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.
  • Come join the journey on this Third Sunday in Lent at Second Congregational Church, UCC. Worship begins at 10 a.m. and includes a Time for the Children in All of Us–we’ve been taking the unusual Lenten pathway of finding games to remind us of certain parts of the psalms. Following this, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play, while nursery care is provided throughout the service. The Middle- and High-school Class is at the Kitchen Cupboard for their monthly service project. As we read the story in John’s gospel of Jesus’ turning over the money-changers’ tables in the Temple, Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon is entitled, “Taking Care of Business.”
    A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall.

  • Coming Up at Second Congregational Church

    Sunday
    10 am Worship followed by Refreshments and Fellowship – Non-perishable food items for the BROC food shelf will be collected every Sunday during Lent in baskets at the front of the sanctuary. Our goal is 500 food items. The Eaarth Advocates Group meets in the Clayton Room at 11:35 to discuss on-going efforts to raise awareness and action for care of the earth.
    5 pm Sunday Supper
    7 pm Bible conversation at the Lee-Clarks’
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    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30am – 35 minute DVD-led exercise with group in Room 6 or 2
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    Thursdays – 10:30 am Group reading “From Age-ing to Sage-ing, a Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older” meets in the Clayton Room; Handbell rehearsal 6pm, Singing Choir rehearsal 7:15pm
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    Saturday March 7, 11am Celebration of the life of Harriette Leidich
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    UCC’s lenten devotional books, Re-Lent, are available in the Webster Hall and lobby. If you would like to leave a donation there is a purple donation box in the lobby.
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    The Flower Committee has many openings for altar plants in March. During Lent it is requested that only green plants be used. Please sign up on the chart on the wall in the social hall (between the front hall and the cloak room).
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    BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS: We have been working on an updated list of birthdays. If you would like your or your child(ren)’s birthday and turning age printed in the announcements, please write your name and birth year on the appropriate date on the 2015 calendar hanging by the office door.
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    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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    The Bennington area group of 350.org is sponsoring a discussion of Naomi Klein’s newest book “This Changes Everything.” Second Congregational Church Clayton room, Tuesday, March 3 at 7;00 pm.
    This Changes Everything is an award winning analysis of the complex relationship between our economic system and climate change. Klein manages also to provide an optimistic framework for thinking about how we can make positive changes. Facilitators are Barbara True-Weber and Bruce Henderson.

  • Want to know more about the national United Church of Christ that we’re a part of?

Our Environmental Mission

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EAARTH FRIENDLY LENTEN PRACTICES

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 …