To see and hear an inspirational sermon, please click below.

9/27/20, Rev. Pleas
Good Grief

8/30/20, Rev. Pleas
I Am! Has Sent Me

8/23/20, Rev. Pleas
Who Do You Say I Am?

8/16/20, Rev. Pleas
The Woman at the Well

8/2/20, Rev. Pleas
Learning From Loneliness

7/26/20, Rev. Pleas
If God is For Us…

7/19/20, Rev. Pleas
The Great Companion

6/21/20, Rev. Pleas
God So Loved the World

6/14/20, Rev. Pleas
Hope Does Not Disappoint

6/7/20, Rev. Pleas
In the Beginning, God…

5/31/20, Rev. Pleas
Five Words with My Mind

5/24/20, Rev. Pleas
In Living Memory

5/17/20, Rev. Pleas
In the World, But Not Of the World

5/10/20, Barbara Papagian
Mother’s Day Sermon

5/3/20, Rev. Pleas
I Will Give You Rest

4/26/20, Rev. Pleas

4/19/20, Rev. Pleas
For My Returning

4/12/20, Rev. Pleas
Dem Bones

3/8/20, Rev. Pleas
The Lesson of Scripture

3/1/20, Rev. Pleas
The Lesson of Authenticity

2/16/20, Rev. Pleas
Can I Get a Witness?!

2/9/20, Rev. Pleas
Glass Houses

2/2/20, Rev. Pleas
Groundhog Day, Again

1/19/20, Barbara Papagian
Called to Be Servants

1/12/20, Rev. Pleas
The Wedding in Cana

1/5/20, Rev. Pleas
Paying Homage

12/24/19, Rev. Pleas
Christmas Eve Meditation

12/22/19, Rev. Pleas
God in a Baby

12/15/19, Rev. Pleas
The Gift of Joy

12/8/19, Rev. Pleas
Mary and Elizabeth

12/1/19, Rev. Pleas
A Thief in the Night

11/24/19, Rev. Pleas
We Always Give Thanks

11/17/19, Rev. Pleas
The Gifts of Ministry

11/10/19, Barbara Papagian
Freedoms and the Four “E” Words

11/3/19, Rev. Pleas
Among the Saints

10/27/19, Rev. Pleas
A New Covenant

10/20/19, Rev. Pleas

10/13/19, Rev. Pleas

10/6/19, Rev. Pleas
My Brother’s Keeper

First Church Choirs

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

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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. 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!”

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


Visitors are always welcome at First Church!  Masks are recommended if you are not fully vaccinated.  

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, or  Rev. Barbara Papagian.

 Upcoming Events

Sunday Worship

[CLICK HERE] to join Rev. Barbara Papagian, our Associate Pastor, at 10am Sunday for weekly virtual Worship.

We will be live in person also on  August 1st, 15th, and 29th at 10am in the Sanctuary.

To connect to the Web Bulletin, which includes music lyrics, please [CLICK HERE].​

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Rev. Barbara Papagian by 8:30am Friday.

You do not need a Facebook account to view the services live or watch the videos on your own time.

Rev. Barbara will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via The FCC Friday Link.  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

9am Morning Watch will be back on August 9th!

Join Morning Watch Monday-Thursday.

[CLICK HERE] to connect to Facebook

[CLICK HERE] to access the Morning Watch Bulletin on the FCC Bulletins page.

Congratulations, Rev. Barbara!

The Ordination Ceremony and Installation of Rev. Barbara Papagian as our Associate Pastor was on Sunday, May 16th!

Church World Service

Mothers and Special ladies honored with a donation to Church World Service!

[CLICK HERE] for the Mothers Day Blanket Donor List.

Fathers or special men honored with a donation to Church World Service!

[CLICK HERE] for the Fathers Day Tools Donor List.

Bible Study with a New Twist

Join us on Zoom August 6th when we resume a discussion of "The Help"!

To be included, please email Rev. Barbara.


Join us in person on Sunday, July 25th


The Task Force met and reviewed the latest CDC protocols.  These are our latest guidelines.

We appreciate those who made advance reservations, however they are no longer required.

Social distancing will be practiced in order to be able to sing.

If ramp access is needed, please ring the bell.

Collection box will be located in the narthex and plates by the exit doors.

Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available.

Ushers will hand out bulletins to those entering the sanctuary.

People may seat themselves in open pews.

 No child care or Church School. 

The Cradle Room is available but not staffed.

 Masks are appreciated but not required if you are fully vaccinated.

 We look forward to seeing everyone, but urge you not to congregate inside the building at this time.

Thank you, The ReOpening Task Force     Updated on 6/23/21

2021 Photo Directory

All members and friends are asked to submit a photo for our internal "Photo Directory" to be published this fall.  Email them to Lauren at, or call the office to arrange to come in to take a photo.  On Sundays, talk with Bill Jones or Pam LeBlanc about getting a photo taken.

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.

Women's Connection

The year culminated with a Mystery Ride!  Watch for details of the fall kick-off!

Holly Berry Fair on November 20th!

Get ready for the Holly Berry Fair on Saturday, November 20, 2021!             

Will will have open craft days to work on projects Thursdays, July 15 & 22, and August 5 & 19.  Contact Pam LeBlanc ( or Peggy Neveu ( talk about how you can get involved!

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.

Queen City Pride Festival

Saturday, June 19th 

Thanks to all who volunteered at this marvelous event!

See more about First Church Open & Affirming activities by [CLICKING HERE].

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.

Learn more...

Church Window

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


Women's Connection Cookbook

only $12.50 each

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