Second Congregational Church

115 Hillside Street Bennington VT 05201
Telephone: 802-442-2559 e-mail:
"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. A progressive church, with opportunities for questioning and seeking, musical and mission-minded, we were Vermont's first "Open and Affirming" congregation and welcome - into the worship, fellowship, membership, and full life of our church -- all persons of faith and those seeking faith, regardless of race, social or economic status, physical abilities or sexual orientation.
Come, Seek, Pray, Learn..
Worship begins at 10 a.m., and all people of faith or in search of faith are welcome. Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. We welcome all to our work and worship, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. Nursery care is provided. For further information, call the church office at 442-2559.
Come to Sun and Fun!, a community celebration of the environment, solar, and sustainability… on Saturday, August 22 from 10-3 pm, right here at Second Congregational Church. See our recently installed solar panels. Enjoy live music. Kids can get their faces painted and eat a S’more baked in a solar oven or a “compost” sundae. See displays by Solar Pro, Green Mountain Club, One World Conservation Center, and VT350 and various other non-profit companies, and environmentally friendly vendors. The event will be held rain or shine.

  • All are welcome at the table at Second Congregational Church, UCC this Sunday morning, as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper and look at what we are hungry for. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon is entitled, “Crave Radiance,” based on the readings from John and Ephesians and the title of Elizabeth Alexander’s book of poetry by that name. Special music will be offered by Millie Pierce, who will sing, “Consider the Lilies.” The sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated. Worship begins at 10 a.m., and all people of faith or in search of faith are welcome.

  • BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS: July 30 Lorna Cheriton
    Request a Hymn! For the months of July and August we will be accepting hymn requests. You can find request forms on the table next to the service sheets. List your requests in the space provided and place your form back in the box.
    Support Habitat for Humanity: Donate $5 and have one chance to win a handmade quilt which SCC helped make (or 5 tickets for $20) See Nancy Jean or Rebekah for tickets
    Sunday August 2: Worship with communion at 10am
    5 pm Sunday Supper
    Saturday August 22 from 10-3 We recently had solar installed on our roof, and are planning an event (Fun and Sun) around solar/sustainable energy/environment. We will have solar companies, Green Mountain Club, 350 VT, One World Conservation Center, events for kids, displays on composting, music, food, and more!
    The many groups who share our space here at Second Congregational are invited to put up a table/display/activity to share your information with our guests. Contact Nora Parsons at 802-688-7866 or at
    Adopt a room at Thatcher House. The Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless invites faith communities to adopt a room at the transitional living facility at Thatcher House pm Pleasant St. This involves making sure the room is painted and cleaned and welcoming to incoming families, as well as providing furnishings and household items for the family. If this is something you’d like to be involved with, please speak to Bruce Lee-Clark.
    Back to school items are now on sale. Items needed for CSW schools bags:
    12 inch ruler
    Boxes of 24 crayons
    blunt scissors
    large erasers
    hand-held pencil sharpeners
    70 sheet spiral notebooks
    Or make a donation to Pat Lafontaine and she will do the shopping.
    Mon, Wed and Fri, 9:30am – 35 minute DVD-led exercise with group in Room 6 or 2
    The choir needs a Metronome needed for music practice.
    Church library is now in Room 2, Education Wing
    Members of our church made, collected and assembled 309 School Kits, 107 Hygiene Kits and 41 Baby Kits. These weighed 886 lbs. and have a money value of $ 6976 and processing fees of $ 914. A mammoth job well done! The Church World Service truck picked up the kits, to start them on their journey to those in need.


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Our Stories


Solar Panels dedicated on Summer Solstice

On Sunday June 21, the Summer Solstice, we dedicated our 72 solar panels, installed this spring on our south-facing roof …


Pentecost May 24, 2015

Click here for slideshow During worship on Pentecost Sunday, congregation members built an …

Easter Bloom 2014

Easter Bloom

In Lent last year, 2014, a fire-pit bowl was brought into the sanctuary and filled with stones from a local …

Our Advocacy

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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 …



Living Lightly on God’s Earth: A Guide to Spiritual Practices Focused on the Environment   During Lent, instead of fasting, …

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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 …

Youth Activities


Youth Group’s Potato Brunch

Thank you to all for your generosity!  The youth group raised enough money to send one team to the Big …

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Youth Service, Sunday May 19th, enjoyed by all

Wonderful service for Pentecost Sunday lead by our youth group. Please click the link below to our Facebook page to …


Three Confirmands, Sunday, May 12th

Wonderful Mother’s Day gift as three of our youth get Confirmed.  Congratulations! Please click the link below to our Facebook …