Weddings and Memorials

Whether or not you are a member of First Church, we are honored to offer these special services as part of our ministry.

Weddings

In the words of one popular wedding service, “It is one of life’s richest surprises when the accidental meeting of two lives leads them to proceed together along the common path of marriage.” First Church delights in helping couples prepare for marriage by providing our sanctuary and our chapel as sacred and beautiful spaces for weddings and vow renewals. If you would like to schedule a service, please call our church office for information about available dates, fees and requirements. Our pastor will be in touch. Church office phone: 603.625.5093

Memorial Services

When someone we love dies, gathering to remember and celebrate their life, and to place their life in the context of faith, is an important part of the healing process. First Church is available for Funeral and Memorial Services. Please call the church office for information and help with scheduling. Our pastor will be in touch to help you with planning and conducting a service. Church office phone: 603.625.5093

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...

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... Learn more...

Music

First Church has a dynamic and inclusive music ministry for all ages. Our adult ensembles and children ensembles enrich our worship service... Learn more...

Pastor's Class

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

 

“I get an overall feeling of being uplifted.”

Joan Currier

 

Fridays at Noon in March in the Chapel   

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.

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 Upcoming Events 

Worship Sunday

Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 10:00am. 

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.

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Tuesdays at 1pm and Wednesday at 6pm   

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?"

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Sunday, March 11, 2018   

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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Latest News

 

From the Pastor's Desk

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

Sunday Bulletin

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...

Church Window

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

ONA Update   

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

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