COVID-19 Update

All Activities at First Christian Church will be cancelled until further notice.

Should you have pastoral needs, please contact Pastor Connor or Pastor Jeff.

Join us for online worship on our YouTube Channel.

Community Easter Eggstravaganza

Join us Saturday April 11th for our Community Easter Eggstravaganza!

The Egg Hunt will begin at Noon! No registration required!

We will have and Easter Egg Hunt for the kids, Food, and an Easter Basket Raffle.

For More information contact: Pastor Jeff Wilder

Good Friday Service

Join us Friday April 10th for the Middletown Area Ministerial Alliance Good Friday service here at First Christian Church.

We will have a 7 Last Words Service, where Pastors from various Middletown churches will share with us about the final phrases Christ spoke before his crucifixion.

We will also have music by a joint choir made up of members of various churches.

Youth Explosion Lock-In

Dec. 31st. Overnight New year’s eve party for youth and Scouts are 11 to 21 At First Christian Church. Cost $6 bring a 2 liter and a snack to share
Pick up will be from 8 to 10 a.m. the next morning!

If you would like to have your children in a safe environment and ring in the new year with wonderful people and a new renewed spirit of community. This is the youth event for your youth! This is an ongoing 7 year New year’s tradition we are extending to the youth of out town. Plenty of games, activities and ringing in the new year with goals and priorities.

We have certified youth leaders on hand to facilitate activities and have your youth in a safe environment.

For more information contact Youth Pastor Jeff Wilder at 513-594-5421.
Thank you.

Announcing A Youth Explosion

Our culture is changing rapidly, and it’s easy for the church to fall behind. We cling to what is familiar. We enjoy the memories of blessings God has bestowed on us in our past. The future sometimes looks scary. Especially, since the church, as a whole, seems to be on a downward spiral. It seems we are doing circles in the desert, lost in the wilderness like Moses on the way to the Promised Land! We long for the days and things of old. We long for the former things. Why? Because it is safe. We know what to expect in the former. But God’s word says, Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. God is doing a new thing at First Christian Church! His new thing is a Youth Explosion! The word explosion triggers images of chaos, and destruction in the form of noise, debris, and in this case crumbs, glue, glitter, masking tape, drawings on everything not nailed down and every conceivable stain or spill you can possibly imagine. But let me offer 5 positive points that also come with this youth explosion. #1 Intrinsic Value: Children and youth are valuable as they are made in the image of God and are a visible sign of the extended mercy of God. #2 Gift of Passion: The raw, idealistic passion of adolescents is a gift to the body of Christ. It pushes adults beyond comfort and cynicism. #3 Agents of Ministry: Youth are not merely objects of ministry. They are rightful agents of ministry today, as part of the larger, intergenerational family of God. #4 Relational Impetus: Teenagers remind the broader church that relationships, rather than structures, are the conduit for gospel movement. #5 Learning Laboratory: Ministry to youth keeps the church aware of the changes in culture and the local context. Ministry among youth can give the church a “first look” at coming changes. Youth ministry provides us an opportunity to experiment with how to bring the unchanging Word to an ever-changing culture, giving us a snapshot of racial, social-economic, familial, and value diversity in our community. Ministry to, and among youth in our community helps the church connect to and stay abreast of the changing context of our community. Yes, the explosion of noise and controlled chaos is worth the uncomforting the church feels with a youth explosion. To expand further the youth explosion teaches us to remember how we first loved Christ; with a sense of wonder, excitement, and an unconditional expectation of possibility! Children believe that nothing is impossible! They expect wonder and miracles. Each time they come into the church they are expecting to learn something new, experience something miraculous, and feel something empowering. Jesus knew this, that’s why he wrote: Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. In our haste to maintain “control” and “order” let us not forget none are in control but Jesus. And If he commands us to forbid not the children to come to him, who are we to change the rules of his house? Growth is hard, it is painful. But in the end, it is necessary to move closer to God. We are in the new beginnings of a youth explosion! God has seen your faithfulness and has chosen our church to facilitate Growth! Do we continue to be faithful and embrace the changes and growing pains? Or do we stifle it because we are so accustomed to the way “We” do things that we chase our blessing out of the church? Do we long for the former ways and consider the things of old? Or do we cling to and believe God’s word and expect a new thing!

FCC welcome new Youth Pastor!

Jeff Wilder, Student Associate Pastor

Committees and Ministries: Sunday School, Youth Group, Scouting

Jeff Wilder

Born and raised in Middletown, Jeff Wilder has a true heart for the young people of this city. He has just recently began his formal education at Phillips Theological Seminary, but has had the unique opportunity to study under some of the areas great ministers and theologians. Jeff is an active volunteer with The Boy Scouts of America for 13 years. He has been recognized as Scoutmaster of the Year, Cub Master of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year, as well as being a Vigil Honoree in the Order of the Arrow (BSA Honor Society). In 2018, Jeff was recognized by Kingswell Ministries as Man of the Year for his work with the youth in Middletown and Mason of the year for Jefferson lodge Middletown Free and accepted masons. He has previously served as an outreach minister, an elder, and a youth program coordinator.  Jeff’s family has absorbed his love for serving , his wife, Kelly, works as a home health care giver for adults with disabilities and youngest son, Kobi, is an eagle scout whos eagle project was a anti bulling campaign. they currently live in Middletown. He is also the proud father of seven of who, son Glenn South is a missionary to turkey, Daughter Courtney is a preschool teacher, daughter Carly is a student of Cincinnati state for hospitality and business management and he is an even prouder grandfather of four. His favorite verse is “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).
In ministry, as in life Jeff has lived and ministered from the precept that God Gives Us “it is ok to give the wrong person a break but not Break the wrong person.”

Contact Jeff:

Cell: 513 594-5421

Email: mastermasonjeff@gamil.com

Bible Study

Bible Study will begin on
Tuesday Dec. 3, 2019 with two class offerings. The
afternoon class will be from 1:00pm – 2:30pm and the
evening Bible study class will be from 6:00 – 7:30pm on
the same days.

The “Book of Revelation” will be the focus for both Bible
Study classes.

Adult Sunday School

Starting Sunday, December 1, 2019, the Pastor’s Sunday
School Class will begin each Sunday morning at 9:00am
until 9:45am when choir practice will begin. We will be
focusing on various topics from the Bible to keep the
class interesting. The first of those topics will be “The
Cross,” we will engage the scriptures, entertain
questions, and have discussions around the idea and
theology of it. Other topics will arise as we progress
through our studies.

Advent @ FCC

Join us for Advent at First Christian Church

Services:

Sunday, December 1st, 2019First Sunday of Advent

Worship: 10:30 A.M.

“What Can Love Do?” -Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson, Senior Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson

Sunday, December 8th, 2019Second Sunday of Advent

Worship: 10:30 A.M.

Sermon- Rev. Dr. Pamela T. Barnes-Jackson, First Lady/Associate Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Pamela T. Barnes-Jackson

Sunday, December 15th, 2019Third Sunday of Advent

Worship: 10:30 A.M.

Sermon- Rev. Connor L. Thompson, Associate Pastor

The Rev. Connor L. Thompson

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2018Fourth Sunday of Advent

Worship: 10:30 A.M.

Sermon- Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson, Senior Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson

Tuesday, December 24th, 2018Christmas Eve

Cookies & Wassail: 6:15 P.M.               Candle-light Worship: 7:00 P.M.

Sermon: Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson, Senior Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson

Christmas Eve Service @ FCC

Join us for Christmas-Eve at First Christian Church

6:15 P.M.- Wassail & Cookies

Join us for fellowship over Hot Wassail and Christmas Cookies, a wonderful way to start an evening celebrating the birth of Jesus.

7:00 P.M. Christmas-Eve Worship

We will have our worship service, joining us in the Pulpit will be The Reverend Dr. Wilie J. Barnes-Jackson. We will have special music provided by Michael Hefner, Kaitlin Thompson, and Phillip Meyers accompanied by Kim Meyers. Following communion, we will cap off our evening with a candle-lighting ceremony and hymn singing.

Join us and experience Christmas at First Christian Church

Come Home for Christmas!

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)