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

 

 Upcoming Events

Monday, December 16, 2019,  at 11:00am

Philip Jacobs Funeral Service

Join friends and family at the funeral service of Philip Jacobs at Goodwin Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut Street, Manchester, on Monday, December 16th at 11am.

Sunday, December 15, 2019,  at 10:00am

Worship This Sunday

Join us this Sunday for worship on the Third Sunday of Advent!  Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Kevin Pleas, will lead the worship at 10:00am in the Sanctuary. This week's sermon is titled "The Gift of Joy."  The scripture reading is from Philippians 4:4-7..

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Services

Christmas Eve Worship

Please join us on Christmas Eve for our joyous services!

At 4:30pm all are invited to the Family Worship Celebration.

At 8:00pm all are invited to the more solemn Candlelight Service.

Sunday, January 12, 2020   

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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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 next 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!

Next New Member Joining is January 19th

Mark your calendar to join First Congregational Church on Sunday, January 19th! 

Orientation is Tuesday, January 7th at 6pm.

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

Get connected to Rev. Kevin's insights! Learn more...

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

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June 2, 2019

Welcome to our Confirmands!

   

June 2, 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Recipients!

   

June 16, 2019

Welcome New Member, Alan Martin!