October 2, 2022 – Today is the 17th Sunday after Pentecost/ World Communion Sunday and the liturgical color is green.
NURSERY CARE – The church nursery opens at 9:45 AM to care for children under the age of 3 during the 10:00 AM worship service. Nursery coordinators are on hand to greet parents and explain the procedure for checking in and picking up your child.
HALLOWEEN PACKAGES – On October 23rd, the Make A Difference class will pack Halloween packages for our young people who are away at college. We will collect donations of wrapped candy (monetary donations also welcome to defray mailing costs) in the coming weeks. Please leave the candy in the marked bins at the Christian Education Corner in Fellowship Hall, the welcome center and in the
courtyard entrance lobby.
NEW ADDRESSES FOR MAILINGS – Parents, please send in your child’s New College Address! Please call the church office or email [email protected] with your children’s current address by October 16.
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP meets on Sunday, October 23 at 11:30 AM in the Fireside Room.
BIBLE SUNDAY, October 30. Students in Grade 3 will receive their Bibles during the 10:00 worship service.
CONFIRMATION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 – The Rite of Confirmation will be held during the 10:00 service. Join us as we celebrate their accomplishment.
APPLE CRISP IS ON SALE, AGAIN, TODAY! Following both worship services in Fellowship Hall.
Register for Youth Music (Joyful Noise, Chapel Chimers and Jubellation)
JUBELLATION RE-STARTS for 4th to 8th grade beginning October 2nd.
Rhonda O’Keefe will be leading a re-start of our children’s hand bell ministry, which meets on Sunday mornings at 11:30-12:00PM starting October 2.
Open to all youth Grades 4 through 8. Whether as a continuation from Chapel Chimers, or joining the music ministry at a later date, this bell choir is open to all children in Grades 4 through 8. Music-reading and rhythmic skills are developed and techniques in handbell ringing round out the musical experience in this beginning-levelbell choir. Jubellation meets at 11:20AM in the Balcom Room. This bell choir offers those who are interested in instrumental music, the chance to be part of Music at First.
Jubellation Rehearsals Jubellation in Worship
CHAPEL CHIMERS -Sign up today!
Open to all children from Pre K through Grade 2, this ensemble offers choir chimes– which are hand-held rectangular “bells.” The Chapel Chimers enjoy accompanying themselves while singing various songs from Christian vocal repertoire. There is no music-reading involved, as they play (and sing) on cue from the ensemble’s director, Rebecca Crivello. In addition to being a lot of fun, the children develop other skills such as rhythm, basic vocal techniques, and working together.
Chapel Chimers meets regularly on Sundays (October through May) at 9:15 AM – 9:45AM in the Chapel, prior to Sunday School and 10 AM Worship. Registration for this ensemble begins on Rally Day in September. The 2022-2023 Worship and Rehearsal schedule is available by clicking on the links.
Chapel Chimers Rehearsals Chapel Chimers in Worship
JOYFUL NOISE YOUTH CHOIR-Sign up today!
Open to all children from Grades 3 through 7, this ensemble offers a quality choral experience through the leadership of Rebecca Crivello. This ensemble is the perfect setting to learn singing in a supportive group setting, and develop music and performance skills which enhance overall general education. The choir participates in worship at regular intervals, often in cooperation with the Christian Education ministry.
Joyful Noise meets regularly on Sunday Mornings (October through May) at 11:20AM-12PM in the Chapel. Registration for this ensemble is by calling the church office at (603)882-4861. The 2021-2022 Worship and Rehearsal schedule is available by clicking on the links.
Joyful Noise Rehearsals Joyful Noise in Worship
Pretzel Sunday: March 12, 2023 Save the Date!
The Sunday School students will be making pretzels on Sunday, March 12, 2023.
Youth Group-Make A Difference (MAD)Grades 7&8
Sunday school for grades 7-8 is planned as a pre-confirmation experience, providing a format to discuss and act upon lessons learned in Sunday School as well as time to prepare for the intensive confirmation class. Make a Difference focuses on mission and service to one another, with intentional reflection on Christian service. Activities include apple picking, projects for the Front Door Agency and the Nashua Soup Kitchen. The class may create a mission based on current events.
- Make a Difference meets during the regular Sunday school time each Sunday, except the first Sunday of the month when they remain in church for communion.
On October 23th, the Make a Difference service group will pack and mail Halloween care packages to all young people who have gone away to college, the Armed Forces, an International Exchange program or work. We minister to those who need Tender Loving Care TLC.
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH GROUP – The First Church has an active Senior High fellowship group and a team of energetic, caring, well-trained adults from the congregation. Fellowship, worship, outreach, and educational activities and programs are designed to encourage the development and deepen connections between youth and God, one another, adults and children in the congregation and the world around them.
Activity Dates and Missions For First Church Youth and Family
- Confirmation & Bible Sunday and Crop Hunger Walk October 30th
- Christmas Pageant December 11th
- Youth Sunday March 26th
- Senior Recognition Sunday May 8th
- Children’s Day is June 4th
Intergenerational Worship, Programs and Missions are encouraged at First Church. While youth are encouraged to participate in programs specifically designed for them, our greatest hope is that our youth will join with their families and friends in participating in church-wide worship, missions and fellowship events.
We encourage all youth:
- to serve in our Christian Formation programs by assisting teachers in our children’s classes, work in the nursery, and lead Vacation Bible School activities.
- to join or assist with our choirs and various musical ensembles.
Once Confirmed, we encourage youth to teach Sunday School, join and serve First Church’s various boards, committees