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 transitioning to holding Sunday services outdoors on the front 
lawn of the church. During inclement weather, we will host Zoom or YouTube services 
instead 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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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!

Services Outdoors on Front Lawn
We are holding services live on the front
lawn when weather permits. We are also trying
various forms of recording technology in
hopes of being able to live stream services.
Right now, on days of inclement weather, we
have live Zoom services with recorded services
being posted later on Sundays.

From the Church Committee
We have several small groups now using the church as part of our reopening process. A reminder to the groups and the church contact person to please make sure the guidelines are being followed, including: limiting the number of members in Fellowship Hall, wearing masks and sanitizing before and after each meeting. Signing in and out of the book is required by everyone entering the church. Please also make sure all lights (inside and outside) are off before you leave.

The Church Committee meets by Zoom 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

A Little time Away to See and Hear in New Ways

All of us need a little time off to rest 
and recuperate, feel refreshed and 
engage in life with renewed energy. 
Taking time away from life’s routine 
also helps us see things differently 
and open our eyes and ears for new 
things and new messages from those 
around us. The last year has put 
enormous strain on all of us, and a little 
time off here and there is such great 
“medicine” for the mind, body, and soul. 
I am grateful for the weekends I have been 
able to rest and restore my own energies, 
and taking care of my aching knee, 
which has been better, and I am grateful 
to God for that.

Taking time off also helps us find perspective on what is important in life, and appreciate the people close to us. It does not mean one has to do extraordinary things, but rather find the joy in the simple things in life, the home we have and the beauty of our environment, especially during this early Spring where we witness new life all around us.

Taking a little time away from Sunday worship preparations has also given me the opportunity to hear the messages of those of you, deacons, and members, who have stepped up and shared your own stories of faith and expressed your own hopes and desires to God and with us. It has been inspiring to me and surely for those who have heard your messages. It has made me realize more and more the importance of the Body of Christ as a community of faith where all have been called to per-form certain tasks, but also to bring God’s word to one another. I want to thank you for being there and speaking to us from your hearts.
Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians about the Body of Christ with all its parts, called to do different things, and with Christ as the Head. That image is always an inspiration to me since it captures the congregation in its vitality and inclusivity and richness. It shows the congregation who they can be together and, in their diversity how each person is called by God to be the best they can be through the grace of God. The congregation goes from strength to strength, not because it relies on itself, but on Christ Who is an intrinsic part of the Body. Christ speaks through every person and inspires everyone to be who they have been called to be.

I am so grateful for this reminder that taking time away, allows God to speak to us in new ways. I am reminded of the amazing people and the gifts all of you have and bring to our church. I hope for more sharing and learning about you and your spiritual journeys. I also hope that we all will have the opportunity to take the time we need to recuperate and see life in a different way and hear the mes-sages from those around us that will inspire us and bless us.

May God bless you all.

Pastor Margaret Keyser

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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