Newtown Congregational Church

  • Boiling Up Support For Gulf Coast Mission

    Doug Body, left, and Larry Whippie check on a vat of potatoes and Andouille sausage before serving it as part of Newtown Congregational Church’s Low County Shrimp Boil, the third annual community benefit to support Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Miss. The benefit was held October 17 in the church’s Great Room. The church established a relationship in 2005, when it sent financial support to the United Church of Christ mission following Hurricane Katrina.

  • Holy Smoke: Burning The Church Mortgage

    Nearly 100 members of Newtown Congregational Church shrugged off the rain last weekend to celebrate a decidedly American custom: a mortgage burning party.

    While some congregants stepped outside the church’s upper rear entrance, others gathered at windows to watch the spectacle, when the Reverend Matthew Crebbin handed the church’s mortgage off to Peg Forbell and NCC Moderator Robert Hall. With Mr Hall holding the papers, Mrs Forbell used a grill lighter to set the document aflame.

  • Congregational Church Reaches Across The Country To Find A New Associate

    Caroline Hamilton-Arnold enjoys rock climbing, reading, camping and dreaming. She also loves myriad forms of music, from electronic to folk, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s pre-Sherlock show The Last Enemy.

    She is not a fan of cold weather, however, which would be an issue for the newest staff member at Newtown Congregational Church if she had not already fallen in love with the town where she now spends much of her time.

  • A Feast Of Food And Memories For Newtown Congregational Church

    It was a full house in the Great Room of Newtown Congregational Church, Friday evening, October 17, as members and friends of the congregation gathered for food and reflections on the church’s 300th anniversary, being celebrated this year.

    Photo albums and two slideshows gave dinner guests ample opportunity to explore the church’s more recent past, and in two brief talks during the course of the evening, Reverend Matthew Crebbin addressed the early years of the Newtown Congregational Church and its growth over three centuries.

  • A First And Final Sermon

    It was a bittersweet service at Newtown Congregational Church on June 15, when the Reverend Allysa De Wolf took to the pulpit to offer the morning’s sermon.

  • Rev Allysa De Wolf Ordained At Newtown Congregational Church

    The Reverend Allysa De Wolf celebrated the service of Communion, closing the ordination ceremony on June 8. Before she leaves for the West Coast, the newly ordained Rev De Wolf will present the sermon at the church that has hosted her for the past three years. On Sunday, June 15, the Reverend De Wolf will present a message she is calling “The Great Commission.”


  • NCC Special Meeting Notice

    On Sunday, February 23, at 11:30 am, a special meeting of the members of Newtown Congregational Church will take place in the sanctuary located at 14 West Street.

    The purpose of the meeting is to vote on staffing recommendation put forth by the Personnel Committee, the trustees, and the council to authorize the hiring of a full time transitional associate minister for a period of no more than two years effective July 1, 2014.

  • Back Bay Mission Shrimp Boil Planned

    Newtown Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, will sponsor an authentic shrimp boil, in partnership with Back Bay Mission, on Saturday, November 2.

    The special event will be at the church, 14 West Street. Dinner will be served at 6:30 and a program will follow at 7:30.

    The evening will feature a dinner of shrimp, seasoned with Back Bay’s special spices.

  • Ecumenical Event To Continue Building Bridges

    On Wednesday, August 21, at 2:30 pm, there will be a gathering for prayer in the sanctuary of Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.

    Members of the PICO “Lifelines to Healing” Eastern Bus Tour will join local clergy and residents to promote the building of bridges across racial, ethnic and economic divides and pray for courage and commitment while seeking solutions to the issue of violence in our many communities.

  • Resiliency Skills, And Fun, All Part Of Camp Noah

    Nearly 60 children participated in Camp Noah, July 15–19, which offered resiliency buildings skills hidden among the arts and crafts projects, story times, skits, and other light-hearted offerings. From left is Pastor David Hershey, chaplain of Penn State University, who portrayed the camp’s title character all week; Linda Whippie, who handled the local enrollment; and Cari Logan, national program director of Camp Noah.