We like to open the
church for community events. The Yankee Male Chorus, August, 2007.
We're delighted to be the
new hosts of The Farmhouse Nursery, a well-established Bennington
service. The staff is here pictured in front of the Church Barn.
Jessie Kuzmicki and
Jillian Conner with the 39 Church World Service school kits that we just sent
off to Church World Service's distribution center in Maryland. Each kit
contains lined notebooks of 140-200 pages, 12 sheets of construction
paper, scissors, ruler, 6 new pencils, large eraser, pencil sharpener,
and box of 24 crayons in a cloth bag with handles.
We're associated with the National Association of
Congregational Christian Churches. We support or have supported Church
World Service and CROP, local community projects such as the Interfaith
Council's Emergency Assistance ("Food and Fuel") Fund, free Sunday
suppers at the Second Congregational Church, P.A.V.E. (Prevention
Against Violent Encounters), Bennington Coalition for the Homeless, Habitat
for Humanity, Hospice, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Bennington
Tutorial Center, an Afghanistan school building project, and
broader-ranging groups such as Doctors Without Borders, Somotillo
Sister City Project, the M.S. Society, Oxfam, Seeds for Peace and
Heifer Project International.
Our biggest project is opening the church to visitors
daily in the summer and early fall, and we staff such hospitality —
called "Open Church" — with many volunteers. See the Visiting page to read about this important
The church is used for many couples as a place to
conduct their weddings. Call (802) 447-1223 or e-mail for more
Our church Barn (pictured below) is offered to both
nonprofit and private groups for meetings and other gatherings as a
community service. Again, call (802) 447-1223 or e-mail for more
A candlelight service of lessons and carols on a Sunday
evening before Christmas draws people from far and wide. This
year the Candlelight Service will be held on Sunday, December 19 @ 7pm.
Prior to the Iraq war, we corresponded with a church in
Basra Iraq in order to share our prayers for peace with them. Our email
correspondence is available for you to read here.
The congregation is the final authority for discerning
God's will for the church.
The Church Council acts
monthly to carry out the church's work. Specific members of the Council
are advocates for education, fellowship, mission and open church.
The Deacons direct the
church's spiritual life, including our worship, prayers, and acts of
caring for those in need.
The Trustees care for the
buildings, grounds and investments, and encourage faithful stewardship
for God's mission in Christ.
A Women's Book Group
meets each month at a member's home.