Annual Hymn Sing & Ice Cream Social

Baptist church offers an ice cream social

BENNINGTON — The First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, invites the public to a hymn sing and ice cream social at 7 p.m. Favorite hymns will be sung, accompanied by Mr. John Riddle, organist of St. Peter's Catholic Church of Rutland and Mrs. Cindy Riddle, organist and music director of the Second Congregational Church in Bennington. Afterwards, visitors are invited to join the fun in the church's Colgate Hall for ice cream and the opportunity to make their own sundae. This event is sponsored by the American Baptist Women's Ministries at First Baptist.

Riddle will also perform variations on the 1872 hymn "I Need Thee Every Hour," written by Annie Hawks, set to the tune "Need," composed by Robert Lowry. Hawks resided in the area and was a member of First Baptist, Bennington, Riddle grew up in the Bennington area, where he began instruction as an organist at First Baptist. He and his wife Cindy have served as organist in a number of area congregations. The couple resides in Rutland.

For more information, call the church office at 442-2105 or send an e-mail to Visit First Baptist at their new Web site


Local rabbi to speak


images.jpgThe public is invited to hear Rabbi Howard Cohen, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Beth El, during the July 30, 2006, worship service of the First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont. The church is located at 601 Main Street. Service is at 9:30 AM, and childcare is provided.

Rabbi Cohen will address how faith communities play a vital role in addressing social needs, particularly here in Bennington. Cohen brings a wealth of experience, serving as prominent religious leader in civic and social matters, manager of the Bennington Clergy Food and Fuel Fund, and chaplain of the local fire department. The Rev. Jerrod H. Hugenot, intentional interim minister at First Baptist, notes, "Rabbi Cohen's time at Congregation Beth El and as a community leader demonstrates a fruitful way for faith communities and their adherents to tend the ongoing needs of Bennington."

If you are unable to attend the July 30th worship service, you are invited to view Cohen's remarks when CA-TV rebroadcasts the worship service later in the week (Fridays, 2 PM and 9 PM; Sundays, 11:30 AM, and Tuesday, 6 AM). Those without access to CA-TV may request DVDs by contacting the church office at (802) 442-2105 or via email,

The First Baptist Church is a congregation affiliated with the American Baptist Churches/USA and the Bennington area Interfaith Council. Learn more about the church at its new website:


Summer Tea Held

On Wednesday, July 12, 2006, sixteen women gathered for the annual summer afternoon tea, sponsored by the American Baptist Women's Ministries (ABWM) circle. The ladies enjoyed several flavored teas and wonderful sandwiches and treats. Women shared stories about favorite teapots as part of the program. img_0572.jpg

Additional photos appear in the "photo gallery" link to your right.


Vacation Bible School 2006

Vacation Bible School returns to First Baptist this summer. Join us for "The Adventure of the Treasure Seekers." On five consecutive Sundays, beginning August 6 and ending September 3, 2006, kids (ages up to ten years old) can join us for exciting opportunities to "dig into God's word." From 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM, join the kids for crafts, bible stories, reflection time, and other experiences that they will treasure for years to come.


Members of the VBS committee gathered on Wednesday, July 5, to discuss plans. Professor Whoo, the VBS puppet and distinguished owl-expert on everything, is explaining various ideas for VBS.


Final Sunday for Heather York

On July 16, we celebrate and bless Heather York as she returns home to Canada. Heather has served FBC as organist and director of music for many years. We are grateful for her service and invite congregants to share their thanks personally with Heather. A music committee will begin the work of searching for a new organist.