First on Sixth Cafe / Sunday School
Each Sunday morning at 10 a.m., we put the coffee on to brew in the "First on Sixth Cafe". Often we have doughnuts or other pastries available as we gather in the fellowship hall. As our church is very small, we conduct Sunday School when we have enough for a class. Otherwise we just enjoy our coffee and conversation during our coffee time. We are hoping that as we grow, we may offer a regular class and add age groups as we can. Won't you join us?
Sunday morning worship begins at 11 a.m. Come a little early to enjoy the organ prelude! Each week you will hear an encouraging, timely and life-changing message. Music is a rich part of our heritage and that is certainly the case in our services at First Christian where we enjoy singing the old hymns of our faith and learning new songs too! Our choir sings a selection each week and there is always something special planned, whether it be a solo, duet or instrumental. As Disciples, The Lord's Table is a focal point of our service each week. This gives us an opportunity to examine ourselves inwardly in terms of our relationship to God and others as well as reflect upon the great sacrifice Christ paid for us on Calvary. As Disciples, we practice "open communion" welcoming all of God's children to the table regardless of denominational affiliation.
Our music ministry provides an uplifting music worship experience. Praising God through the power of song, the Choir sings each Sunday morning and presents 2 cantatas each year at Easter and Christmas. Solos, inspiring instrumentals and many other extracurricular activities round out this particular ministry of the church. Choir Rehearsal is conducted each Sunday at Noon following the Morning Worship Service. There is no audition necessary for the choir. If you enjoy praising the Lord through music, we have a place just for you! We also participate in the Midway Community Hymn Sings in the summer months each year.
Open to all men of the church, our Disciple Men's group meets bi-monthly with all of the churches of District III. Our meetings rotate from church to church, so follow your weekly bulletin or monthly newsletter for the schedule. Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is served at a cost of $6 per person, followed by a program by the host church. Usually we carpool from our church and leave somewhere around 6 p.m. Please let Pastor Brian or Roy Amos know if you can go by the Sunday before so a dinner count can be called in. Come join us!
We recognize our youth as the future of our church, and as such, their spiritual and social growth is very important to us here at First Christian. We meet on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and sing a song, take prayer requests, study a Bible lesson and then usually work a puzzle or make a craft. The kitchen ladies always have a snack for us and then we have a bit of play time, going outside when possible or a game of Wii Bowling or Baseball! We regularly plan youth outings such as bowling, movie night, pizza parties, picnics and other outings so the kids can socialize and fellowship together both inside the church and outside as well. We publicize these events in our Sunday bulletin, during announcement time, in our monthly newsletter, as well as on this site. The church supports our youth activities through our budget, but occasionally the youth will hold a fund raiser of some sort for upcoming activities or missions.
Backyard Bible Club
Every summer, we hold Backyard Bible Club and open it to the entire community around us. Our BYBC usually runs for several days in the summer and ends with a closing celebration on the last night open to family members of the youth. The kids have a great time making crafts, singing songs, playing games and most importantly, learning about Jesus and His teachings. We select a particular mission each year to receive the offering the kids bring.
Throughout the year we have several opportunities to join together with the other churches in the Midway community for special services such as Thanksgiving Eve and special hymn sings during the summer months. While we may have different denominational logos and names on our churches, we recognize the fact that we serve one risen Lord
Potluck dinners, fall festivals, hot dog cookouts, yard sales, ice cream socials, picnics, birthday luncheons, along with occasional planned breakfasts are just a few of the ways we take time as a church family to fellowship and talk with one another in an informal atmosphere of Christian love all throughout the year.
We take an active role in missions work in our community. We partner with the Roanoke Rescue Mission to serve dinner to the residents there by volunteering our time in the kitchen once each quarter. We also participate in local outreach in and around the church neighborhood. When made aware of a need, we strive to find the funds and the manpower to take care of whatever it might be. We are also given the opportunity to give to a number of special missions offerings are received at different times throughout the year through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and other organizations. It is through our participation in these offerings that we are able to share the Word of God and change lives here at home and in places around the world most of us will never be able to visit. Read more about our outreach efforts here at First Christian on our MISSIONS/OUTREACH page