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.

"No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here."
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A Message From Pastor Margaret

Dear God, make us artists of grace and mercy...
The drive from Northampton to our church in 
Barre, is a beautiful drive all year long, from the 
forsythias, cherry trees, and azaleas in full bloom 
during springtime, the fullness of trees and shrubs, 
grasses and wild flowers hugging the road during 
hot summer months, and now...the beautiful, 
beautiful fall colors. Even winter has its own 
special charm. The forever changing landscapes must be an artist’s dream throughout the year.

It is also an interesting and fun drive, especially during the last week or so, when I passed several homes, decorated with Halloween figures and creatures with fun and scary costumes. I would occasionally stop to take a photo, appreciating all the hard work families put in for our little ones. One main street on my drive back home last night, Halloween night, was filled with young and old, walking, wandering, stopping for candy, almost like a pilgrimage, I thought...

This drive to our church is also a time for me to reflect on the grace of God upon us and all the families as I’m driving through Hadley, Amherst, Ware and Hardwick. I am thinking of God’s grace and mercy beyond these communities, and I am grateful for that. I am praying for their lives, and their struggles, even though I don’t really know what they may be going through.

I feel inspired and warm inside, knowing I will soon be walking through the doors of a place of holiness, a place where God is. I feel blessed to work with our Office Manager, who has created a welcoming space for all who enter, and who shares with us her own story of faith in our November Spire. I feel inspired by our leaders, committed to the life and ministry of this church. The November edition of our newsletter is filled with activities and upcoming events, and it speaks to the love and compassion there is for all in and outside this church community.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving later this month, let us thank God for our blessings, and ask God for mercy on the ones who suffer, near and far. Let us pray for one another, and let us be there for one another.

I am in awe of the Great Artist, whose hands and breath created all this, created us. I am praying to God to continue to bless us, and make us instruments of love and peace, to make us artists of grace and mercy.

God’s richest blessings,

Pastor Margaret


Notes From the Church Committee
The Church Committee would like 
to give a special “thank-you” to all 
the individuals and church 
organizations that have supported 
the church financially this year. 
Many budget items were not used 
because individuals paid those 
expenses for their committee. 
That is a great commitment to the 
church.

BullGod Lawn Care has kept our lawn in great order and is much appreciated. Women’s Fellowship has made a donation to the ware pump and roofing project. The Supper Committee has paid for the trash pick-up for the church each month and has bought items needed for the kitchen. The Christian Education Committee has saved by providing their own curriculum.

We are most blessed as a church that all are so dedicated to our commitment in God’s love. Thank you also to the members who have worked so hard to keep everything functioning and positive for all.

Church Committee Secretary, 
Sarah D.
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The Church committee is finalizing the 2018 budget that will be presented to the congregation in November. We are also preparing to winterize the church building. The outside water has been shut off. The batteries in the thermostats have been replaced and set on timers. We will be looking at the batteries in the smoke detectors soon after the time change. Putting up the outside snow fence and filling the sand barrel are next on the list.

We met on November 1st with the Diaconate as a joint meeting to help each other with the end-of-the-year holiday events. 

We'd also like to remind everyone using the church to please turn off the lights and lock the doors.

If you have any concerns or suggestions please join us or leave a message at the church.








Worship Leadership for November and December

​The deacons have been working on a schedule to have worship leadership coverage for the remainder of the year as Pastor Margaret Keyser travels to her home in South Africa for the month of December into January.

November 5 (Communion Sunday) -- Pastor Margaret 
November 12 -- Rev. Charles Page
November 19 (Thanksgiving Sunday) -- Pastor Margaret 
November 26 (Start of Advent) -- Pastor Margaret
December 3 -- Pastor Margaret 
December 10 (Communion Sunday) -- Rev. Charles Page 
December 17 -- Rev. Charles Page
December 24 (Christmas Sunday) -- 
            No morning Church Service
            7:00 p.m. - Children's Christmas Service 
            11:00 p.m. - Christmas Eve Service -- Rev. Charles Page
December 31 -- Hymn Singing in Fellowship Hall with refreshments

The Deacons would like to hear from you on how you think the schedule is providing spiritual and meaningful worship.

If you know of anyone who would like a visit from our pastor or the deacons, please let us know by calling the church office at 978-355-4041.