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Dalton, Massachusetts
Heaven in the heart of the Berkshires

Houses of Worship
The churches listed below are all in the Town of Dalton. You will find many others, including several Jewish synagogues, in neighboring Pittsfield.

(Note: most info below is originally from Berkshire Eagle's October 2004 Dalton Community Guide, used with permission and updated annually. Photos by Louise Frankenberg.)

Berkshire First Church of the Nazarene
First Church of the Nazarene
165 North Street

The Church of Nazarene was born out of the Wesleyan revival begun in England. It was officially formed in 1908 and has its headquarters in Kansas City. With over 2 million members worldwide, the Church of the Nazarene has its foundation firm faith in the Word of God in an evangelical, conservative tradition. The Nazarene Church in Dalton was formed in 1965 by the Rev. Ernest Smith. Parishioners met at the community house until the present church was built on the corner of North and Hale Streets. The door, timbers and other materials used in the construction came from the former Crane Inn which was being demolished. With a new elevator, the entire church is handicapped accessible. Its current pastor is Rev. Bryan P. Lamberton. Sunday School is at 11:00 a.m. with morning worship at 9:30 a.m. Mid-week programs/Bible studies for all ages takes place on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The church has a strong emphasis on youth programming for children of all ages.

First Congregational Church
First Congregational Church
514 Main St.

The First Congregational Church, UCC is the oldest church in Dalton gathered in 1785, as Massachusetts's law required that a Congregational Church be established in every new town.  The first church meeting house was built in 1791 near what is now Main Street Cemetery.  As the population increased, a larger building was needed and in 1807 the Town voted to fund a new Meeting House, eventually built on East Main Street near the intersection with Otis Avenue.  The current church building on Main Street was dedicated in 1889, with additions completed in 1914 and 1968.
The Rev. Dr. Quentin Chin is our current minister. As part of the United Church of Christ, we believe in God’s continuing testament – that we can hear God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today.  And we believe in extravagant welcome – our congregation extends hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love, and we provide an open communion table.  We are a member congregation of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ and its Berkshire Association.
We celebrate three distinctly different worship styles every Sunday - a less formal but traditionally based service in our Chapel at 8:00 a.m.; a contemporary service utilizing sacred and secular music at 9:15 a.m.; and a traditional service at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.  Special services are held on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and Easter.  Music for worship is led by Director of Music Fred Lucies, and includes an adult choir and our teen music group – Built on Rock.  A children’s choir sings for special occasions.
Our Sunday School welcomes children through 8th grade with Bible based curriculum and creative activities to help children experience God’s love.  Middle School and Senior High Youth Fellowships provide opportunities for our teenagers to learn how to express their faith in tangible and intangible ways.  We also offer a number of Bible study and adult education opportunities.
 The Green Gargoyle Gift and Thrift Shop offers used clothing, jewelry and household items for sale on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The church sponsors Boy Scout Troop 4 and hosts a variety of community organizations, including the weekly Sunday Lunch program.  The Dalton Cooperative Nursery School, an independent parent-run preschool, is located on the lower floor.

Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall
235 Division Road
(no additional info available)

St. Agnes Parish
St. Agnes Parish
489 Main St.

Now in its 96th year, the largest church in Dalton is St. Agnes Parish. St. Agnes' Catholic Community consists of St. Agnes' Dalton,  St. Patrick's Hinsdale and St. Matthew's Becket and it serves 5,000 parishioners. The congregation is led by Rev. Christopher Malatesta and serves all of the accompanying hill towns. Services are held on Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. During the academic year, there is a 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass. Religious education is offered on Saturdays at Saint Patrick, on Sundays at St. Agnes and on Mondays at St. Agnes.

The St. Agnes Parish Annual Christmas Bazaar is normally held in mid-November at the Parish Hall. The bazaar includes handcrafted item booths, ginger bread-decorating, pictures with Santa, the Mitten Tree, Parish Cook Books, and a raffle.

The first Mass in Dalton was celebrated in a private home in 1835 by the Rev. Jeremiah O'Callahan who administered to all of the faith in Vermont. Weddings and baptisms were held in Albany until churches were built locally, first in Pittsfield, then in Hinsdale. The latter, St. Patrick's, was the mother of the mission that formed in Dalton in 1861. As the religion grew, people met in homes, schools and even the Town Hall until the first St. Agnes was built in 1881. St. Agnes became a full parish in 1907 and a rectory was built. A new church and school were built in 1956 and dedicated in 1958. In 1962, a new convent was built and in 1976, the rectory was renovated.

The convent closed in 1993 and the building at 513 Main St. is now called a pastoral center. It is used for kindergarten and nursery school classes as well as serves as our Religious Education Center. St. Agnes' Parochial School has an enrollment of 200. Students graduate in 8th grade and move on to either St. Joseph's High School in Pittsfield or Wahconah Regional High School.

United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
755 Main St.
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Office hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  9-12.

The Methodist Church, at the corner of North and Main Streets, is home to over 150 parishioners led by Pastor Victor Han. Services are on Sunday at 8 & 10 a.m.  Sunday Schools for youth and adults are at 9 a.m.

Dalton is the cradle of Methodism in Berkshire County. The first service was preached by an itinerant preacher at a private home in 1788. Meetings continued at various locations, including a cidermill, with membership cards required. The first church was constructed at the corner of North and Main streets in 1834 and remodeled in 1850 and 1869. A parsonage, built in 1848, was sold and later rebuilt. The present church was built in 1894 with donations from Thomas G. Carson, Byron Weston and Zenas and W. Murray Crane. A wing with a social hall and six Sunday School rooms was added in 1965.

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