Worship This Sunday
Worship Sunday, April 22nd, at 10am
This is the FourthSunday of Easter. At the 10am traditional service, our member Pip Adams will lead worship. This week’s sermon is entitled “Attitudes.” The Scripture Lesson is from Mark 3:1-6. Please join us!
Prior to worship, starting around 9:50am, we have added the Time of Greeting segment. So please come early to share memories, welcome visitors, greet old friends, and enjoy neighbors. The Prelude will indicate the beginning of worship.
View Sunday Bulletin here. **Please note the Sunday Bulletin for the upcoming Worship Service on Sundays will be posted by Thursday of each week with the exception of winter holiday weeks: (Thanksgiving and Christmas week). During holiday weeks the Bulletin will be posted online by Tuesday of that week.
Parking information: While on street parking is somewhat limited, you may use the parking lot on the corner of Amherst and Union Street (This is a courtesy of Devine Millimet Law Firm) or the Phaneuf Funeral Home parking lot on the corner of Hanover and Union. These spaces are only available for our use nights and weekends only. We are so grateful to our good neighbors for making these lots available to us. There are also a few handicap spaces on our driveway, which runs between Hanover and Amherst Streets. A handicap ramp is on our Amherst Street side entrance. We ask all able bodied people to leave the spaces on the driveway for those who need to park close to the building. Thank you!
Please know that you are always invited to a Special Worship Service at First Congregational Church!
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Children's Education Coordinator sought...
Some people brought children to Jesus so that he would place his hands on them and pray. But the disciples scolded them. “Allow the children to come to me,” Jesus said. “Don’t forbid them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these children.” Then he blessed the children and went away from there. —Matthew 19:13–15 (CEB)
In all that we do at our church, few things are as important as our children and youth. Ensuring that they know they are loved and safe when they are in our care, and providing classes and activities that bring them up in the faith — these are priorities for us that are as important as anything else we do together.
Our CE Coodinator will be moving this summer, so we are seeking an enthusiastic Children and Youth Education Coordinator for 12-15 hours a week. The CE Coordinator is responsible for the leadership and guidance of our Sunday School program for pre-school through eighth grade students. The person must be strong in building relationships among parents, teachers, volunteers, and the larger congregation to bring vitality and growth to the program. Strong candidates will possess excellent communication skills, including social media, and organizational skills; and be computer proficient. Teaching and working in children’s ministry experience are a plus. References and a successful criminal background check are required. If you are interested in learning more about this position, please click here.
This is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. We welcome our member, Pip Adams, to 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.
Bible Study Class is a weekly gathering led by Reverend Kevin. This week’s session, Tuesday 4/17 & Wednesday 4/18, will be about Joseph's Story.
Read: Genesis 37-40 & Kenneth Davis: “Don’t Know Much About the Bible” pg.87-92
Every week will we update the next reading for discussion. Watch the Sunday News.
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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ONA Celebration Service on Sunday, November 18th at 3pm
Join us as we celebrate our Open & Affirming status with a special worship service and Celebration on Sunday, November 18th at 3pm. All are welcome to attend.
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
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104