"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..

    Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” wrote the great poet and author Maya Angelou. At Second Congregational Church, on this last Sunday in June, 2 weeks after the killings in Charleston, SC, Rev. Mary Lee-Clark will reflect on our response to that tragedy and the long-standing wounds of our nation, in her sermon entitled, “The Caged Bird.” Worship begins at 10 a.m., and all people of faith or in search of faith are welcome. Scripture readings include King David’s lament over Saul and Jonathan in 2 Samuel and two healing stories from Mark’s gospel. New members will be received.

    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.

    June 30 – Meredith Wilder
    July 1 – Mary Hope Coffield, 17
    July 3 – Al Ray
    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.
    Sunday June 28 – Gospel Singers will meet at 11:45 in Room 2 for a short video viewing.
    5 pm Sunday Supper
    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.
    Wed., July 1 – First Wednesday Fellowship Lunch. Come and join friends for lunch, conversation, and companionship in Webster Hall at noon. Lunch is provided by congregation members. Please sign up to bring salad, sandwiches etc on the sign-up sheet in Webster Hall.
    6 p.m. – public reading of Frederick Douglass’ address, The Meaning of July 4 for the Negro, by members of the Interfaith Council and the community, in front of the Town Hall offices. The reading takes about 35 min., so you are invited to bring lawn chairs. A discussion will follow at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in the Parish Hall. (St. Peter’s is also the location in case of rain.)
    June 30th at 7:30 pm Village Harmony presents Teen World Music Ensemble. Led by Suzannah Park, Will Rowan, Nadia Tarnawsky, 27 sparkling young singers and instrumentalists perform traditional music from Ukraine, the Balkans and Lithuania, American Appalachian and shape-note songs and new compositions. Suggested Admission $10, students and seniors $5
    Save The Date!! Sun and Fun will be a special celebration of our new solar power on Saturday, August 22. Our idea is to have fun things for the whole family and to provide a host of information and ideas for living lightly on God’s earth. There will be solar power vendors, non-profit groups, food, music and FUN!
    In order to preserve our investment in books the library is being moved into room 2 where the doors can be locked at off times.
    PAVE has a survivor moving into a place who needs some cooking implements. We are looking for anything electric you can cook with. Crock pot, Hot Plate maybe a Foreman Grill?? Items can be dropped off at the PAVE office. Thank you.
    Opportunity–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.
    Each Sunday, during fellowship time, the deacons pass around a couple of cards for you to sign to be sent to members of SCC who can no longer attend services. If you have any cards at home you would like to donate for this endeavor, please put them in Kathy Shaw’s deacon box or in the labeled box in the office.
    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30am – 35 minute DVD-led exercise with group in Room 6 or 2
    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.
    The choir needs a Metronome needed for music practice.
    Church library is now in Room 2, Education Wing

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Our Stories


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Pentecost May 24, 2015

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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 …



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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 …