First Parish Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
The oldest church in the immediate area, First Parish was founded by Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in the spring of 1719.
A building was built in 1722 but was lost to fire. A more imposing structure replaced the first in 1769. Although that Meetinghouse was altered and expanded through time, it remains one of the oldest examples of early American craftsmanship.
In 2011, First Parish voted to begin the arduous and courageous task of restoration and although we remain faithful – we need community support.
The Meetinghouse at First Parish is a local icon. It has stood the test of time – 250 years in fact – but it needed desperately to be restored. Members of First Parish raised nearly a million dollars with internal donations, and were able to put the building on a firm foundation – leveling it for the first time in centuries and restore the majestic steeple.
Our question to the Derry-Londonderry-Windham (the “Nutfield” of 300 years ago) community is this: can you help us continue this important historic project?
There are a variety of ways that you can help. With more generous donations you could become an official benefactor of some portion of the project. We will accept donations of any size.
Or you may wish to purchase a brick for the memorial brick patio to be installed under the flagpole next to the historic Meetinghouse. You will be able to honor a person, an organization or an event of your choice. Please complete the purchase request. All orders must be received by October 4 for a November installation.
Call us to arrange a tour or get more information on how you could become a benefactor. (603) 434-0628