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 at a Conversation Café event which supports the efforts of the English for New Americans program.  The Quilt Ministry creates amazing quilts for baptisms and shut-ins, as well as recently starting a Dress A Girl Around the World affiliation sewing dresses for girls at risk which are delivered through evangelical and medical missions to remote parts of the world.  The Knitting Ministry knits and crochets 100’s of hats and mittens for schools, Thanksgiving Baskets, and shelters; as well as prayer shawls and balaclavas for the Seafarer’s Mission in Boston. The Meal Train delivers homemade soups, muffins and cookies which are lovingly made by our members to those in our congregation who need a little “light” in their day.

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.  Beginning Saturday, November 16th at 8am, the FCC men will meet for breakfast for fellowship and bible study.  The group plans to meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month, but please refer to the church calendar for dates.

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.  NHCUCC.org

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

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

Pastor's Class

Rev. Kevin offers a variety of multi-week book and Bible study classes at different times during the church year. Past classes have included... 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

"We visited several churches after moving to Manchester. In our worship at First Church we were overwhelmed by the great preaching, the magnificent music and the very welcoming congregation. We feel truly blessed to have been led to membership at First Church."

 Ross and Marion Palmes

VISITORS TO THE FCC OFFICES

Visitors are always welcome at First Church!  Masks are recommended if you are not fully vaccinated.  

The Food Closet is available Monday-Friday 9-12noon.  Should you need anything relating to the office, please call, or email Linda Bonetti, Lauren Henderson, or  Rev. Barbara Papagian.

 Upcoming Events

Sunday Worship

[CLICK HERE] to join Rev. Barbara Papagian, our Associate Pastor, at 10am Sunday for weekly virtual Worship.

We will be live in person also on  August 1st, 15th, and 29th at 10am in the Sanctuary.

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

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Rev. 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.

Rev. Barbara will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via The FCC Friday Link.  To sign up, send your email to Rev. 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.

9am Morning Watch

9am Morning Watch will be back on August 9th!

Join Morning Watch Monday-Thursday.

[CLICK HERE] to connect to Facebook

[CLICK HERE] to access the Morning Watch Bulletin on the FCC Bulletins page.

Congratulations, Rev. Barbara!

The Ordination Ceremony and Installation of Rev. Barbara Papagian as our Associate Pastor was on Sunday, May 16th!

Church World Service

Mothers and Special ladies honored with a donation to Church World Service!

[CLICK HERE] for the Mothers Day Blanket Donor List.

Fathers or special men honored with a donation to Church World Service!

[CLICK HERE] for the Fathers Day Tools Donor List.

Bible Study with a New Twist

Join us on Zoom August 6th when we resume a discussion of "The Help"!

To be included, please email Rev. Barbara.

 Highlights

Join us in person on Sunday, July 25th

*REOPENING INFORMATION*

The Task Force met and reviewed the latest CDC protocols.  These are our latest guidelines.

We appreciate those who made advance reservations, however they are no longer required.

Social distancing will be practiced in order to be able to sing.

If ramp access is needed, please ring the bell.

Collection box will be located in the narthex and plates by the exit doors.

Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available.

Ushers will hand out bulletins to those entering the sanctuary.

People may seat themselves in open pews.

 No child care or Church School. 

The Cradle Room is available but not staffed.

 Masks are appreciated but not required if you are fully vaccinated.

 We look forward to seeing everyone, but urge you not to congregate inside the building at this time.

Thank you, The ReOpening Task Force     Updated on 6/23/21

2021 Photo Directory

All members and friends are asked to submit a photo for our internal "Photo Directory" to be published this fall.  Email them to Lauren at LHenderson@FCCManchesterNH.org, or call the office to arrange to come in to take a photo.  On Sundays, talk with Bill Jones or Pam LeBlanc about getting a photo taken.

Memory Garden gets a facelift!

Thanks to everyone who pitched in to work on the Memory Garden!  Our tranquil space for personal reflection and healing is available to you outside the Chapel doors.

Donations to the Memory Garden can be sent directly to FCC with "Memory Garden" in the memo.

Women's Connection

The year culminated with a Mystery Ride!  Watch for details of the fall kick-off!

Holly Berry Fair on November 20th!

Get ready for the Holly Berry Fair on Saturday, November 20, 2021!             

Will will have open craft days to work on projects Thursdays, July 15 & 22, and August 5 & 19.  Contact Pam LeBlanc (blanclp@comcast.net) or Peggy Neveu (frannys1@aol.com) talk about how you can get involved!

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!!

Open & Affirming

See the latest Open and Affirming News by [clicking here]!

The Open & Affirming Committee generally meets via zoom on the 4th Sunday at 1pm.  Contact Carol Soucy for more information and summer meeting times.

Queen City Pride Festival

Saturday, June 19th 

Thanks to all who volunteered at this marvelous event!

See more about First Church Open & Affirming activities 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?  Click on the FCC Friday Link to see what happening around First Congregational Church!

Bulletins and Sunday News will be available at all in-person services.

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Church Window

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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