Children and Youth
Children of all ages are a vital part of the First Church congregation. Children are always welcome in our worship services and often participate through singing, playing instruments, or reading Scripture.
First Church views children’s ministry as something that goes on well beyond Sunday morning. We provide support and nurture for parents and their children through classes, groups and seasonal events. In addition, we work to help parents understand the interaction between faith development and childhood development stages, and how parents can follow up at home with the lessons children have learned during church on Sunday.
We seek to make every child feel welcome, particularly newcomers and those with special needs, and we want to be their advocates. We seek to create a program that is active, enticing, and free of stress so every child will look forward to coming to First Church on Sundays.
“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.”
“I get an overall feeling of being uplifted.”
Handel's Messiah, Part 1
Handel's Messiah, Part 1, returns to the First Congregational Church on Saturday, December 2nd at 4pm. If you are interested in performing in the amazing triennial event, click here for the Performer's Invitation.
For a listing of rehearsal dates and commitment, please click here.
Our Sunday worship begins at 10am! Our Commissioned Minister, Barbara Papagian, will lead the worship service at 10:00am in the Sanctuary.
Prior to the 10:00am service, please enjoy the new Time of Greeting ... meet new friends and share fond memories before worship begins.
Service of Prayer and Healing
Inspired by the Celtic Tradition, the roughly half-hour service will include music, readings, prayers and an opportunity to receive a “Laying on of Hands” blessing. Service will be held in the Chapel following the 10:00am worship service and fellowship, on the 2nd Sunday each month.
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From the Pastor's Desk
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See the order of worship at First Church for the Sunday Service, including the Scripture Reading. Learn more...
The Sunday News
What’s happening this week in the life of First Church? Learn more...
What’s happening this month at First Church? Learn more...
ONA Celebration Service on Sunday, November 18th at 3pm
Join us as we celebrate our Open & Affirming status with a special worship service and Celebration on Sunday, November 18th at 3pm. All are welcome to attend.
The ONA Team offers water and resources to Concord Pride attendees on June 2nd!
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104