EVENT PHOTOS (Click on Event titles for more images)

EVENT PHOTOS (Click on Event titles for more images)
Painting Workshop

What a great time we had challenging ourselves, learning new skills and creating some beautiful art!

Celebration of Glenn Giles's 43 Years as Choir Director

Forty-three years as Choir Director! 
Check out these photos as we celebrated Glenn's dedicated service to Union Church.


Spring Clean-up

Each Spring and Fall we organize a day to wear our work clothes to church and enjoy each others' company as we go about sprucing up the place. The assorted hills and dales around the church are clipped, trimmed, raked and weeded.  The garden along the wall in front of the connector becomes a thing of beauty. In the Parish House the windows are washed until they sparkle and various areas are sorted out and reorganized. 
 
Once the tools are stored away for another season, the hungry work crew is treated to a time of good food and fellowship courtesy of the Social Committee.  


Rev. John Sanborn's Installation
We had a wonderful Installation Service for our new settled pastor, Rev. John Sanborn.  Area clergy, The Reverends John Weatherhogg, Pamela Lucas, Mary Lee-Clark and Pastor Chris Heinz, conducted the special service with accompaniment by Betty Schneider on the organ.  The sanctuary “rang with joy” as Rev. John’s family, friends, and fellow Union Church members welcomed him to his new role.  Following the service, we were treated to an amazing reception provided by the Social Committee.
 

Fidget Quilts
















The Fidget Quilt program is as an outreach to comfort people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Groups of people gather at church to create 2 or 3 ft. square lap quilts. Colorful fabrics are used, and tactile objects are sewn onto the quilts such as zippers, strips of Velcro, beads that slide on attached strings, ruffles, tiny stuffed animals that fit in pouches, etc. The patients use these objects to occupy their fingers which are always on the move and repetitively touching things. This therapy is also comforting to children on the autism spectrum. Church members feel rewarded being able to give comfort to the disabled and those with special needs. To learn more about this outreach, click on the Fidget Quilts link above to see us in action or click here to read the recent "When It's Okay to Fidget" article in Rutland Magazine.



5th Sunday Service Projects













5th Sunday Service Project - Several times a year, when there are five Sundays in the month, we have taken the  time during our worship service on the 5th Sunday to participate in a service project together.  For example, we have collected and bagged groceries for the local food shelves, gathered diapers and wipes for the Children's Center housed in our Parish House, assembled kits for our Fidget Quilts for Alzheimer's patients projects and put together personal care, household supply and school supply "Blessing Bags" for those in need in our area.  The choir and others "serenade" us with hymns while we work and then the items are brought forward with the offering for blessing at the altar. 


Holiday Bazaar

There is nothing quite like the Union Church annual Holiday Bazaar.  Held at the church on the first Saturday in November, the bazaar attracts shoppers from near and far.  Every year a line forms out on the porch well before we open with folks anticipating the great variety of "merchandise" inside.  We offer handmade crafts, a variety of antiques, homemade baked goods, jewelry of all kinds, a wide lunch menu, "pink pachyderm" items for the home, and, of course, one of the biggest white elephant sales around.


Celebrating with the Children's Center


The Children's Center 
offers an enriching environment, with an educational curriculum for 33 children and is housed on the two lower levels of the Union Church Parish House.  In addition to providing the space for the Center,
 one of our church members serves on the their Board. We also enjoy participating in their annual Holiday Party where we present each child with a handmade ornament.

Annual Picnic 2016


Each summer we enjoy a relaxed service outside at one of our member's homes.  The service is followed by a wonderful potluck picnic and great conversation.  And, of course, the Vermont scenery can't be beat!

 

Sanctuary Photos
According to one source, a "sanctuary" is a place of peaceful tranquility, a place for quiet introspection.  The Union Church sanctuary is certainly that; and it's also a place of joyful music, of tears and of laughter, of celebration, and a place to enjoy each other's company.  Many thanks to Rev. John Sanborn for sharing his images of our beautiful sanctuary.