Who are the Disciples of Christ?

We are a mainline Protestant denomination (similar to Methodists and Presbyterians) with close to a million members in the United States and Canada. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We believe the Bible is God’s word, and we give each person the freedom to responsibly interpret the Bible for themselves. We celebrate communion weekly, and each church is autonomously governed (no one “higher up” tells us what to do – except God!). For more information on the denomination, you can visit disciples.org.

How big is the church?

We currently average 80 in attendance on Sunday mornings and have over 200 members.

What times are your Sunday worship services?

We have one worship service at 10:00am every Sunday.

What do you offer for children on Sunday morning?

Children are a special part of our congregation and we value them as full participants in the life of our church. Sunday School classes for children (preschool through the 12th grade) begin at 11:00 a.m. During the 10:00 worship service, children stay in the sanctuary with their parents and Wiggle Worship space and pew activity packets are available.  

What do you offer for babies and toddlers?

Nursery care is provided for both infants and toddlers (to age 2) from 9:45 a.m. until the conclusion ofSunday school each week. The nursery is located downstairs in the north hall of the education wing.  

Who goes to your church?

We have a diverse group of people at First Christian Church that spans all ages. You’ll find just about every type of person here – married, single, divorced, widowed – professionals, workers, retired – life-long Kent residents, those who have just recently moved to the area.  But even more important than the kind of people who go here is the kind of people who are welcome here – EVERYONE!

Do I have to belong to your denomination to attend?

Not at all! In fact, many in our congregation come from a church background other than the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). We have many former Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and Baptists. We are what some refer to as a “patchwork” church – people with different church backgrounds “woven together” by God’s grace.

Do you have to dress up to attend your worship service?

No! Dressing up is not a requirement to worship with us at First Christian Church. Some do wear their “Sunday best” but you’re also likely to find others in slacks and a casual shirt, or even jeans. We believe the most important part about Sunday morning is showing up, ready to worship God.

What kind of things do you do in your worship service?

We strive to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere at First Christian Church. To begin, we share announcements and church news; we sing and listen to our choir perform beautiful music; we share the congregation’s joys and concerns and lift them to God in prayer; we read Bible scripture that is related to the weeks' sermon; we collect an offering to further God’s work; and we take communion weekly.

Can a visitor take communion?

Yes! We take communion each week as a reminder of God’s gift to us in Jesus Christ. We believe in open communion – that means that ANYONE is welcome to take communion, whether they are a church member or not.

What kind of adult education/spiritual growth opportunities do you offer?

There are two adult Sunday School classes offered each Sunday: Open Circle at 9:00 and Adult Sunday School at 11:00. First Christian Church also offers a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship outside of Sunday morning through groups like Monday morning Bible Study, Women’s Ministries, Disciples Men’s Fellowship, and many other small groups that will be forming over the next several months.

What kind of outreach is the church involved in?

First Christian Church is active in a variety of outreach ministries, both here in Kent and around the world. One local outreach we strongly support is the Kent Social Services.  We partner with other Churches in the Kent community to prepare and serve meals for homeless and other individuals in need. Our global outreach is also an active part of our church; by providing blankets and other necessities, raising money for programs through Church World Service, helping respond to natural disasters and financially supporting programs through "Week of Compassion" offerings.  These are just a few of the ways that we try to reach out to and help others.