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.
  • On May 24, Pentecost, we created a holy conflagration of red, orange, or yellow candles as a Pentecost altar, recalling the flames of the Holy Spirit that touched the disciples and followers of Jesus on that first Pentecost. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on the reading from Acts, entitled, “Each in our own language” can be read on this website under “sermons.” Worship concluded with the burning of the palms from Palm Sunday outside on the terrace.
    All are welcome to worship with us at 10 o’clock on Sunday morning. 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.
    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.

  • WARNING -All members of The Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of Bennington, Vermont, are warned to be present at 11:30am Sunday May 31, 2015, for a special meeting of the congregation held for the sole purpose of voting whether or not to authorize the appropriate bodies and individuals of the Church to begin a search for the next Pastor of the Church following the process described in the letter to members dated April 7, 2015, and signed by Mary Lee-Clark, Pastor, and Ernie Lafontaine, Coordinator, Pastoral Relations Committee.
    Wednesday, May 27, 10:30 a.m. – From Age-ing to Sage-ing, Part 2. We’ll be finishing up discussion of this book. Join us in this discussion of how we can contribute to the future of our families, our communities, our earth. In the Clayton Room.
    Saturday, May 30, 10:30am, in the sanctuary. Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for the life of Gene Clark. Reception follows in Webster Hall, and we welcome contributions of sandwiches, finger foods and cookies (sign-up in Webster Hall).
    Saturday, May 30, Next Level Task Force meets with Rev Claire Bamberg in the Clayton Room.
    Sunday, June 7, Ministries Council meets at 11:30.
    Drive to the upper rear parking lot and see our finished SOLAR PANELS. They are all hooked up and will soon be ready to use.
    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 will pick up the kits on Monday.
    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.
    The choir needs a Metronome needed for music practice. If anyone has one they would like to pass on, it would be greatly appreciated.
    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

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Our Stories


Pentecost May 24, 2015

During worship on Pentecost Sunday, congregation members built an altar by processing up the central aisle of the sanctuary and …

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 …

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Maundy Thursday worship service

Maundy Thursday worship service of simple supper in remembrance of the Last Supper, with communion, music and readings: