PHOTOS from Over the Years (Click on Event titles for more images)

PHOTOS from Over the Years (Click on Event titles for more images)
Annual Bazaar
A few years ago we "reimagined" our annual bazaar  to a "country store style," all-on-one-floor event.  Still plenty of beautiful items, great bargains and yummy treats for our shoppers; and, boy, did they show up!  Check out these photos taken just before the doors opened.

Saturday Night Social

Long-distance hiking is a favorite activity of one of our church members.  Through his presentations as part of our Saturday Night Socials, we've heard about the ups and downs (literally!) of undertaking such a challenge, and seen breathtaking photos of faraway landscapes. One way to travel right from a comfortable seat in our Parish House!

Painting Class II
Another fun Saturday Night Social!  This time we were led in a unique painting technique by our now retired Rev. John and his wife, Debbie.  After a short "how to" video, we dove right in covering our canvases in white paint onto which we dribble trails of color.  A slow, careful dragging of a pieces of yarn through each color created dramatic effects of flowers, fish tails and pounding surf.  A great time was had by all!

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.

Church 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 previous settled pastor, Rev. John Sanborn (now retired).  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 - Occasionally, 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 a secular,  educational curriculum for 38 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 have also enjoyed participating in their annual Holiday Party where we presented each child with a handmade ornament.

Annual Picnic

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 our retired pastor, Rev. John Sanborn, for sharing his images of our beautiful sanctuary.