We are a warm and inviting Christian community with a rich history, a vibrant present, and an exciting future. Located in the heart of Manchester, we open our doors to all who would join us for meaningful worship, joyful friendship, and compassionate service to the world. No matter where you may be in your journey of faith, you are welcome here. We practice an open-hearted and open-minded faith, which is our understanding of what it means to love and serve God.
The First Congregational Church (First Church) is located at 508 Union Street in downtown Manchester, NH, with our office entrance off the driveway that runs between Hanover Street and Amherst Street. We can be reached at 603.625.5093; or by email to the Associate Pastor, Rev. Barbara Papagian, at BPapagian@FCCManchesterNH.org, or email to the Church Administrator, Linda Bonetti, at LBonetti@FCCManchesterNH.org.
“It is my time at First Church that helps me "recharge" my spirit with faith and hope for the coming week!”
“A path which leads me forward in a journey of grace and love with my family, friends, and community."
“Cherished elements of core traditions live on at First Church…”
“I hope others will find such joy when they come here.”
Eleanor Flint Campbell
“We treasure our many friends and colleagues in this wonderful congregation.”
Susan and Bruce Felmly
“I love First Church because of my involvement with Women's Connection.”
"We visited several churches after moving to Manchester. In our worship at First Church we were overwhelmed by the great preaching, the magnificent music and the very welcoming congregation. We feel truly blessed to have been led to membership at First Church."
Ross and Marion Palmes
Until further notice, visitors should call ahead to ensure the health and safety of our staff, members, and friends. Although visitors are welcome with masks, meetings and gatherings are not being held at this time.
The Food Closet is available Monday-Friday 9-12noon by prearrangement. Should you need anything relating to the office, please email Linda Bonetti, Rev. Kevin Pleas, or Rev. Barbara Papagian. Our prayers are with you.
[CLICK HERE] to join Rev. Kevin Pleas, our Senior Pastor, as he delivers this week's message on Facebook.com/FCCManchester, at 10am Sunday for weekly Worship.
To connect to the Web Bulletin, which includes music lyrics, please [CLICK HERE].
[CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Rev. Barbara Papagian by 8:30am Friday.
You do not need a Facebook account to view the services live or watch the videos on your own time.
Rev. Barbara will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via The FCC Friday Link. To sign up, send your email to Rev. Barbara by [CLICKING HERE]. We pray that everyone stays safe, obeys the rules, and keeps in phone or email contact with all those in need of kindness and an encouraging word.
The Ordination Ceremony and Installation of Rev. Barbara Papagian as our Associate Pastor was on Sunday, May 16th!
Honor your mother or special lady with a donation to Church World Service!
Honor your father or special man with a donation to Church World Service!
[CLICK HERE] for the Fathers Day Tools for Hope Sunday Order Form with instructions. Return the form to the office by June 11th, and send a photo of your loved one to Adam Peithmann at APeithmann@FCCManchesterNH.org.
Join us in August when we resume!
Please call the Church Office 603-625-5093 to reserve seating.
Watch the FCC Friday Link as we develop more plans for opening the doors!
- Advance reservations are needed for contact tracing and can be made by calling the church office (625-5093) Monday-Thursday.
- Families/Units can sit together in a pew.
- Entry is through the center Narthex doors ONLY.
- Upon entry, please check name with greeter.
- Exiting is through the casket door ONLY.
- If handicap access is needed, please convey this when making reservations.
- Collection box will be located in the narthex and near the exit door.
- There will be limited access to upstairs bathroom; no downstairs access.
- Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available.
- Ushers will hand out bulletins to those entering the sanctuary
- People can seat themselves in open pews.
- No child care or church school but the Nursery is available.
- Masks are required. Vaccinations are strongly urged.
Thanks to everyone who pitched in to work on the Memory Garden! Our tranquil space for personal reflection and healing is available to you outside the Chapel doors.
Donations to the Memory Garden can be sent directly to FCC with "Memory Garden" in the memo.
The year culminated with a Mystery Ride! Watch for details of the fall kick-off!
Get ready for the Holly Berry Fair on Saturday, November 20, 2021!
Will will have open craft days to work on projects Thursdays, July 15 & 22, and August 5 & 19. Contact Pam LeBlanc (email@example.com) or Peggy Neveu (firstname.lastname@example.org) talk about how you can get involved!
[CLICK HERE] to enjoy our current videos on Vimeo. Recently Adam has been recording some select pieces for your enjoyment. Also check out "I Believe", Jeffrey Frye's original "We are Unbroken (After All)"; "Weave" sung by our choir during the Dress A Girl Around the World Blessing and Stewardship Sunday service; and other unique and enjoyable FCC musical moments!!
The Open & Affirming Committee generally meets via zoom on the 4th Sunday at 1pm. Contact Carol Soucy for more information.
Saturday, June 19th noon-6pm
FCC folks are invited to volunteer for the event. If you are interested in helping out for an hour or 1.5 hour shift, please call Carol Soucy 603-591-6387; email email@example.com, or contact Lauren Henderson in the church office. A sign-up sheet will also be posted on the church office window.
We appreciate the support and assistance we’ve received from the Membership Committee. They are preparing print give-aways and FCC labeled water bottles for that day. The QCP organizing committee has established Covid-19 protocols. If you sign up as a volunteer, committee members will review the plans QCP has established for the safety of all.
See the order of worship at First Church for the Sunday Service, including the Scripture Reading. Learn more...
The Sunday News & FCC Friday Link
What’s happening this week in the life of First Church? Click on the FCC Friday Link to see what happening around First Congregational Church!
For the rest of the "Covid season" we will stop producing the Sunday News, and resume it with the Bulletins at "in person" services.
What’s happening this month at First Church? Learn more...
Women's Connection Cookbook
only $12.50 each
!See a member of Women's Connection or call the office for your copy of our favorite recipes
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104