First Congregational Church, 508 Union St., Manchester, NH 03104 603-625-5093

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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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...

“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

We are back! The in-person/live streamed worship service is on Sundays 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.

New Member Joining

Welcome to Rev. Randy and to Justin!

Sneakers & Sweats for Bakersville

Outreach is asking for donations of new sneakers and sweatpants and shirts to aid students in need at Bakersville School.  Sign up on the office window.

Holly Berry Fair
Saturday, October 15th!

Crafting Thursdays 9-12noon starting June 2nd!

Contact Pam or Peggy to get involved!  The more the merrier!

 Highlights

Join us in the Sanctuary on Sundays at 10am!

April 12, 2022 update from the Church Council on Worship Services and Fellowship regarding Covid 19 mitigation protocols at First Congregational Church-

                It has been over two years since the pandemic first impacted our state and our beloved First Congregational Church, and Covid 19 continues to affect our lives in its various mutations. While staff and church leadership will continue paying attention to the current infection rates and Covid-related hospitalizations, we (cautiously) are pleased to lift the last remaining Covid 19 mitigation protocols in our building. This means that masking in worship is now optional and the “X” marks that have indicated safe social distancing have been removed.  For more information [Click Here]...

-Rev. Carolyn Keilig & The FCC ReOpening Task Force

Memory Garden gets a facelift!

We will be updating the Memory Garden on Thursday, May 26th 9-12noon.  Please sign up on the office window or notify Liz Verity is you can offer some time.

  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.  The new Japanese Maple will be planted this spring!

Women's Connection

Save the Date for WC 10th Annual Mystery Ride...Saturday, June 11th

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

Sign up on the office window!

Music Sunday
Join us on Sunday, June 12th!

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!!

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...

Open & Affirming

Queen City Pride Festival on Saturday, June 18th

See the latest Open and Affirming News by [clicking here]!

 

Women's Connection Cookbook

Buy one at $12.50 each and get one of the sample cookbooks from the printer for FREE!

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

VISITORS TO THE FCC OFFICES

Visitors are always welcome at First Church.

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.

Photo Directory

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