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. 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.
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 supports the local chapter of this nationwide organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and their parents, friends, family and other allies. Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 1;30 pm at the downtown library (927 Felix) and are open to the public. Activities include panel discussions, guest speakers, workshops, fellowship events, and participation in the annual Pride Festival. Our pastor, Brian Kirk, serves as a member of the PFLAG board.
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. FIA provides transportation for seniors to doctor visits or essential shopping, provides teams to build handicap accessibility ramps, and offers services such as yard work, light home repair, and phone-a-friend.
Food Collection – Every Sunday morning, church members bring donations of non-perishable food items and canned goods. The food we collect goes to our in-house food pantry and the blessing box outside our church entrance, offering free food items to those in need in our neighborhood.
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.
Our building: We see our 100+ year old church building as community center, open to those in our city who are helping to bring compassion and justice to others. Our building is home to The Alzheimer’s Association, the Chuukese Christian Church, Royal Family Kids Club, a local licensed counselor, a massage therapist and others.
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.
STAR Kids Club – Meeting once a month, this mentoring program is a year-round extension of our Royal Family Kids Camp ministry. The children gather with their adult leaders for educational activities, games, singing, and a meal.
Angel Tree Outreach – Each Advent/Christmas season, First Christian participates in the Angel Tree outreach, a project of Prison Fellowship. The church “adopts” local children who have an incarcerated parent and help provide them with Christmas presents as well as hosting a holiday party for the children and their families.