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.
  • “Second Congregational Church, UCC celebrates the Second Sunday in Advent this week, beginning with worship at 10 o’clock on Sunday morning. We light the Second Advent candle—the candle of Peace—as we share signs of hope observed throughout the week. Following this 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 gathers. Nursery care is provided throughout worship. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on the readings from Isaiah and Mark, is entitled, “In the Wilderness…Cry.” All are then invited to participate in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

    A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall. Opportunities for Alternative Gift-giving from Heifer Project International and Lucy Lights are available, and Giving Tree Gifts are welcome.

    Second Congregational Church 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 located on Hillside St. and is wheelchair accessible. For further information, contact the church office at 442-2559 or see our website at

  • This week at Second Congregational Church

    Sunday, December 7th
    5 pm Sunday Supper
    7 pm Bible Conversation at the Lee-Clarks’

    Tuesday, December 9th – Trustees Meeting at 7pm in room 6.
    Tuesday, December 9th – Deacons meeting in the Clayton Room 7pm – 8pm
    Wednesday, December 10th – Next Level Task Force meet at 7:30pm.
    Thursday, December 11th – Relay for Life in the Webster Hall from 5pm – 8pm.

    Looking ahead:

    Sunday December 14th – The Giving Tree gifts should be returned to the church, in Christmas wrapping, on Sundays14th. The gifts will then be distributed to the agencies during the following week, so that their recipients have them prior to Christmas Day.

    We want to hear from you. Sunday December 14th is the Open Door article submission deadline. Please have your articles submitted to the office. You can submit by email or drop a hard copy on my desk.

    poinsettaIf you wish to have a poinsettia on the altar for Christmas please have it in the sanctuary by Saturday, December 20th at 11am. (Or in the kitchen on the counter by the door) Please let the flower committee or the office how you with it noted in the bulletin and Open Door. (Given by, In memory of, etc.) If you will be away or prefer the flower committee to purchase a plant for you please let Jan Fabricius, Grace Sohn or Mary Johnson know.

    Our Christmas Pageant will be held Sunday, December 21st during the 10am service. Join us after the service to celebrate Jesus’ birthday in the Webster Hall. Then join us for Caroling at 1pm.

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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 …