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Your Christian Education Team is launching a Parent Network

You are invited to join in Sunday, March 31 at 11:30 AM

in the Chapel Conference Room, Please invite others who also might have an interest

Movie and snacks available for children and youth (supervised)

Following brainstorming sessions with the parents of the church, the Christian Education Committee is launching a new initiative we call the Parents’ Network.  Our objective is to create a learning/sharing/growing parent community offering support in their lives as adults and parents. This initiative will make it possible for us to integrate faith formation experiences (for both youth and adults), foster family conversations, while creating a culture around issues of faith, morals, and values.

While conversations about strategic direction of the Church School will of course be part of the program, we intend to go far beyond this basic issue to support our families dealing with day to day challenges. Such as work/life balance, negative influences in school, excessive screen time, and other issues as they are identified by our families.

We also want to support our parental age adults in finding meaning in their own lives (beyond work and parenthood) by working with the adult education programs of the church.

Beyond the families’ benefiting from their own shared experiences, CE intends over time to offer relevant resources on specific issues, as needed, including the Pastor, “Empty Nester” members of the Congregation, and outside professionals.

We are still working on finding a time to meet that allows maximum participation by a group that already has many demands on their time.   Our last meeting during worship on March 4 reached parents who would not otherwise been at church that day. Our next meeting will be after worship on March 31 to try to reach those who are at church and Sunday School. 11:30 am in the parlor, with child care provided.  Our primary agenda item will be to discuss potential objectives of this group for the coming program year.

(While this initiative is intended primarily for parents, anyone who is interested in contributing to its success is of course welcome!)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any member of your Christian Education Committee,

Jen Powers (Chair)

Steve Carhart

Sheilagh Mylott

Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Soup & Conversation, The Heifer Talent Show/Birthday Luncheon and much more.

There is a program for you here at First Parish!

Our Christian Education ministry is focused on the well-being, spiritual formation and education of individuals and the church as a whole. Specifically, the Sunday School program provides an introduction to the traditions and stories of our faith in a loving environment. Intergenerational events provide many opportunities for fellowship, education and spiritual formation. Questions? Contact Our Christian Ministry Coordinator, Jessica Skidmore,

Healing Service 30-minutes of Healing, Movement, and Prayer

Save the date Sunday, January 27 11:30 AM, the service will draw on both Christian and Easter traditions, incorporating easy movements from Qi Gong and Yoga. (No prior experience with prayer or movement is necessary.) Held outside, weather permitting, just meet on the steps of the church.

Offered by Rev. Dr. Marlayna Schmidt, Interim Pastor of First Parish Church, Congregational; and Carla Mattioli, M.A., Interfaith Minister of Awakening Arts, Teacher of Yoga, Tail Chi, Qi Gong. People from all Religious Traditions are welcome.

Soup and Conversation

Save the date Sunday, February 24 and March 24th, 2019 following worship.

Held in the Spring and Fall following worship, join us as we hold conversations on a wide variety of topics while sharing fellowship over soup and salad. For an upcoming schedule see our Adult Education page.

Book Group 

Each 4th Monday of the month we meet at a host home.

The host provides light snacks, beverages and dessert but only once a year!!!! The host then chooses the book for the next month.  When we meet we will rate the book and give comments which we will record in a journal that hopefully the FPC book group will continue with many years from now!!! Details 


During Advent and Lent Vespers are held on Saturday evenings at 5 PM in the church.

Upcoming dates are;

Lenten Vespers March 9, 16, 23 April 6, 13 & 20, 2019

Children and Youth at First Parish

Let the children come to me for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Luke 18:16
All young people are welcome in our worship every week. Our SS & YG start each Sunday in the Chapel building, (located behind Santander Bank next to the Manchester Library). Students meet in their classrooms where preschool through 5th grade learn about God through the Godly Play curriculum and sing with our Music teacher, Ann Greenleaf. Children join their families at the end of the morning worship in the Sanctuary. Grades 6 through 12 participate in youth group.
During the year children also participate in worship by singing in our Sunday School choir and serving as bell ringers and acolytes and additional worship services listed *below. Older youth serve as liturgists, readers and greeters. Children are welcome to receive Holy Communion, at the discretion of their parents. Holy Communion instruction is offered to our 4th & 5th grade class.
Sunday School Preschool – Grade 5 Sundays at 10 AM and check our calendar for Midweek Ski/Sport classes

Nursery Sundays 9:45 am. to 11:30 a.m.

Middle School Youth Group Grades 6-8, Sundays at 10 AM

Confirmation for Grades 9 and above Selected Sundays 11:30 am to 1:00 PM

More information on Youth programs can be found on our Youth Group Page

Vacation Bible School each June

Summer 2019 June 24-28

2018 We were Shipwrecked and saved by Jesus’ love. We enjoyed crafts, music, snacks and games! This program is open to all, not just members of First Parish.

2017 Participants joined us in Rome, and we learned about the underground church

2016 We had fun Catching the Wave of God’s Amazing Love with games, songs, crafts, and more!

2015 The Icy Adventure– “Everest” Participants embarked on the coolest adventure of the summer with Sciency-Fun Gizmos™, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats, activities that help faith flow into real life.