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A vast and colorful mural depicts a river throughout the seasons with hints to the story of God’s people throughout: The River of Life – the theme of the children’s area on the 3rd floor of the Lemmon Building.
Education for children happens every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. throughout the school year. Classes for Pre-K-5th grade meet on the 3rd floor in rooms along The River of Life. Children meet in the Children’s Worship room at 9:30 and are then divided into age appropriate classes. Youth in grades 6-12 gather in the Youth Class room on the 3rd Floor for study. The Pre-school class ends its time in the Nursery on the 2nd floor.
At First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), our youth are very important members of the larger church family, and we are committed to help them know God and follow Jesus Christ. Three youth groups focus on three parts of the young person’s life in the realms of spiritual, social and service. Each group builds friendships, accountability, trust, love and spiritual growth in their time together appropriate for the age group. Themes of friendship, love, service to neighbor, prayer, and faith are but a part of the youth group experience at FCC. Each of the three youth groups is led by Rev. Jimmy Spear and parent partners/volunteers.JYF (3rd-5th grade)
The Junior Youth Fellowship is the elementary youth group that meets twice a month on Sunday afternoons from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
“Chi-Rho” is a long standing name for middle school youth groups within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Chi and Rho are the Greek monogram for Christ. The Chi-Rho youth group meets twice a month on Sunday in the late afternoon. Chi-Rho takes a short mission trip at the end of the summer season, serving in communities in Missouri and neighboring states. Often these trips focus on serving the elderly, food bank distribution, community gardening, and inner city serving programs.
The Christian Youth Fellowship is the high school youth group. CYF meets on Sunday evenings throughout the school year from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.. The CYF has a long standing tradition of an annual summer mission trip. On these trips they assisted in disaster recovery, community building, and home repair for many groups and communities across the United States. In recent years they have served in Detroit, MI; Rockford, IL; Appalachia KY; Tulsa, OK; Onancock, VA; and South Dakota.
Children’s Worship is held on Sunday mornings during the 10:30 a.m. worship service following the Children’s Moment. Children in Kindergarten through the 5th grade are invited to go with leaders to the 3rd floor of the Education building for their own worship time followed by constructive craft, reading, and play time. Children’s Worship is a “kid-friendly” time of worship that includes songs, a devotion, prayers including The Lord’s Prayer and offering.
VBS is THE summer experience for children from preschool age to 5th grade. Every summer for 5 nights, youth and adult helpers rally around an exciting theme filled with bible stories, songs, crafts, games and fun! A warm dinner is served every evening before the children begin their learning journeys.
Children and youth from First Christian Church attend summer camp every year. FCC is a part of the NEOLA camping program (North East Ozark Lakes Area) sponsored by the Christian Church in Mid-America. Camps are held at various church camps in central Missouri each summer for children and youth aged 2nd-12th grade. Over 40 children, youth, and adults experience church camp every summer.
Nursery care is provided by trained attendants for infants through pre-school aged children during worship services and all church activities. The nursery is located on the second floor of the Lemmon Education building.
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