What is the United Church of Christ?
First Church is part of a denomination called the United Church of Christ (UCC), which was founded in 1957 but traces its roots all the way back to the English Reformation in the 16th century. Our founders believed that, rather than depending on a large hierarchical structure, as some denominations do, the authority over the affairs of each individual church should be the responsibility of the voting membership of that church. We call this “local autonomy.” It is where the name “Congregational” first came from, and it is a hallmark of the way our life together is structured.
The United Church of Christ was formed from four different prior denominations: Congregational, Christian, Evangelical and Reformed. It is a voluntary gathering of churches that have each voted themselves into the UCC, and understand themselves as “in covenant” with one another. We honor our covenant with the UCC partly because we know our churches can accomplish more together than they can separately, and partly because we are moved by the vision found in the gospel of John, chapter 17, verse 21: “That they may all be one,” which is our denomination’s motto.
As part of the organizational structure of the UCC, our church belongs to the Hillsborough Association, and our association is part of the New Hampshire Conference. The purpose of both the Conference and the Association is to support, challenge and strengthen local churches, bringing them together in community and mission and in relation to the larger church and society.
If you would like more information about the New Hampshire Conference of the UCC, you are invited to subscribe to the NHCUCC Newsletter by clicking on https://tinyurl.com/yab9qur2.
“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.”
"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
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.
Welcome to Rev. Randy and to Justin!
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.
Queen City Pride Festival on Saturday, June 18th
Thanks to all who volunteered to make this another endearing event!
Sunday, June 12th!
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 dwarf Japanese Maple is a stunning addition, thanks to the many donations and our team of volunteers led by Liz Verity!
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. For more information [Click Here]...
-Rev. Carolyn Keilig & The FCC ReOpening Task Force
[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!!
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.
What’s happening this month at First Church? Learn more...
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
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.
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104