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

  • We savored this last Sunday in August by taking the time to re-group and re-connect with what is deepest and truest. Special music was offered by Bruce Lee-Clark, including “O, What a Beautiful Morning!”, “Deep River,” and “Thy Word Is Like a Garden.” Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on the readings from James and Mark, was entitled, “Walking the Walk,” looking at the heroes (and heroines) in our midst and in ourselves, and becomes available mid-week on the website.


    During worship on July 26, the congregation commissioned, and gave its blessing to, the Search committee that will soon begin the crucial process of seeking our next pastor. They are a group of talented individuals who bring a range of experience and perspectives to the search. They have made a major commitment; we can assist them by communicating who we are as a church and what we hope to become, and by respecting their adherence to confidentiality. Here they are with a short item about each:

    Ernie LaFontaine: led Re-thinking Church initiative
    Bruce Smith: Vice-moderator
    Kathy Shaw: active in Earth Advocates
    Bonnie Holden: faithful member of the choir
    Nora Parsons: former moderator, deacon, trustee, youth leader
    Barbara True-Weber: whose passion led to the Earth Advocates
    George Sohn: helped initiate Sunday suppers
    Lisa Plummer: mother of Emma and Erica
    Eric Webster: former Moderator and ONA member
    Sunday September 6: Worship with Communion at 10am. Nursery care is provided. Social hour with refreshments afterwards.
    5 pm Sunday Supper
    BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS: August 31 – Robert and Nancy Osgood’s 52nd anniversary
    September 1 – Edna Prouty, 87, Thomas Saunders, 9
    September 2 – Heather McManigle
    September 5 – Mickey Marchetti, 15; Bonnie Holden
    Wednesday, September 2 – First Wednesday Fellowship Lunch at noon. Join friends for food and conversation. Sign up in Webster Hall if you can bring something.
    Sunday September 13 – Rally Day! Bring your vials of water that you collected over the summer from waters near and far. KIds are invited to bring their school backpacks for a Blessing of the Backpacks. Godly Play and Middle-High school class begin.
    Back to school items are now on sale. Items needed for CSW schools bags:
    12 inch rulers
    Boxes of 24 crayons
    blunt scissors
    hand-held pencil sharpeners
    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
    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.
    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
    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


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 …



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

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 …