Frequently Asked Questions:What denomination is CCA?
What denomination is CCA?
We are a local community church in the Protestant Christian tradition in communion with the Church Universal.
We are a 600-plus member church of the United Church of Christ (UCC), consisting of more than 6,000 local churches with more than 1,337,000 confirmed members across the United States and around the world.
Can we have our child baptized at CCA?
Infant baptism is offered to those children whose parent(s) and sponsor(s) promise to assume certain responsibilities for the Christian nurture of the baptized. One of the parents or sponsors should be a member in good standing of a Christian church. Baptism takes place in the presence of the community of faith gathered for public worship. A pastor meets with prospective parents one time before the service to familiarize the family with the nature of the sacrament and the service.
How do I become a member of the church?
If you are interested in becoming a member of the church please speak with either Pastor Dick or Pastor Maureen. You may also get in touch with Andrea, the Church Secretary, who can provide information about New Member sessions dates and times and put you in touch with New Member committee people for further assistance.
What is there for children and youth at CCA?
Church school on Sundays welcomes children age 2 all the way through Grade 7. Younger children are welcome in the nursery, which opens a half hour before the regular service on most Sundays.
Our Confirmation program is for our 8th grade (and older) students who are interested in continuing on their faith journey and becoming adult members of the church. Confirmation meets twice a month from October until Pentecost Sunday. For more information read our Confirmation FAQs or contact Pastor Dick.
We have a Middle High Youth Group for grades 6-8 and a Senior High Youth Group for grades 9-12. Young adults can find activities, learning, fellowship, and challenge in these groups, with a full range of things to do through the season.
Is the church handicap accessible?
There are reserved handicap parking spots both at the rear of the church and in the parking areas in front of the church along the Village Green.
There is an elevator to all floors, which is most easily accessed through double doors at the rear entrance of the church.
How do I get to CCA? Is there parking available?
Click here to see directions to CCA and maps. General parking is available around the village green and there is a parking area at the rear of the church.
I’d like to have my wedding at CCA. Where do I start?
Persons interested in celebrating their wedding in the Congregational Church of Amherst may do so in consultation with the church staff. Separate fees pertain to non-members. We request a minimum of two meetings with a Pastor before the wedding rehearsal. All arrangements are made with Judi Simpson, our wedding coordinator, who assists couples in their wedding plans at the church.
Please contact Judi at: 603-672-4410, or email: Judi Simpson
Can I participate in Holy Communion? Can my children?
CCA celebrates Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month throughout the year. All believers are invited to participate whatever their denominational backgrounds. Children are welcome and invited to partake at the discretion of their parents.
Usually Holy Communion is served to the congregation by the Pastors and Deacons in the form of individual cubes of bread (regular and gluten-free) and individual cups, a practice introduced in the 19th century. We use grape juice in our services.
How do I arrange to have a funeral or memorial service at CCA?
Arrangements for funeral and memorial services are made with Pastor Dick or Pastor Maureen, usually in conjunction with the family’s funeral director of choice. Please speak with either Pastor Maureen or Pastor Kate, or call Andrea, the Church Secretary, at the church office: 673-3231.