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Second Saturday Community Dinner

North Bennington Baptist Church is hosting its Second Saturday Community Dinner this month today from 5 to 6 p.m. in the church social hall on Church Street in North Bennington. Come for dinner, dessert and beverage free of charge. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call Rick at 802-368-7844 or email him at



Sunday at the First Baptist Church

The Sunday service at the First Baptist Church will start at 10:30 a.m., with fellowship, coffee and snacks afterward. All are welcome. Childcare and Sunday School provided. Come experience God's grace as we worship Jesus with both traditional and contemporary music and Biblical teaching. This Sunday's message is titled "God Remembers," based on Genesis chapters 8 and 9, as part of the series "The Gospel According to Genesis." Weekly Bible Studies are open to all and the Youth Group is open to 6th-12th graders. Call 802-442-2105 for more information, visit

Sunday and Holy Week at Second Congregational

All are invited to join in worship this Sunday morning at Second Congregational Church. Worship this Palm/Passion Sunday begins at 10 a.m., featuring the Chancel Choir and Matt Edwards and the Handbell Choir under the direction of Sue Green. Through readings, music, and pastoral reflections by the Rev. D. Mark Blank, the congregation will walk through the story of Holy Week from Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem to the Cross. Children, K-5th grade, are invited to Joyful Path (Sunday School) during the service. Nursery care for younger children provided throughout. Fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments follows worship.

- On Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. all are invited to our Maundy Thursday service. This service includes a simple supper of cheese and fruit, music, Holy Communion, handwashing, and Tenebrae readings.

- On Friday, April 19, there will be a Good Friday prayer service at Noon; as always, all are welcome.

Second Congregational Church is an open and affirming, green justice congregation of the United Church of Christ. It welcomes to its work and worship all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, sex, economic condition, ability, sexual identity, gender identity, or citizenship. Members also seek to care and advocate for the earth and its creatures. The church building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. Nursery care is provided. Large-print bulletins and hymnals are available during worship. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit

Sunday at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bennington, on this Palm Sunday, 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, he will lead Holy Eucharist using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. St. Peter's Choir will be led by organist and choir director John Riddle. The Gospel for the day will be Luke 22:14-23:56. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.


Palm Sunday and Holy Week at Old First Church

This Palm Sunday, the Old First Church will observe with a distribution of palms during the service by the children of the congregation. This worship keys on the entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem rather than the events of "Holy Week" which follow.

- On Thursday evening, April 18, there will be a Maundy Thursday service with a meal of soup and bread followed by a short communion. This is held at 6 pm at the Barn on Monument Circle. At 8 pm the same evening there will be a Tenebrae service with music at the church. This is a service of readings and gradual darkness which calls to mind the events of Good Friday. Each of these services, beginning with the Palm Sunday service, form a whole which leads to a meaningful sense of Easter to come. All are welcome to these services,


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 Palm Sunday. The sermon will be a dramatic reading of the Passion Narrative based on Mark 11: 1-11.There will be a young-at-hearts time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for preschool through grade 8. Newcomers are always welcome.

All are invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship following the service. The North Bennington Congregational Church is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, welcoming all without regard to age, race, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity or economic condition. 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.


Holy Week and Easter at the Federated Church

All people of faith or in search of faith are warmly invited to the Palm/Passion Sunday service of worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road at 10 a.m. The parade of palms will begin the service which will be devoted to the story of both Jesus' entry into Jerusalem as well as the events of what we now consider Holy Week. Following the service there will be a time of fellowship and refreshment for everyone to enjoy in Bailey Hall and then anyone interested is invited to help prepare for next Saturday's egg hunt.

- Maundy Thursday on April 18 will be observed first with a Simple Soup and Bread Supper in Bailey Hall at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. there will be a service of worship as we remember Jesus' final meal with his disciples with a celebration of the sacrament of Holy Communion. The evening will end with the Tenebrae Service in which the familiar story of Jesus' last hours is recounted amid candlelight that is slowly extinguished.

- The Federated Church sanctuary will be open on Good Friday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for quiet prayer and reflection and written materials in observance of the day will be available.

- There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 1 to 9 years old on Saturday, April 20, at 9:00 a.m. SHARP followed by refreshments, awarding of prizes and a visit by the Easter bunny who will be available to pose with children for pictures. Children are asked to bring a basket or bag to gather eggs.

- Looking ahead with great anticipation to Easter Sunday, April 21, there will be a 6 a.m. Sunrise Service on the east facing lawn of the Mack corporate headquarters at the intersection of Route 313 and Warm Brook Road to which all are invited. Following the service there will be a continental breakfast served in Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Road. The Easter service of worship with music, an Easter message of hope from the Rev. Kathy Clark and celebration will be held at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington. After the 10 a.m. service there will be a time of fellowship and refreshments to which everyone is encouraged to bring a treat to share.

For more information visit the church website at, the Facebook page, or call the office at 802-375-2548.

Holy Week and Easter


A Taize service at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales

A "Service of Silent Prayer, Song, and Adoration of the Cross in the Tradition of Taize," an annual Holy Week offering of many years, will be held once again in Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 238 West Main Street, Bennington, on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

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Taize is a village in eastern France that is home to an monastic, ecumenical community of brothers who have dedicated their lives to prayer and serving the poor throughout the world. Founded in 1940 by Brother Roger, the community provided shelter for those who suffered persecution ensued by the terror of Nazi occupation. The music sung at Taize services consists of simple refrains that became increasingly prayer and powerful with each repetition.

Throughout the adoration of the cross, American composer Samuel Barber's most celebrated composition, Adagio for Strings, will be performed at the organ. Those who wish may submit their prayer intentions which will be chanted by the cantor. Everyone is warmly invited to gather on this night of the holiest of weeks. All facilities are accessible to those with special needs, and convenient parking on the church grounds is available. For further information, contact the Office of Music Ministry at 802-442-3141, ext. 5.


Holy Week at St. Peter's Episcopal Church

Holy Week services at St. Peter's Episcopal Church will be as follows:

- Maundy Thursday Eucharist will be held Thursday. April 18, at 10 a.m.

- Ancient Maundy Thursday Liturgy will be held Thursday at 6 p.m.

- Stations of the Cross will be on Friday from noon to 3 p.m.

- Good Friday Liturgy will be held Friday at 6 p.m.

- Easter Vigil- will be from 5:30 to 7 a.m. on Sunday.

- Easter Sunday Eucharist held at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

- Easter Sunday Eucharist held at 10 a.m. on Sunday.


Sunrise Service at Lake Paran

An Easter Sunday Sunrise Service will be held at Lake Paran in North Bennington at 6 a.m. on Easter Sunday. Come celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The North Bennington Baptist Church will host the Easter morning breakfast immediatly following the Sunrise Service. This tradition has been a joy and a blessing over the years and the church is looking forward to having everyone gather to enjoy the warmth of fellowship and food. For more information, call Rick at 802-368-7844 or email him at


Zion Church Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester Center invites the community to Holy Week and Easter services and events.

There will be Palm Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m. on Sunday, including the Liturgy of the Palms, the passion gospel, and Holy Eucharist.

- Morning Prayer will be said at 9 a.m. Monday, April 14, through Friday, April 19.

- On Maundy Thursday, the traditional pot luck (lamb provided) supper is at 5:30 p.m. and the service of foot washing (optional), Holy Eucharist, and the stripping of the altar is at 7 p.m.

- The Good Friday service is at noon and lasts about an hour.

- Easter Sunday services begin on Mount Equinox (weather permitting). Skyline Drive opens — weather permitting — at 5:30 a.m. for the 6 a.m. service. Easter services continue at Zion Church at 8 and 10 a.m. with an Easter Egg Hunt following the 10 a.m. service.

Zion Episcopal Church is located at 5167 Main St./Route 7A in Manchester Center, between Gringo Jack's and Ye Olde Tavern, and is fully accessible. For more information, contact Zion Church at 802-362-1987 or


Community Easter Sunrise Service

The annual Manchester Area Community Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 21, on the porch of the Dormy Grill (Union Street) overlooking the golf course.          

The Rev. Rebecca Sommons, pastor of First Baptist Church, Manchester, will bring the Easter message. Following the Sunrise Service, coffee, cocoa and donuts will be served at the First Congregational Church vestry. The public is cordially invited.



First Baptist spring tag sale

The First Baptist Church of Bennington will hold its spring tag sale held on Friday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m.

to 1 p.m. Saturday will be $3 bag day. The sale features spring and summer clothing, household goods, toys, books, fabrics, etc. Most items will be $2 or less.

Donations of clean usable items, clothes, linens, and d cor are being accepted until Friday April 26, and can be left at room 105 (the church admin office) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The church cannot take donations of TV's, computers, appliances, large furniture, or electronics. For a complete list of donations visit First Baptist is located at 601 Main St. For more information, contact the church office at 802/442-2105 or at


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