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 the Bible, uniting all through the power of the Gospel, and supporting one another in the joy of Christ’s love and the grace of God’s forgiveness.


Church Covenant

We are united in striving to know the will of God as taught in the Holy Scriptures, and in our purpose to walk in the ways of the Lord, made known or to be made known to us. We hold it to be the mission of the Church of Christ to proclaim the gospel to all people, exalting the worship of the one true God and laboring for the progress of knowledge, the promotion of justice, the reign of peace, and the realization of human goodwill. Depending, as did our ancestors, upon the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth, we work and pray for the transformation of the world into the Kingdom of God; as we look with faith for the triumph of righteousness and the life everlasting. 

Author, Margaret Soper, Written to commemorate FCC’s sesquicentennial in 1978

Open and Affirming Covenant

The faith community of First Congregational Church, Manchester, N.H., 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.

  • Approved by a Special Vote of the Congregation on November 17, 2017; and at the Annual Meeting on February 18, 2018
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

 

VISITORS TO THE FCC OFFICES

Until further notice, visitors should call ahead to ensure the health and safety of our staff, members, and friends.  The Food Closet is available Monday-Friday 9-12noon by prearrangement.  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

Sunday Worship with Barbara Papagian
Sunday, July 12th at 10am following the 9:30am Hymn & Sing

[CLICK HERE] to join Babara Papagian, Commissioned Minister of Pastoral Care, via Facebook/FCCManchester on Sunday following the Hymn & Sing which starts at 9:30am.

  To connect to the Lyrics and Bulletin, please [CLICK HERE].​

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Barbara Papagian by 8:30am.

You do not need a Facebook account to view the services live or watch the videos on your own time.

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 On Sunday

[CLICK HERE] to join Rev. Kevin Pleas via Facebook/FCCManchester on Sunday following the Hymn & Sing which starts at 9:30am.

  To connect to the Lyrics and Bulletin, please [CLICK HERE].​

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Barbara Papagian by 8:30am.

You do not need a Facebook account to view the services live or watch the videos on your own time.

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's Program
Virtual Camp at Horton Center

The Horton Center is offering a FREE virtual summer camp for children grades 3-12.  There are 4 virtual camps being offered starting Monday, June 29th through Monday July 20th.  Check out this great opportunity to experience The Horton Center from your home this summer!  Click this link for more information!  

Virtual VBS
Join us for free VBS July 27th-31st

The CYM committee is SO excited to announce that FCC will host a Virtual VBS this summer!  July 27 – 31 we will be having a virtual VBS with videos and some Facebook Lives (depending on family availability).  We will be doing the Orange: Focus: Take a Closer Look. 

This may be a different VBS than what you are used to but we will make it happen, nevertheless.  Your kids will get to dive deeper into their faith by putting the FOCUS on God and his amazing plan for us!  This VBS is available for pre-k through pre-teens.

The memory verse and FOCUS for this VBS is  “Let us keep looking to Jesus.  He is the one who started this journey of faith.  And he is the one who completes the journey of faith.”  Hebrews 12:2A

Families who are interested in participating will be given a VBS packet with activities and instructions on how to have their very own VBS virtual experience.  We will be supplementing this with videos, Facebook Lives and maybe some Google Meet Ups.

If you are interested in participating in the FCC Virtual VBS this summer, please contact Kelda York at kyork@fccmanchesternh.org

Happy Summer!

2020 Holly Berry Fair

Planned for Saturday, November 21st

Pam LeBlanc and Peggy Neveu are still coordinating our Holly Berry Fair - if we can't have a traditional fair, you can count of them to come up with a version we can all enjoy!

Anyone interested in making items for the Fair during this hiatus should contact Pam or Peggy.  Send them a photo of what you would like to donate or how you would like to help!

Women's Connection
Saturday, September 26th
Rest up for the 2020 Mystery Ride!

 Highlights

Sunday Hymn Sing and Worship

Thanks to all who tune into the First Congregational Church Facebook page for a live Hymn Sing with Adam and Lauren Peithmann followed by the Prayer Service by Rev. Kevin.  Please [CLICK HERE] or on the link below to access Facebook.  Both events will remain on Facebook for your inspiration, and you don't need a Facebook account.

To connect to the Lyrics and the Bulletins, [CLICK HERE].

On June 7th, the time moved up to 9:30am to start, and is followed by a separate Facebook Worship Service.

We hope everyone is well!  Blessings!

Friday Nights at FCC at 6pm

Looking to end the week on a high note?  On Fridays at 6pm Adam Peithmann will perform 20-30 minute mini recitals from the Chapel at FCC on Facebook Live.  Come and hear your favorite hymns arranged in a variety of styles plus classical standards.  We hope to see you there!

 Please [CLICK HERE] to access Facebook.  Events remain on Facebook for your inspiration, and you don't need a Facebook account.

Friday Book/Bible Study
Zoom Book/Bible Study

Barbara Papagian continues to hold a book/Bible study class based on Rabbi Kushnar’s book, “The Lord is My Shepherd” at 9:15am on Friday, July 10th.

Watch for the next series.  To join, please contact Barbara at BPapagian@FCCManchesterNH.org.

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Coming Back Soon
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, once we are reunited.

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Coming Back Soon
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!.

Dress A Girl

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!  

Learn more...

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

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!!

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...

What's happening with committees!

Read the 2019 Written Committee Reports by clicking here!

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

2019 Cookbook

2019 Women's Connection Cookbook

only $12.50 each

See a member of Women's Connection to order