ASCUTNEY, Vt.—Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership recently recognized Ascutney Union Church as a community champion recipient for their dedication to enriching the lives of those they serve throughout the community.
Founded in 1846, Ascutney Union Church has been an active part of the community, with a focus on meeting the spiritual and social needs of the area. “Come as Friends, Leave as Family,” is the mantra of the church. Pastor, Michael Boy, states, “no matter who you are or where you are in life’s journey, we welcome you,” with the church offering both traditional and contemporary worship services each Sunday as well as activities for everyone. A Social Justice Team also works hard to meet the needs of those in the community through the food pantry and various assistance programs.
Serving for the first time as lead pastor, Michael has been involved in church youth ministry for about 25 years. He states that, “we believe that youth are a vital part of our community and have teens involved in our worship service as well as being active in helping with our children education programs and community outreach teams.” He continues, “It is so important to have our youth be involved in the lives of those around them. They have so much energy and passion, to be able to help focus that on others…is awesome!”
Future events that the Ascutney Union Church include indoor rock climbing at Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center in Quechee, VT as well as an ongoing young adult group who have committed to volunteering their time to conduct middle and high school groups. Other groups that offer activities for all ages include: Home Fellowship Groups as well as a men’s group and women’s group who meet regularly and participate in fun activities. Ascutney Union Church prides itself on a commitment of building a caring and non-judgmental community that welcomes all.
In 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation proposed a vision for America where we all strive to build a national Culture of Health – a culture that enables all to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come. Ascutney Union Church is being recognized as a community partner not traditionally associated with Health or Health services but taking collaborative action toward building this culture.