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.
  • December 21 is the fourth Sunday in Advent, the time of waiting and expectation before Christmas. As Ronald Blythe, in his blog, writes: “Advent is in the air: an almost tangible time when we ‘put on the armour of light’ – an enchanting activity – and when ‘love is the fulfilling of the law’. …The liturgy trembles with expectation and dread, with joy and fear. The Creator enters his creation as a child. Advent for Adventus, coming. The liturgical year begins. Long ago, it was as severely kept as Lent. But, now, shopping shouts it down. Some scenes on television of bargain hunters were little less than disgusting….

    …” music expresses it far more than words. Music in which Jesus is given such beautiful names: Emmanuel, Desire of Nations, Wisdom from on High, Dayspring, Lord of David’s Key, names filled with urgency and longing. George Herbert added to the list: ‘Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life. . . Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength. . . Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart.’ “

    ….”working holly into Christian belief was easy. It was thorny and blood-coloured. People once believed that the Cross was made from it. In old ballads, Holly is the man, and Ivy the woman. But I prefer to see it as it is: evergreen, ever present… “

  • This Sunday we light the 4th candle, the Candle of Love, and children present the Christmas pageant. After worship, a Birthday party for Jesus is celebrated with sandwiches and cake. Carolers leave from the church at 1pm to serenade the homebound.

    Christmas Eve’s Family Service takes places at 5pm Dec 24, with lessons and carols, brass, handbells and singing choirs. Nursery care is provided. All are invited for cider and greeting each other after the service. A quieter service of candlelight, carols and Communion takes place at 10pm. A freewill offering for the Emergency Food and Fuel Fund will be collected at both services.

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Our Environmental Mission



Living Lightly on God’s Earth: A Guide to Spiritual Practices Focused on the Environment   It is customary during Lent …

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 …