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.
Our Mission Statement
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Holidays and Special Services
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Families and Children
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“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.”
“I get an overall feeling of being uplifted.”
Celebration of Life for Beverly Archambault
Please join the family and friends at Goodwin Funeral Home on Saturday, May 11th at 10am, as we celebrate the meaningful life of Beverly Archambault. Goodwin Funeral Home is located at 607 Chestnut Street, Manchester, NH.
Celebration of Life for Denis Tremblay
Please join the family and friends in the Sanctuary on Friday, May 10th at 10am, as we celebrate the wonderful life of Denis Tremblay.
Special Olympics Summer Games Mini-Jav
Sign up to Volunteer TODAY!
Be part of the First Church Volunteer Day at the Special Olympics Summer Games at the UNH campus in Durham. We are looking for 50 volunteers...no experience necessary! Just a caring heart and the desire to help make our 4th year another success for the athletes!
Join us for Easter Sunday! Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Kevin Pleas, will lead the worship service at 10:00am in the Sanctuary. This week's sermon is titled "The Game of Skeptism". The reading is from John 20:1-10, 19-29.
Following worship, all are welcome to fellowship in the dining room.
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 10:00am worship service and fellowship, on the 2nd Sunday each month.
"Spring Ring Sunday" Open House to learn about playing bells!
Join us for beautiful handbell music on May 5th and stay after worship to find out more about ringing handbells at the special bell "open house!" Hear how you can learn how to play handbells at FCC! For more information, you can also contact Adam Peithmann at 603-625-5093 or email@example.com.
Preorder your 2019 Women's Connection Cookbook
only $12.50 each
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Thanks to all who participated in the Healing the Divide 2019 Gathering!
Click here to enjoy our current videos on Vimeo including "We are Unbroken"!
From the Pastor's Desk
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The Sunday News
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Thanks to everyone for the donations to the Quilt Raffle. We collected $840 which will be used towards upcoming Quilt Ministry projects!
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104