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.

Christmas Eve

Family Service

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.

Blue Christmas

A reflective service offered before Christmas in recognition that the Holiday season can be very challenging for those who have recently suffered a loss.

Ash Wednesday

A service of Ashes and Communion, held in our Chapel, to begin the season of Lent.

Holy Week

Palm Sunday

A service marking the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.

Maundy Thursday

A “Tenebrae,” or “Service of Shadows,” commemorating Jesus Last Supper with his disciples in the upper room.

Easter

An uplifting celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection, complete with choirs, bells, lilies and trumpets.

Thanksgiving

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...

Music

First Church has a dynamic and inclusive music ministry for all ages. Our adult ensembles and children ensembles enrich our worship services... 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

 

 Highlights

Saturday, April 20th at 2pm  
Celebration of Life for Michael Pugh

Please join the family and friends in the sanctuary on Saturday, April 20th at 2pm, as we celebrate the glorious life of Michael Pugh.  A reception will follow the service.

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Saturday, May 11th at 10am  
Celebration of Life for Beverly Archambault

Please join the family and friends at Goodwin Funeral Home on Saturday, May 11th at 10am, as we celebrate the meaningful life of Beverly Archambault.   Goodwin Funeral Home is located at 607 Chestnut Street, Manchester, NH.  

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Friday, May 10th at 10am  
Celebration of Life for Denis Tremblay

Please join the family and friends in the Sanctuary on Friday, May 10th at 10am, as we celebrate the wonderful life of Denis Tremblay.   

 

Saturday, May 11th  

NHCUCC Women's Spring Gathering at FCC

Send your registration form by May1st...and sign up on the office window to help.

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Saturday, June 1st  

Women's Connection 7th Annual Mystery Ride

Sign up on the office window...limited number can attend.  Drivers needed!

Saturday, June 8th  

Special Olympics Summer Games  Mini-Jav

Sign up to Volunteer TODAY!

Be part of the First Church Volunteer Day at the Special Olympics Summer Games at the UNH campus in Durham.  We are looking for 50 volunteers...no experience necessary!  Just a caring heart and the desire to help make our 4th year another success for the athletes!

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 Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 10:00am

Worship Easter Sunday

Join us for Easter Sunday!  Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Kevin Pleas, will lead the worship service at 10:00am in the Sanctuary. This week's sermon is titled "The Game of Skeptism".  The reading is from John 20:1-10, 19-29.

Following worship, all are welcome to fellowship in the dining room.

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Monday, April 29th at 6:30pm   

Interfaith Women of New Hampshire

Join Interfaith Women of New Hampshire at St. Catherine of Sienna School Auditorium, 206 North St, Manchester, on Monday, April 29th at 6:30pm.

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Sunday, May 12, 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.  

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Sunday, May 5, 2019   

"Spring Ring Sunday" Open House to learn about playing bells!

Join us for beautiful handbell music on May 5th and stay after worship to find out more about ringing handbells at the special bell "open house!"  Hear how you can learn how to play handbells at FCC!  For more information, you can also contact Adam Peithmann at 603-625-5093 or apeithmann@fccmanchesternh.org

Sundays at 10am

Sunday School is in full swing!

All children are invited to visit the Sunday School.  Children attend the 10am worship service, then head to classes following "Time with God's Children".

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2019 Cookbook Preorder

Preorder your 2019 Women's Connection Cookbook

only $12.50 each

See a member of Women's Connection to order      

Latest News

Open & Affirming

 

Thanks to all who participated in the Healing the Divide 2019 Gathering!

 

Enjoy the choir's rendition of "I Believe"

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Enjoy the Jeffrey's original composition of "We are Unbroken"

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Sunday Bulletin

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Quilt Raffle Winners 

Thanks to everyone for the donations to the Quilt Raffle.  We collected $840 which will be used towards upcoming Quilt Ministry projects!