*Our Summer Worship Schedule*
Join us this Sunday
9am combined service in the chapel

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.

Photo taken at the Easter Sunrise Service, April 20, 2014


First Church in Brief:

Serving the Rochester, NH community since 1731

A member of the United Church of Christ

A progressive Christian voice on the NH Seacoast

We affirm all people are created in God's own image regardless of race, gender, religious background or sexual orientation





Learn more about the inclusive message of the United Church of Christ:

Sermon Aug 10 2014 from First Church Congregational on Vimeo.

Rev. Eliza and Dan Britt discuss how different theological perspectives and experiences can enrich your understanding of the story of Jesus walking on water (Matthew 14).

If the video doesn't work or your computer is slow, try the audio version:

Follow Rev. Eliza's blog "Sermonizing"

Annual Yard Sale and Farmer's Market

Saturday, Aug. 23, 8am-1pm

Check out the First Church yard sale, which includes a farmer's market and anything else First Church members may bring by to sell. Don't miss it: furniture, books, games, kitchen items, just to name a few things!

First Church stories in the media:

Story from Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, NH)

Story on WGME-TV (Portland, ME):

All are welcome in this place

In recent days, the flag which hangs over the First Church front entrance has disappeared on more than one occasion. This flag is a symbol of First Church's affirmation that wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. We are grateful that replacement rainbow flags are on their way from NH, ME, DC, KY, and CT., at last count, and best wishes and support have come from even farther places around the world.

Rev. Eliza recently said we are "Hopeful that this low-level harassment will open our hearts to those who live in constant fear for their safety and their lives, simply because of who they are.

"Hopeful that our witness brings hope to those who despair.

"Hopeful that we may embody, as a church, the perfect love that drives out fear, and become a place of safety for all of God's children.

"May we always be a church and a people of the Gospel, serving Christ as we serve our neighbors: the hungry, the homeless, the imprisoned, the despairing, the fearful, the hurting, the abandoned."