“Together We Make Visible the Face of God”
We invite you to join our worship service in-person or online. Worship begins each Sunday at 10 am. If you would like to join us on your computer please click:
We post each service on our website after it is completed if you would rather watch by computer.
We look forward to seeing you!
Bethany Church is fully accessible via a covered ramp entrance and an elevator. Designated handicap parking is available in the parking lot to the side of the church. There are large print bulletins and assistive listening devices are available.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We worship in the sanctuary every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM. When you arrive in the sanctuary, you will be greeted by a deacon of our church, and receive a bulletin from an usher.
During worship prayers are offered, Scripture is read, and a sermon is preached. Hymns are sung by the congregation and there is music from our organist, choir, and other musicians. Church members participate in all aspects of the service.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month.
Nursery care is provided each week for our youngest worshipers. Older children are with us in worship for the first 20 minutes and go to their Sunday School classes after a special Children’s Message but children are always welcome to with their parents during worship.
Each Sunday, after worship we gather downstairs for a time of refreshments and fellowship. Join us!
SACRAMENTS & RITES
“Rejoice with those who rejoice andsection weep with those who weep”. — Romans 12:15
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
Once a month at Bethany we celebrate Holy Communion which recalls the meals Jesus shared with his disciples, and in particular, the Last Supper. During Holy Communion bread is broken and the cup is poured out – symbolizing the body and life-blood of Christ. We provide non-alcoholic and gluten-free elements.
Communion is open to all, including young children (with parental discretion). Teaching about the meaning of the sacrament is offered once a year to our children.
For those who would like to be baptized or have a child baptized, you may contact Anne at the church office to set up a meeting. We know that baptism is a profoundly meaningful sacrament, especially when there has been spiritual preparation. If you are not presently attending Bethany Church and want your child baptized, we suggest that you come to worship for awhile first. Part of the reason for this is the congregation promises to help support parents to raise their child to know and love God, and this is more likely to be authentic if you are already beginning to be a part of the Bethany community.
For those who wish to be married in Bethany church, there are two meetings with the pastor to talk about your relationship and the wedding service.
The first step is to talk to the pastor about their availability, and the availability of the church if desired. The use of the sanctuary is free for members; non-members please see rental information.
The pastor can talk to you about the fees for the organist, the facilities caretaker, and the pastor—contact the office at 802-728-5849.
Funerals of members are held in the church sanctuary.
The hospitality committee of Bethany Church often helps to provide a reception after the funeral service of members.
Our minister is available to perform non-member funerals as well, though these usually take place in Day Funeral Home or at the grave site.
Bethany’s choir is open to all who love to sing. Rehearsals are every Sunday at 9 AM and every Thursday night at 7 PM, September to June. Marta Borgstrom, choir director, also welcomes those who can come only on Sunday mornings to rehearsal. For further information contact the office..
Bethany is graced with many talented singers and musicians. Choirs, organ, three bassoons, steel drums, strings, flutes, brass, hammered dulicmer, and congregational singing shake the windows with joy…Alleluia! Each Sunday, in addition to the choir anthem, a soloist, instrumentalist, or small group of musicians provide the offertory. Each Thanksgiving, Christmas Sunday, and Easter, a brass choir comprised of Bethany adults and teens adds festive joy on the hymns of the day. The whole congregation and choir, with strings, brass, and timpani, sing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus each Christmas Sunday.
BETHANY UCC’S ORGANISTS
Marilyn Polson has been the organist of Bethany Church since 1990. For questions related to the organ, email Marilyn. Read about Bethany UCC’s organ.
THE BETHANY ORGAN
“When in our music God is glorified…It is as though the whole creation cried: Alleluia!” — Fred Pratt Green
Historic Hutchings Organ
The organ in Bethany Church was built in 1894 by George S. Hutchings of Boston, Massachusetts, as his Opus 341 for the Christian Church, which stood on the site of the current Chandler Music Hall. The Congregational Church housed a two-manual, nine rank J. W. Steere & Son organ Opus 318 of 1891. When the Congregational and Christian churches merged in 1905 to become Bethany Church, the Hutchings organ was moved to the Congregational Church and the smaller Steere instrument was moved to the Methodist Church, which until 1992 was the Masonic Temple. The Steere organ was moved again to the Roman Catholic Church in Woodstock in 1984 where it exists today.
A 1914 rebuild of the Hutchings by C. H. Belknap probably included the alteration of the 4’ Violina to 8’ pitch, and the gold leafing of the once decorated case pipes. The Violina was later returned to its original pitch. The electric blower installed in 1920 by the Estey Organ Company cost $287, but the hand-pumping mechanism is still intact. At the time of the 1948 redecoration of the auditorium the finish on the oak case was removed and wiped with light blue paint and the case pipes were painted light blue with gold mouths.
In 1992 what could have been a disastrous fire was discovered in time but the auditorium and the organ received extensive smoke damage. Because the centennial anniversary of the organ was near at hand, a committee was formed to have restorative work done to the organ during the time the pipework was out being cleaned. The firm of Watersmith Pipe Organs of Enfield, N.H. was engaged for the work. The organ was pitched to A-440, slide tuners installed and the wind returned to 3” pressure, thus restoring the original brighter-sounding voicing. The casework was again stripped and restored to the former golden oak color, and an oil finish applied. The case pipes were stripped and repainted a medium brownish grey with gold mouths and stenciled bands near the tops, producing a very handsome appearance. A set of Deagan chimes added in 1961 has a small keyboard below the Great manual.