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 10:00 a. m. 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.
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. The Deep Blue Crew will be traveling all over the world in 2017-2018. 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.
“Peace Ringers” Children’s Hand Bell Choir
New this year is our Peace Ringers Children’s Hand Bell Choir which 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. The schedule to see the Peace Ringers is pending, but watch the Sunday News!
Children in grades 2-5 have a bonding program of their own called Me Too. The program meets once a month in the recreation room from at 12noon-1:30pm – following Peace Ringers’ practice. It is a time for food, fun and fellowship. As our world moves faster, children need time to connect with each other, and learn what they can do to share the love of God with friends. We gather for a lunch with the family, followed by Bible Blast games, while the adults have a topic of their own to discuss. We conclude by gathering the families together for a craft activity, mission project discussion, or a surprise guest.
First Church Choirs
Our choirs enrich your worship experience, which includes children’s story, music, sermon, and prayer.
Communion is celebrated during worship on “Threshold Sundays” – the first Sunday of Advent, the first Sunday of the New Year, the first Sunday... Learn more...
Rev. Kevin offers a variety of multi-week book and Bible study classes at different times during the church year. Past classes have included... Learn more...
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Join us for the Second Sunday of Advent. Our Commissioned Minister of Pastoral Care, Barbara Papagian, will lead the worship service at 10:00am in the Sanctuary. This week's sermon is titled "Sing it, Zechariah." The reading is from Luke 1:67-72.
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.
Holidays, especially Christmas, can be a painful time for some.
For those who are experiencing pain and loss, we want you to know that you are not alone. Join with others on Monday, December 10th at 7pm in the Chapel, as we acknowledge each other’s sadness, while affirming the life-giving presence of God.
Christmas Eve Services
4:30pm Family Christmas Service
8:00pm Candlelight Service
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
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Liz Verity was presented at the Spirit of NH Award Ceremony as the FCC Volunteer of the Year!
Thanks to everyone for the donations to the Quilt Raffle. We collected $840 which will be used towards upcoming Quilt Ministry projects!
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104