Ministry of Spirituality

This Ministry works to ensure that First Church is a place of spiritual sustenance and growth for all who are on a faith journey, seeking meaning and purpose in life. It focuses on worship and faith formation (Christian Education) for all ages. This Ministry supports worship and spiritual formation opportunities accessible to the congregation of First Church in an intellectual, spiritual, physical and emotional manner.

This Ministry includes the Board and the committees listed below which are involved in worship planning, prayer, and spiritual formation.

Board of Deacons

The Board of Deacons works with the Senior Pastor in ministering to the spiritual interests of the Church and community. They assist in preparing for and serving Communion and also assist in ceremonies of Baptism, Confirmation, the joining of new members, and providing Ushers and Greeters.

ONA: Open and Affirming

On Sunday, November 19th, 2017 the Congregation voted by Special Meeting to approve the Open and Affirming (ONA) Covenant, which was  entered into our Bylaws in February 2018:

The faith community of First Congregational Church, Manchester NH reaffirms our shared covenant and beliefs that the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to love one another and to extend welcome to all people. We affirm that each individual is a child of God and that all are worthy of God’s love and grace.

As witness to these beliefs and as covenant members of Christ’s church, we proclaim and celebrate God’s love for people of all ages, all races and ethnic backgrounds, all mental and physical abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all sexual orientations, all gender identities and gender expressions, and all other diverse attributes that are woven into the fabric of humankind. 

We are called to be as one body, seeking to walk together in the complete life and ministry of our church. With God’s grace, we resolve to be an open, inclusive, affirming, and accessible community of faith. We invite all to participate and share in the life and leadership, ministry and fellowship, worship and sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of our Christian community.

Music and Arts Committee

The Music and Arts Committee plan, organize, and coordinate concerts and other special musical events at First Church. Some of these events include the Christmas and Messiah concerts, organ recitals, and visiting artists.

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Parish Visitors Committee

The Parish Visitors team is a small, dedicated group who visit shut-ins and the hospitalized. They meet monthly and update the list of people to be visited. They participate in the annual Blue Christmas service, knowing that the holidays are particularly hard for people who have lost loved ones, especially during the past year. During this service we are reminded that we are not alone in our grieving.

The Team is grateful to many people in our congregation who tell the Team if there are members who need and want visits, and they encourage the congregation to visit and help members of our church family. In addition, Pastor Kevin also makes pastoral visits.

First Congregational Church is blessed to be a church filled with compassionate and loving people who genuinely care for one another.

Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee is responsible for combining the efforts of many boards, groups, committees and individuals in order to provide refreshments for the Fellowship Hour, which is held in the Dining Room after worship each Sunday.

Communion Committee

The Communion Committee coordinates the efforts of the Deacons in providing and preparing the elements and assisting the Pastor during sanctuary Communion and First Sunday Communion observances held in the Chapel.

Members in Discernment

The Members in Discernment team provide support to individuals who are a “Member In Discernment”, which is a covenantal relationship between a person on a journey toward authorized ministry, the Hillsborough Association of the United Church of Christ, and the person’s local church.

Pastor/Parish Relations Committee

This small group of individuals meets with the Senior Pastor to provide a trusted channel for communications and feedback between the Senior Pastor and the congregation. The group responds to issues that may emerge, requiring coordination and discussion in a professional manner. While the congregation is always encouraged to provide feedback directly to the Senior Pastor, members may also speak to committee members on a confidential basis in order to facilitate this process.

Knitters and Quilters

A dedicated group of individuals gather to make hats and mittens for Holiday Baskets, the Angel Tree, and New England Seafarers Mission. They also make baptismal quilts for newly baptized infants and children.  In 2017, the Quilters made small quilts for our shut-ins.

Children and Youth Ministry Committee

This committee is responsible for staffing of Sunday School teachers and planning and implementing events throughout the year such as the worship service for Children’s Sunday, the annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, the Fellowship Hour ice cream social, and the annual Advent Workshop.

Ushers and Greeters

Ushers and greeters serve an important role of providing the congregation with a friendly welcome to members and guests each Sunday. They also serve on other special occasions of worship such as Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve. Please contact one of the Usher Captains if you are interested in extending hospitality by serving as an usher or a greeter in this important aspect of our ministry to God and to each other.

Audio Committee

This small team provides the setup of microphones and related services needed to enable the congregation to properly hear the worship service. They record the worship service onto CD’s that are provided to shut-ins. They also maintain wireless hearing devices for those who may wish to use them.

Altar Design Committee

During the course of the liturgical year, this team is responsible for the changes of the altar paraments to correspond with the colors representing the various seasons of the church. Additionally, they arrange the lilies at Easter, design a special arrangement of fruits and vegetables for Thanksgiving Sunday, and arrange the nativity and poinsettias during Advent and at Christmas time.

From the Pastor's Desk

One of the best parts of my work is being able to teach and write about our faith and Church life. I’m pleased to offer my reflections... Learn more...

Our History

In 1839 the eager entrepreneurs of the Amoskeag Mills coaxed a small, struggling English Congregational Church to link arms with a small, struggling... Learn more...

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

 

“I get an overall feeling of being uplifted.”

Joan Currier

 

FCC OFFICES CLOSED

Until further notice, the offices will be closed, as well as the Food Closet, to ensure the health and safety of our staff, members, and friends.  Should you need anything relating to the office, please email Linda Bonetti, Rev. Kevin Pleas, or Barbara Papagian.  Our prayers are with you,

 Upcoming Events

Holy Week Worship

Holy Week Worship

Join us on Facebook/FCCManchester on Maundy Thursday, April 9th at 7pm 

Click here for the Maundy Thursday Bulletin

Join us on Facebook/FCCManchester on Easter Sunday at 10am

    Click here for the Music Lyrics.         Click here for the Easter Bulletin

       Click here to send a Prayer Request to Barbara Papagian by 9am.

Rev. Pleas will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via In The Spirit.  To sign up, send your email to Rev. Pleas 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.

Sunday Worship

Worship This Sunday April 12th

Join us on Facebook/FCCManchester on Easter Sunday at 10am.

    Click here for the Music Lyrics.        Click here for the Easter Bulletin

       Click here to send a Prayer Request to Barbara Papagian by 9am.

Rev. Pleas will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via In The Spirit.  To sign up, send your email to Rev. Pleas 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.

Children This Sunday

Join us on Facebook/FCCManchester on Sunday at 10am.

To keep your children occupied, Kelda has offered a couple activities while you enjoy the Prayer Service.

.​  Click here for the puzzle.

Women's Connection 

Sunday, April 25th at 2pm - tentative
The Bodyguard at The Palace Theater

Tickets $30-$35...see Pam LeBlanc

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Sunday, April 19, 2020 CANCELLED   

Songweavers "BRAVE" Concert has been CANCELLED

We hope to bring Songweavers back to FCC in the future.

 

Sunday, May 10, 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.

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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

Hymns with Adam & Lauren Sunday at 10am followed by a Prayer Service by Rev. Kevin Pleas

Thanks to all who tuned into the First Congregational Church Facebook page for a live Hymn Sing with Adam and Lauren Peithmann and the Prayer Service by Rev. Kevin.  To get ready for the next event please click on the link below to access Facebook.  Both events will remain on Facebook for your inspiration.

Click here to view Music Lyrics.    Click here to view the Webcast Bulletin.

I will let you know here on the website when there is a newly scheduled event.

We hope everyone is well!  Blessings!

2020 Scholarships

As this chaos continues, please keep in mind that education goes on...and members may have need for scholarships for the coming year.

Please click here for the guidelines...the deadline to apply is May 15th.

Meet the Pastor

Until this pandemic is contained, please reach out to Rev. Kevin via email by clicking here.

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!

Sign up on the office window, or talk to Rev. Pleas for details.

Dress A Girl

We hope the next Dress A Girl Sew will be in April but 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!  

One of Pam LeBlanc's dresses on Portia, grade 1, in Zimbabwe.  She is one of 7 whose father had a stroke and her mother is trying to raise the children with the help of A Light from Zimbabwe.

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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

Young Athletes Volunteers

Unfortunately the Young Athletes program for April-May has been cancelled.  We hope to resume in September, and that YOU will join our team of volunteers.  Please reach out to Bill Jones for more information.

Latest News

Current Videos

Click here to enjoy our current videos on Vimeo including Rev. Kevin's recorded services.  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!!

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...

2019 Written Commitee Reports

Read the 2019 Written Committee Reports by clicking here!

The 2019 Financial & Statistical Reports were sent by 1st class mail.  Members wishing to receive a digital copy, can request one by email to Linda Bonetti at LBonetti@FCCManchesterNH.org.

June 2, 2019

Welcome to our Confirmands!

   

June 2, 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Recipients!

   

June 16, 2019

Welcome New Member, Alan Martin!