Communion is celebrated during worship on “Threshold Sundays” – the first Sunday of Advent, the first Sunday of the New Year, the first Sunday in Lent, Emmaus Sunday (the second Sunday of Easter), Pentecost, and World Communion Sunday (the first Sunday in October). Communion will also be celebrated on Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday.
On the first Sunday of every month that is not a Threshold Sunday, we have a short, informal communion service. This service is held in the Chapel and begins right after the conclusion of the 10:00 a.m. service.
Baptism is a sacred service of blessing, “a sacrament,” that welcomes a person into the Christian family of faith and confirms them in their Christian name and identity. It is often held for infants and young children, but is also open to people of any age who have not previously been baptized. Our practice is to conduct baptismal services during our regular Sunday morning worship when our “family of faith” is gathered. As representatives of the “worldwide body of believers,” our Congregation rejoices in witnessing this sacrament and in pledging their love, support and care for the one being Baptized and their family members. If you would like to schedule a baptismal service, please call our church office to reserve a date and arrange a conversation with our pastor. Church office phone: 603-625-5093
We warmly invite you and your children to join us on Sunday mornings for a time of spiritual enrichment and fun.
From the Pastor's Desk
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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
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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