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

 

VISITORS TO THE FCC OFFICES

Until further notice, visitors should call ahead to ensure the health and safety of our staff, members, and friends.  The Food Closet is available Monday-Friday 9-12noon by prearrangement.  Should you need anything relating to the office, please email Linda Bonetti or Barbara Papagian.  Our prayers are with you.

 Upcoming Events

Pamela Kidd Pleas

It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news of the passing of Pam Pleas.

We pray for support and comfort for Rev. Kevin and the family.  We know that Pam is in the comfort of God.

As arrangements unfold, they will be posted here.

Blessings.

9:10 Morning Watch

Please be advised that the 9:10 Morning Watch will be suspended temporarily.  Please watch for updates on resuming.  Thank you.

Sunday Worship
Worship On Sunday

[CLICK HERE] to join Barbara Papagian, our Commissioned Minister of Pastoral Care, on Facebook/FCCManchester on Sunday at 10am for weekly Worship.

  To connect to the Web Bulletin, which includes music lyrics, please [CLICK HERE].​

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Barbara Papagian by 8:30am Friday.

You do not need a Facebook account to view the services live or watch the videos on your own time.

Barbara Papagian will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via The FCC Friday Link.  To sign up, send your email to Barbara by [CLICKING HERE].   We pray that everyone stays safe, obeys the rules, and keeps in phone or email contact with all those in need of kindness and an encouraging word.

2020 Holly Berry Fair

Plan for November 2021!

Pam LeBlanc and Peggy Neveu are still coordinating our Holly Berry Fair - we can't have a traditional fair, but please continue to create and plan for a spectacular event in 2021!

Anyone interested in making items for the Fair during this hiatus should contact Pam or Peggy.  Send them a photo of what you would like to donate or how you would like to help!

Women's Connection
Stayed tuned for Women's Connection!
The pop up Zoom socials are around the corner...stay tuned!

 Highlights

Stewardship Campaign 2021

The 2021 Stewardship Campaign kicked off on September 27th with the four October Sundays featuring recipients and members during the Stewardship Moment about their hands-on experiences delivering and receiving God’s work; and how everyone’s  financial support, even if small, enables us to help those around us.

We mailed out your pledge forms so check your mailbox!  If you did not receive one, please call Linda in the office.

This has been a tough year for everyone, but we hope to have your continued generous support of FCC as we strive to keep you connected and faithful.

If you have any questions, please call Linda or Dan McKenney.

Barbara Papagian Ecclesiastical Council

Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 3pm via Zoom

The Hillsborough Association of the NHCUCC invites you to the Ecclesiastical Council of Barbara Papagian, our Commissioned Minister of Pastoral Care.  For more information, [CLICK HERE].

Friday Nights at FCC at 6pm

Looking to end the week on a high note?  On Fridays at 6pm Adam Peithmann will post a 20-30 minute mini recital from  FCC on Vimeo.  Tune in to hear your favorite hymns arranged in a variety of styles plus classical standards.  We hope to see you there!

 Please [CLICK HERE] to access Vimeo.  Events remain on Vimeo for your inspiration.

Friday Book/Bible Study
Zoom Book/Bible Study at 10:00am Fridays

This series will be led by John Rowe on “Candide” by Voltaire.  That series will be held at 10am on Fridays.  The last Zoom meeting will be Friday, October 23rd.  To join the next Zoom series after the holidays, please contact Barbara at BPapagian@FCCManchesterNH.org.

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Coming Back Soon
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, once we are reunited.

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Men's Breakfast

Join Rev. Kevin and Peter Perich as the men of FCC make breakfast on the third Saturday of each month, and then enjoy a prayer discussion.  We will post when the next date is!.

                               Dress A Girl

Watch for updates.  Everyone is welcome to sew on their own or join us as we make some dresses for girls at risk around the world. Contact Linda Bonetti for patterns or kits.

Thanks to everyone who continues to support and sew for Dress A Girl!  

Learn more...

To make masks for healthcare workers, here is a YouTube video I found very useful.  Call the facility first before dropping them off, please. Pattern for medical masks

Latest News

Videos on Vimeo

   

[CLICK HERE] to enjoy our current videos on Vimeo.  Recently Adam has been recording some select pieces for your enjoyment.  Also check out "I Believe", Jeffrey Frye's original "We are Unbroken (After All)"; "Weave" sung by our choir during the Dress A Girl Around the World Blessing and Stewardship Sunday service; and other unique and enjoyable FCC musical moments!!

Quick Links to Content

From the Pastor's Desk

Link to Pastor Kevin Pleas' In the Spirit columns by [clicking here].

Sunday Bulletin

See the order of worship at First Church for the Sunday Service, including the Scripture Reading. Learn more...

The Sunday News & FCC Friday Link

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...

What's happening with committees!

Read the 2019 Written Committee Reports by clicking here!

The 2019 Financial & Statistical Reports. Members wishing to receive a digital copy, can request one by email to Linda Bonetti at LBonetti@FCCManchesterNH.org.

Cookbook

Women's Connection Cookbook

only $12.50 each

!See a member of Women's Connection or call the office for your copy of our favorite recipes