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.
We warmly invite you and your children to join us on Sunday mornings for a time of spiritual enrichment and fun.
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...
“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.”
Lenten Sacred Space...A time for silence, prayer and meditation
The mission of the Board of Deacons for Lent is to offer a refuge and a respite from the hectic pace of daily life.
During the 5 Fridays of Lent the chapel will be opened on March 2nd, 9th,16th,23rd and 30th, from 12:00 - 1:00. All are welcomed to experience an oasis to reflect, to pray, to mediate or just to enjoy a few moment of peaceful silence in the intimate surroundings of the First Congregational Church Chapel. The chapel doors on Union Street will be open so anyone who wants to come in can spend as long as they want in solitude. A Deacon will be present to offer a smile of welcome.
This is the Second Sunday in Lent. Barbara Papagian will lead traditional worship at 10am in the Sanctuary.
Prior to the 10am service, please enjoy the new Time of Greeting ... meet new friends and share fond memories before worship begins.
Bible Study Class is a weekly gathering led by Reverend Kevin. This week’s session, Tuesday 3/6 & Wednesday 3/7, include the
Sodom and Gomorral
Read: Genesis 18:16 - 19:38 & Kenneth Davis: “Don’t Know Much About the Bible” "Why did Lot's Wife turn into a pillar of salt?"
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.
From the Pastor's Desk
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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...
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ONA Covenant approved on Sunday, November 19th
The faith community of First Congregational Church, Manchester NH 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 the Congregation on Sunday, November 19, 2017
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104