First Church Choirs
Our choirs enrich your worship experience, which includes children’s story, music, sermon, and prayer.
The Chancel Choir
This is an adult ensemble, which sings at the 10:00 a.m. worship service each week.
The Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. and sings for the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service. The choir also performs in special concerts and services throughout the year such as Music Sunday, Gospel Sunday, and our triennial Messiah concert. Everyone ages high school and older are welcome to participate.
The Sabbath Bells
This ensemble rings for special services and at other times throughout the year.
The Sabbath Bells rehearse on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and rings for special services such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and at other times throughout the year. Everyone ages high school and older are welcome to participate. Lessons are available for those who have never rung hand bells.
The Carol Choir
This children’s choir sings for special services and events.
The Carol Choir rehearses after the Sunday service on most Sundays. They sing for special services and special events throughout the year. Children grades 2 through middle school are welcome to participate.
The Sunday School Choir
This children’s ensemble perform throughout the year.
The Sunday School Choir rehearses during Sunday School and sing throughout the year. The choir is open to all children and youth in the Sunday School program.
Peace Ringers Children’s Hand Bell Choir
Children in grades 2-8 are invited to participate in the Peace Ringers. They practice in the sanctuary on Sundays at 11:30am. Anyone interested must first meet with our Director of Music, Adam Peithmann.
From the Pastor's Desk
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"Angels in Human Skin" Presentation by Dr. Dirkje Legerstee
An art installation and accompanying story presentation to honor and remember her family's survival through WWII.
Artwork will be on display in the sanctuary for one week from March 17th to March 24th.
Thursday, March 21st there will be a “Meet the Artist” Reception from 6 to 8pm, and on Sunday, March 24th, a special worship service with lunch and Dr. Legerstee’s presentation to follow.
Songweavers "I am Light" Concert
100 Women Singers & 20 Drummers
New Hampshire's original women's chorus... 100 members strong accompanied by 16-20 African style drummers, with piano and guitar. Songweavers is a musical experience of harmony, excitement and love.
Call 625-5093 to reserve tickets. $15 Seniors/Student and $20 Adults
Preorder your 2019 Women's Connection Cookbook
only $12.50 each
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Join us for the Third Sunday of Lent. Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Kevin Pleas, will lead the worship service at 10:00am in the Sanctuary with visiting preacher Rev. Dr. Dirkje Legerstee who will be delivering the sermon. The reading is from the Hebrew Bible Deuteronomy 30:13-19 and the Gospel Lesson is from First John 4:7-20.
Prior to the 10:00am service, please enjoy the new Time of Greeting ... meet new friends and share fond memories before worship begins.
Following worship, there will be a special luncheon followed by a presentation by Rev. Dr. Kirkje Legerstee "An Angel in Human Skin" along with her artwork.
This is the perfect time to join the First Congregational Church! A new member joining Orientation will be held on Monday, April 1st at 6pm to introduce you to Rev. Pleas and the Membership Committee, and hear about all the opportunties for spirital enrichment and community involvement that First Church offers.
On Sunday, April 14th, new members and those transferring their membership from another church, or renewing their membership at First Church, will be introduced to the congregation as part of the ceremony.
You are welcome here!
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.
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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