Serving Others

The members of First Christian Church are dedicated to serving the physical and spiritual needs of their neighbors across the street and around the world.  Here are a few of the exciting ways First Christian Church is serving others:

The Open Door Food Kitchen – On the first Tuesday of every month, members of First Christian prepare and serve lunch to 150-200 hungry people at the Open Door Food Kitchen.  We also serve the Food Kitchen several other dates a year, including preparing sack lunches for the guests each time there is a fifth Sunday in a month. FCC has financially supported the Open Door since it began, just as FCC members have served meals and served on its board over the years.

YWCA - FCC regularly supports the mothers and children at the YWCA women’s shelter by assisting with projects in the building, organizing collections of linens, providing the children with back-to-school supplies and clothes, and adopting the families at the shelter during the Christmas season.

Chuukese Christian Church – Our building is home to a new Micronesian congregation that meets weekly for Bible study and worship. Several times a year, the Chuukese congregation and First Christian meet together for worship, fellowship, and children’s activities.

Autism Alliance of Northwest Missouri – FCC partners with this important outreach to families of children living with autism in our area, providing the group with office and meeting space within our building.

Narcotics Anonymous – FCC partners with a local NA chapter to provide space for their nightly meetings, 365 days a year, at 7:30 pm on our second floor. Guests may enter by the doors on the Faraon St. side of the building.

PFLAG – FCC is a partner with the local chapter of this national organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and their parents, friends, family and other allies. Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at the church and are open to the public. Activities include panel discussions, guest speakers, workshops, fellowship events, and participation in the annual Pride Festival. To learn more, go here.

Faith in Action – Faith in Action is an organization made up of St. Joseph churches and other organizations that are working to meet the unmet needs of people in our community. First Christian is proud to be a part of Faith in Action. We are helping with transportation for people who do not otherwise have it. These trips are for medical treatment, doctor visits or essential shopping.

Food Collection – Every Sunday morning, church members bring donations of non-perishable food items and canned goods.  The children of our church collect the food items and bring them forward to the communion table before the children’s sermon.  The food we collect goes to Interserv, an interdenominational ministry serving people in need in St. Joseph.  In addition to the weekly collection of food, each winter we participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring and make a special effort to bring in more food and cash donations that also go to Interserv.

Worship Without Walls – Several times a year, we gather briefly for worship on Sunday morning and then divide up in teams to go out into the community to serve others through a variety of hands-on projects such as visiting with senior citizens, preparing lunch for the Open Door Food Kitchen, working at the women’s shelter, and helping with neighborhood clean-up. Learn more here.

St. Joe Pride Festival – FCC is a proud supporter of this yearly event designed to promote justice and equality for all LGBT persons in our community.

Alzheimer’s Association, Dream Seekers, Focus, St. Joe Pride board – Our building is home to numerous local organizations who provide much needed services to help those in need in our community, promoting wholeness and justice for all. It is our privilege to make our building available to these organizations.

Royal Family Kids Camp

For over 20 years, First Christian Church has hosted a week-long camp for abused and neglected children in our community.  The activities of the week are designed to demonstrate to each participating child that he or she is a person of worth and loved by God.  First Christian’s camp is a part of a network of Royal Family Kids Camps throughout the country and the world. Download a brochure about First Christian’s Royal Family Kids Camp.  You can also find out more about RFKC by reading these articles in the St. Joseph News-Press:

A Promise with a Capital “P“–June 27, 2009

Camp for Disadvantaged Children Lets Kids Be Kids–June 24, 2008

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