• “The Glory of God is the human being fully alive!”

    Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, YOU are invited to join is on the journey at Second Congregational — a church for young and old and in-between. Second Congregational Church is a progressive church, musical and mission-minded, with opportunities for questioning and seeking. Vermont’s first “Open and Affirming” Congregation of the United Church of Christ, we welcome all people of faith or in search of faith to our work and worship, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation.


D. Mark Blank –
Pastor of Second Congregational Church. Raised in the United Methodist Church, Mark found a spiritual home in the UCC in 2007. Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Mark graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2017 having attained a BA from the University of Tampa in 2000. Mark draws on his background in theatre, music, and storytelling in leading worship.


    What does it mean to “Be the Church”
          : Care for the poor.  Fight for the powerless
          : Share earthly and spiritual resources
          : Protect the environment
          : Reject racism
          : Celebrate diversity
          : Forgive often
          : Love God. Enjoy this life



For the first time ever, Second Congo’s hand bell choir hosted the annual gathering of Vermont hand bell ringers. Our Director Sue Green and her Jubellaire Ringers took a major role in organizing the 2018 Spring Ring that brought 190 bell ringers to Bennington. At the Middle School, rehearsals for the 4pm concert were interspersed with workshops that included special hand bell techniques, ukelele workshops led by Second Congo’s Music Director Matt Edwards, hand drumming led by Jay Sager, and dancing the Virginia Reel with hand bells. Refreshments for the morning gathering, lunch, and the breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon were provided by SCC’s Jane Norrie, Ginny Ray, Norma McShane and Barbara French.

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Celebrating Mary Lee Clark’s 23 years as pastor of Second Congregational Church, on her retirement April 15, worship was glorious with music by the chancel choir, hand bell choir, Gospel choir and by Music Director Matt Edwards on organ and piano. Communion was celebrated, Mary was released from her vows as pastor, and she was presented with books of photos and memories of her time as pastor, a hand-made quilt, a floral promise of a video of congregation members and friends telling their memories, and a box of chocolates together with gifts from the congregation towards her retirement travel. Following worship, the luncheon in Webster Hall featured lasagna and salad, a delicious cake made and decorated by Dara Lindley, and tributes by Tom Steffen and Ernie Lafontaine to Mary and her family.

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    Immediately after worship, Virtual Store in Webster Hall. Please come to buy and donate hygiene kits which were bought in bulk at discounts and will be sent to people in need in poverty and disasters. Donations also very welcome.

    For April’s Autism Awareness Month, the Art of Autism exhibit continues in Room 6 from 11:15 to noon with information about autism, artwork by children on the spectrum and jewelry handmade by Kelly Kimball who is donating 50% of sales to the Molly Stark Early Childhood Program.

     5:00 pm Sunday Supper


      Packing Kits of the Heart. Please come and help assemble school kits and hygiene kits at 9:30 Tuesday May 1 in Rooms 2 and 6.


    • We need volunteers to sign up to be a second adult in the Nursery and Joyful Path.
    • Anyone who has taken CWS school bags please finish them up & get them back to the church by the end of April.


    • We have a photography event for a new picture directory Wed May 30 – June 2nd. Scheduling to begin after Easter.
    • Spring Clean Up has been scheduled for May 5th from 8-12!! Come and help us get the church cleaned up!!


Bell Ringers

For the first time ever, Second Congo's hand bell choir hosted the annual gathering of Vermont hand bell ringers. Our ...
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Cool Congregations Challenge

SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC BENNINGTON, VT chosen as a winner in the Community Inspiration category of the Cool Congregations Challenge ...
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Snowball Bazaar 2017

Second Congregational Church was a "hopping place" Friday December 1 and 2 with the 69th annual Snowball Bazaar! Community folks ...
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Update on Eaarth Advocates

The cold reality of human impact on the environment Update on Eaarth Advocates’ Environmental Activism So, Why is “Eaarth” spelled ...
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Living Lightly on God’s Earth: A Guide to Spiritual Practices Focused on the Environment During Lent, instead of fasting, let's ...
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Lent and EAARTH

Lent and EAARTH (1) There are a number of ways to live Lent. One is to suffer a bit, to ...
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    Second Congregational Church,  115 Hillside Street,  Bennington VT 05201
    Telephone: 802-442-2559,  e-mail: bennscc@sover.net

    Or visit the church
    From middle of town intersection of Routes 7 & 9,  take Route 7 south 2 blocks.
    Turn left onto Hillside St.  (just before Friendly’s).

    Church is located on right at top of hill.

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