Holiday and Special Services
First Church offers a variety of special, seasonal and themed services throughout the year to which you are warmly invited to attend.
Service of Prayer and Healing
This monthly meaningful and meditative service is held in the Chapel following worship on Sundays from September through June. 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. Please watch the calendar for specific dates.
A celebration of Christmas designed especially for families and children of all ages.
Candle Light Service
A beautifully traditional celebration of the birth of Christ in lessons, carols and candle light.
A reflective service offered before Christmas in recognition that the Holiday season can be very challenging for those who have recently suffered a loss.
A service of Ashes and Communion, held in our Chapel, to begin the season of Lent.
A service marking the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.
A “Tenebrae,” or “Service of Shadows,” commemorating Jesus Last Supper with his disciples in the upper room.
An uplifting celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection, complete with choirs, bells, lilies and trumpets.
An ecumenical service put on by the churches of the Greater Manchester Clergy Association and held in a different church every year.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the First Congregational Church is to faithfully embody the Spirit of Christ in worship, fellowship and service by engaging with... Learn more...
Holidays and Special Services
First Congregational Church offers a number of Holiday and special services throughout the year to which you are warmly invited... Learn more...
Families and Children
Families and children are prominent in our church life. Children participate in worship and events throughout the year. Children are... Learn more...
“First Church has been a welcome home for our growing family.”
Lauren and Adam Peithmann
“First Church is very active and gives you a chance to meet new people."
Bruce and Donna Willey
“First Church gave me great comfort during those times when life seemed its hardest.”
“We feel truly blessed to have been led to membership at First Church."
Ross and Marion Palmes
“I am honored to say, 'This is my Church'.”
"I found what I was searching for when I attended First Church.”
“We are very proud to be long time members and affectionately call First Church our Church Family.”
Kathy and Steve Payne
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.
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...
What’s happening this month at First Church? Learn more...
From the Pastor's Desk
Get connected to Rev. Kevin's insights! Learn more...
Saturday, August 19th Funeral Service for Carl Mayland
Join family and friends at 11am at the Celebration of Life of Carl Mayland.
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104