Serving on a Board
There are many ways to Serve at First Church. We offer many boards and committees
The First Church, Congregational, United Church of Christ of Nashua, NH is committed to creating a safe and healthy environment in which young people can learn about and experience God’s love. In order to ensure this, we require that all people applying to be volunteers who work with minors will have been members for at least six months or friends of First Church for one year. It is the policy of the church to provide adequate supervision for all youth activities. We also expect all employees or volunteers who work with minors to complete and submit a disclosure document.
The music ministry’s purpose is to inspire, teach, challenge and further the cause of quality music across a wide array of genres and styles. Through the different facets of the music ministry, the program encourages the church’s congregants and the ministry’s participants to explore and find the right place for them, where they can enhance their own worship experience and that of others, through the joy of music.
ALL CHOIRS ARE OPEN to both members of The First Church and the wider Nashua community.
The First Church Thrift Shop provides good clothing for women and children (infant-size 14) for very reasonable prices. Also available are jewelry, accessories, and knick knacks.
Completely run by volunteers, the shop is open every Thursday (except holidays), 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The Thrift Shop opens for the season on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019.
The shop is located at the side of the brown brick office building attached to the church. Enter from the parking lot near Davis Funeral Home. Look for the sign.
The funds generated are used to support other local helping programs.
Call the church office, 603-882-4861, to find out how help in our Thrift Shop, or if you have any questions.
“God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship [and] to be servants in the service of the whole human family…” –From the UCC Statement of Faith
Grounded in the tradition of the United Church of Christ as expressed in our Statement of Faith, our church’s youth and adults are encouraged to participate in a variety of mission and service opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally. Each year the mission trip planning team explores opportunities for participation in service to others as well as environmental, cultural, and spiritual learning through the mission trip program. Together, we make a difference in the lives of others while learning about ourselves and our faith.
Caring Ministries at First Church consist of Visitations Team, Caregivers Support, Prayer Partners, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and the Labyrinth. Through these ministries, we follow Jesus’ teaching to grow in love through service to others. Our Minister of Congregational Care, Rev. Jami Boyle, oversees all of our caring Ministries.
First Church Meals Team
Home cooked meals bring much healing to people as they recuperate. For when I was sick, you looked after me. Mt. 25:36.
If you would like to help provide meals to parishioners who are temporarily in need, please register at Sign-Up Central and offer meals as you are able.
Christmas Craft Fair
Christmas Craft Fair: The proceeds from the Yearly fair support the Pastors Discretionary Fund.
This years fair is scheduled for November 1 and 2, 2019
The fair committee has been busy all summer preparing for the upcoming fair. The committee welcomes your assistance. Below are some ways you can help.
Homemade food items – If you prepare preserves and pickled vegetables this summer, consider making some extra to donate to the fair. These types of items are always popular with fair-goers. Contact the office for more information.
Silent Auction Donations
Rebecca S the coordinator of the silent auction this year. For more information, or to make a donation, call the church office.
The Craft Group will meet on September 11 and 25 and October 9 and 23 at 4:00 PM in the dining room. Crafters of all abilities are welcome! Contact the office for more information.
New-to-you Christmas items are being accepted. Bring your donations to the church and leave them on the window sill near the elevator
Individually, members of First Church are encouraged to, and do in fact, participate in a wide variety of service organizations throughout the community. Together we seek to make life better for all God’s children, but especially providing care and support for those who are among the “least of these.”
First Church provides financial support to a variety of community help programs as part of its outreach.
People are an important part of outreach and members of First Church join with members of other faith communities and no faith community through church and secular helping organizations to make a difference in people’s lives locally. Members also join with members of other UCC churches in serving on various boards, committees and task forces within the New Hampshire Conference and the United Church of Christ as part of our support of wider mission outreach.
We believe that local outreach is important and allocate funds to a variety of community helping organizations.
First Church is an active member of the Nashua Inter-faith Council and supports dialogue and action between and among local faith communities.
– Learn about our Supported Organizations –
Crop Hunger Walk
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.
Visit CROP Hunger Walks at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/
Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter
“The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter (NSKS) is dedicated to providing shelter and food to those in need. The overall objective of the agency is to advocate, create, and operate programs and services that promote dignity and self-sufficiency for those we serve. To ensure that basic needs are addressed, NSKS is committed to joining with others in a community-wide ethic of caring.”
Visit the NSKS website here: https://nsks.org
Family Promise of Southern New Hampshire
Family Promise of Southern New Hampshire
The mission of Family Promise of Greater Nashua at Anne-Marie House (AMH) is to support the needs of families experiencing homelessness as they work to achieve sustainable income and self-sufficiency. We do this by providing safe and secure transitional housing, wholesome meals, career search, continuing education and other support services, such as parenting and financial literacy programs.
Anne-Marie House began in 2005, as a program of the Greater Nashua Interfaith Hospitality Network which was founded in 2004. The program began and continues to operate out of a 17,000 square foot former novitiate, which is leased from the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in Hudson, NH. The facility has 26 bedrooms, a large kitchen, dining room, parlor, library, laundry room, family/play room, offices and conference rooms. Entering our 11th year AMH has grown to engage a network of almost 300 trained volunteers, and a staff of 4 employees. With nearly 90 percent of our graduating families achieving sustainable housing, income and transportation, AMH is very successful in empowering families to get back on their feet and provide for themselves.
Anne-Marie House provides a unique service to an often underserved population in the homeless community – families. Believe it or not, keeping families together during a period of homelessness is often nearly impossible to do as family members are often asked to split up amongst available spots at homeless shelters, women-only programs, men-only programs, between other family members, etc. At AMH, we believe that keeping families together is of utmost importance in ensuring that our families achieve successful and sustainable lifestyles. We accept two-parent families, single mothers or fathers with children, grandparents raising grandchildren, etc. Children under the age of 18 represent approximately 60% of the residents at AMH.
All of our guests are referred to AMH through our host congregations and network of social service providers. Guests entering the program must be substance free; have a source of income and transportation, career searching or, involved in a job training program; and sign an agreement that is renewed monthly based on progress toward individual goals. Each family at AMH works with our Family Services Director to identify and maintain their plan for regaining independence and self-sufficiency. In addition, each family is offered the opportunity to attend classes on parenting, financial management, housing and real estate opportunities, and career searching.
While independently operated, Anne-Marie House is an affiliate of the national organization of Family Promise — a four-star rated Charity Navigator organization.
Adult Learning Center
The Adult Learning Center is a vibrant, exciting place to learn. We provide academic programs, skills training, and support services to help people succeed, including:
- Adults who want to better train themselves for the workplace
- Young adults who want to complete their high school education
- Children who need safe, nurturing child care and after school programs
Visit the website for the Adult Learning Center here: https://nashuaalc.org/
Front Door Agency
The Front Door Agency, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that invests in New Hampshire individuals and families as they transition from crisis to self-sufficiency by providing a hand-up opportunity to those at risk of homelessness.
Through our four core programs–Transitional Housing, Prevention and Intervention of Homelessness, Crisis Advocacy and Resource Education, and Financial Literacy, we invest in those who need assistance with basic needs by providing direction and educational opportunities as they transition from crisis to self-sufficiency.
We take great pride our delivery of services and in our approach of offering hands-up opportunities to those who are invested in themselves to improve their situations. We believe in dignity, respect, and compassion for all people.
Our main office is located at 7 Concord Street, Nashua, NH 03064 and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are closed on Fridays.
Visit the website for the Front Door Agency here: http://www.frontdooragency.org/About/
Nashua Children’s Home
Nashua Children’s Home is committed to the care, welfare and educational achievement of children and youth within its Residential and Educational Programs, and the successful transition to adult living of young men and women in its Transitional Living Program. Nashua Children’s Home provides care and stability to boys and girls unable to remain with their families, special education services for students who have not been successful in public school settings, and supportive housing for youth that have “aged-out” of care.
Visit the website for the Nashua Children’s Home here: https://nashuachildrenshome.org/
Heifer International Learning Center
End 68 Hours of Hunger
End 68 Hours of Hunger is a private, not-for-profit, effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive at school on Monday morning.
This weekend program, established in New Hampshire in 2011, puts nourishing food in the hands of school children to carry them through the weekend.
We are entirely volunteer based and 100 percent of funds go directly to feeding at-risk children unless otherwise designated by the donor.
Childhood hunger – or food insecurity – is a national problem. It occurs when children receive insufficient food on a regular basis and in many cases, missing meals entirely. After a while, these children also experience ‘fear of hunger’ that affects their behavior as much as physical hunger affects their bodies.
– CLAIRE BLOOM
Founder and Executive Director
Learn more about End 68 Hours of Hunger here: https://www.end68hoursofhunger.org/
Pastoral Counseling Services
PCS was founded to utilize the best psychotherapeutic techniques while respecting the natural connection between the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions in the healing process. Our desire is to provide a community in which clients Feel Heard, Feel Cared for and Feel Better.
In addition to our counseling services, PCS impacts the vitality of our community by partnering with other non-profit organizations to help underserved & at risk populations with stress management techniques and honoring those who “go above & beyond” with the Good Samaritan Award.
Learn more about Pastoral Counseling Services here: https://www.pcs-nh.org/
United Way of Greater Nashua
Improving Lives and Strengthening our Communities
United Way of Greater Nashua is an independent, non-profit organization controlled by our local donors. It was established in 1930 when business leaders helped raise $42,677 to assist local families who were suffering from the community’s greatest problems of the time: the Great Depression and the aftermath of the Crown Hill fire. We’ve been here ever since, bringing together donors, businesses, non-profits, government, and faith-based communities to make our region a stronger, healthier place to live and work.
Learn more about the United Way of Greater Nashua here: http://www.unitedwaynashua.org/about-united-way-greater-nashua/