SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH Bennington Vermont 802-442-2559  

"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 us 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.
  • The holiest of weeks in the Christian calendar begins this Sunday, and all are welcome to begin the journey at Second Congregational Church, UCC. Worship begins at 10 a.m., with distribution of palms and the reading of the Palm Sunday story from Mark. During a Time for the Children in All of Us, we are given a game to help us remember part of the Psalm, and then children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play and the Middle- and High-school class meets. Nursery care is provided throughout worship. The Chancel Choir sings Joseph Haydn’s “Sanctus,” and we gather in the Prayers of the People. The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be received this week. Then we move into the story of the Passion, with dramatic readings from the days of Holy Week—“It was on the Monday…Tuesday…Friday,” from the Iona Community. The choir sends us forth with the music of Don Besig’s “Within the Shadow of the Cross.”
    A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall.
    Our building is located at 115 Hillside St., Bennington and is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or see our website at

  • Coming Up: Holy Week Services:

    Sunday March 29
    Gospel Singers will meet at 11:45 am in Room 2. Anyone interested, please join us.
    5 pm Sunday Supper
    7 pm Bible conversation at the Lee-Clarks’

    April 1 - Come and join friends for lunch, conversation, and companionship in Webster Hall at noon. Lunch is provided by congregation members.
    Maundy Thursday, April 2: “Ageing to Sageing” group meets at 10:30 am in the Clayton Room.
    6:30 p.m. Agape Meal and Service of Communion and Tenebrae, in Webster Hall.
    Good Friday, April 3: Noontime vigil, with readings and prayer in the sanctuary which will remain open for silent prayer until 3 p.m.
    Easter Morning, April 5:
    8 a.m. Service of First Light, Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and Communion.
    From 9am, Continental Breakfast is served in Webster Hall.
    10 a.m. Service of Celebration of the Resurrection, with bells and anthems, the Easter story, and alleluias. Nursery care is provided. An Easter egg hunt for children follows on the front lawn, and continental breakfast continues. Eaarth Advocates will provide environmentally enlightening eggs for adults.

    Tues., April 7, 7 p.m. Deacons meeting

    The Open Door deadline is April 12th. Please submit any articles electronically to

    Trustees Meeting will be Tuesday, April 14th at 7pm.

    The Administrative Council will meet Tues., April 28, 7 p.m. in the Clayton Room.

    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30am – 35 minute DVD-led exercise with group in Room 6 or 2
    BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS: If you would like your or your child(ren)’s birthday and/or turning age printed in the announcements, please write your name and/or birth year on the appropriate date on the 2015 calendar hanging by the office door.

    March 29 George Sohn, 87; Edna and Ralph Prouty’s 68th anniversary
    March 31 Roger Patterson, 87; Connor Tilley
    April 1 Jen Clarkson-Smith
    April 3 Janice Lerrigo; Jenifer Buttle
    April 6 Jerry Butler, 86
    Flowers needed for Easter Sunday, April 5th – All kinds of flowering plants are welcome. If you wish to place a plant in honor of someone or in memory of someone please give the information before Thurs April 2 to the church secretary or a member of the flower committee – Jan Fabricius, Grace Sohn or Mary Johnson. Please bring your plant to the church by Sat. April 4th, 10 A.M.
    To complete the baby kits we still welcome any donations to help us buy the needed items such as nightgowns, undershirts, bath blankets, diapers and washcloth. See Fran Broomhall or Sue DeLucia
    Church Phone Directories are available.
    Healing Pathways Ministry – From now until June, Jane Norrie is offering educational workshops on demand to help folks of all ages and stages explore the fascinating realm of energy wisdom. If you wish to host a workshop in your home or to attend one, contact Jane at (802) 780-8405. A minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 participants will join in learning about our energy circulatory systems and practice ways to keep mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves in wholesome shape. Average workshop lasts about 2 hours. Members, friends and anyone from our wider community are welcome to attend. There is no charge but you are invited to offer donations to the Deacons’ Fund.

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Our Environmental Mission



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 …

OD Orange Newt

Our Congregation’s Responses to questions about the Earth’s Environmen

Our Congregation’s Responses to questions about the Earth’s Environment: Questions were posed and responses invited on posters in Webster Hall. …

Our Stories

Walk For Climate Change 2

The People’s Climate March, Sunday Sept. 21 in NYC

This march was the largest march calling for action on the climate. There were over 2,000 folks from Vermont to …

Crop Walk Resized

Crop Walk, Sunday October 19th at 1pm

End hunger one step at a time. Signup at the web link below or at on Sundays at Second Congregational …

Maggie And Scott At The Free Clinic Table 2

Rally Sunday, September 14, 2014

Following worship, the whole church family was invited to “rally” in exploring a number of different service and mission opportunities …