second Church in Newton, before beginning her time as the accompanist, then Minister of Music, at CSCC. Her favorite scripture is Psalm 98, because so many composers have found inspiration in its references to all the different instruments and parts of nature making music to honor God. 


Julia lives in Winchester with her husband and her daughter. In addition to music, she loves cooking, running, and spending time on Cape Cod.




Krissy Cannizzo

Superintendent of Sunday School

Krissy was baptized and raised in Central Square Congregational Church.  She has a degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire and has over twenty years of experience working with children as an educator and child care director locally and as an activist nationally for the CWLA in Washington, DC.  


As the Outreach Manager at the Children's Museum in Easton, Krissy is responsible for creating and facilitating professional development workshops for educators along with fun and exciting hands-on learning programs for  thousands of children and families throughout New England. Krissy is also a mom of two active and inquisitive boys who keep her on the go!  

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