Ministry of Mission and Outreach

This Ministry leads the efforts of First Church to be a community of service where all are in mission; to be a welcoming, inclusive congregation that actively seeks diversity in its membership; and to coordinate First Church’s activities to enrich the Church’s fellowship life.

This Ministry includes the committees and groups listed below.

Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee promotes the provision of volunteering services to a wide variety of service organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, New Horizons, and New England Seafarers. The committee provides funds, given by the congregation, to covenant ministries, support ministries, outreach projects, and special requests.

Hands On Mission for Everyone (H.O.M.E.)

The H.O.M.E. team focuses on “hands on” volunteer work in our community performed by First Church members. Each month volunteers serve at New Horizons with food preparation, food service, and working in the food pantry. Volunteers also spend time on a weekly basis working for Habitat for Humanity at their build site and shop store. Many volunteers participate monthly at the Conversation Café event which supports the efforts of the English for New Americans program.

Membership Team

This group is dedicated to finding ways to increase the membership of First Church by reaching out to prospective members through community involvement, while maintaining current membership and connecting with members who may need encouragement to reestablish their relationship with First Church. The team collaborates on events such as New Member Orientation and Joining Sundays, Recognition Sunday, the All Committee Dinner, and Usher and Greeter Training.

Senior Citizen’s Fellowship Board

This group hosts Spring, Fall and Christmas Luncheons for senior members, which are always well attended and include delicious meals and spirited entertainment. Senior Board members send Sympathy, Get Well and Thinking of You cards to senior members of the congregation, and deliver token gifts and Christmas poinsettias to home-bound seniors.

Women’s Connection

This group of women gathers to experience social time together, build connections, and offers opportunities to strengthen friendships and support one another as they journey through life together, at every season of their lives. Many activities and events are offered throughout the year, such as game days, cook offs, themed breakfasts, theatre productions, cookie swaps, the NYC bus trip, a women’s retreat, and the popular Mystery Ride.

Men’s Group

This group offers opportunities for the men of First Church to spend social time together and strengthen friendships. They also provide assistance to the congregation on small home repair projects.

Interfaith Women of New Hampshire

Women from First Church participate in the mission of this group which is to share religious beliefs, cultures and traditions of women from diverse faiths in the greater Manchester area, with the goal of developing greater understanding and friendship among each other. The churches affiliated with the group host numerous events throughout the year such as book discussions, panel discussions on topics of faith, and an annual holiday event. To learn more visit www.interfaithwomennh.org.

New Hampshire Conference – United Church of Christ

Members of this group represent First Church by serving as delegates of the New Hampshire Conference, United Church of Christ. They attend the Annual Conference meeting to participate in worship, attend discussion groups, and vote on the nominating report. They report matters of importance to First Church via the Church Council.

Elliot Hospital Trustee

First Church has played a key role in the Elliot Hospital from its inception. Mary Elliot was a congregant of First Church and established the Elliot Hospital, as a non-sectarian hospital in Manchester. A member of First Church, along with representatives from four other downtown Protestant churches, was designated to be a member of the Board of Trustees of the Elliot Hospital.

Dr. Paul Hoff currently serves as the Trustee representing First Church.

From the Pastor's Desk

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Our History

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Music

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Pastor's Class

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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.

Sunday, November 5th

Talents & Treasures Showcase

On Sunday, November 5th, the Deacons will highlight those who have given of the Time in Service to our Church and community.

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 Saturday, November 4th

Fall Fun Auction

On Saturday, November 4th starting at 6pm, we will host a Fall Fun Auction to benefit First Church!

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 New Summer Worship Hours

Summer Worship begins at 9:30am from now through Labor Day Sunday.

 Upcoming Events

 

 Sunday, August 20th Worship Sunday

Rev. Kevin Pleas will lead worship at 9:30am in the Sanctuary.

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Thursday, September 14th at 6pm Women's Connection 6th Annual Fall Kick Off

WC Potluck Dinner and Planning Meeting

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Latest News

Sunday Bulletin

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The Sunday News

What’s happening this week in the life of First Church? Learn more...

Church Window

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From the Pastor's Desk

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Saturday, August 19th Funeral Service for Carl Mayland

Join family and friends at 11am at the Celebration of Life of Carl Mayland.