News and Events

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

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.

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

Commissioning of The Rev. Connor L. Thompson

Join us Sunday October 20th for the Commissioning of The Rev. Connor L. Thompson as Associate Pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Middletown, Ohio.

The message that morning will be given by The Rev. Rick Spleth, Regional minister of the Christian Church in Indiana and Visiting Regional Minister of the Christian Church in Ohio. The Rev. Carol Oetzel will be present representing the Christian Church in Ohio Commission on Ministry.

Rev. Thompson is a lifelong member of First Christian Church. Rev. Thompson is also a Middletown native having graduated from Madison High School and will graduate from Miami University with a Bachelor of Science in Non Profit & Community Studies. Rev. Thompson intends to continue graduate education at Phillips Theological Seminary, and is is excited to serve in his home community.

Choir Invitation

I am excited and honored to be leading music at FCC and I would like to invite anyone that has the desire to sing (even if you’ve never been in a choir before) to join the choir! Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, August 28 from 6:30-8:00pm, and we will begin singing for the services on Sunday, September 8 (week after Labor Day). We would love to have you come and join us. I hope to see you there!

In Christ’s Love,

Michael Hefner

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)