Alternative Christmas Market
Sunday, December 3 & 10 in the Rotunda
The Outreach Ministry Team invites you to make a difference this Christmas by making a donation through our Alternative Christmas Market. The Market will be open Sunday, December 3 & 10 in the rotunda. This year the Market will include options to donate to support Disciples4Water, Operation Christmas Child and the First Christian Church Child Care Center. Gifts made to the Child Care Center will be used to purchase equipment for the playground and hands-on play for our school age children.
Give a gift that makes a big difference! With each donation, you receive a greeting card and envelope to share with those you honor with your gift. Christmas is a season of sharing the light of Christ with the world. A donation through our Alternative Christmas Market is an excellent way to shine that light with your family and loved ones. Your gifts help those in need in our church, our community, and our world.
Service of Remembrance
Sunday, December 3, 3:00pm
For many this is a difficult season of the year, especially if you have lost a loved one. But there is hope in the midst of darkness. Come, light a candle and experience God’s love at our Service of Remembrance. Our healing prayer ministers will be on hand to fashion a prayer for your needs and Rev. Chris Shorow will offer a meditation. (No child care)
Hanging of the Greens
Sunday, December 3, 6:30pm
Join our Student Ministries for this unique service which shares the meaning of traditional holiday symbols as we sing carols, listen to Scripture, and decorate our Sanctuary for the Advent season. This year, the service will contain familiar themes while also sharing new stories and incorporating additional elements to celebrate the beginning of Advent. A reception will follow. (Child care available)
Children's Christmas Musical
Sunday, December 10, 6:30pm
Lindsey and her friends are excited because the local T.V. station is having a contest for “The Biggest, Brightest, Christmas Show Ever”, and they are entered to win! They’ve planned a great show to impress the secret judge. However, all goes well until BAM, all the lights go off! It is in the quiet of a small shining star that they are reminded that Jesus is the true Light of Christmas. Join the children of First Christian as they share the wonderful musical, “An Unplugged Christmas” by Susie Williams and Luke Gambill. A reception will follow. (Child care available)
Sunday, December 17, 6:30pm
Christmas night – what a glorious night of rejoicing it was! Through music, narration and scripture, the Chancel Choir of First Christian Church will present “A Night of Rejoicing” by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler. This cantata follows the age-old journey from the time when God’s people rejoiced in hope as they heard the Old Testament prophets foretell the coming of the promised Messiah, to a day when Mary rejoiced in the astonishing news brought to her by an angel, and finally, to that star-filled night in Bethlehem that has been cause for rejoicing around the world in the centuries since. May “A Night of Rejoicing” fill your hearts with the love that entered our world on that first, glorious Christmas night! A reception will follow. (Child care available)
Christmas Eve Unified Morning Service
Sunday, December 24 - 10:45am
Join us for a Unified Worship Service in the Sanctuary. There will be no Sunday School for Children and Youth.
Children's Christmas Eve Service
Sunday, December 24 - 5:30pm
The Gospel will come alive with the help of our children in a narrative re-telling of the birth of Jesus. This abbreviated, family-oriented worship service includes familiar Christmas hymns. Children (ages 3 through 2nd grade) may select a costume at 5pm and participate in the Nativity story! (No child care)
Candlelight Christmas Eve Services
Sunday, December 24 - 7 & 11pm
Join us as we anticipate the day of our Savior’s birth! The 7pm Christmas Eve service will feature beautiful music, scripture readings, and the lighting of the Christ Candle. The 11pm service will feature a serene, simplified candlelight service with carols, the Chancel Choir, and scripture. The service ends in candlelight with the bells tolling the midnight hour, marking the arrival of Christmas Day. (No child care)