Christmas Eve Worship

Family Christmas Eve with Pageant at 4:00 p.m.

(Pageant Rehearsal at 3:00 p.m.)

Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship at 8:00 p.m.

(Musical Prelude begins at 7:30 p.m.)


Welcome to the Central Presbyterian Church website! We are glad that you have found us! As you explore this site, you will find a lot of information about our congregation. I welcome you to connect with us in any way that suits you. Among the possible connections, you can:

  • listen to podcasts of our worship services online
  • follow us through Facebook or sign up to receive a weekly update from us by email
  • watch live broadcasts of our worship services on local cable TV, Channel 33 on Verizon FIOS, and Channel 36 on Comcast Sundays at 10:00 a.m. with a re-broadcast at noon.
  • participate in any of our ministries
  • worship with us on Sunday mornings (services at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.)
  • read our weekly Staff Blog (below)

As part of our music ministry, we have recently launched the Central Arts Academy, a music school open to the public.  Click here to visit their website.

May Christ enrich your life with all God’s grace! –Rev. Don Steele, Senior  Pastor

Click here for Central’s Advent Calendar!


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The Living Nativity

We used to send Christmas cards, but somewhere along the way, we stopped. It wasn’t a conscious choice. It was simply that, one year, we didn’t get around to it. And then there was a second year, a third, until we reached the point that we just don’t send out Christmas cards.

I feel badly about that, partly because I like receiving Christmas cards. For some people, it’s the only time that we hear from them all year, which isn’t a criticism at all. Their Christmas card is our only real link to each other, and I’m grateful that they take the time to stay connected with us.

On Sunday, December 4, beginning at 4:30 pm, Central will once again host the Living Nativity—a presentation of the traditional story of the first Christmas out on the Maple Street lawn, followed by crafts and snacks and music in the Auditorium.

And it seems to me that it’s like our congregation’s Christmas card to our community. All kinds of people show up. For some, it might be our only real connection with them all year—their only real connection with the good news of the Gospel, but that’s not a criticism. I am grateful for the time people take to stay connected.

“Peace on earth, good will to all,” the angels sang that first Christmas—a prayer, a promise, a Christmas card from God, entrusted to us to send out to everyone.


Pastor Don Steele



Central Presbyterian Church

70 Maple Street, Summit NJ  07901

Our Mission Statement

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!