Barre Congregational Church

30 Park Street
Barre, Massachusetts
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Welcoming & Serving the Quabbin Area
Worship Services:
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: We are now holding in-person services in the sanctuary; 
per the Massachusetts Dep't. of Public Health recommendations, BCC is requiring 
that everyone attending services or visiting our church wear a mask while on premises
 **see below for details**

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Choir Update!

Unfortunately, due to the increased case numbers of COVID-19 in our communities and across the state, and the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant, the choir will not be singing through January. We anticipate rehearsal will resume in February, provided the COVID numbers go down significantly. 
Until then, we will look forward to the time when we can sing together again! Stay safe, everyone! 

Community Friendship Suppers 

Our Community Friendship Suppers have not yet resumed. Several people have asked as to
when they will resume. We feel that it may
still take some time until it is safe to meet
inside and in person. Stay tuned!

From the Church Committee

The Church Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. We are looking for additional members. If interested, please reach out to the Committee.

The Church Committee would like to remind everyone that the daily functioning of the church continues. They remind you to please keep up your pledges and donations to the church even in these challenging times. Donations can be submitted through the "Donate" page on this website or mailed to:

Margaret Marshall
169 Sunrise Ave
Barre, MA 01005

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A Message From Pastor Margaret

Happy New Year, as we continue to rise into the light!

Grace and peace to all of you, members of Barre Congregational Church. I am sending you greetings from 
South Africa and wish you peace and much 
joy for this new year and pray that God will 
bless and keep us healthy as we continue 
to serve God and one another.

This Christmas season has felt so different 
to me, as Jim and I came to spend time with 
my family here in South Africa after two 
years. As I reflect on a lovely afternoon 
with my sisters earlier today, sorting out 
some of the crockery my mom wants to 
give away to her children, I was mindful of 
the joy we experienced, and talking about 
this and that. I had spent the morning with 
my mom, helping her to get ready for the 
day, and as she fell asleep again mid-morning while I enjoyed the warm sun out on the beautiful and newly built deck outside her room, I cherished those moments, seeing her so peaceful. When I arrived back at our place later on, it dawned on me that as a family we hardly see each other’s faces fully revealed. We’ve been extra careful as we are dealing with the omicron variant, and even so, some family members have come down with the variant, and fortunately have recovered rather quickly. The intimacy and freedoms of the past as we knew it two years ago, hugging and laughing out loud, jumping on my mother’s bed as we talked over each other, is gone. Despite these changes, we are acutely aware of the precious time we are spending together as a family.

Life, we all know, is precious, and our loved ones are precious gifts from God. My prayer is that this new year will give us many creative opportunities to show our love and gratitude for those in our lives. Things may not be the same anymore, and being together may look and feel different, but I hope that we will grow even closer as families, loved ones, neighbors and church members. I encourage us all to pray for one another as Christ would want us to do, that we will see and as we are able, fulfill the needs of those who need love and care and compassion. We may not see each other’s faces fully, but we know all of us, the loved one, or the stranger sometimes needs an ear to listen, or a loving and giving heart that will respond to a need.

May the light of the Christ Child go ahead of us as we rise into the light, and may God’s Holy Spirit bless you all each new day of this year, 2022.

Blessings and a Happy New Year!

Pastor Margaret Keyser

Welcome to the Barre Congregational Church Website! 

A congregation of the United Church of Christ, Barre Congregational Church (BCCUCC) is located on the Common in Barre, Massachusetts. We are a caring community of Christ committed to reaching out into the wider community. We offer ourselves as ministers of grace, healing, understanding, inclusiveness, reconciliation, and joy for the sake of showing our love for Jesus.

Our Pastor: Margaret Keyser

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*NEW!* Update on Safety Protocols at Barre Congregational Church 

Consistent with recent recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Barre Congregational Church is requiring everyone attending Sunday worship services and/or other events at the church to wear a mask while on premises

This updated masking requirement applies to all people visiting our church, regardless of vaccination status

    Massachusetts DPH Advisory:
    In response to the spread of the Delta variant and the emerging     Omicron variant, the Department of Public Health now advises that all     residents, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask or face     covering when indoors (and not in your own home). The DPH     particularly urges this recommendation if you have a weakened     immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease     because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone     in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk     for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.

Your health and well-being are important to us. We respectfully request that those in our community follow these recommendations and our requirement to wear a mask while in the building until further notice.

Thank you for your cooperation!