First Presbyterian Church of Concord is
a denominational church in the Reformed tradition. We are part of
the Presbytery of Northern New England,
which is part of the Presbyterian
Church in America. We are a spiritually vital church growing in
the grace and love of our Lord Jesus. Please come and fellowship with
The roots of First Presbyterian Church
of Concord go back to 1982 when Pastor Rodney Collins of Grace Presbyterian
Church in Laconia came to New Hampshire to start a new church. Pastor
Collins came with the vision to not just plant one church but a church
that was active in planting reformed churches in New England. Concord
was always a logical choice but when some members began attending
Grace from Concord the idea eventually became a reality. In November
of 1995 Pastor Doug Domin was called by the members of Grace Presbyterian
Church to start a church that would be Scriptural and true to the
Reformed Faith. Pastor Domin arrived with his wife and three boys
in March of 1996. The church first met informally for evening worship
at Bow Community Baptist Church 2 Sundays a month in the summer of
1996. First Presbyterian Church of Concord (PCA) began meeting for
morning worship in September of 1996 in cafeteria at Concord High
School. The church met at the high school for a year and a half and
then began meeting at the Concord Community Music School in May of
1997. The church has almost 3 acres of land on north side of South
Main Street near I-93 where a church building will be constructed
in God's providence.
First Presbyterian Church of Concord (PCA) is connected to the wider
Church, which is the Presbyterian
Church in America. The PCA is a national church, which began in
1973 and is committed to historic Presbyterianism, which expresses
itself in being true to the scriptures, the reformed faith, and the
great Commission of Jesus Christ. Within a few years the PCA grew
to include more than 500 churches with nearly 80,000 members. In 1982
the Reformed Presbyterain Church, Evangelical Synod joined with us,
bringing almost 25,000 new members into the PCA. As we approach our
29th year, we have approximately 1404 churches, 220 mission churches,
and 289,906 members (including ministers and covenant children). FPC
of Concord is part of the regional
Presbytery of the PCA, which is made up of Northern New England.
We subscribe to the historic creeds of the church (for example, the
Apostles and Nicene Creeds), and to the Westminster
Confession of Faith and the Larger and Short Catechisms.
WE BELIEVE. . .
1. The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible
rule of faith and practice.
2. There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit) who are to be equally loved, honored and adored.
3. All mankind participated in Adam's fall from his original sinless
state. Thus every man born into this world is lost in sin and totally
helpless to save himself or by good use of grace assist in his salvation.
4. The Sovereign God, for no other reason than His own unfathomable
love and mercy, has chosen lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed
by the atoning death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the
quickening power of the Holy Spirit.
5. Those whom the Spirit quickens, come to believe in Christ as their
Savior, becoming sons of God. Those who savingly believe in Christ
are enabled, by God's power, to persevere to the end.
6. Those whom the Spirit quickens and who have come to believe in
Christ, God justifies, not because of infused righteousness which
makes them personally righteous, but by imputing the obedience (righteousness)
and judicial satisfaction earned by Christ. Faith that saves receives
and rests upon Christ and his righteousness alone for salvation.
7. The goal of God's salvation in the life of the Christian is holiness,
good works, and service for the glory of God.
8. At death the Christian's soul passes immediately into the presence
of God and the unbeliever's soul is eternally separated from God unto
9. Baptism is a sign of God's covenant and is properly administered
to children of believers in their infancy as well as to those who
come as adults to trust in Christ.
10. Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time
when He is not expected, to consummate history and the eternal plan
11. The Church has been
commissioned by Jesus Christ to preach the Gospel and make disciples
all nations until the return of Christ.
The Psalms record many instances of the psalmist testifying to the
congregation of God's people of God's goodness and grace to him. God's
people are encouraged to speak of the Lord and of His goodness to
them. Testimonies can be a real source of encouragement to God's people
as they hear of how God is working in the lives of other people.
If you have the gift of teaching children and adults there are opportunities
to teach in Sunday School and fellowship groups. Substitutes are always
needed from time to time. Being a new church, much work depends on
a few people. These individuals need breaks from teaching periodically.
If you are gifted to teach or would like to explore this area of service,
there is the freedom to do so in the church.
Those who volunteer to serve in the nursery help to provide a loving
environment for the infants and toddlers of the church. The nursery
is the first experience that our children have in church, and there
is no more significant act of service than the loving embrace of children
in Jesus's name.
THE ELDERS (SESSION)
The elders of the church are entrusted with the spiritual oversight
of the church family. Shepherding the congregation is the priority
of the elders which includes visiting church members and inquiring
as to their walk with the Lord and any areas of concern for prayer
and encouragement. The session is also entrusted with the task of
communicating the vision of the church, which includes planning, setting
of goals, making disciples, overseeing the worship of the church,
and being peacemakers. Individual elders must be nominated and elected
by the congregation and ordained to the office by the Session. There
are two types of elders - teaching elders (ministers of the Word),
and ruling elders.
Teaching Elders: Pastor Doug Domin, Assistant
Pastor and Church Planter Jon Taylor
Ruling Elders: Walter Gilde, Mark Saltsman, Dan Troy
Director of Music: Gayle Troy
Administrative Assistant: Linda Domin
The deacons in the church express the mercy and compassion of Christ.
They care for the material and spiritual needs of the congregation.
In addition, the Diaconate finds effective ways to minister to the
social and material needs of the local community. Deacons are elected
by the congregation and ordained to the office by the session.
Deacons: Brad Green
The FPCC office is staffed by a church administrator, who is Linda
Domin. She can be contacted at ldomin @ fpccnh.org.
SUNDAY MORNING SCHEDULE
Sunday School 9:00 AM (Adults and Children)
Public Worship 10:15 AM
Nursery Available (0-5 Years)
You are invited to join us for refreshments and coffee after worship.
If you would like information as to the steps necessary to become
a member, please speak to the Pastor or one of the officers of the
church. They would be happy to guide you. There are applications for
membership on the table in the narthex as well as copies of the brochure
"Come Join Us: Uniting with a Congregation of the Presbyterian
Church in America."
For further information about Presbyterian distinctives we recommend
the booklet entitled Distinctives of Biblical Presbyterianism by John
M. Otis. A free copy is available upon request.