United Church of Strafford, Vermont

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Special Holiday Services and Events 2022

Upcoming Special Services & Events Calendar

Sun. Nov. 20  Thanksgiving Sunday 10:00 AM

in worship with cherished hymns and music provided by Emerson Gale.

Thurs. Nov. 24  Strafford Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Thanksgiving Morning at 10:00 AM in our sanctuary again this year. Bring a poem, story or song and abundant gratitude to share.

Sun. Nov. 27  First Sunday of Advent

Advent begins with the beautiful rituals of bringing in the greens and lighting the Advent candle of Hope, plus beloved Advent hymns and other music provided by The Cantornote Church Musicians.

Fri. Dec. 2   ”Noël” Concert  7:00 PM

with Julie Ness, Timothy Cummings, Jeremiah McLane and Annemieke McLane

Sun. Dec. 4  Second Sunday of Advent The candle of Peace.

Fri. Dec. 9  7:00 PM Thetford Chamber Singers concert in our sanctuary

Sun. Dec. 11  Third Sunday of Advent and Pageant Sunday (First Story Sunday)

During the 10:00 AM service Rachel Guaraldi will present a puppet pageant with an opportunity for children to participate and for the congregation to sing carols.  Afterward, Tom will lead a brief Advent service and we will light the candle of Joy.

Sun. Dec. 18  Fourth Sunday of Advent, Mary Sunday

Lighting the candle of Love and celebrating Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the model she serves for our spiritual lives.

Tues. Dec. 24  Christmas Eve Service 5:30 PM 

Picture excited and awe-filled children, a sanctuary lit entirely by candles, beloved lessons and carols and gorgeous instrumental music provided by The Cantornote Church Musicians, in a service timed to allow you to have all your other Christmas Eve traditions as well.

Sun. Dec. 25   Christmas Day, 10:00 AM Zoom-only gathering

On Christmas morning we will gather by Zoom on the usual link to read aloud a beloved Christmas story for all ages and to say Merry Christmas to one another.

Sun. Jan. 1  Epiphany Sunday Zoom-only Worship Service  The Magi follow the star…

Sun. Jan. 8  Baptism of Christ Sunday and Story Sunday (click here for information on Story Sundays)

Sun. Jan. 15  Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday

links for 11/1/22




Seeking a New Church Musician!

The United Church of Strafford (VT) seeks a keyboard musician to play for Sunday worship services and on Christmas Eve, starting immediately. The musician should have sufficient proficiency to play piano (or piano and organ) for worship services, including solo keyboard works, congregational hymns, and choral accompaniment. Pay is based on the number of services the musician plays for. We will gladly consider applicants who are not available for all Sundays each month.

The United Church of Strafford is affiliated with both the United Church of Christ and American Baptist Convention and is located at 230 Justin Morrill Highway, Strafford, Vermont.

Skills and knowledge – required

  • Proficiency on piano or piano and organ – ability to
    • Sightread hymns
    • Perform longer pieces from classical or classical and other (pop, jazz, gospel) repertoire
    • Accompany choir

Skills and knowledge – nice to have

  • Knowledge of choral repertoire
  • Knowledge of vocal technique and warm ups
  • Ability to rehearse and conduct a choir

Time commitment

  • Work for mutually agreed-upon number of Sunday services per month plus Christmas Eve, including an hour of choir rehearsal before worship services (total of 2.5 hours per Sunday)
  • Coordinate music selections with the pastor

Pay Structure: Musician will be paid a set fee per worship service, including coordination with pastor and rehearsal with choir

Please email a letter of interest and your resume to: unitedchurchofstrafford@gmail.com. Please put “Church Musician” in the subject line.

Fulfilling Our Vision Meeting 9/6/22


NOËL CONCERT November 29, 2020

Please see the concert program listed below the video on YouTube.

Performed by Julie Ness, Soprano Timothy Cummings, Small Pipes, Whistles Jeremiah McLane, Accordion Annemieke McLane, Piano 

Fulfilling Our Vision Zoom Link 7:30 PM 8/9/22

Tom Kinder is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Fulfilling Our Vision Meeting
Time: Aug 9, 2022 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Rachel Claffey Celebration of Life 7/30/22

We will celebrate the life of Rachel Claffey on Saturday July 30th starting at 10:00 with a service in the church that will be both in-person and live streamed on Zoom, followed by a potluck reception at Barrett Hall.  Here are the details:

The celebration will begin with a service of thanksgiving and remembrance in the United Church of Strafford sanctuary on the Upper Village common where Rachel served as a Deacon for many years.

The service will also be live-streamed on Zoom (see the invitation and link below).

The Revs. Deadra Ashton and Tom Kinder will co-officiate. We will have a time for sharing during the service when you may offer a story or words of appreciation for Rachel.

At the end of that service the family invites you to join them for part two of the celebration, a potluck reception at Barrett Hall in South Strafford. Dishes may be dropped off at Barrett Hall before the 10:00 AM service.

Rachel did not approve of wearing black at memorial services—she shared a preference for colorful clothes or white in keeping with her Native American ancestors.

Please note that because Covid is all around us and highly contagious we still require that masks be worn inside the church.

Please pass this information along to anyone you think might be interested, including people at a distance who may want to attend by Zoom.

Here is the Zoom invitation with the link:

Topic: Rachel Claffey Celebration of Life
Time: Saturday July 30, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here:

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Thank you,
Pastor Tom Kinder

Fulfilling Our Vision Zoom Link 7/5/22


Fulfilling Our Vision Zoom Link 6/21/22