Communion

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.

Baptisms

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

Children

We warmly invite you and your children to join us on Sunday mornings for a time of spiritual enrichment and fun.

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From the Pastor's Desk

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Ways To Get Involved

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First Church Concerts

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“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

 

Children's Education Coordinator sought...

Some people brought children to Jesus so that he would place his hands on them and pray. But the disciples scolded them. “Allow the children to come to me,” Jesus said. “Don’t forbid them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these children.” Then he blessed the children and went away from there.             —Matthew 19:13–15 (CEB)

In all that we do at our church, few things are as important as our children and youth. Ensuring that they know they are loved and safe when they are in our care, and providing classes and activities that bring them up in the faith — these are priorities for us that are as important as anything else we do together. 

Our CE Coodinator will be moving this summer, so we are seeking an enthusiastic Children and Youth Education Coordinator for 12-15 hours a week.  The CE Coordinator is responsible for the leadership and guidance of our Sunday School program for pre-school through eighth grade students.  The person must be strong in building relationships among parents, teachers, volunteers, and the larger congregation to bring vitality and growth to the program.  Strong candidates will possess excellent communication skills, including social media, and organizational skills; and be computer proficient.  Teaching and working in children’s ministry experience are a plus.  References and a successful criminal background check are required.  If you are interested in learning more about this position, please click here.

 Upcoming Events 

Worship Sunday

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 10:00am. 

This is the Fourth Sunday of Easter.  We welcome our member, Pip Adams, to lead traditional worship at 10am in the Sanctuary.  

Prior to the 10am service, please enjoy the new Time of Greeting ... meet new friends and share fond memories before worship begins.

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Tuesdays at 1pm and Wednesday at 6pm   

Bible Study Class is a weekly gathering led by Reverend Kevin. This week’s session, Tuesday 4/17 & Wednesday 4/18, will be about Joseph's Story.

Read: Genesis 37-40   & Kenneth Davis: “Don’t Know Much About the Bible” pg.87-92

Every week will we update the next reading for discussion.  Watch the Sunday News.                             

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Sunday, April 29th, 2018   

Great Bay Choral Festival

The First Congregational Church Chancel Choir will join 100 voices at the Choral Festival at the Christ Episcopal Church in Exeter.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018   

"Canoeing the Mountains" Workshop 9am-12noon

Come to this important discussion about the future of Christian Leadership in our ever-changing world.  

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Sunday, May 13, 2018   

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 10:00 am worship service and fellowship, on the 2nd Sunday each month.

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ONA Update   

ONA Celebration Service on Sunday, November 18th at 3pm

Join us as we celebrate our Open & Affirming status with a special worship service and Celebration on Sunday, November 18th at 3pm.  All are welcome to attend.

The faith community of First Congregational Church, Manchester NH reaffirms our shared covenant and beliefs that the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to love one another and to extend welcome to all people. We affirm that each individual is a child of God and that all are worthy of God’s love and grace.

As witness to these beliefs and as covenant members of Christ’s church, we proclaim and celebrate God’s love for people of all ages, all races and ethnic backgrounds, all mental and physical abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all sexual orientations, all gender identities and gender expressions, and all other diverse attributes that are woven into the fabric of humankind. 

We are called to be as one body, seeking to walk together in the complete life and ministry of our church. With God’s grace, we resolve to be an open, inclusive, affirming, and accessible community of faith. We invite all to participate and share in the life and leadership, ministry and fellowship, worship and sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of our Christian community.

Approved by the Congregation on Sunday, November 19, 2017

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