First Baptist hosts Hymn Sing & Ice Cream Social on Sunday, July 8, 2012

On Sunday, July 8, 2012, the First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, will host a hymn sing as part of its 9:30 AM weekly worship.   The hymn sing is a venerable tradition among many Christians as worshipers gather to share their favorite hymns and join voices together.  The service will be led by Marion Riddle and other lay leaders along with Charlotte Knighton, organist.  After the morning worship, a special “Make your own sundae” ice cream social will be held during the weekly coffee hour.   The congregation gratefully acknowledges the donation of ice cream and toppings from Stewarts’ Shops.

The First Baptist Church is “a place for healing, community involvement and spiritual grounding”.   Worshipping and serving since 1827, the congregation welcomes all to join in the ministry and mission of First Baptist.  To learn more, visit or call 802/442-2105.


Mayfest Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 7 AM to 11 AM

The First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, invites you to a Mayfest Pancake Breakfast on Saturday May 26, 2012, from 7am to 11am.  The church is located at 601 Main Street in downtown Bennington.  Come join us for breakfast before enjoying our downtown’s grand MayFest!

The breakfast tickets cost $6 for adults, $4 for children, or $20 for the whole family.  Tickets are available at the door.

All funds raised at this event benefit facility upgrades at First Baptist, whose congregation prioritizes its mission to be “a place for healing, community involvement, and spiritual grounding.”  Your patronage of the pancake breakfast helps First Baptist in the effort to provide accessible and convenient space in downtown Bennington for non-profit organizations to help our community meet basic human needs:  healthcare access, disability advocacy, support of families, and other community and interfaith collaborative efforts. 


FBC welcomes Roy Medley, ABC/USA General Secretary

The First Baptist Church of Bennington welcomes the Rev. A. Roy Medley, General Secretary of the American Baptist Churches/USA, on Thursday, May 17, at 1:30 p.m. As part of his visit, Rev. Medley will tour the facilities of The Kitchen Cupboard, the interfaith food distribution center located at 800 Gage Street in Bennington. Area faith communities and clergy are welcome to join the tour at The Kitchen Cupboard to learn more about this great success story of the creative community partnerships made possible through the efforts of the Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, Inc. (GBICS) and many community volunteers.

Rev. Medley’s visit celebrates a $10,000 domestic development grant received last year by First Baptist to support The Kitchen Cupboard’s start-up needs, purchasing commercial grade refrigeration and helping make possible an accessibility ramp to facilitate greater access for all persons to the facility.

Since its opening in April 2011, The Kitchen Cupboard has served over 1,100 households in need of food assistance. (This statistic represents 1 in 4 households in the Bennington community being served by The Kitchen Cupboard’s twice weekly food distributions.) The Kitchen Cupboard is one of the three GBICS community programs, including the Food and Fuel Fund and the Bennington Free Clinic, which is housed at the First Baptist Church.

The $10,000 grant was provided by the One Great Hour of Sharing domestic development fund, administered by the American Baptist Churches/USA and made possible by the generosity of 1.3 million American Baptist congregants nationwide donating annually to this fund for global and domestic aid. The First Baptist Church affirms its collaborative partnership with GBICS as part of its mission to be "a place for healing, community involvement and spiritual grounding."

To attend the event, please RSVP the Rev. Jerrod H. Hugenot by calling 802-442-2105, ext. 1, or email, by Monday, May 14. He will update you to any changes, if any, to Rev. Medley’s schedule for the day and assist with directions. On the day, please go directly to The Kitchen Cupboard at 800 Gage Street rather than the offices of First Baptist.


2011 Hope and Connections Community Lunch (November 8--12 PM to 3 PM)

The Bennington College Mediation Clinic (BCMC) will sponsor the 2011 Hope and Connections Community Lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 12:00-3:00 p.m., at the First Baptist Church (601 Main St., Bennington). The event is free and open to the public.

The goals of the Hope and Connections Community Lunch are to facilitate connections between people seeking services and the community organizations that provide them, to promote dialogue and connections among service providers, and to share a meal.

Following the free lunch, people may visit with representatives from participating organizations to discuss assistance with fuel, food, housing, mental health, mediation, and more. Representatives will also have the opportunity to converse with colleagues from other organizations. Bennington College students committed to supporting community dialogue will be available to help attendees navigate the event and make meaningful connections.

Representatives from the following organizations and agencies will be participating:

  • Agency of Human Services
  • Bennington College Mediation Clinic
  • Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, Inc.
  • BROC – Community Action in Southwestern Vermont
  • Department of Children and Families
  • The Center for Restorative Justice
  • Greater Bennington Food and Fuel Fund
  • United Counseling Service
  • Sunrise Family Resource Center

For more information, contact BCMC administrator Amy Kuzmicki at 802-440-4344; or BCMC director Peter Pagnucco at 802-362-0999.


A Service of Baptism To Be Celebrated Sunday, October 16, 2011

The First Baptist Church of Bennington, VT, will observe a service of Christian baptism on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 9:30 AM.  The congregation celebrates the baptism of Christopher Redding, a high school student and son of Paul and Tarah Redding of Bennington.  All are welcome to worship.

For Christians, baptism is a sacred ritual following the example set by Jesus and the early Christians.  Among Baptists, baptism signifies the acceptance of the Christian message by the person requesting to be baptized.  Baptists are so named due to their historic commitment to baptism occurring by the full immersion of the person to be baptized.  After the service, the minister will be available to explain more about baptism and the faith journey that leads to this day in the life of a follower of Christ.

The First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, is located at 601 Main Street in downtown Bennington.  Endeavoring to be "a place for healing, community involvement, and spiritual grounding", the congregation is involved in community and interfaith partnerships to strengthen and support our local community.  To learn more, visit or contact the office via 802/442-2105 or  The Rev. Jerrod H. Hugenot serves as Coordinating Minister.