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.
  • Christ is still risen, so come and live into resurrection life with Second Congregational Church, UCC, this Sunday morning at 10 o’clock. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play, and nursery care is available. The Middle- and High-school Class will be at the Kitchen Cupboard this Sunday for their monthly work project. After hearing John’s Gospel account of the risen Jesus appearing to the disciples in the upper room and to Thomas a week later, we will hear “Thomas Reflecting,” a reading from the Iona Community and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s invitation to join Thomas in reflecting upon what we’ve experienced of the risen Christ.

    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.

  • Coming Up:

    Lenten Food Drive! Our total food drive took in 505 items valued at $545.00. Great job!

    During Eastertide the Eaarth Advocates are sponsoring a SPRING series of programs. This week we are focusing on Spring Cleaning, specifically the products and techniques for cleaning without the chemicals that are harmful both to humans and the environment.
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    Trustees Meeting will be Tuesday, April 14 at 7pm.

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    Sunday April 19 Eaarth Advocates lead worship. Gospel Singers meet at 9am for rehearsal in the Sanctuary and will sing during the church service offertory.The Reading Group will meet in the Clayton Room after worship. David Haley will be the leader. We will be reporting on books read from the first half A through M) of the books classified as “Devotional, Spiritual, Inspirational” in our church library. There are extra copies of the list of those books in the Reading Group box in the lobby and by the card box in the library.

    5 pm Sunday Supper

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    The Administrative Council will meet Tues., April 21, 7 p.m. in the Clayton Room.
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    Wednesday April 22 Bell rehearsal will take place in the sanctuary at 6pm

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    Our yearly outside Spring Clean Up is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 8 am til noon.
    Bring work gloves, a rake or shovel and pitch in to help for an hour or two. This past winter took a heavy toll on our outside campus. Many hands will help get the work done…..only a few hands will mean an horrendous amount of work!
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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.

    April 15 Charlene and Dave Adam’s Wedding Anniversary
    April 16 Jim Mathers,Ted Bird,Jonathan Johnson
    April 18 Emma Elizabeth

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    Hygiene Kits (health kits) are ziploc bags of toiletries that we at Second Congregational assemble each year to be sent to Church World Service to folks in need in places of disaster and poverty. You can help by giving the following items (or money to purchase) to the church office or to Lorna Cheriton:
    Hand Towels (approx. 16″ – 28″)
    Washcloth
    Toothbrush in wrapper
    Bath sized soap
    Wide tooth Comb
    Regular sized Band-Aids
    Nail Clippers
    These items can be purchased at minimal cost at dollar stores.
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    To complete the baby kits we still welcome any donations to help us buy the needed items such as nightgowns, undershirts, bath blankets, diapers and washcloth. See Fran Broomhall or Sue DeLucia
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    Church Phone Directories are available.
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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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Our Environmental Mission

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Our Congregation’s Responses to questions about the Earth’s Environmen

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Our Stories

Easter Bloom 2014

Easter Bloom

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Maundy Thursday worship service

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The People’s Climate March, Sunday Sept. 21 in NYC

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