First Baptist Church hosts Christmas Carol Sing for community
Organist, moderator put on Christmas Carol Sing at First Baptist Church of Bennington
BENNINGTON >> First Baptist Church of Bennington hosted its very first community carol sing, beginning at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25.
The open public hymn service featured church organist Charles Olegar. About 18 people made it out to sing such holiday hymns as "What Child is This" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
A knowledgeable musician, who also serves as the organist for Old First Church, Olegar gave historical context and musical arrangement histories of each hymn, and broke up music with his own interludes.
Olegar said he volunteered his time to work with the church on reaching out the people of Bennington who may not have close family or friends to spend the holiday with.
"We had talked about doing this on perhaps the Sunday before Christmas, and we had noticed the sheer number of events in the area," he said. "We thought, 'Why don't we target another segment of the community?' So, this is an experiment to see if there is any interest."
It was the first such carol sing that First Baptist put on, but the church hopes to continue it on future Christmases. Though the carol sing wasn't overwhelmingly attended, Church Moderator Wayne Kachmar said the church will evaluate a further need in the community for Christmas Day activities.
"We would hope to have some interest, because we think it's a portion of community who is not well served: Those who have family that are particularly far away," Kachmar said. "I have family that is spread, and I have family that has to work today."
Kachmar said the church has had a recent interest in reaching out to the greater public.
"We are an open community church," he said. "We want to spread our arms as wide as we can, and sometimes we experiment with certain things."
Olegar added that being on Main Street, First Baptist is in a valuable location to greet the greatest needs in the community. "It also reflects the fact that we are a downtown church, and our commitment to be vital in our community is a part of our effort to be a part of this section of Bennington."
First Baptist Church of Bennington holds regular Sunday services every week at 9:30 a.m. Visit the church online at http://fbcbennington.org/ for more information and notifications for other upcoming events.