FCC partners to start Youth Coalition

In January Pastor Jeff was approached to become the chair of the new Middletown Youth Coalition. This is intended to be a organization to create safe spaces and resources for youth to make good decisions.

The Coalition is housed as part of the Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio, Community Building Institute, First Christian Church, First Baptist Church, and The Rise After School & Mentoring Program.

To find out more, go to their website:
http://middletownyouth.com/

FCC Hosts Central Academy

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic the Middletown City Schools were closed by order of the Governor. This left many end of year traditions up in the air for schools.

Staff and members of T.E.A.M. Parent Organization contacted FCC about hosting a drive in retirement party as well as 6th grade graduation. We were excited to be able to accommodate both events. This created an opportunity for some important end of year traditions to be observed, as well as honoring the governors order for schools to be shut down.

This provided an opportunity for the Staff of Central Academy to celebrate the retirement of two teachers. A much deserved celebration, even considering the unusual ending to the school year.

This also allowed the 6th grade class to be able to have a drive through and see their teachers one last time, and receive their certificate as they finish there time at Central Academy.

This is a community church supporting it’s neighbors, this is a small part of being a mission oriented Church.

Worship Return on Pentecost

As the state of Ohio has started to relax it’s orders from the Department of Health, we start to look at returning to gathered worship, within the guidelines we are provided with.

After a meeting of representatives of the Elders, Moderator, Deacons, Trustees, and Property teams, as well as staff, we have determined as long as the stay at home order is lifted on May 29th, we will return to gathered worship on May 31st to celebrate Pentecost.

I want to assure you, while the building has been closed, your property team has been busy insuring that the building is cleaned, maintained, and prepared for our return. Our associate from Q and R Cleaning, has been there every week ensuring that our facility remains maintained, and ready for us. Phones have been upgraded, light bulbs and fixtures replaced as needed, Bathrooms, door handles, carpets, and floors were all cleaned, and disinfected.

To abide by the principles of social distancing we will have some changes to worship:

  • No bulletins, hymnals, or bibles will be available, all items will be projected on the screen, you are welcome to bring your own bible to worship.
  • Offering will be collected when you come forward for communion, rather than passing the offering trays.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available after you give your offering to use before receiving communion.
  • Communion will not be served in trays, but rather individually at two stations in the sanctuary.
  • Masks will be REQUIRED! If you do not have a mask and need one, please contact Marilyn Chamberlain. A limited number of disposable masks will be available at the church.
  • Seating will be in observance of social distancing. Every other row will be closed, there will be a required 6 foot spacing between each individual/family unit.
  • Doors will remain open to most rooms to prevent needing to touch those high touch door handles.

Most importantly, returning to worship is not a requirement or an expectation, but rather an option. The decision to return to worship in person is ultimately yours. I want to encourage you to make a decision that is best for you!

Blessings,

Rev. Connor L. Thompson

Associate Pastor

Checkout Our Sprouts!

We also have some photos of our seed sprouts that are almost ready to be planted.

The Garden is Tilled!

Today we were able to get the Garden tilled!
Thank you to Debbie Simpkins and Sleepy Hollow Farm for donating their time, talent, and equipment to till the garden.

Water Line Installed

Checkout these photos of the new water line for the Feed My Sheep Community Garden!

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.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)