We are First Christian Church

First Christian Church exists...

To honor and glorify God by obeying Jesus’ command to make disciples of all people groups. We accomplish this through our Mission and Core Values. Please feel free to contact us if you need prayer or have questions. 

First Christian Staff

History

Where God Leads

“We are a small congregation with a large heart for our community and one another.”

First Christian Church is a community-outreach focused congregation that fostered both high volunteerism and joyful, close relationships through the congregation’s various ministries. We seek to study and worship. With several Sunday Classes prior to worship to choose from, Sunday Worship is music-focused, with pragmatic sermons. Sunday mornings classes start at 9:30 a.m, with Worship starting at 10:45 a.m. We seek to serve. A major part of the life of our congregation is providing a safe, welcoming, and giving place for those from the surrounding community to be served, without any expectations. This takes place primarily through the weekly community meal known as “The Welcome Table” in which we serve dinner on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in a restaurant-style meal for 130 to as many as 185 from the surrounding community. All are welcome, rich or poor, secure or homeless, well or disabled, families or singles – in partnership with Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. This also includes a post-meal food items disbursement and a clothes closet for those in want. We seek to host community service organizations. To ensure best facility usage that honors God, weekly meetings of AA, Al-Anon, four Girl Scout troops, and other groups meet here. We seek to minister to one another. The minister and six elders provide visitation to the sick, shut-ins, and others of the congregation and those identified by members of the congregation – who need support, communion, and/or counseling. In addition, the pastor is available for couples and individual counseling, whether one is of the Christian faith or not – one will be assisted. As a part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we are centered in the wisdom that “in essentials – unity, in non-essentials – diversity, and in all things – love. Come and see what that’s like!

  • We practice unity and inclusion at the Lord’s Table
    All are welcome to the Lord’s Table for the sake of mission and for the sake of the world as the one family of God. Most congregations do this by celebrating communion every Sunday. That’s why we use a chalice as our logo.
  • We practice believer baptism
    A person makes the choice to follow God’s call rather than the choice being made for them as an infant. Baptism is the basis of membership in the Church and also a mark that every person is called to serve God – the idea of the “priesthood of all believers.”
  • We study scripture for ourselves
    We are called to study and read scripture for ourselves. Rather than having tests of faith and creedal statements, we critically and thoughtfully study scripture, taking into account the history and background – the context – in which it was written.
  • We are a movement for Christian Unity
    We honor our heritage as a movement for Christian unity by cooperating and partnering with other faith communities to work for bringing about wholeness – healing and justice – in the world. This is what it means to be “ecumenical.”
  • Loving Relationships: Acceptance, caring for others, forgiving
  • Traditional mixed with Contemporary Worship: vibrant, heartfelt, reflective
  • Small Groups for spiritual growth and relationship building
  • Strengthening Families along with strong adult ministries
  • Empowering Leadership

Beliefs

Our Identity

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As members of the Christian Church,
We confess that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of the living God,
and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
In Christ’s name and by his grace
we accept our mission of witness
and service to all people.
We rejoice in God,
maker of heaven and earth,
and in God’s covenant of love
which binds us to God and to one another.
Through baptism into Christ
we enter into newness of life
and are made one with the whole people of God.
In the communion of the Holy Spirit
we are joined together in discipleship
and in obedience to Christ.
At the Table of the Lord
we celebrate with thanksgiving
the saving acts and presence of Christ.
Within the universal church
we receive the gift of ministry
and the light of scripture.
In the bonds of Christian faith
we yield ourselves to God
that we may serve the One
whose kingdom has no end.
Blessing, glory, and honor
be to God forever. Amen.

For I have received of the Lord what I have also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup also after supper saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread, and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. – I Corinthians 11:23-26 (NRSV)

 

The Lord’s Supper or Communion is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who are followers of Jesus Christ. The practice of Holy Communion has become the central element of worship within the Disciples tradition.

 

Disciples’ observance of the Lord’s Supper echoes the Passover feast, when Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the living Christ is met and received in the sharing of the bread and the cup, representative of the body and blood of Jesus. The presence of the living Lord is affirmed and he is proclaimed to be the dominant power in our lives.

Peter said to them,” Repent, and be baptized every one 

Peter said to them,” Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 2:38 (NRSV)

Just as the baptism represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it symbolizes the death and burial of the old self of the repentant believer, and the joyous birth of a brand new being in Christ. Those who founded the Disciples movement taught baptism by immersion as the accepted form. – From Word to the Church on Baptism, Commission on Theology, 1987

Baptism is a public act by which the church proclaims God’s grace, as revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, through the use of a visible sign of God’s gracious initiative and the human individual’s response in faith.

With other Christians we affirm that baptism is at once a divine gift and a human response. The meaning of baptism is grounded in God’s redemptive action in Christ, it incorporates the believer in the community in the body of Christ, and it anticipates life in the coming age when the powers of the old world will be overcome, and the purposes of God will triumph.

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