The Old First Church

The First Congregational Church of Bennington, Vermont

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Picture of Church in Summer

Photo by Kevin Bubriski.



Rev. Kenneth A. Clarke, Pastor



The Old First Church was gathered in 1762, the first Protestant church in Vermont. Much of the early history of Bennington and of Vermont took place in and around the original Meeting House, built in 1763, and the present church, built in 1805 and dedicated January 1, 1806. As a result, the Vermont Legislature, in 1935, designated the church as "Vermont's Colonial Shrine".

We warmly invite you to worship with us each Sunday.

September through June: 11:00 am
July and August: 10:00 am

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Old First Congregational Church:
Vt. Rte. 9 and Monument Avenue
Old Bennington, VT 05201
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Church Office (at the Barn)
and Mailing Address:

1 Monument Circle
Bennington, Vermont 05201
(802) 447-1223





Charles Olegar has been appointed as organist and choir director at the First Congregational Church ("The Old First Church") and as music director at First Baptist Church of Bennington, effective in December 2012. He comes to Bennington from Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where for the past eight years he served Saint James Episcopal Church as organist and choir director.

The Old First Church congregation’s first introduction to Mr. Olegar will be on Sunday, December 2, at the special 2:30 p.m. service celebrating the church’s 250th anniversary. He will assume weekly duties at both churches on Sunday, December 9. Sunday worship services begin at 9:30 a.m. at First Baptist, 601 Main Street, and at 11:00 a.m. at the Old First Church in Old Bennington.

For more information about Mr. Olegar’s musical background and experience, please click here.

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