Past Events

Teens from GCC join BAIYAG

The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group are holding a spaghetti dinner after the Celebration of Martin Luther King, JR. at the Centre Congregational CHurch in Brattleboro, VT.  These teens are raising money for their service trip to a Native American Reservation in LaPlant, South Dakota this summer. The service for MLK is at 4:00 and the dinner at 5:30.  Join us!

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Brattleboro, VT: On Monday, January 21st (originally scheduled for Sunday January 20th but changed due to upcoming weather forecast) at 4:00 there will be a celebration in honor of the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Centre Congregational Church, UCC, 193 Main St. in Brattleboro. The service will include representatives of many faith traditions, Brattleboro Town Manager Peter Elwell, members of Youth4Change, and featured speaker Kiah Morris. Morris is the former Vermont state representative from Bennington who resigned her seat last summer after repeated threats. The program will also include brief remarks from Nader Hashim, the newly elected state representative from Windham District 4, vocal celebration from jazz and blues singer Samirah Evans and her Youth Vocal Trio comprised of Veronica Stevens, Mariam Diallo and Annabelle Thies, accompanied by Franz Robert, songs from a community choir under the leadership of Peter Amidon, and the lighting of candles by everyone in attendance. Singers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come to the church at 3:00 to rehearse songs for the service.

This event is sponsored by the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Leadership Association and is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages, faiths, races and ethnicities to come together to remember the work of King, to celebrate all that unites us and to learn about local community organizations working against racism. Admission is free, but a goodwill donation will be taken with proceeds shared between the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity and the Root Social Justice Center.

A spaghetti dinner prepared by interfaith youth will follow the celebration on the lower level of the church. It is a fundraiser for their service project and is $10 for adults and $5 for children. ROOT Social Justice Center, Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, VT Poor People’s Campaign, Youth for Change, NAACP, People of Color Caucus, Lost River Racial Justice Group and other local groups working for racial justice will all offer information and make short presentations on how people can be involved locally to work against racism. For more information about this event please contact Guilford Community Church, U.C.C. at (802) 257-2776.


GCC Youth


The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group, BAIYG, are heading out to South Dakota to volunteer with the organization "Simply Smiles". They will be working with children on an Lakota Tribe Reservation in a summer camp and helping with odd jobs and construction as well. The group leaves on Friday June 29 and returns on Monday, July 9.  Follow their trip on the Guilford Community Church Facebook page.


BAIYG in South Dakota 2016

Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group spends the Fourth of July holiday at the Cheyenne River Reservation working with Simply Smiles, an organization that is building community in the impoverished town of Laplante, South Dakota.


Cabin Fever BBQ and Concert


Interfaith Youth Trip

 The recent interfaith youth group trip to Glen Rose, Texas, held as many challenges as wonders. From the six day challenge NOT to shower ( by which they earned funds to support water projects in Kenya), to spotting the endangered golden-cheeked warbler, to hand-feeding giraffes and emus, the goal of appreciating more deeply the ecological balance of Nature was well met. Fourteen travelers left on the ice-filled morning of March 20 and landed in 75 degree weather in Dallas. From there they proceeded to a simple ranch house which became their home away from home for the next five days. Rising mostly before dawn and hiking well beyond sunset, they learned to spot the tiniest of reptiles, flowers and birds and helped clear trails in the Texas wilderness. On the final day they were privileged to get a behind the scenes tour of Fossil Rim Wildlife Game Reserve, a unique host to black rhinos, cheetahs and many other endangered species. Funds for the trip were earned by the youth through recent fundraisers and provided by the Guilford Community Church Youth Missions Fund.

All middle school youth are welcome to attend future meetings of the group, the next is tomorrow at 3pm at which the group will prepare a meal for the Overflow Shelter. For more information call Pastor Lise Sparrow at 257-2776.



Photo:  Guilford Community Church, UCC, youth and adult chaperones, in Glen Rose, Texas.


Texas Trip 2014

 See photos of the trip to Fossil Rim Wildlife Refuge on Facebook.

March 24—Day 5

 The day started with a short drive down the road to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Once we got there we


Bench Dedicated


July 15, 2012—Jon Erik Brodhurst completed his Eagle Scout project, placing a bench he had made beside the tree planted by Wangari Maathai at GCC, and dedicating it to her. The first part of the project was the construction of a "sister" bench at the site of the sacred tree in the district of Nyeri, Kenya, during the interfaith youth group's trip there in April.



Kenya Slides

May 20—noon, sanctuary. Slides from the interfaith youth group's trip to Kenya. Potluck lunch.


Return from Kenya

Interfaith Youth Group Returns from Kenya Service Trip

A mission trip to Kenya April 18-27 was the culmination of two years of preparation by the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group, led by Pastor Lise Sparrow of Guilford Community Church. The 12 youth and 8 adult chaperones, representing five different church congregations in Windham County, returned with lasting memories, a great appreciation for their host village and a deeper understanding of their common humanity. 


Kenya trip 2012

From April 18 to April 27, a group of teens and adults from Guilford Church, All Souls, Dummerston, and St. Michael's will travel to Kenya and back! You can read about their experiences and see photos at

On May 20, after church, the group will show slides and talk about the trip at GCC.

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