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.
Read more… Bylaws approved April 18, 2018
First Church Choirs
Our choirs enrich your worship experience, which includes children’s story, music, sermon, and prayer.
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...
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!”
“A path which leads me forward in a journey of grace and love with my family, friends, and community."
“Cherished elements of core traditions live on at First Church…”
“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.”
“I get an overall feeling of being uplifted.”
Congratulations to our Scholarship Recipients!
Cyrus Fennel - Graduation Gift; Connor Lyons - William P. McGuiness Award; Emma Green - Beth Ernest Jenkins Award; Margaret Thornton - FCC Scholarship; Bridget Thornton - The Higher Education Award
Thanks to all the volunteers at the Summer Special Olympics: Mini-Jav!
Congratulations to our newly Commissioned Minister of Pastoral Care, Barbara Papagian!
This is the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost! Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Kevin Pleas, will lead the worship service at 9:30am in the Sanctuary. Please note that we have started our new summer worship schedule! This week's summer musical artist is pianist Abby Curtis!
Prior to the 9:30am service, please enjoy the new Time of Greeting ... meet new friends and share fond memories before worship begins.
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 10:00 am worship service and fellowship, on the 2nd Sunday each month.
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From the Pastor's Desk
Get connected to Rev. Kevin's insights! Learn more...
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...
What’s happening this month at First Church? Learn more...
ONA Celebration Service on Sunday, November 18th at 3pm
Join us as we celebrate our Open & Affirming status with a special worship service and Celebration on Sunday, November 18th at 3pm. All are welcome to attend.
The ONA Team offers water and resources to Concord Pride attendees on June 2nd!
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104