Christmas Greetings from First Baptist

At the 2010 Christmas Eve service, First Baptist welcomed around 90 persons, up from recent years, including a number of guests and first time visitors.  We celebrate that we ran out of bulletins tonight!

If you were out of town or missed tonight's service for other services/family commitments, etc., the Christmas Eve message by Rev. Hugenot is now posted online:

A version of the Christmas Eve message appears in this weekend's newspaper. It is available via:


Various denominational and ecumenical leaders have shared Christmas greetings with fellow American Baptists, Baptists, and the wider church.  To read what the "church", "churches" and "the Church ecumenical" are saying about the celebration of Christ's birth, you can read the following:

Dr. A. Roy Medley, General Secretary of the American Baptist Churches/USA, offers his Christmas greetings to the denomination. View Roy's message via:

Dr. Neville Callum, General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance, offers a Christmas message to the global Baptist family.  View Neville's message via:

The National Council of Churches (NCC) offers a multitude of Christmas greetings from its various member bodies:

The Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, offers a greetings for Christmas via:



Church schedule (Christmas to New Year's)

Friday, December 24, 2010

 5:45 PM     Church Sanctuary open (for service and reception set-up needs)

7:00 PM     Christmas Eve Service (Sanctuary)

                  Reception following (Della Whittier Lounge)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

                 No services.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

9:30 AM    Worship (Christmas Carol Hymn Sing in Colgate Hall)

                Coffee hour afterwards (Della Whittier Lounge)

Monday, December 27, 2010

              Church Office closed 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

9 AM to 3 PM         Office Open

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

9 AM to 3 PM         Office Open    

Thursday, December 30, 2010  

9 AM to 3 PM         Office Open

Friday, December 31, 2010

11 AM to 1 PM      Office open for last minute charitable donations will be received.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

9:30 AM               Worship service at 9:30 AM (Colgate Hall)


QUESTIONS?  Please contact Melissa Helper ( or Rev. Jerrod Hugenot (


First Baptist observes Second Sunday of Advent


The First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, invites you to join the congregation’s worship service this weekend on Sunday, December 5, 2010, at 9:30 AM.  Meeting in the Colgate Hall, the congregation observes the second week of Advent, as the edgy figure of John the Baptist appears in the gospel reading.  The sermon “Nurturing Souls, Winnowing Hearts” looks at the questions Christians ask of themselves during this preparatory season leading up to Christmas.  The hymns include a newly translated Advent hymn “Prepare the Royal Highway” set to a Swedish melody.  The service includes the monthly communion observance.


Later in the evening, the children’s Christmas program will be offered at 5 PM, also in Colgate Hall.  The program will involve the children and adults retelling the Nativity story.  A potluck follows at 5:45 PM.  The program and potluck are open to the public.


The First Baptist Church is “a place for healing, community involvement, and spiritual grounding”.  To learn more, visit online, join the church’s Facebook group, or contact the office, weekdays 9 AM to 3 PM, at 802/442-2105.  The Rev. Jerrod H. Hugenot serves as coordinating minister.


First Baptist to observe Advent season

The First Baptist Church of Bennington, VT, invites persons to join the weekly Sunday worship service at 9:30 AM to observe the Advent season. This forty day season guides Christians through a time of reflection, watching and waiting for the coming of the Christ.  The church worships during the winter months in the Colgate fellowship hall. The holy season of Advent begins on Sunday, November 28. The full Advent schedule of events is available via

First Baptist is located at 601 Main Street in downtown Bennington.  Attended child care is available during the worship hour.  The First Baptist Church of Bennington, VT is "a place for healing, community invovlement, and spiritual grounding".  To learn more, contact 802/442-2105.  The Rev. Jerrod H. Hugenot serves as coordinating minister.


First Baptist hosts forum on Basic Human Needs

First Baptist Hosts Forum on Basic Human Needs


The First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, announces a new adult learning series throughout the Sundays of October 2010.  The church’s Adult Forum welcomes speakers from the local social service agencies and area non-profits to share about the critical needs of the Bennington community.  On Sunday, October 3, 2010, at 11 AM, the Adult Forum welcomes Mr. Charles “Charlie” Gingo, Field Director for the Agency of Human Services.  Mr. Gingo has served in the Bennington area for the past thirty years, coordinating state, federal, and local resources.  He will share reflections on the past, present, and future of the community’s needs.

Future guest speakers include Sue Andrews, Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, Inc. (October 10), William Herzog, New Testament scholar (October 17), and Bert Marshall, Church World Service (October 24).  Held in the church’s Colgate Hall, all adult forum sessions are free and open to the public.


The First Baptist Church of Bennington, VT, is located at 601 Main Street in downtown Bennington.  Worship services are held Sundays at 9:30 AM.  The church offers this series as part of its mission to be “a place for healing, community involvement, and spiritual grounding”.  Working collaboratively with local non-profits, First Baptist endeavors to meet the basic human needs of our community.  To learn more, visit, follow updates on FACEBOOK, or contact the church office via 802/442-2105 or   The Rev. Jerrod H. Hugenot serves as coordinating minister.