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 will host Zoom or YouTube services until further notice and will post the 
recordings on Facebook and this website afterwards. Call the church office for details!
NOTE: Due to precautions related to the coronavirus, events may 
be postponed or rescheduled. Please check with the event organizers for the latest information.
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From the Diaconate
We have heard from a number of people that they enjoyed the YouTube services, which received between 50 and 190 "views," a much larger number than the attendance of the outdoor services (13-19 people) or the Zoom services (less than 20). After much review and discussion, the deacons have decided to return to prerecorded services posted to YouTube (and Facebook and this website), combined with a live Zoom meeting on Sunday mornings to watch the service together as a congregation. We hope this meets the needs of as many of you as possible, and that you will join us on Sunday mornings if you can.

Community Friendship Supper
The Community Friendship Supper has been cancelled for the month of December. We will let you know when we are able to resume our monthly CFS! 

From the Church 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

Grace and peace to you! I have been keeping 
you in my prayers during this incredibly 
challenging year we all went through.I continue 
to pray that all is well with you and your loved 
ones. As we say our goodbyes to the year 
2020, we reflect on the good things in our 
lives, but also on the many challenges, 
losses, and new and different ways of living 
and being, because of Covid-19. The world 
has become more fragile as we find ourselves 
in the middle of this pandemic, with feelings 
of insecurity, anxiety,and fearfulness for the 
future for ourselves and our loved ones. We 
have faced many changes in our family 
and work lives; and our interactions with 
friends and extended families have been 
restricted in ways we never would have expected. The many plans we made had to be adjusted or canceled, and life became simpler where we focused mainly on what we needed. I want to acknowledge all those changes and emotions you may have felt during this year and want to let you know I will continue to keep you and your loved ones in my prayers. 

There is so much more to think of, that will make the year 2020 a year we will not forget very easily. Racism has raised its ugly head in the brutal killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, and the presidential elections have revealed how deeply divided we are in this country. So, we have an opportunity to take stock, step back and see who we are with one another and our world. 

  It was also a year where we learned so many lessons, and new things, new skills. Many have learned the skill of baking bread, cookies, and many new recipes were experimented upon. We have learned new technological skills to make work and church and our personal interactions possible and workable. 

Yes, 2020 will be a year where many will look at what they have discovered about themselves, their weaknesses, and capabilities. As a church, we were faced with the same challenges many other churches and workplaces have faced across the country and the world. We knew we had to do things safely for the sake of our congregation, and we hope that you have felt that we were there for you, despite the restrictions placed on us. I am grateful for the messages of encouragement, and the thank-you notes for the work we have done. 

I am so grateful for everyone who worked with me during these months to make our worship services a blessing to all of you. What incredible teamwork, despite the sacrifices of time, and several recordings to make things exactly right, for the outdoor services with all safety protocols, and for those of you who have joined us on Zoom. Thanks to all the Committees who have continued to meet and sustained the work of the church. 

I pray that the grace of God will be upon us as we enter the year 2021. I pray that life will be better... easier. I pray that the vaccines that are being produced will be successful and that people across the world will see and feel the changes happening. I pray that race relations will improve, and that everyone’s humanity will be respected. I pray that we will all experience joy, peace and love and many blessings in our lives. 

Have a blessed New Year, 2021!

Pastor Margaret
Message From Pastor Margaret - Jan. 12, 2021
Pastor Margaret shares her reflections on recent events....

I hope all is well with you, your loved ones and those around you in your neighborhood and communities. The events this past week at the U.S. Capitol must have left many of you on shaky ground, with concerns on how to move forward? I have seen, read, and heard many mixed emotions since the events, ranging from....  (Read More)

January 17, 2021 Service

Bulletin

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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