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 Scotch-Irish Presbyterian Church. First Congregational Church grew rapidly with the bustling, burgeoning city.

During the late 19th century we were active in welcoming new Americans to the city: Greeks, Germans, Lebanese, Swedes and others, some of whom worshiped in our building before striking out on their own. We continue that tradition of hospitality today with an English For New Americans program, and a Korean Church sharing our building.

As the city of Manchester has changed, American church habits have shifted, but the key elements of our tradition continue to thrive: faithfulness to the Gospel, service to our community, excellence in worship and music, and hope for those who come to us for assistance or to join our fellowship.

Due to our endowments and generous members, we are strong and healthy, continuing the ministry envisioned by our predecessors, demonstrated in ways appropriate for the early 21st century.

Children

We warmly invite you and your children to join us on Sunday mornings for a time of spiritual enrichment and fun.

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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...

Ways To Get Involved

There are many ways to become involved at First Church. As you become more familiar with our church, some of the opportunities to choose... Learn more...

First Church Concerts

First Church has a vibrant music ministry program which includes concerts throughout the year. These concerts feature talent... Learn more...

“First Church has been a welcome home for our growing family.”

Lauren and Adam Peithmann

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“First Church is very active and gives you a chance to meet new people."

Bruce and Donna Willey

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“First Church gave me great comfort during those times when life seemed its hardest.”

Liz Verity

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“We feel truly blessed to have been led to membership at First Church."

Ross and Marion Palmes

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“I am honored to say, 'This is my Church'.”

Lucia Carlisle

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"I found what I was searching for when I attended First Church.”

Marsha Neubert

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“We are very proud to be long time members and affectionately call First Church our Church Family.”

Steve and Kathy Payne

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ONA Team thanks everyone for responding to the Survey!

We had an overwhelming response to the ONA Survey to gauge where we are in the ONA process.  The ONA Team will be meeting over the next few weeks to analyze the results and report to the First Church Congregation.

Relax and Reflect in the Memory Garden

A vision only a year ago, our First Church's Memory Garden is blooming!  Please stop by to relax and reflect on loved ones who have passed before us.  It is located outside the Chapel entrance.  

Many thanks for everyone's contributions and to the volunteers who had the vision to make this happen.

Upcoming Events

June 25th Worship This Sunday

Senior Pastor Rev. Kevin Pleas will lead the service at 9:30am in the Sanctuary, followed by the Service of Prayer and Healing in the Chapel.

New Summer Worship Hours

Summer Worship begins at 9:30am from now through Labor Day Sunday.

Vacation Bible School

Monday, June 26 - Friday June 30 Learn More...

Latest News

Sunday Bulletin

See the order of worship 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...

From the Pastor's Desk

Get connected to Rev. Kevin's insights! Learn more...