Who We Are
The focus of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is community - meaning we care for each other and minister to those in our area without any “strings” nor limitations put on the love we know in Christ. We are a diverse and at peace with our differences, while united by a common sense of purpose and a like-heartedness that naturally expands our circle of friends.
You may have driven by and seen our sign on Todds Lane, locally known as "God's Way" with all the houses of faith along its length. Rooted in the Hampton/Newport News area since 1888, First Christian has been at our location since 1961, in an expansive 1-story building with fully accessible entries, sanctuary, classrooms, fellowship hall, and restrooms, for the disabled. Most of us park in the lots to the rear of the sanctuary, but there is also plenty in front!
The learning hour begins on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., with groups for all ages, and worship follows at 10:45 a.m. Some wear "Sunday clothes" and others dress casually - whatever works for each of us. We find joy in one another, whether long-time attendees or first time visitors.
Worship services are, as well as the music, a mix of traditional and contemporary. Strong choirs and solid preaching, with the Lord’s Supper on every Sunday being open to all. The pastor likes to keep it short with a 12-15 minute sermon and posts his sermons for those unable to attend or and those who want to study and reflect. Children are are highly welcomed in worship, and for those with health issues or little ones, an ADA-compliant "family-style" restroom is just off the sanctuary. A nursery is available upon request for babies and pre-schoolers, with all workers trained and background-checked.
You will find we are a congregation committed to volunteer service, whether in supporting worship and education, tending to those in health crisis, or the two dozen who support our weekly "The Welcome Table" feeding ministry. Service to others defines us and it’s changed us. We actively host 15 helping and social community organizations, ranging from multiple Girl Scout troops, to AA and Al-Anon, and provide support to local elementary and middle schools.
If you have questions or need more information, please call the church office at (757) 826-0711. You can also check us out on social media, or just stop by the church.
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 AM - 2 PM. If you need to make an appointment outside those hours, call to make arrangements with the pastor.