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 17 to Sept 2, 2018, 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.
First Church Choirs
Our choirs enrich your worship experience, which includes children’s story, music, sermon, and prayer.
Communion is celebrated during worship on “Threshold Sundays” – the first Sunday of Advent, the first Sunday of the New Year, the first Sunday... Learn more...
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!”
“A path which leads me forward in a journey of grace and love with my family, friends, and community."
“Cherished elements of core traditions live on at First Church…”
“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.”
“I get an overall feeling of being uplifted.”
"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
See a member of Women's Connection to order
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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From the Pastor's Desk
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See the order of worship at First Church for the Sunday Service, including the Scripture Reading. Learn more...
The Sunday News
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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