*** During COVID, our worship services are changed a bit. Here is a sample of our pre-COVID worship services:
First Service – Sundays @ 8:30 am
Our early service is a bit more traditional. It tends to be quieter and features classic hymns, the Sanctuary Choir, and organ music. We have hands-on items for children in our narthex to help them during worship. Our Nursery staff will welcome our youngest little ones and our room is equipped with a speaker to hear the worship service. The service is also streamed to a screen in our Fellowship Hall.
Second Service (& Faith Formation for kids) – Sundays @ 10:15 am
Our later service is a bit more contemporary. This worship features our Finally at First praise band and more contemporary songs of worship. We offer a Faith Formation Sunday School program that commences after the Children’s Message. Hands-on items for children during worship. Our Nursery staff will welcome our youngest little ones and our room is equipped with a speaker to hear the worship service. The service is also streamed to a screen in our Fellowship Hall.
Saturday Service – 1st Saturdays @ 4:30 pm
The Saturday early evening alternative service meets in our Fellowship Hall and encourages participation in the prayers, sermon and communion. The pastors lead us through the scripture and tease out meaning from the texts with questions and comments which are open to discussion. The service is more intimate and informal and communion is not only observed but expanded to include a time of fellowship. Everyone is welcome to give it a try.
Summer Service – Sundays @ 9:00 am
From the 1st Sunday in June through Labor Day weekend in September, we have one service at 9 am every Sunday. We have hands-on items and activities available in our narthex for children to assist them during worship. Nursery care is available. There is a wide variety of music over the summer as different musical groups and soloists provide the music each Sunday.
Our church has an “open” communion table which means that everyone is welcome to come and celebrate Christ’s meal of love. We use grape juice and gluten free bread for the elements. We welcome children at the table as well, but also recognize that each family is free to determine how to interpret the communion tradition. Communion is offered at services on the first Sunday of the month.
The Vine Nepalese Church – Saturdays @ 9:00 am
Pastor Dan Raut leads a worship service that is attended by many Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees that have come to call Vermont home. There are approximately 50 members in The Vine Church, although attendance can grow up to 70. Pastor Dan also provides a number of supportive services to the members: giving them rides to the hospital, the grocery store, and the bank. The members of The Vine Church lean on each other and are a very supportive community. First Church is proud to host them for their worship service every Saturday at 9 am! The service is followed by a community meal.