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.
Sun and Fun! a community celebration of the environment, solar, and sustainability was held Saturday, August 22 from 10-3 pm here at Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street in Bennington. A perfect summer day with sun gave us lots of opportunities for fun. Sun-colored balloons joined the church’s solar panels high on the church roof. Displays and activities by at least 17 local groups en"light"ened visitors about solar power, local hiking and outdoor opportunities, community time-sharing, bee-keeping and much more. From 11-2 live music by the Cindy Legge Trio provided a high-energy mix of rock, pop, and country classics along with Cindy’s originals. Food was prepared by a local chef with ingredients from a local community-supported agriculture farm, and was raved about by visitors. Kids learned how to be good to our earth through a scavenger hunt, story time, face painting and s'mores made in solar ovens. “Compost” sundaes were a tasty way for kids and adults to learn about how to compost garden and kitchen debris. Click here to see more photos

  • “All are welcome to the table and worship at Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning at 10 o’clock.  On this Worldwide Communion Sunday, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper with Christians around the world, as we re-commit ourselves to becoming more fully and truly “the Body of Christ.”  Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play and the Middle- and High-school Class meets.  Nursery care is provided. 

        The Adult Choir’s anthem is “Come, All Who Thirst,” by Cherubini, and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on the readings from Genesis and Mark, is entitled, “The Power of Us.”  A special offering for Church World Service’s work with refugees in Europe and the Middle East will be part of our weekly giving opportunities.

        The whole church family gathers for a time of fellowship and refreshment following worship in Webster Hall.  The Ministries Council meets in the sanctuary at 11:35. 

    Second Congregational Church is an 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.  Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible.  For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or see our website at”


  • Birthdays and Celebrations this week–


    September 20 Austin Buttle, 16
    September 23 Polly Howe, 88
    September 24 Ben Winslow, 17
    September 25 Doug Krause; Eve Oldendorph 95; Linda Lyons
    September 26 Eli Koelker, 6

    Adventures in Reading 2015 – 2016 – Report form and lists of Group 1 books are available in Webster Hall or in the Reading Group mailbox in the foyer. Or see David Durfee. The share and discussion session on Group 1 books will be on November 1.

    With the beginning of a new school year school nurses are in need again for certain items for children in our area. Mostly needed are sweat pants and underwear sizes 5 – 10, also socks and hats and mittens. If you are not sure what to get any donations towards the purchase of needed items are greatly appreciated. For questions see Sue DeLucia.

    Gospel Singers will meet after the service at 11:45.
    2-5 p.m. Fall Meeting of the Southwest Association of the Vermont Conference, UCC, in Brandon.
    5 pm Sunday Supper

    Wednesday, September 23rd – Search Committee will meet in the Clayton Room at 7pm.

    Thursday, September 24th – Adult Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary at 7:15 pm.

    Friday September 25 Bluegrass Gospel Project Concert! One night only concert at Chandler Center For the Arts in Randolph VT This concert, which promises to be entertain and inspire, will also benefit the many missions and ministries of the Vermont Conference. Please join us in a celebration of music and life and good works! For more information and/or to register call the Vermont Conference, UCC at 802-728-4999 or email

    Next Sunday September 27 –Charlie Gingo, President of the Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services board, will be here in worship to speak about Bennington through the eyes of GBICS.


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Our Stories


Sun and Fun Day

Sun and Fun! a community celebration of the environment, solar, and sustainability was held Saturday, …


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 …

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 …



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OD People Hiking

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 …