First Congregational Church, 508 Union St., Manchester, NH 03104 603-625-5093

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.  Due to Covid, all the children’s programming listed here has been place on hold.  Please contact Rev. Carolyn Keilig for clarification on what children’s programming is being planned.

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 her 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.  In the summer there is no church school during services, however the children’s room will be available for parents to use with their children if necesary.  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 a curriculum that 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 Registration Form 2021-2022  

 

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. Carolyn and Rev. Barbara will offer a variety of multi-week book and Bible study classes at different times during the church year.

“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

"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

 Upcoming Events

Sunday Worship

We are back! The in-person/live streamed worship service is on Sundays at 10am.

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Rev. Barbara Papagian by 8:30am Thursday to include in the service.

Rev. Barbara will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via The FCC Friday Link on the 1st and 3nd Fridays of the month; and special editions to keep you updated with FCC Covid protocols.  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.

9am Morning Watch

Join 9am Morning Watch Monday-Thursday.

[CLICK HERE] to connect to Facebook

[CLICK HERE] to access the Morning Watch Bulletin on the FCC Bulletins page.

New Member Joining

Welcome to Rev. Randy and to Justin!

Sneakers & Sweats for Bakersville

Outreach is asking for donations of new sneakers and sweatpants and shirts to aid students in need at Bakersville School.  Sign up on the office window.

Holly Berry Fair
Saturday, October 22nd!

Crafting Thursdays 9-12noon!

Click here for Holly Berry Fair info

Contact Pam or Peggy to get involved!  The more the merrier!

 Highlights

Open & Affirming

Queen City Pride Festival on Saturday, June 18th

Thanks to all who volunteered to make this another endearing event!

See the latest Open and Affirming News by [clicking here]!

 

Women's Connection

 WC 10th Annual Mystery Ride...Saturday, June 11th

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

For more information about upcoming WC events, contact Denise (beau.de@comcast.net) or Pam (blanclp@comcast.net).

Music Sunday
Sunday, June 12th!
Memory Garden gets a facelift!

  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 new dwarf Japanese Maple is a stunning addition, thanks to the many donations and our team of volunteers led by Liz Verity!

Join us in the Sanctuary on Sundays at 10am!

April 12, 2022 update from the Church Council on Worship Services and Fellowship regarding Covid 19 mitigation protocols at First Congregational Church-

It has been over two years since the pandemic first impacted our state and our beloved First Congregational Church, and Covid 19 continues to affect our lives in its various mutations. While staff and church leadership will continue paying attention to the current infection rates and Covid-related hospitalizations, we (cautiously) are pleased to lift the last remaining Covid 19 mitigation protocols in our building.   For more information [Click Here]...

-Rev. Carolyn Keilig & The FCC ReOpening Task Force

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!!

Sunday Bulletin

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.

Learn more...

Church Window

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

Women's Connection Cookbook

Buy one at $12.50 each and get one of the sample cookbooks from the printer for FREE!

!See a member of Women's Connection or call the office for your copy of our favorite recipes

VISITORS TO THE FCC OFFICES

Visitors are always welcome at First Church.

The Food Closet is available Monday-Friday 9-12noon.

Should you need anything relating to the office, please call, or email Linda Bonetti, Lauren Henderson, Rev. Carolyn Keilig, or Rev. Barbara Papagian.

Photo Directory

Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo!  We have published the "online instant picture directory" with personal passwords!  Refer to directions in the Friday Link for how to connect and edit your own information.