Category Archives: Children and Youth News

We Are an Open and Affirming Congregation

Open and Affirming Covenant

We, the members of the Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ, Bradford, Vermont, regard all people as beloved children of God.  We give thanks for the many and diverse gifts of God among us.

Jesus welcomed all. As First John says, “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them…. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.”

We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation, welcoming and accepting into full membership and participation people of every age, gender, race, national origin, faith background, marital status and family structure, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, addiction, economic and social status, and educational background.

We affirm all lives and all relationships founded on the principles of God’s love and justice. We pledge to work to end oppression and discrimination whenever we encounter them, and, guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit, to help create the beloved community of God’s realm.

Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

adopted on March 26, 2017

The Kids Bake for Good

On September 25 in Sunday School, the kids learned how Joseph’s dreams showed his people to save up food during their seven years of plenty so they would have enough during their seven years of famine. Then Julie Porter, Sunday School teacher and King Arthur Flour employee, helped the children prepare rolls to bake and donate to the food shelf. (You can learn more about King Arthur’s Bake for Good program at

14484824_10157544227245010_4748923207847523002_n 14469668_10157544223415010_3012085974953617603_n14449935_10157544222270010_6130638900178033638_n14457427_10157544222655010_4469813131830634700_n 14440730_10157544225155010_3119378223486899612_n 14440639_10157544225615010_5155997888392402658_n

Photos from Welcome Sunday & Sundae Sunday

It was a very sweet Sunday on September 11, 2016. We welcomed back those who had been away for the summer with balloons, the children escorted the big Bible to its home on the lectern, and we enjoyed ice cream sundaes at coffee hour!

Gathering to escort the Bible
Gathering to escort the Bible
The children roll the Bible to the front of the sanctuary
The children roll the Bible to the front of the sanctuary
Exploring the Bible during Children's Time with Marcia Tomlinson
Exploring the Bible during Children’s Time with Marcia Tomlinson
A beautiful display for coffee hour
A beautiful display for coffee hour