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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Our History

In 1839 the eager entrepreneurs of the Amoskeag Mills coaxed a small, struggling English Congregational Church to link arms with a small, struggling... Learn more...

Music

First Church has a dynamic and inclusive music ministry for all ages. Our adult ensembles and children ensembles enrich our worship service... Learn more...

Pastor's Class

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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

 

Sunday, June 3rd at 3pm Commissioning of Barbara Papagian

Join the Congregation and friends as we celebrate the Commissioning of Barbara Papagian as a Commissioned Minister.

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Saturday, June 2 at 11am Celebration of Life for Donald Brown

Join the family of Donald Brown at a Celebration of Life in our Sanctuary, followed by a reception in the Parlor.

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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, May 27, 2018 at 10:00am. 

This is Memorial Day Sunday.  Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Kevin Pleas, will lead the 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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Saturday, June 2, 2018 8am   

Special Olympics Volunteer Event

Join a team of First Church volunteers at the Mini-Jav event on the UNH Durham campus.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018 2-6pm   

Concord Pride

Join the ONA Committee on the State House lawn to offer First Church information and water to the Concord Pride attendees.

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Sunday, June 10, 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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Sunday Bulletin

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The Sunday News

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Church Window

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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.

Open & Affirming Convenant

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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