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

Sunday, October 13, 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 "Shadowbound."  The reading is from Psalm 107:1-9.                          

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Church School

Church School

Children will attend the worship service at 10:00am with their family and following "Time with God's Children" they will go with their teachers to Sunday School.  

Registration forms are on the table outside the Children's Ministry office, or click here.

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Bible Study

Tuesdays 1pm-2:30pm starting October 1st through November 5th

Wednesdays 6pm-7:30pm starting October 2nd thorugh November 6th

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New Member Orientation

On Sunday, October 20th, our newest members will join and be presented 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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Sunday, October 13, 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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 Highlights

Starts October 16th

Young Athletes Program

We will begin volunteering with the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program on Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm begining October 16th.  See Bill Jones to get more details!

Dress A Girl

The next Dress A Girl Sew will be Thursday, October 17th, at 9am.  Everyone is welcome to join us as we make some dresses for Sokhom to take to Cambodia at the end of the month.

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

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2019 Cookbook

2019 Women's Connection Cookbook

only $12.50 each

See a member of Women's Connection to order      

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

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!