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.
  • “The church year comes to a close this Sunday, so come gather the year in thanksgiving and hope at Second Congregational Church.  Worship begins at 10 a.m. and includes a Time for the Children in All of Us.  Children up through grade 5 are then dismissed for Godly Play and the Middle- and High-school Class meets.  Nursery care is provided throughout worship.  The Chancel Choir sings Our Song of Thanks, and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon is entitled, “The Fullness in Everything,” based on the readings for Reign of Christ Sunday.  We will light candles in memory of loved ones who have died in our annual Service of Memory and Hope.

    A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall.  Giving Tree assignments will be available.  The Adult Reading Group meets in the Clayton Room, and the Ministries Council meets in the sanctuary at 11:35.

    Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ and welcomes all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, sex, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation.  Our building is wheelchair-accessible.  For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or stop in and see us.

  • Sunday at Second Congregational Church:

    Pre-Advent book sale 11:30 am – 12:30 pm in Webster Hall

    5 pm Sunday Supper

    7 pm Bible Conversation at the Lee-Clarks’


    This week:

    Monday, Nov. 10thArticles for this month’s Open Door are due!

    Tuesday, Nov. 11th - Trustees meeting at 7 pm in Room 6.

    Tuesday, Nov. 11th – Deacons meeting on the Clayton Room at 7 pm.

    Thurs., Nov. 13th - Special meeting of the Administrative Council, Clayton Room at 5:45 pm.

    Friday, Nov. 14th - A five week session of gentle Yoga will begin at 9:30 am. There will be $60 per person fee. Call Teresa King at (802) 733-5729 or email her at


    Looking ahead:

    Sunday, Nov. 16th - Pre-Advent Book Sale, before & after worship

    Sunday, Nov. 23rd - Service of Memory & Hope. If you would like a candle lit in memory of a loved one, get names to Rebekah in the office by Nov. 20.

    Friday, December 5th & Saturday, December 6th - Be sure to put the 66th annual, fabulous, unique, and fun SNOWBALL BAZAAR on your calendars for, Friday, December 5th 6:00-8:30 and Saturday, December 6th, 9:30-3:00 !!!!

    Please note: There will be no meetings or groups held in our building from December 1st – December 6 th in preparation for the annual Snowball Bazaar!



  • CROP WALK 2014 – click on image to view video

    About 25 walkers and 2 hoppers raised just over $4,000 for the CROP Walk last Sunday while enjoying a dry, cool fall afternoon. Thank you to all who donated!


Our Environmental Mission



Living Lightly on God’s Earth: A Guide to Spiritual Practices Focused on the Environment   It is customary during Lent …

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 …