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

One of the best parts of my work is being able to teach and write about our faith and Church life. I’m pleased to offer my reflections... Learn more...

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

Rev. Kevin offers a variety of multi-week book and Bible study classes at different times during the church year. Past classes have included... Learn more...

“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

 

 Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 10:00am

Worship This Sunday

Join us this Sunday for worship!  Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Kevin Pleas, will lead the worship at 10:00am in the Sanctuary. This week's sermon is titled "We Always Give Thanks."  The scripture reading is from Colossians 1:3-8.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019   

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.  Due to scheduling conflicts, there will not be a September Service of Prayer and Healing, however Rev. Kevin Pleas is available any time you are in need of prayer.

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December 8th

Angel Tree Deadline

Please remember to check out the Angel Tree in the Dining Room!  Deadline to return gifts is Sunday, December 8th.

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2019 Cookbook

2019 Women's Connection Cookbook

only $12.50 each

See a member of Women's Connection to order      

 Highlights

Men's Group on Sunday, December 21st at 8am

Join Rev. Pleas at the first monthly Men's Breakfast!

Sign up on the office window, or talk to Rev. Pleas for details.

Meet the Pastor Wednesdays 1pm-3pm

Come in Wednesdays 1pm-3pm for some very inspirational one-on-one time with Rev. Kevin Pleas.

Dress A Girl

The next Dress A Girl Sew will be Thursday, November 21st, at 9am.  Everyone is welcome to join us as we make some dresses for girls at risk around the world.

Thanks to everyone who continues to support and sew for Dress A Girl!  

Sokhom has brought our dresses to Cambodia!  This grandmother is raising the grandchildren so the parents can find work in Thailand.

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Young Athletes Volunteers

We continue to volunteer with the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program on Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm at Manchester Community Music School.  See Bill Jones to get more details and to get involved!

New Members Joining

On Sunday, October 20th, our newest members Wilson Plamondon and Bruce Kinney joined FCC during worship.

To learn more about the benefits and inspiration that comes with belonging to the First Congregational Church, please contact Rev. Pleas.

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Latest News

Current Videos

Click here to enjoy our current videos on Vimeo including "Weave" sung by our choir during the Dress A Girl Around the World Blessing and Stewardship Sunday service.   Also check out "I Believe", Jeffrey Frye's original "We are Unbroken (After All)", and other unique and enjoyable FCC musical moments!!

From the Pastor's Desk

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Sunday Bulletin

See the order of worship at First Church for the Sunday Service, including the Scripture Reading. Learn more...

The Sunday News

What’s happening this week in the life of First Church? Learn more...

Church Window

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

June 2, 2019

Welcome to our Confirmands!

   

June 2, 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Recipients!

   

June 16, 2019

Welcome New Member, Alan Martin!