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Meditation Instruction at Zion Church

Zion Episcopal Church invites the community to a special morning of meditation instruction with Fr. Justin Lanier, Rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bennington on Saturday, December 2nd from 10 a.m. to p.m. Fr. Justin will guide us in using meditation as we prepare for the Christmas holidays. He has studied meditation with Thomas Keating at the Merton Institute and also in Japan and is part of the World Community of Christian Meditation. All are welcome. Zion Church is located at 5167 Main Street/Route 7A, Manchester Center, between Gringo Jack's and Ye Olde Tavern.



Services and events at St. Peteer's

The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Episcopal Church invites people of all faiths and those in search of faith to join the church in its service of Christ and of each others.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, the first Sunday of Advent, Lanier will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at the 8 a.m. service, using Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer. At the 10 a.m. service, Lanier will celebrate the Holy Eucharist also using Rite I. The choir will perform. The Gospel for the day is Matthew 25:31-46. A healing service will follow each liturgy.

The Knitting Group will meet immediately following the 10 a.m. service in the parish hall. Also, the fundraising committee will meet following the service in the church office.

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, Evening Prayer will be said from 5 to 5:30 p.m., followed by Contemplative Prayer from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a Eucharist service on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. in the chapel. St. Peter's Choir will rehearse on Thursday evening, Dec. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

St. Peter's is wheelchair accessible. For more information about the church, visit or call 802-442-2911.


Worship at the Congregational Church

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. Worship Service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith on this first Sunday of Advent. Holy Communion will be celebrated. We will light the first Advent Candle of Hope. The Meditation, "What Are We Waiting For?" will be based on Isaiah 64:1-9 and Mark 13:24-37. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 9.

Following the service, all are invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship. The church is located at 8 Bank St. and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.


Worship and events at Second Congregational Church

All are welcome at Second Congregational Church this weekend, first at the 69th Annual Snowball Bazaar on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and then for worship on this First Sunday in Advent at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

We light the Advent Candle of Hope, and following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are invited to A Joyful Path. Nursery care is provided. We read the Scripture lessons of anticipation and longing from Isaiah and Mark, and the Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon is titled, "The Color Purple." All are then invited to partake in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.      A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall, and those considering membership in this congregation are invited to meet at 11:35 a.m. in the Clayton Room. Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Congregation of the United Church of Christ. We welcome to our work and worship all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation, and we seek to care and advocate for the earth and its creatures. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or see our website at"


Welcoming Advent at the Federated Church

On this first Sunday of Advent the first purple candle of hope will be lit at 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road to which all are invited.

The morning will also include the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion to which everyone is welcome at the table and encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf. The scripture lessons will include Isaiah 64:1-9 and Mark 13:24-37 and the Rev. Kathy Clark's message is titled "Wakefulness." The children will be preparing for the Dec. 17 pageant during the service. The choir will provide special music under the direction of Mary Edwards Everyone is invited to stay after worship for a time of fellowship and refreshment following the service.

On this Sunday afternoon, Dec. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. children and adults from throughout the community are invited to the 2017 Advent Workshop. This free and beloved annual event offers the opportunity to create Christmas crafts, gifts and decorations amid the festive atmosphere in Bailey Hall. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served.

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. The Federated Church is an Open and Affirming and Reconciling congregation, For additional information phone the church office at 802-375-2548 or send an email to or visit the church Facebook page.



Free Second Saturday Supper

The North Bennington Baptist Church will be hosting a free Second Saturday Supper this month on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the church social hall on Church Street. Come and enjoy delicious homemade dishes, desserts and beverage free of charge. Everyone is welcome. For additional information, please call Rick Gramlin at 802-368-7844 or email him at


Service of Lessons and Carols

A Service of Lessons and Carols for Gaudete Sunday will be offered at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 238 West Main Street on Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. Gaudete Sunday is a day of rejoicing for Catholics across the world as they anticipate the birth of Christ. Old Testament Scripture will be interspersed with traditional carols, motets, and Gregorian chant drawn from the Church's rich heritage of sacred music. Everyone is warmly invited to join together for a time of prayer, song, and reflection. All facilities at the church are accessible to those with special needs, and convenient parking is available.


Family Night at First Baptist Church

Christmas Family Night at FBC Bennington. On Dec. 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm the First Baptist Church will be hosting a Christmas Family Night in the church annex, which includes a Christmas Pageant, Christmas Carols, a pot luck supper, and a surprise visit from Santa and Mrs. Santa! Please bring a dish to share, if able. First Baptist is located at 601 Main Street, Bennington Vermont.


On Dec. 24th, Christmas Eve, First Baptist Church will hold regular Church Worship Services at 9:30 a.m. At 7 p.m. there is a special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Both services are to be held in the church sanctuary. After the Candlelight Service, there will be gathering in the church lounge for coffee and cookies. First Baptist is located at 601 Main St.


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