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 to Sept (exact dates to be announced),  and occasionally for special services throughout the year.

Will someone call me after the service?

We encourage to fill out a Pew Welcome Card to ask questions and request a call back.  Cards can be placed in the Offering Plate.  At any time you can call the office at 603-625-5093 if you have questions or need spiritual guidance from the Pastor.

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. 

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Communion

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...

Bible Study

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!