For First-Time Visitors
Welcome to First Christian Church! We are glad you stopped by for this electronic visit, and look forward to when we can meet you in person. This congregation has been witnessing to Jesus Christ since the town was settled. We take some pride that two of the founders of what is now known as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – Alexander Campbell and Barton Warren Stone – both preached here. Regardless of the fact that we are over 175 years old, we are as new and fresh as today. We rejoice in our mission of loving God, loving others and reaching out to with the love of God to people from this community to the ends of the earth. This is a place where we work at living out the Kingdom of God in this place.
We think you will find our congregation to be a welcoming group, and greeters are on hand at the main entrance to the building, as well as both entrances to the sanctuary, to help you with any questions you may have. This brief guide will give you an idea of what to expect during our worship services.
What Is A Typical Service Like?
Our services tend to follow a similar format each week. For the 10:40am service, we begin with a call to worship, opening hymn, and opening prayer. Then we move on to the scripture-based portion of the service, which includes a children’s message, scripture reading, a choral anthem, and a sermon. After that we celebrate the Lord’s Supper each week with a communion service. We close each service with the Lord’s Prayer, a hymn, and a benediction. This Church bulletin from a recent service that shows a typical schedule.
The 9:22am Good News Hour service has a "small group" feel to our gatherings. The majority of the message each Sunday is discussion driven. First the theme or topic of the morning is presented, scripture is read and then we have a discussion. Worshipers should feel welcome to share their experiences and thoughts regarding the day’s topic.
How Do You Celebrate Communion?
The most notable attribute of our denomination is that we offer communion every week, and we welcome ALL to share in the Lord’s Supper with us, regardless of religious background or membership status.
At the 10:40 service, Communion is typically distributed to the congregation while they are seated. Our deacons stop by each row and pass the bread and juice down the row. Please partake of the elements as they are passed.
At Good News Cafe, Communion is celebrated through intinction. A single loaf of bread is broken and shared with all worshipers. We break off a piece of the bread and dip it into a cup.
What Should I Wear?
Wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable. We have members who wear a dress or a suit and tie every week. Others wear "business casual," while others prefer to dress casually in jeans or shorts. If you’re comfortable in what you decide to wear, you’ll fit right in at FCC.
What Kind Of Music Do You Sing/Play?
Most of our music would be described as traditional. We sing our hymns out of a standard hymnal (Chalice Hymnal), and hymns are accompanied by organ or piano. Our Chancel Choir leads us in singing and offers an anthem, or choral piece, each week. Many weeks some pieces are accompanied by instrumentalists, including brass instruments, violin, bass, flute, oboe, etc.
What Does FCC Offer For My Children During Worship?
God gave children extra giggles and we welcome every sound they make! If you feel the need to leave worship with your child, please come back it you can, but we also have a nursery and toddler room to meet your needs. Our certified nursery attendant is wonderful and will take great care of your little one. She is great about communicating with parents.
Each week we offer a children’s message near the beginning of the 10:40 \\service. After this, children are invited to go downstairs for their own worship time. Children are always welcome to remain in the Sanctuary for our main worship service.
School aged children are encouraged to join the 9:22am Good News Cafe service. After singing and prayer, the youth will move to the room adjoining the Chapel for their own activities and interactive discussion session.
What Accommodations Does FCC Offer Those With Disabilities?
For access to our sanctuary, the south door (main entrance off the parking lot) is a wheelchair-accessible entrance, and an elevator is available to go up to the sanctuary or down to Fellowship Hall. For the visually impaired, we provide both our Sunday bulletin and hymnal in large-print versions. All pews have padded seats. If there is anything we can do to make your visit more enjoyable, simply ask one of our greeters, and they will be most happy to assist you.
Where Can I Park?
Ample parking is available adjacent to the Church, with entrances to the parking lot off of Pike Street and Walnut Avenue.