Children

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

603-625-5093

KYork@FCCManchesterNH.org

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.

Click here for the 2019-2020 Church School Registration Form

Communion

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.

Children’s Choir

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.  

First Church Choirs

Our choirs enrich your worship experience, which includes children’s story, music, sermon, and prayer. 

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Communion

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...

Bible Study

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...

“It is my time at First Church that helps me "recharge" my spirit with faith and hope for the coming week!”

Sue Hannigen

“A path which leads me forward in a journey of grace and love with my family, friends, and community."

Bruce Attridge

“Cherished elements of core traditions live on at First Church…” 

Grant Dugan

“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.”

Pamela LeBlanc

 

“I get an overall feeling of being uplifted.”

Joan Currier

 

VISITORS TO THE FCC OFFICES

Until further notice, visitors should call ahead to ensure the health and safety of our staff, members, and friends.  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 Barbara Papagian.  Our prayers are with you.

 Upcoming Events

Sunday Worship with Barbara Papagian
Sunday, July 12th at 10am following the 9:30am Hymn & Sing

[CLICK HERE] to join Babara Papagian, Commissioned Minister of Pastoral Care, via Facebook/FCCManchester on Sunday following the Hymn & Sing which starts at 9:30am.

  To connect to the Lyrics and Bulletin, please [CLICK HERE].​

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Barbara Papagian by 8:30am.

You do not need a Facebook account to view the services live or watch the videos on your own time.

Rev. Pleas will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via In The Spirit.  To sign up, send your email to Rev. Pleas 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.

Sunday Worship
Worship On Sunday

[CLICK HERE] to join Rev. Kevin Pleas via Facebook/FCCManchester on Sunday following the Hymn & Sing which starts at 9:30am.

  To connect to the Lyrics and Bulletin, please [CLICK HERE].​

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Barbara Papagian by 8:30am.

You do not need a Facebook account to view the services live or watch the videos on your own time.

Rev. Pleas will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via In The Spirit.  To sign up, send your email to Rev. Pleas 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.

Children's Program
Virtual Camp at Horton Center

The Horton Center is offering a FREE virtual summer camp for children grades 3-12.  There are 4 virtual camps being offered starting Monday, June 29th through Monday July 20th.  Check out this great opportunity to experience The Horton Center from your home this summer!  Click this link for more information!  

Virtual VBS
Join us for free VBS July 27th-31st

The CYM committee is SO excited to announce that FCC will host a Virtual VBS this summer!  July 27 – 31 we will be having a virtual VBS with videos and some Facebook Lives (depending on family availability).  We will be doing the Orange: Focus: Take a Closer Look. 

This may be a different VBS than what you are used to but we will make it happen, nevertheless.  Your kids will get to dive deeper into their faith by putting the FOCUS on God and his amazing plan for us!  This VBS is available for pre-k through pre-teens.

The memory verse and FOCUS for this VBS is  “Let us keep looking to Jesus.  He is the one who started this journey of faith.  And he is the one who completes the journey of faith.”  Hebrews 12:2A

Families who are interested in participating will be given a VBS packet with activities and instructions on how to have their very own VBS virtual experience.  We will be supplementing this with videos, Facebook Lives and maybe some Google Meet Ups.

If you are interested in participating in the FCC Virtual VBS this summer, please contact Kelda York at kyork@fccmanchesternh.org

Happy Summer!

2020 Holly Berry Fair

Planned for Saturday, November 21st

Pam LeBlanc and Peggy Neveu are still coordinating our Holly Berry Fair - if we can't have a traditional fair, you can count of them to come up with a version we can all enjoy!

Anyone interested in making items for the Fair during this hiatus should contact Pam or Peggy.  Send them a photo of what you would like to donate or how you would like to help!

Women's Connection
Saturday, September 26th
Rest up for the 2020 Mystery Ride!

 Highlights

Sunday Hymn Sing and Worship

Thanks to all who tune into the First Congregational Church Facebook page for a live Hymn Sing with Adam and Lauren Peithmann followed by the Prayer Service by Rev. Kevin.  Please [CLICK HERE] or on the link below to access Facebook.  Both events will remain on Facebook for your inspiration, and you don't need a Facebook account.

To connect to the Lyrics and the Bulletins, [CLICK HERE].

On June 7th, the time moved up to 9:30am to start, and is followed by a separate Facebook Worship Service.

We hope everyone is well!  Blessings!

Friday Nights at FCC at 6pm

Looking to end the week on a high note?  On Fridays at 6pm Adam Peithmann will perform 20-30 minute mini recitals from the Chapel at FCC on Facebook Live.  Come and hear your favorite hymns arranged in a variety of styles plus classical standards.  We hope to see you there!

 Please [CLICK HERE] to access Facebook.  Events remain on Facebook for your inspiration, and you don't need a Facebook account.

Friday Book/Bible Study
Zoom Book/Bible Study

Barbara Papagian continues to hold a book/Bible study class based on Rabbi Kushnar’s book, “The Lord is My Shepherd” at 9:15am on Friday, July 10th.

Watch for the next series.  To join, please contact Barbara at BPapagian@FCCManchesterNH.org.

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Coming Back Soon
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, once we are reunited.

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Coming Back Soon
Men's Breakfast

Join Rev. Kevin and Peter Perich as the men of FCC make breakfast on the third Saturday of each month, and then enjoy a prayer discussion.  We will post when the next date is!.

Dress A Girl

Watch for updates.  Everyone is welcome to sew on their own or join us as we make some dresses for girls at risk around the world. Contact Linda Bonetti for patterns or kits.

Thanks to everyone who continues to support and sew for Dress A Girl!  

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To make masks for healthcare workers, here is a YouTube video I found very useful.  Call the facility first before dropping them off, please. Pattern for medical masks

Latest News

Videos on Vimeo

   

[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!!

From the Pastor's Desk

Get connected to Rev. Kevin's insights! Learn more...

Sunday Bulletin

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...

Church Window

What’s happening this month at First Church? Learn more...

What's happening with committees!

Read the 2019 Written Committee Reports by clicking here!

The 2019 Financial & Statistical Reports. Members wishing to receive a digital copy, can request one by email to Linda Bonetti at LBonetti@FCCManchesterNH.org.

2019 Cookbook

2019 Women's Connection Cookbook

only $12.50 each

See a member of Women's Connection to order