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.
  • All are welcome to celebrate Pentecost Sunday at Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, beginning with worship at 10 o’clock this Sunday morning. You’re invited to bring a red, orange, or yellow candle in a holder to help us create a Pentecost altar, as we recall the flames of the Holy Spirit that touched the disciples and followers of Jesus on that first Pentecost. 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. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on the reading from Acts, is entitled, “Each in our own language.” Worship will conclude with the burning of the palms from Palm Sunday outside on the terrace.
    A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall, and at 11:30 there will be an open meeting in the sanctuary to answer questions and hear ideas about the proposal to begin our pastoral search process.
    Our building is located at 115 Hillside St., Bennington and is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559.

  • Coming Up:

    Saturday, May 16 – and Sunday, May 17 Plant sale, together with instructions on how to make good black earth by composting (good for your garden and the environment)
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    Sunday, May 17
    – after worship – Members of the Pastoral Relations Committee, Next Level Task Force, or Administrative Council will be available in the Clayton Room for one-on-one conversations about the proposal. There will be another open meeting in the sanctuary on Sunday, May 24th, and on Sunday, May 31st, there will be a congregational meeting to vote on the proposal.
    – Spring Meeting of the Southwest Association in Wallingford will celebrate Wallingford Congregational Church’s reception into the United Church of Christ.
    5 pm Sunday Supper
    7 pm Bible conversation at the Lee-Clarks’
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    Wednesday, May 20, 10:30 a.m. – From Age-in to Sage-ing, Part 2. We’ll spend 2 more weeks 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.
    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.
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    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.
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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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    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.
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    The choir needs a Metronome needed for music practice. If anyone has one they would like to pass on, it would be greatly appreciated.
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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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