Sunday Mornings for Children
We warmly invite you and your children to join us on Sunday mornings for a time of spiritual enrichment and fun.
Visiting for the first time?
Please feel free to contact Kelda York, Children’s Ministry Coordinator, at KYork@FCCManchesterNH.org if you have any questions or if you would like to arrange a time to familiarize yourself with our building before coming to worship for the first time. On Sunday morning, feel free to ask an Usher or Greeter to introduce you to Betsy prior to the start of the worship service.
Kelda York, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Pre-K through Seventh Grade
We offer Sunday School during our 10:00am service during the school year. This summer there will not be church school during services, however the children’s room will be available for parents to use with their children if necesary. Every other Sunday during the summer there will be a planned activity: July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18 and September 1. If you are interested in leading the project, please contact Kelda…no experience is necessary and everything is supplied for you!
Children begin worship in the Sanctuary with their families. Following the “Talk with God’s Children” they exit the Sanctuary and gather in the recreation room for the scripture of the month, video over view of the scripture lesson, along with learning new songs. Children then go to their age level Sunday School class rooms. Grades 5 -7 have a more in-depth scripture lesson with a young teen focus on mission and how does the Bible apply in this time of their life.
First Church uses the Deep Blue curriculum, which excites children to connect with the Bible and the world around them through Bible stories easily read in the CEB language. Grades 5 -7 submerge into mission and spark discussions about applying scripture to everyday experiences. Each week closes with thought and prayer using a contemporary video. Technology is available with this curriculum along with a weekly devotional for the entire family.
We encourage our children to participate in Communion with their families on Communion Sunday’s. Children are escorted to the sanctuary to join with their family for Communion.
The Children’s Choir will practice in the Sanctuary (if no other congregational meeting is taking place in the Sanctuary that day) at 11:30am. Children in grades 2-8 are invited to speak with our Director of Music, Adam Peithmann, about openings.
“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
Visitors are always welcome at First Church! Masks are recommended if you are not fully vaccinated.
[CLICK HERE] to join Rev. Barbara Papagian, our Associate Pastor, at 10am Sunday for weekly virtual Worship.
We will be live in person also on August 1st, 15th, and 29th at 10am in the Sanctuary.
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!
Mothers and Special ladies honored with a donation to Church World Service!
Fathers or special men honored with a donation to Church World Service!
The Task Force met and reviewed the latest CDC protocols. These are our latest guidelines.
We appreciate those who made advance reservations, however they are no longer required.
Social distancing will be practiced in order to be able to sing.
If ramp access is needed, please ring the bell.
Collection box will be located in the narthex and plates by the exit doors.
Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available.
Ushers will hand out bulletins to those entering the sanctuary.
People may seat themselves in open pews.
No child care or Church School.
The Cradle Room is available but not staffed.
Masks are appreciated but not required if you are fully vaccinated.
We look forward to seeing everyone, but urge you not to congregate inside the building at this time.
Thank you, The ReOpening Task Force Updated on 6/23/21
All members and friends are asked to submit a photo for our internal "Photo Directory" to be published this fall. Email them to Lauren at LHenderson@FCCManchesterNH.org, or call the office to arrange to come in to take a photo. On Sundays, talk with Bill Jones or Pam LeBlanc about getting a photo taken.
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 and summer meeting times.
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!
Bulletins and Sunday News will be available at all in-person services.
What’s happening this month at First Church? Learn more...
Women's Connection Cookbook
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First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104