Barre Congregational Church

30 Park Street
Barre, Massachusetts
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Welcome to the Barre Congregational Church United Church of Christ (BCCUCC) website. BCCUCC is a center for community where we live the statement of ministry printed each week in the worship bulletin --

"The mission of the Barre Congregational Church is to serve God, and to spread the word and love of God's risen son, Jesus Christ, to all people through Christian faith and unity. By our words and actions, we will bring love, hope, and acceptance to family and neighbors, respecting all differences and diversities." 

We live according to our statement of ministry in order to bring hope, justice, and love to people wherever they are on their path to knowing The Lord, Jesus Christ, whose ministries of compassion, extravagant hospitality, and love inspire us. 
Welcoming & Serving the Quabbin Area
Worship Services:
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Christmas Eve Services: 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (candlelight service)

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A Message From Pastor Margaret

Advent…a time of joy and peace

Advent here in the Northern hemisphere occurs 
during a time when the days are shorter and the 
cold of winter finds its way into our lives. 
To lighten up the dark days of winter, we switch 
on the Christmas lights, enjoy the fall of snow, and 
many a home relax in the warmth and light of a 
fireplace. Traveling to see my family in South Africa in the Southern hemisphere is a completely different experience, where the days are long and hot. Summer has arrived, and Advent is experienced in a completely different way.

The celebration of the birth of Christ is a reminder that He came to bring peace on earth, to shine a light into the darkness, and spread the love of God to the whole world. In anticipation of this Great Event, we are given an opportunity to surrender ourselves to this peace and love that God has given us so freely. It is a time to quiet our souls and be open for the gift of forgiveness and healing, and to find peace within and with one another.

The celebration of Christ’s birth is also a time of joy and hope. Giving one another Christmas gifts is awesome. It brings us great joy and many smiles! But, while we enjoy the pleasures of gift giving and receiving, there is even greater joy and much hope to be found in the life with Christ. The joy and hope coming from Christ springs up within us like an everlasting fountain. The troubles, cares and fears of the world have made many attempts to steal our joy and hope. Advent gives us that opportunity to reconnect with Christ and renew our joy and hope in ways beyond our understanding.

Advent is a time where we ultimately find our way back to God. If we have been feeling overwhelmed by the many responsibilities, and struggles in our lives, it is time to let go a little and to allow ourselves to be embraced by the love and warmth and care of our loving God.

Regardless of the place or season…cold or warm, Advent is a time to be at peace, experience joy and hope, of coming together with our loved ones and sharing the best of ourselves with one another.

I pray that this season of Advent will be a blessing to all of you here at Barre Congregational Church, as well as with my family and home church in South Africa.

Pastor Margaret

From the Church Committee

The Church Committee is most 
thankful for those who were able to 
attend the Special Meeting, Sunday, 
November 18th. The 2019 budget 
was approved. This will allow us to 
pay the staff on January 1, 2019.

Early in 2019, the ceiling project in 
the kitchen will start. The date will be 
announced at a later time.

The Church Committee wishes you all 
a very Merry Christmas!

From the Diaconate
The Deacons continue to work with Pastor Margaret on Sunday worship and helping with the memorial services we have had in our church this past month.

During Advent, we will have Christmas music, the Advent wreath, children’s choir, two Christmas Eve Service -- a Family Service at 7:00 pm and a Candlelight Service at 11:00 pm.

December Worship Services
Worship and Sunday School at 9:30 am

Sunday, December 2, 2018 ~ First Sunday of Advent - Communion Sunday /Sunday School
Deborah Page, organist/Choir directed by Scott Bryant
Deacon—Steve Morrall Pastor Margaret Keyser, preaching

Sunday, December 9, 2018 ~Second Sunday of Advent—Sunday School
Deborah Page, organist/Bay state Winds
Deacon— Janice Handrahan Rev. Charlie Page, preaching

Sunday, December 16, 2018 ~ Third Sunday of Advent—Sunday School
Deborah Page, organist/Bell Choir directed by Deb Page
Deacon— Jim VanWert Rev. Charlie Page, preaching

Sunday, December 23, 2018 ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent– Sunday School
Deborah Page, organist/Choir directed by Karla Peterson
Deacon— Lisa Holloway Rev. Charlie Page, preaching

Monday, December 24, 2018 ~ Christmas Eve
Family Service 7:00 pm
Deborah Page, organist/ Sue Musnicki, coordinator
Candlelight Service 11:00 pm
Deborah Page, organist/Choir directed by Scott Bryant
Rev. Charlie Page, preaching

Sunday, December 30, 2018 ~ First Sunday of Christmas—NO Sunday School
Rev. Charlie Page, preaching
Deborah Page, organist​