ADVENT SERVICE – AWAY IN A MANGER
First Christian Church Martinsville is a caring congregation, joined together in love and faith, serving God by serving the community.
This means we:
By acknowledging the spiritual worthiness of all, we will encourage deepening relationships with Christ, one another, and our diverse world, revealing the joy of God’s love.
What To Expect When You Visit
Our “traditional” worship service is held in the main sanctuary; and runs about an hour. In this style of service you will find we worship through traditional hymns, wonderful organ music, choral arrangements, and bell choir specials.
Our “blended” service is held in our main sanctuary and runs about an hour. This style of worship is less formal and features more contemporary praise music. Worship is led by our praise team of singers accompanied by piano, flute, drums, and guitar.
What Should I Wear?
Please feel free to wear whatever is comfortable for you. Some come to church in jeans and running shoes, while others wear a suit and tie, or business casual. There is no dress code for any of our services.
When Should I Arrive?
Come a little bit early if you can. We will have the coffee pot on—feel free to take your cup into the service with you.
We have handicapped parking and an elevator in the rear of the church.
Where Should I Park?
We have a parking lot in the rear of the church and a lot diagonal from the church near “Flowers by Deweys” as well. Handicapped parking spaces and an elevator is accessible from the rear of the church.
How will my children worship?
If you have children, our greeters will assist you in finding the appropriate classroom or nursery for them. Or, if you prefer, your children may stay with you in the service.
We offer two age-appropriate classes during the latter portion of both traditional and blended services.
- Worship & Wonder for ages 4 through Third grade.
- Journey Worship for ages 9 through age 12
These classes are offered during both worship services. Typically children attend the beginning of the service in the main sanctuary. After a brief children’s sermon where the kids are invited up to the chancel with the speaker, the children are dismissed to their respective classrooms.
Sunday school classes are held from 9:40–10:40 a.m. each Sunday morning between the two services.
For babies and toddlers, we offer a fully staffed nursery from 8:00 a.m. until noon. This covers both worship services and the Sunday School hour in between.
- 1st and 3rd Sunday evening from 5:30 – 7:00 pm for ages 8 years to 18.
- Little Disciples ages 4 to 7 years meeting 2nd Sunday from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
- Special activities are planned through out the year.
Discover how your children can get involved at FCC
For more information about the available programs for children at FCC, please contact Michaela Begley through the Church Office at email@example.com
Is There Adult Sunday School?
Currently we offer four different classes for adults between the traditional and blended services from 9:40–10:40 a.m.:
- Faith Walkers (for Millenials)
- Seekers (for Baby Boomers)
- Crusaders (for Seniors)
- Young Christian Group (for Seniors)
These classes promote spiritual enrichment that is Biblical, encourages all to draw nearer to the Lord so that we may better serve Him in our daily lives.
Who We Are
First Christian Church of Martinsville is part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a denomination of more than 3500 congregations across the United States and Canada.
We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.
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CHRIST We believe that God has been made known in Jesus Christ. To be a Christian is to follow Jesus in all that we say and do.
UNITY We practice unity and inclusion at the Lord’s Table for the sake of mission and for the sake of the world as the one family of God. Most Disciples congregations do this by celebrating communion every Sunday. This is why we use the chalice as our logo.
BAPTISM We practice believer’s baptism by immersion. Baptism is the basis of membership in the Church and also a mark that every person is called to serve God—the ideas of a “priesthood of all believers.”
FAITH We honor our heritage as a movement of Christian unity by partnering with other faith communities to work for bringing about wholeness—healing and justice—in the world. This is what it means to be “ecumenical.”
SCRIPTURE We are called to study and read scripture for ourselves. Rather than having tests of faith and creedal statements, we critically and thoughtfully study scripture, taking into account the historical and cultural context in which it was written.
COVENANT We also honor the heritage of Christian unity by staying together in covenant as a witness to the world that even when we disagree we can still make room, welcoming all to the table as Christ has welcomed us. Our spiritual ancestors were fond of saying “unity, not uniformity.”
MISSION We move to answer God’s call for justice particularly in the area of care for the earth, the challenges for women and children, poverty and hunger and immigration. We seek to do this work in cooperation with other people of faith. Some say we “get dirty for Jesus” as a way of conveying the hands-on mission orientation of many of our faith communities.