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! 
**see below for details!**

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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
A Message From Pastor Margaret

Ocean Waves, Seagulls, and Worshiping God...
These last couple of days my husband and I spent 
a little quiet time at the beach in Rhode Island.  
During our last few hours there, I realized how 
deeply affected I was by the power 
of the roaring and splashing sounds of the 
waves, and the beauty of the seagulls 
gliding across the ocean, sometimes at a 
fast pace, and other times cruising slowly as 
if to say goodbye to us summer visitors. I 
found myself experiencing the majesty of 
God’s creation, where everything looked so 
vast and majestic, the color of the ocean 
deeper and the movement of those birds 
so peaceful... it felt as if God was there in 
the voice of the roaring waves, in the 
softness of the ocean breeze, and in the 
beauty of the spectacular sunset. Perhaps 
it was the appreciation of so much life in 
these elements of nature after the many 
months of surviving the worst pandemic in our lifetime, that made me feel so deeply connected with nature and feeling God’s presence so strongly. God and nature were one and I was overcome with much appreciation for life and such magnificence all around me. 

This experience reminded me of those moments at the beginning of our worship services when we wait for the presence of God to be made manifest. Those early moments, listening to the organ music, and bowing my head, bring forth the presence of God in extraordinary ways when all I can do is to whisper, “Come Holy Spirit, come! Oh God, you are here with us!”  

Worship has always been a sacred experience for me, where everything we do in and for the church come together in humility and deep connection with the One who gives us life and everything we have.  
The opening hymn, where we sing praises to the Most High opens the gates of glory where our God is waiting to be praised and acknowledged, and God’s heart is being touched and we are 
blessed with the grace of divine love like powerful streams of water.  

Worship is about being in community with one another, and being in the presence of God Almighty, who wants to bless us through word, prayer and song and fill our hearts with something so majestic as the ocean that pushes out those powerful roaring waves onto the sun-burnt sand.  

During worship we express our adoration for God and in turn we are blessed with God’s love and the fullness of the Holy Spirit that propel us into a world that needs the feeling and experience of worship in the same way it enjoys the majesty of the ocean and the life that our beautiful beaches offer. 

As we all come together again during the beginning of this new year, may we call upon the Name of God in worship and in all we say and do. May we enjoy the experience of worship even as we struggle through this pandemic and all its limitations. We will find God there, and we 
will be blessed with the powerful love and peace of God.  

Blessings to you,

Pastor Margaret 

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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Barre Congregational Church is once again holding in-person indoor services at the churchSafety protocols will be in place to protect everyone from unseen virus threats. 

1. Masks will be required of all in attendance.
2. Entry through the front door. The side door may be used for those needing the elevator. Exit through the rear door except for those that need to use the elevator where use of the side door is acceptable.
3. Sign in, with phone or email information, required to the notebook used for contact tracing.
4. Singing is not going to be permitted.
5. Some pews will be blocked from use to ensure safe social distancing. 
6. Hand sanitizer will be available for use by all in attendance.
7. All areas used will be sanitized by a staff member before and after use.
8. Front and rear doors will remain open during services to allow for fresh air circulation. 

We have members that are working on advancing the recording of services to be posted online and on social media. The church hopes to begin live streaming services in the near future. 

If any members or friends of the church are interested in helping with the technology use and presentations, please call the church and leave a message for delivery to the people involved.