Our Bylaws

In January 2015 a Bylaws Review Committee was formed for the purpose of reviewing and examining the current bylaws to determine if the bylaws accurately and effectively reflected who we were as a church. The Committee reviewed bylaws of other New Hampshire Congregational churches, adopting and adapting what would best serve our congregation.

After several meetings with the congregation, a return to the Council form of governance with a reorganization of church committees was recommended. This enabled a higher level of synergy and communication, with language that was more direct and procedures that were clear and more precise, better reflecting roles for a 21st century church and the inclusivity that is reflective of who we are. The new bylaws were approved by the congregation at the February 14, 2016 Annual Meeting; and are updated as needed.

Read more… Amended Bylaws approved on February 9, 2020.

First Church Choirs

Our choirs enrich your worship experience, which includes children’s story, music, sermon, and prayer. 

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Communion

Communion is celebrated during worship on “Threshold Sundays” – the first Sunday of Advent, the first Sunday of the New Year, the first Sunday... Learn more...

Bible Study

Rev. Carolyn and Rev. Barbara will offer a variety of multi-week book and Bible study classes at different times during the church year.

“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

 Upcoming Events

Sunday Worship

Please watch our pre-recorded Worship service every Sunday at 10am on Facebook. Our next in person/live streamed worship service will be on Sunday, February 27th at 10am.

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Rev. Barbara Papagian by 8:30am Thursday to include in the service.

Rev. Barbara will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via The FCC Friday Link on the 1st and 3nd Fridays of the month; and special editions to keep you updated with FCC Covid protocols.  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.

SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, March 6, 2022

Click here for access to the 2021 Written Reports.

VISITORS TO THE FCC OFFICES

Visitors are always welcome at First Church, but appointments must be made.  Masks must be worn in the offices.

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.

 Highlights

Join us on Facebook Sundays at 10am!

Due to the rapidly rising numbers of Covid cases in New Hampshire and the contagiousness of this latest variant, First Church is temporarily moving to pre-recorded Sunday worship at 10am on Facebook with the expectation of returning to in-person, livestreaming worship on February 27th and continuing throughout Lent.

-Rev. Carolyn Keilig & The FCC Church Council 

Photo Directory

Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo!  We have published the "online instant directory" with personal passwords!  Refer to directions in the Friday Link for how to connect and edit your own information.

Women's Connection

Valentine's Day Celebration on Thursday, February 10th at 6:30pm on Zoom

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

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.

 

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.

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

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

Women's Connection Cookbook

Only 6 left at $12.50 each!

!See a member of Women's Connection or call the office for your copy of our favorite recipes