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History

Bethel traces its roots to people of various denominational backgrounds from the Buckingham neighborhood. The church was organized in 1941 as the founders gathered at Barrett Elementary School, singing “Blest Be the Tie That Binds.” Bethel moved to its current location in the mid-1940’s and grew to become a vital force in the Buckingham neighborhood of Arlington. More and more, Bethel reflects the current diversity of the surrounding area.  A spirit of community is one of the hallmarks of the congregation.  Bethel is part of the United Church of Christ (UCC), which was founded in 1957 with the merger of the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Church. For more information about the UCC, visit www.ucc.org.
In 2018 Bethel moved into the church building at 300 North Montague Street. Bethel UCC and Arlington Church of the Brethren entered into a covenant all relationship to share the building and several ministries including children’s education, weekday Bible Study and several service projects. Together we collect cereal for AFAC while each congregation organizes times to volunteer at the AFAC site. Annual projects for Church World Service (CROP Walk), Arlington’s Offender Aid Restoration, and other Agencies are supported with our time, talents, and finances.

Listen to this 2018 All Saints message by Peter Rich for a wonderful story of Bethel’s rich history.