Whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey,
you are welcome here!
We're glad you're here! We hope you'll take a moment to look around and learn more about who we are and what we do.
Worship is held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., and all are most welcome to join us.
We Hope to see you soon!
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO OUR MEMBERS & FRIENDS
After much deliberation and prayer, your church leadership and your interim pastor have decided that the best course of action for us, under the present circumstances, is to SUSPEND WORSHIP SERVICES at Barre Congregational Church through the end of March. We will then reassess the situation to decide if we can go ahead with Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter services. For now, all the evidence, medical opinions, and the best advice available locally and nationally, point toward the wisdom of taking action now to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus). Limiting public gatherings is one effective way to address the problem.
Please share this information with other parishioners and friends of the church. We especially want to make sure that those without internet or access to social media are informed of our decision, so if you know folks who may fit that category, please let them know. Our Deacons will also be attempting to call members and friends who may not get the word electronically.
Our breakfast team leaders are working on plans to safely continue serving the homeless and low-income populations who are among the most vulnerable in a community during a crisis such as this. The other churches in town are working on similar approaches.
We are also looking into ways we could live stream and video tape some sort of worship service that could be broadcast on Sunday mornings we are closed. Stay tuned for more on that.
I will be keeping office hours at the church on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings. I will also be available for pastoral care needs and emergencies, as usual. Our church council will be meeting again next Tuesday to update the situation. Our church staff is in conversations about the situation as well. You have a strong group of leaders here and a lot of reason for optimism that we will weather this storm together. Please pray for them, and for each other, and for our communities, our nation, and our world. Further information and updates will be posted here and on our Facebook page, as well as circulated by whatever means we can to get the word out.
Finally, please keep yourselves updated on the pandemic. There are numerous websites and resources out there. For starters, you could visit our Vermont Conference website for information, updates, and links on the crisis. The ministers in our Conference are gathering for a ZOOM call next Tuesday. The national UCC website is also a good source to check out. Don’t believe everything you see on social media (check the sources!). Remain calm and wash your hands often!
Please don’t hesitate to email or call me with concerns, questions, suggestions, prayer requests.
Blessings & Peace to all,
Join us this Lent as we gather to discuss Lenten devotionals! The resource we’re using is from the Ignation Solidarity Network, with the theme of radical hope. “We are living in tumultuous times! But we hear God’s call to ‘be strong and take heart’ – to work with radical hope toward the promise of peace and justice, the vision of equality and dignity.” Click here to sign up for the daily readings. Printed copies will be available at the back of the church sanctuary on Sundays. The group will meet to discuss the devotionals and support one another throughout Lent after coffee hour (around 11 a.m.) on Sundays (March 1, 15, 29 and April 5) in the fireplace room (adjacent to the fellowship hall downstairs). If you have any questions, contact Rev. Bert, Jean Andreson or Hollie Friot.
The Barre Congregational Church Fellowship Group will be changing things around a bit this month and will be meeting this Saturday, February 15th at 10 a.m. We hope that those of you who work might be able to join us. This month our activity will involve origami. Our plan is to get started on a Lenten garden for the chancel. We would welcome your help and your company. If you have questions, contact Jan Avery or Kate Duffy. Bring your scissors and rulers.
Our choir season has begun!
Our rehearsal schedule this year is:
Thursdays 6:15 pm Chancel Choir (our vocal choir)
Thursdays 7:30 pm Chancel Bell Ringers (our bell choir)
Sundays 9:00 am warm-up and preparation for worship for the Chancel Choir
Sundays 8:30 am warm-up and preparation for the Chancel Bell Ringers (only on Sundays when ringing in Worship)
All are welcome to come and be part of the music program here at Barre Congregational Church! Please contact Eric Tuper-Giles, BCC Music Director at (802) 369-9205 or by email for more information.
Church school has begun! This year, Pastor Carl Hilton VanOsdall (of the First Presbyterian Church) and our Church School Director, Hollie Friot, will be developing a program for 4th to 6th graders. And if you have a 7th through high school student interested in community service and mission opportunities, please reach out to us for information about a possible joint youth group.