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.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the First Congregational Church is to faithfully embody the Spirit of Christ in worship, fellowship and service by engaging with... Learn more...
Holidays and Special Services
First Congregational Church offers a number of Holiday and special services throughout the year to which you are warmly invited... Learn more...
Families and Children
Families and children are prominent in our church life. Children participate in worship and events throughout the year. Children are... Learn more...
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Relax and Reflect in the Memory Garden
A vision only a year ago, our First Church's Memory Garden is blooming! Please stop by to relax and reflect on loved ones who have passed before us. It is located outside the Chapel entrance.
Many thanks for everyone's contributions and to the volunteers who had the vision to make this happen.
New Summer Worship Hours
Summer Worship begins at 9:30am from now through Labor Day Sunday.
See the order of worship at First Church for the Sunday Service, including the Scripture Reading. Learn more...
The Sunday News
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From the Pastor's Desk
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Saturday, August 19th Funeral Service for Carl Mayland
Join family and friends at 11am at the Celebration of Life of Carl Mayland.
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104