Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone likes to know what to expect. Here are some questions (and answers!)
What times are your worship services?
We gather for worship on Sundays at 10:00 am. Summer worship services begin at 9:30 am from June 18 to Sept 10, 2017, and occasionally for special services throughout the year.
How do I get there? Where do I park?
First Church is located at the corner of Hanover and Union Streets in Manchester, NH. There is parking on Sunday mornings and evenings just north of the church on Union Street in the adjacent parking lot. Additional spaces are available in front of the church on Union Street and in our small parking area along the church driveway. For detailed information, please see our Contact page or view map below:
What happens during our Worship Service?
As you enter the church you will be welcomed by a friendly greeter. You will then enter the sanctuary where an usher will give you a Sunday Bulletin with a printed order of the worship service.
Worship services feature readings from the Bible, preaching, prayer, and music. Children are invited to join the pastor during the service for Time With God’s Children, after which they are escorted to Sunday School classes.
What about children?
Children are always welcome in our worship service. Children begin in the worship service with their parents. Following the Time With God’s Children, children go to their respective Sunday School classes.
Will there be communion?
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated six times each year in the sanctuary during worship on Threshold Sundays. These include: the first Sunday of Advent, the first Sunday of Epiphany, the first Sunday in Lent, Emmaus Sunday (the second Sunday of Easter), Pentecost, and World Communion Sunday (the first Sunday in October). We serve only non-alcoholic grape juice, and always offer a gluten-free bread alternative. Whether you are a member of First Church, another church, or no church, you are welcome to join with us in this moment of blessing and grace. On the first Sunday of every month that is not a Threshold Sunday, we have a short, informal Communion service held in the Chapel following the 10:00 am service.
Will I be expected to give money?
An offering will be received during our service to support the church and its various ministries. We welcome any and all gifts from those who are able to contribute, but please do not feel obligated to put anything in the offering plate.
What happens after worship?
Following worship all are invited to Fellowship Hour where you can meet others and enjoy coffee, punch and refreshments. This gathering is located in the dining room on the lower level of the church. You can take any stairwell from the sanctuary exits to get to the dining room, and an elevator to the lower level is also available.
Do you offer childcare and Sunday School programs for children and youth?
We welcome and cherish children and families. We have trained and experienced teachers for our Sunday School classes and responsible adults who care for our youngest children in our church nursery. Our ushers can direct you to our nursery care.
What should I wear?
On any given Sunday, some of the congregation will come dressed in their “Sunday best”, while others dress more casually. You are encouraged to dress in whatever way feels most comfortable to you.
Is the Church Handicap accessible?
First Church is accessible for the disabled through the ramp door on the Amherst Street side of the building. There is also an elevator that serves all floor levels. A handicap accessible restroom is located on the main floor. In addition, we provide large print bulletins and wireless hearing assistance devices for those who may wish to use them. The church driveway has reserved handicapped parking. Please ask our ushers to assist you with any of these services.
How do I become a Member?
Joining First Church as a member means that you agree to a covenantal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and with others in our community of faith. We offer a New Member Orientation to explore and discuss what membership is all about. This is followed by a New Member joining Sunday, at which time new members are welcomed into our church family.
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ONA Team thanks everyone for responding to the Survey!
We had an overwhelming response to the ONA Survey to gauge where we are in the ONA process. The ONA Team will be meeting over the next few weeks to analyze the results and report to the First Church Congregation.
Relax and Reflect in the Memory Garden
A vision only a year ago, our First Church's Memory Garden is blooming! Please stop by to relax and reflect on loved ones who have passed before us. It is located outside the Chapel entrance.
Many thanks for everyone's contributions and to the volunteers who had the vision to make this happen.
New Summer Worship Hours
Summer Worship begins at 9:30am from now through Labor Day Sunday.
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First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104