ADULTS AT FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Being church is about more than Sunday mornings. It is about finding a faith family that will accompany you through life’s highs and lows. It is about inspiring and challenging one another to follow God’s call! Here you will find some of the ministries that connect us to God and to one another.
Every Sunday, starting September 12, following worship, adults are invited to a Christian Education experience. The class will explore courageous characters in the stories of our tradition, learning from them different ways of being courageous, and imagining how they invite us to live with courageous faith. Daniel will lead this class in the parlor and it aligns with the sermon series through the end of October.
Week 1 – Shiphrah and Puah: Called to Courage
Week 2 – Ruth: Finding Courage for the Journey
Week 3 – Esther: Bold Courage
Week 4 – John the Baptist: Wild Courage
Week 5 – Jael: Courage that Makes Us Uncomfortable
Week 6 – Tabitha: Courage That Weaves Community
Week 7 – Peter: Courage to Change
Because of Covid cases we are suspending our Fellowship Hour until numbers go down, but children’s programming will be provided.
Note: Our Sunday school classes are not meeting in person yet. Some are meeting by Zoom. Check our Calendar for info.
An all ages Bible study with lively discussions and excellent supporting materials. Led by Rev. Jim McLean
Young adults and parents study a variety of contemporary books and video programs. Led by Kelly Madole
Group discussions and Bible study for young-at-heart seniors and retirees. Led by Cliff Johnson
A class for choir members or anyone else with similar time constraints from 9:45 to 10:20 a.m. Led by Buddy Morris
Hands of Faith
Taught by Sally Kuhlenschmidt, this class uses their hands to make and create items for others as a spiritual practice. Be sure to check out Sally Kuhlenschmidt’s blog about the class.
Youth Sunday School
Youth meet for Sunday school in the Youth Room.
We value each child’s journey of faith. As such we want to provide children with opportunities to develop real and authentic relationships. Our Sunday School program for children is designed so each child grows deeper in their relationship with God and others. We have Sunday School classes for 2-year-olds through fifth grade.
- Birth thru 2 years – Nursery
- 3-4 year olds – Room 302
- Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade – Room 303
- 2nd-3rd Grade – Room 308
- 4th-5th Grade – Room 301
FCC started small groups in Fall 2019. For more info on current offerings, see our Small Groups page. A Small Group is 10-12 people building relationships with God and each other by meeting regularly for fellowship, prayer and study. These groups offer an opportunity for growth through spiritual development. Each “semester” we put out signup cards for anyone interested in joining a small group. Groups are formed with respect to members’ preferred schedules, and child care can be arranged.
The Christian Women’s Ministries group (formerly known as CWF) is part of the International Disciples Women’s Ministries (IDWM) whose purpose is “to provide opportunities for spiritual growth, enrichment, education and creative ministries to enable women to develop a sense of personal responsibility for the whole mission of the church of Jesus Christ and to provide a channel through which women in the congregations and the regional Women’s Ministries in the United States and Canada, may be joined in fellowship and find means for effective participation in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).“
If you are interested in learning more, you can contact our faithful & always energetic President of Disciples Women at FCC, Mary Alice Holt.
Men’s group meets at 9am each Monday for fellowship and faith development.
EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service and carry out their ministries.
Briefly, an EfM group meets in the community of its members, mentored by a trained leader, for a period of time of weekly gatherings for the semester of nine months. After one semester, a student would have the right kind of information to determine if the next semesters would be of interest. The first year centers on a study of the Old Testament; the following semesters deal with the New Testament, Church History and Christian Ethics, respectively. The cost for each semester, paid by the student, provides the text books and support materials. Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program that began in 1975 and is administered by the School of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. For several years the Lexington Theological Seminary co-sponsored for students in Kentucky.
Bowling Green, Kentucky, has two EfM classes. One is at Christ Church Episcopal and the other is at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). At First Christian Church, the Fall semester begins the last of August and continues through April. Our EfM mentors are James McLean and Susan Bays.
The College Ministry group is open to anyone “college age” and meets each Wednesday at 7pm. The group enjoys both structured discussion and activities, as well as space to just breathe, relax and hang out. College Ministry is “an inclusive space to explore your faith.” Contact Associate Minister Daniel Lyvers for more info or visit our College Ministry page.
In the fall of 2013 several women of the church decided to start a “Bunco” group and meet monthly in one another’s homes. We quickly learned that much more than Bunco was desired when we never actually played a game and instead ended up talking the entire time.
Our evening women’s group, “MOSAIC” (Making Our Souls Alive in Christ) meets in homes – or often Chuy’s – each month with the purpose of deepening our spiritual lives through friendship and learning new practices of prayer. If you are interested in learning more you can contact Melissa Young.
The mission of the Lamplighters is to be a community of senior citizens and retired adults building relationships with one another in the church, the community & with God.
Lamplighters began in 2013 with the hope of empowering seniors and retired adults to let their light shine in our community and beyond. The group has monthly meetings, some traveling and some at church which offer both education and fellowship. Lamplighters have visited the Disciples Historical Society in Nashville, Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt, Opryland Hotel to see Christmas lights just to name a few. We also have lunches & receptions for special occasions at the church.
Choir members describe rehearsals as a healthy mixture of focused work and raucous laughter; this is a group that likes to have fun. Many are blessed by the fellowship that continues to grow from this group and the wonderful mixing of representative ages in the church. They always welcome more “characters” to the melting pot!
The First Christian Church Chancel Choir has a long history – as long as the church’s history. It contains members that have been singing in it for over forty years, and a great deal of others that have sung in it for less than two years. We have almost outgrown the choir loft, and number almost 40 when all are present. We hope this is a problem that will continue…there will always be room for new members!
A unique part of the Chancel choir is a small number of Music Interns who are mostly music majors at WKU. They sing solos, lead worship and, on occasion, direct the choir. They are a wonderful addition to the life of the church and the fabric of the choir.
Want to get to know those sitting in the pews? Come out and cheer on the FCC Softball Team! Games are each May. Interested in joining our team? Contact Chris Rowe to play. All games are held at the Warren County Association of Baptists at 6448 Scottsville Road.
Outdoor Disciples is a group that gets together to experience God through the wonder of His creation. Outdoor Disciples has done several hikes around the region and clean-ups of our adopted Greenway Trail. Contact Crystal Akers for more info.