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

"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 in the offices if you are not fully vaccinated, following CDC Guidelines.

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, Rev. Carolyn Keilig, or Rev. Barbara Papagian.

 Upcoming Events

Sunday Worship

We are back and live!

Join us on Sundays at 10am to worship with Rev. Carolyn Keilig!

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

We will no longer offer a virtual service.

Rev. Barbara will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via The FCC Friday Link on the 1st and 3nd Fridays of the month.  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

Join 9am Morning Watch Monday-Thursday.

[CLICK HERE] to connect to Facebook

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

Church School

With Covid restrictions, we are reevaluating in person Church School to ensure the safety of our children.

On Sundays, the Cradle Room is open but not staffed.

 You are also welcome to email Kelda York at kyork@fccmanchesternh.org.

[CLICK HERE] for the Registration Form.

2022 Stewardship Campaign has begun!

The Stewardship Committee has mailed the 2022 Pledge Forms.  Our goal this year is to hear from everyone.  Please pledge if you are able, but we understand that some have limited resources.  We strive to get a reply from 100% of the 200 letters mailed, knowing that we reached you.

Holly Berry Fair Mini-Sale!

Update: We met with Reopening Committee on 9/23. We’re now going to sell our crafts after Worship on 12/5! More details coming! There will be a “preview” set up on 11/14!!!         

Thanks to everyone who has helped us thus far...keep enjoying your crafting as we look forward to this new date to sell crafts.  Contact Pam LeBlanc (blanclp@comcast.net) or Peggy Neveu (frannys1@aol.com) to talk about how you can get involved!

 Highlights

Join us in person every Sunday at 10am!

*PLEASE READ OUR REOPENING INFORMATION*

ReOpening Protocol 9/20/21

Being able to worship together again on Sunday mornings is not only spiritually fulfilling but paramount in being able to reconnect with one another and with God.  

In light of this, the Re-Opening committee will continue to meet and adjust our Covid protocols. 

 

In concurrence with the Church Council and the Deacons, 

               we believe that our established protocols will help ensure all our members and visitors will stay safe while worshipping with us and will allow us to continue to worship in-person each Sunday!   

At the same time, we are aware that our church family includes children who are unable to be vaccinated, 

               as well as those whose vaccination status is compromised because of health issues.  

Recognizing the increasing number of Covid cases in the Manchester area, including breakthrough cases of those who are vaccinated, we urge you to follow the protocols that have been established. 

  Let's continue to gather safely every Sunday and find the strength and guidance from God that we all need during these uncertain times. 

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     Masks are strongly urged to protect everyone,  following CDC recommendations. 

 Social distancing indoors should be practiced. (Feel free to greet one another outdoors) 

 If ramp access is needed, please ring the bell. 

Offerings may be left in the box located in the narthex and plates by the exit doors. 

 Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available. 

People may seat themselves in open pews. 

The Cradle Room is available but not staffed. 

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

Thank you, The ReOpening Task Force, 9/16/21 

Women's Connection
Congratulations to Terri Pattee...Queen of Bingo this month!

Donate with Women's Connection to the Memory Garden in memory of Barbara Hebert.

The ladies had a blast at Mack's Orchard apple picking 10/3 after worship. 

The NHUCC Women’s Fellowship Fall Gathering is Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at the Congregational church of Laconia, UCC.

The deadline for Holiday Cards for Soldiers is October 17th.

For more information, contact Denise Beaurivage (beau.de@comcast.net) or Pam LeBlanc (blanclp@comcast.net).

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.

Boots & Sneakers for Bakersville!

The Outreach Committee is collecting boots and sneakers (unisex style, youth 12-13 and 1-4) for Bakersville School.  Please drop them off in the church office with your name.  There's a sign up sheet on the office window.

It's Angel Tree Time!

It’s Angel Tree time, and this year the Outreach Committee has an exciting twist.  Instead of gift cards or gifts we would like to distribute filled Christmas Stockings! Please pick up your stocking to fill with $30 of gifts, wrapped or unwrapped (no food or candy, please).

[click here to learn more about this year's Angel Tree]

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.

Learn more...

Church Window

What’s happening this month at First Church? Learn more...

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

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.