From the Vicar

Vicar Pat
We are pleased to make this web site available to all who are interested in the activities of this Church and the Episcopal Church in general. Our primary aim as a Mission Church is to build a strong, vital Christian community of people who relate to one another by their common effort to follow Christ as their Lord. The Episcopal tradition has always had a great ability to combine a broad emphasis of religious worship, fellowship, mission and pastoral care.

People find themselves associated with a Christian congregation for a variety of reasons. For people who are new in the community, the church might be a way to begin involvement and new associations; for another person it may have been something that happened as people showed support at the time of a death; for another it is the experience of weekly worship; for someone else it is an interest in social mission; for yet another it is an urgent need to show children the importance of faith and Christian teaching. The expressions of Christian community are as varied as the lives and needs of those who comprise the congregation.

Questions of meaning, of value, of compassion, and of faith are fundamental questions that confront everyone at some level of existence. It is the response to these concerns that is the primary business of the Christian Church at every level.

 The Mission of Faith

Faith Episcopal Church is a Mission Church of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire that provides a place of worship for the Town of Merrimack and the Greater Nashua area. Faith Episcopal Church was incorporated as a mission of the Diocese of New Hampshire in 1977 and is organized according to the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Episcopal Church, under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of New Hampshire. Any person of the age of 15 years, having signified a desire to join the congregation, having participated in public worship, and having made a material offering for the sustenance of the Church, is entitled to vote at corporate meetings.

The congregation uses Wheeler Chapel, which was given in trust to the town of Merrimack in 1889, and which is cared for by the Trustees of Wheeler Chapel. General oversight of the various dimensions of the Church's life is provided by the Bishop's Committee (Vestry), with specialized standing commissions and other committees overseeing their own areas.

We are committed to providing the surrounding community, as well as visitors, a place to come and worship God, receive Communion, experience fellowship in prayer and music and provide many of the services commonly associated with a place of worship.

In addition to those services, we also sponsor a child from South America, support a local food pantry and provide other services on a scale with a church family of our comparatively small size.

The Wheeler Chapel Trust makes the building available to multiple support groups and other organizations and events of value to the community.

Faith Church is always interested in expanding the scope of services we can provide to our congregation, the Episcopal Church and the community at large. If you are interested in supporting our efforts in any way, please contact Vicar Patricia Henking via e-mail or call 603-424-6806 or 603-424-3507.

Thank you for your interest.