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.


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A Message From Pastor Margaret

From Christmas to the Epiphany!

Grace and peace to you!

Returning from South Africa this time round, 
where we enjoyed the warm summer months, 
to our winter here, is surprisingly not such a 
difficult transition for me. Perhaps, it is because 
I am finally becoming a New Englander!

Christmas in the summer is a very different experience. It is a time to enjoy the outdoors, sitting outside with family and visitors, enjoying cold drinks, and desserts, singing along with the Christmas bands as they walk the streets of my home town, blessing us with their beautiful music and colorful uniforms. I do, however, enjoy our winter Christmas seasons as well! I’ve had three opportunities during my 19 years in the United States, to be here during the Christmas period. During those times, I pledged to have a big Christmas tree to help me through the few weeks, as I was missing my family. It was awesome!

Whether Christmas is a summer or winter experience, it brings forth the pure joy of gathering with family and friends. It also gives us the opportunity to be there for those without families and be a friend to them. It is about the beauty of the story of Christ, and the precious sounds of Christmas carols. The Christmas experience sets the tone for the new year, with all its plans, ideas, work and play. It gives us hope that nothing we envision for ourselves, we do without the presence of Christ in our lives. We have been empowered with the spiritual resources in the Christmas box Christ gave to us at Christmas time: the gift of prayer, the gift of God’s love and compassion for the world, and a road map that shows us the way for our lives.

The joy of Christmas leads the way for this powerful period of the Epiphany, where we remember the manifestations of Christ as He walked the streets of Galilee, called the disciples one by one to follow Him, and where He speaks and acts with authority.

While during this Epiphany we experience the bitter winter cold here in New England, or in South Africa where the dry summer delays the much-needed rain, the Christ message is about hope, love and faith in a God that breaks through every challenge, shines the light in every shadow on our journey, and equips us all to walk this walk of faith with confidence.

May God strengthen our faith as we journey together here at Barre Congregational Church.

Blessings,

Pastor Margaret
A Note From the Deacons 
​The diaconate has been trying to coordinate visits to church members in hospitals, rehabs or homes, who are dealing with health issues. If you 
need help getting to an 
appointment or would like a visit 
from a deacon, please contact 
Marsha B.or the church 
office at 978-355-4041.

We would also like to have people 
of the congregation do readings 
during the worship service. If 
anyone would like to do this, please 
let one of the deacons know.

We are also talking with Pastor 
Margaret to figure out a schedule 
for her to give us more time during 
the week. The diaconate would like your help. Please also let the deacons and Pastor Margaret know what hymns you like by joting down three of your favorite hymns and putting them in the offering plate. Or you may just give them to a deacon.

​From the Church Committee:
​The floor in Fellowship hall was stripped and waxed last week. The hall reopened on Sunday, January 28th. We all need to work to keep it this way. Make sure to clean spills quickly and completely. In coming weeks, signs will be posted about caring for the floor.

The Church Committee would like to thank Sarah Dyer for coordinating and overseeing the Fellowship Hall Floor project. They would also like to thank the Supper Committee, Women’s Fellowship and the two anonymous donors for their contributions toward the project. Thank you to the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for moving the furniture.