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SUNDAY, Dec. 27

Second Congregational Church after-Christmas worship

BENNINGTON >> Come away from the Christmas clutter and left-overs and celebrate the First Sunday after Christmas at Second Congregational Church, UCC. Sunday morning worship begins at 10 o'clock, as we sing carols and celebrate the sacrament of aptism. The Gospel Singers will sing "Born in the Night, Mary's Child," and we'll immerse ourselves in the Word in Music, singing favorite carols of the season. No Godly Play this morning, as all are invited to worship and sing. A time of fellowship and refreshment follows in Webster Hall.

Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation to its work and worship. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or see our website at

Worship at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Reverend Justin Lanier will preside as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist using Rite I of the Book of Common Prayer on Christmas 1 Sunday, Dec. 27, at the 8 a.m. service. At the 10 a.m. service, we will celebrate the Eucharist using Rite II, with music and singing, accompanied by the choir. The Gospel for this day will be John 1:1-18.

The church office will be closed the week of Dec. 28 – Jan. 1, 2016. If you need to be in touch with Father Justin Lanier, call him on his cell phone at 302-858-8832.

On Wednesday, Dec. 30, Evening Prayer and Contemplative Prayer will not be held. Wednesday services will resume on January 20.

On Thursday, Dec. 31, Eucharist will not be held. Evening Prayer will next be held on January 6.

St. Peter's invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join us in our service of Christ and o f each other. Wheelchair-accessible. For more information, visit or call 802-442-2911.

Rev. Joel Tibbetts to preach at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> On this first Sunday after Christmas, December 27, with carols still to be sung, a warm invitation is extended to attend the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. The Rev. Dr. Joel Tibbetts will lead the morning's service, offering an end of the year reflection on 2015 and where we are heading in 2016. Because of school vacation there will not be church school for the children but all are encouraged to fully participate in the Sunday service. The congregation is pushing to meet the One Ton Challenge of gathering non-perishable food items to support the important work of the Arlington Food Shelf. All attending are encouraged to bring items this Sunday. Immediately after Worship, everyone is invited into Bailey Hall for a time of fellowship and refreshment.

Senior Meals are served on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon in Bailey Hall. The Federated Church of East Arlington is a local church in covenant and connection with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. Our mission is "To welcome all, follow Jesus Christ together, and live God's Word with compassionate service." For additional information visit the church website at or like us on Facebook or phone the office at 802-375-2548.

Worship in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON >> The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 AM Worship Service. On this Sunday after Christmas we will hold an informal service with the sharing of stories, poems and Christmas reflections, and the ringing of bells with the Christmas songs. There is no Sunday School.

A coffee hour and time of fellowship will follow the service.

The church is located at 8 Bank St. in North Bennington and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.


Annual community-wide 'Messiah Sing-along' on Dec. 27

ARLINGTON >> The community is invited to join in the 12th annual community-wide "Messiah Sing-along" on Sunday, Dec. 27, at 3 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church. This year's event is once again under the direction of Scott Smedinghoff. Singers of all levels and abilities are invited to participate in this informal sing-along which will include the Advent and Christmas section of Handel's choral masterpiece, as well as the Hallelujah Chorus. Soloists include Robyn Madison, Soprano; Katie Beck, Alto; Paul Lambert, Tenor and Mark Madison, Bass. The chorus/audience will be accompanied by a small orchestra comprised of talented local musicians. Bring your voice, enthusiasm and holiday spirit as we usher in the New Year with this popular event. A limited number of scores will be available to borrow and those who have their own copy are encouraged to bring it. This year's free will offering proceeds will go to our local Food and Fuel Fund. For more information, contact the parish office at 802 375-9952.


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