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First Church
1 Concord Street

Site Description

The First Church, UCC, of Nashua was gathered in 1685. Our membership is approximately 1000, with Sunday worship attendance averaging more than 425. Our Sunday School registration is about 500, with average attendance about 350. Our staff consists of:� Senior Minister -- Rev. James S. Chaloner� Associate Minister -- Rev. Jeffrey C. Evans, D. Min.� Minister of Christian Education -- Patricia A. Harris, M.Ed. Minister of Music -- Joseph Olefirowicz, CAGO� Administrative Assistant -- Pamela J. Hickey� Secretary -- Susan T. EnglanderThe church's boards and committees are staffed by a variety of gifted and energetic lay people.Worship is central to our life together at First Church and music has an important place in the experience. We seek to be an open and ecumenical community. We actively support denominational and Conference outreach programs, our two closely related seminaries, and a variety of local helping programs. Many of our members are actively involved in a wide variety of community programs. We have a solid Sunday School and a variety of adult education and social programs. Our entire facility is accessible.In response to God's call and Christ's example, members and friends of First Church seek spiritual growth, reach out in service to the community, nation, and world, and look for new ways to faithfully minister in this time and place.Worship, nurture, outreach. That is the purpose of the Church of Jesus Christ as we experience it at First Church.

Stipend Expectation

This site meets the stipend expectation

Student Involvement

Because of our staffing and strong lay involvement we offer an experience of parish ministry that can be as broad or as focused as the student desires. Previous students have learned from a wide range of opportunities, with specific opportunities selected as part of the learning agreement based on the student's interest, skills, and experience. Some of the possibilities are: Planning and leading worship in a variety of settings; Hospital and nursing home visitation; Home visitation; Children's, youth,and adult programs; Committee work; Conducting funerals.Typically, a student in the first year of Field Education will be in the pulpit once a month either to lead the liturgy or, once a semester, to preach.

Commitment to Educating Ministers

We believe that First Church offers a unique opportunity for the student-in-ministry. Because of our staffing and strong lay involvement we offer an experience of parish ministry that can be as broad or as focused as the student desires. The program has the strong support of the whole church community and of its various boards and committees, so there is energy for nurturing and learning from and with the student.In addition to the excitement of the entire church for teaching, the support system provided to the student includes an experienced on-site Supervising Minister and a committed Teaching Parish Committee. The TPC received Andover Newton's Award for Excellence in 1995 and continues to seek to grow in its ministry of support and supervision. The entire staff of the church is open to being seen and used as a resource for the student. First Church has been a Teaching Parish since 1989.

Special Considerations

We are committed to being a resource for those students with a goal of parish ministry in the UCC, but we are also open to working and learning with students with other or no denominational background.


First Church also provides mileage reimbursement including travel to and from the site up to $200./semester.

Contact Information

1 Concord St

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