Realizing that ministry goes beyond our walls, we are actively involved in supporting many ministries in our local community and beyond. Our congregation also works to put our faith into action through the global organization of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
We support with our time, our prayers, our facilities and our financial resources these local community organizations:
We also encourage our members to assist others and work with:
|The Red Cross||Meals on Wheels|
|Camp Agape (at Christmount Christian Assembly)||First Christian Church Angel Tree|
One of the most important community ministries of First Christian Church is its After School Program and Summer Day Camp, Creative Palooza. The after school program is an enrichment program for children ages K-5 which offers homework help as well as several different electives. The summer day camp is open from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and each week follows a particular theme, in which children have the opportunity to explore various topics through music, drama, art class, etc. Examples from the 2012 camp included Lego Camp, Pirates and Princesses, Nature Week, French Countryside, Broadway, Greek mythology, Space Camp, and Olympics week.
Good Friday Day of Service
For the last three years First Christian Church has commemmorated the sacrifice that Jesus made for us by observing Good Friday as a Day of Service. Activities have included our stream clean up, a program for children at the Salvation Army, serving lunch and afternoon “tea” to staff and family members at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home and donating, bagging and delivering items for Homebound Seniors through Senior Services, Inc. of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. In 2016 we will once again deliver and serve lunch and afternoon “tea” to staff and family members at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, as well as donate, bag, and deliver items for homebound seniors through Senior Services.
School Backpack Program
We have partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina to provide backpacks of food for 50 children at Easton Elementary School who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend while school is in session. We also partner with the school in other ways, such as providing school supplies for classrooms and teachers. On August 22 we provided a “welcome back” breakfast for the teachers and staff at Easton, and we have been collecting back to school supplies.
Worldwide we support the Disciples Mission Fund – the Outreach arm of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This outreach goes to over 70 different agencies throughout the world, including colleges and seminaries. We not only support Global Ministries and the Disciples Mission Fund through our annual budget, but we also support the Disciples Mission Fund through special offerings at Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the Week of Compassion, and Reconciliation.