On Sunday, February 10, the Second Baptist Church received a “Green House of Worship” award from the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (IREJN) as a Level Two Green Congregation. Second Baptist has been encouraging its members and others to be more consciously aware of our life choices and the positive and negative effects these have on the human and other-than-human world. The church has been advocating practices and life-style choices that will be mutually enhancing to people and planet, such as, eliminating the use of bottled water, Styrofoam, plastics (in whatever way is possible); eliminating the use of toxic chemicals in our lawn-care; replacing all lighting with LED bulbs; making our building and one’s home more energy efficient while conducting an energy audit on our building; putting in a water bottle re-fill drinking fountain in the church building, and advocating for state and federal policies that put the health of humans and the planet as a top priority. We are always looking for ways to live more consistently with our faith for the health and well-being of all people and all creation.
On Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m., Second Baptist will join with The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop and the Suffield Land Conservancy to host a workshop about the importance of bees. There are over 2000 species of native bees in North America and they could use our help with homes to raise their young. Participants will learn about the non-stinging, pollinator bees and how we can help them survive in today’s world. Participants will be able to build bee hotels to provide essential shelter for them and their young. If you would like to attend the workshop on March 3, please register by leaving a message at 860-758-0668.
Second Baptist Church will be marking the beginning of the season of Lent with an Ash Wednesday service on March 6. In the candle lit Kneece Memorial Chapel, a brief, intimate service of scripture, hymns, prayers and the sharing of ashes will begin at 7 p.m. All are invited to be part of this sacred worship service. For more information, contact the church office at 860-668-1661 or Office@secondbaptistsuffield.org.
Join us for a study of the New Testament and how it came to be at the Second Baptist Church on Wednesdays from 9 – 10:30 a.m. in the church parlor. From “The Great Courses” program, a thirty-minute lecture by Dr. Bart Ehrman on a different aspect of the New Testament is followed by discussion led by the Reverend Tom Carr. All are invited.
Vacation Bible School is only six months away! July 8 -12. We will be working on all the necessary ingredients for a successful week for any and all children in our community. We are looking for people that enjoy making crafts and putting together “projects.” If you are interested in helping, please contact Sue Schneller at 860-668-1661.