COVID-19 Update: Church Services and Office Hours

Dear First Baptist Church Family and Friends,

Due to the COVID 19 virus that is continuing to spread in our community and our desire to adhere to the requests from health officials to minimize the spread of the virus, we have made the decision not to hold public services at the church. However, we plan to record a service for each week until we can reopen. The services will be on available on CAT-TV a week after they have been recorded. 

The church annex, including the church office, is closed. However, you can email the office at fboffice@sover.net and someone will get back to you within several days.

Unfortunately, the church is unable not provide financial assistance with bills and does not hand out vouchers. The church is part of the Greater Bennington Interfaith Services (GBICS) located at 121 Depot Street. GBICS is home to the Kitchen Cupboard, the Food and Fuel Fund, and the Bennington Free Clinic. To contact GBICS call 802-447-3700 or visit gbicsbennington.org . For other services, such as rental and bill assistance, please contact BROC at 802-665-1448 or visit www. broc.org

We will be in communication with you on this issue as it develops. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. God bless you.

Sincerely in Christ,

FBC Board of Trustees

Non-Profit Hours at FBC

 VCIL and Family Time are seeing clients on an appointment only basis. For more information about VCIL and Family Time please see our Non-Profits at FBC page.
Due to safety concerns related to COVID-19 the Farmers’ Market and Help-a-Pet are not being held at First Baptist at this time. For information about the Farmers’ Market please contact  www.benningtonfarmersmarket.org Help-a-Pet is attempting to answer animal healthcare questions by email. They are not able to provide vaccines or on site care. For more information about Help-a-Pet please email:  helpapetinc@gmail.com
Grace and Peace,
The staff and boards of FBC

Checking In

How is everyone doing during this current pandemic?  We trust that everyone
is doing fine and that we are enjoying all this extra time that we now have!
BUT we want to get back to “normal” which will be different I’m sure.
Normal, as I have heard, is only a setting on a dryer!

Have you been able to watch our services on CAT-TV or on this website? Each week we have hadthe privilege of joining together in worship with music and the Word of God.

Thank God for all the pastors who have come here on either a Tuesday,
Wednesday,or Thursday to pre-record the weekly worship service for the First Baptist Family and other interested people.

Since this a trying time for all, many people have recommitted their lives
to God through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Many, I have heard have
made a first-time commitment to Christ.  So, in spite of the adversity and
trials and tests, people are coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus!  Thank
God; He uses all things to bring us all to salvation and also a closer walk
with Him.  Remember the old hymn, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.”

Psalm 91 tells us that we are sheltered under the wings of our God.  Psalm
23 promises us that when we walk through the valley of the “shadow” of
death, we are to fear no evil, for “He will never leave us, nor forsake us.”
What great promises!  His banner over us is Love as it states in the Song of
Solomon.

We will keep you informed as to when the church will be open again with all
the “new” guidelines for public gatherings.  God bless each of you.  Know
that we are praying for you and that God has you in the Palm of His Hand.

May God richly bless you, beloved ones.

In Christ,
Charlie Marshall

Welcome

Welcome to the First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont. We are glad that you “surfed the web” and found us! Perhaps you are seeking a church to attend or perhaps you are searching for answers to life and life’s situations. You have come to the right place!

 Come and visit us soon. We are located at 601 Main Street in Bennington. Our church services are held weekly on Sundays at 10:30 am. For the months of November-March, please enter the doors in the newer building and go into the Fellowship Hall which is to the left. During April-October, please enter the doors of the Sanctuary with the stained-glass windows and the pipe organ.

 You will experience the love of God when you enter this place. No matter where your life’s journey has brought you to today, you are welcome here! We are a small, growing church with a heart.

 Our church has been gathering to worship God since April 11, 1827. We are affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA. Join us, as you are able. You will be greeted by caring people and feel welcome during your visit. Our worship service consists of inspirational, classic hymns with piano or organ. We also include upbeat, Contemporary Christian songs, as well, with piano, guitar, bass guitar, and drums. You will hear stimulating and life-changing messages based on the Bible. Child care is available after the Children’s Moment through the rest of the worship service.

 After the church service, you will have the opportunity to mingle and fellowship (having coffee, juice and food) with the people of the church who will welcome you and make you feel right at home!

 Please contact us if you have any questions or spiritual needs at 802-442-2105 or email us at fboffice@sover.net. Office hours are Monday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm; Tuesday, 9:30 am-3:30 pm; and Thursday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm. We are closed on holidays and during inclement weather. Any week that has a holiday or a bad storm, we are open on Wednesday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Please call Grace Wilson, Moderator, at 802.379.4548, if you are unable to reach someone in a timely fashion.

 Please come and experience the Love of God at the First Baptist Church of Bennington. You will be glad that you did. God Bless You!

 Sincerely yours,

The Staff and Congregation of First Baptist Church