Blue Christmas: A Thrill of Hope

Join us for Blue Christmas: A Thrill of Hope.

This will be a somber time, of music and reflection for those who are just not quite feeling the joy of Christmas.

Advent Sermon Series

Join us for worship during the season of Advent as we prepare for Christmas with our sermon season An Unexpected Gift!

Lessons & Carols Service


Sunday November 29th, 2020 @ 3pm

Join First Christian Church and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ as we hear the story of the coming of Jesus and sing Christmas Carols to welcome the coming of Jesus. A joyous way to kick off Advent in a year that is unlike any other.

All Saints Sunday

Sunday November 1st, 10:30 AM

Join us as we remember those we have lost in the last year, as well as remembering the great cloud of witnesses who have taught us, lead us, and loved us on our journey. You are invited to bring the picture of someone you are missing, no matter how long ago they passed away.

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

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.

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!

Installation of Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson

Join us Sunday October 20th at 3:00 p.m. for the installation of The Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson as Senior Pastor of First Christian Church (Discples of Christ). The service will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be officiated by The Rev. Rick Spleth, Visiting Regional Pastor for the Christian Church in Ohio and Regional Pastor for the Christian Church in Indiana. We will also have clergy representing a variety of congregations from the Middletown area, as well as Disciples colleagues and friends.

This will be a great afternoon of worship as we welcome Pastor Willie officially as our Senior Pastor. Following the service we will have a reception with cookies and punch

Easter 2019 @ FCC-Middletown

Join for Worship on Easter Sunday at 10:30 A.M.

Worship is neither traditional or contemporary.  It is relevant.  This means that our worship time reflects who we are collectively.  Some of us are traditional and some of us more contemporary, which means our worship contains elements of both.  We strive for worship to be relevant to all who gather to praise God.

We will have The Reverend Carol Oetzel as our Pulpit Guest.

Carol is an Ordained Minister in the Christian Church(Disciples of Christ). Carol is the Pastor of Assimilation at Legacy Christian Church In Harrison, Ohio. She serves on the Commission of Ministry and the Camp Christian Committee for the Christian Church in Ohio. Carol served as Associate Pastor at FCC-Middletown for 13 years. Carol also served Walnut Hills Christian Church as Co-Pastor.

We will also have Mike Fulton as our guest at the Organ, and will be joining our Music Director Michael Hefner and the Chancel Choir!

Join us for a wonderful celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior!

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)