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What to Expect

What type of church is First Christian Church (FCC)?

We are a non-denominational church with people from all backgrounds (no church affiliation, Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, etc.). We do follow the teachings of the Bible and encourage developing a personal relationship with Jesus. Whether you've been attending church for years or this is your first time, you'll feel welcome at FCC.


When are services?

We have two services every Sunday at 8:45am and 11:00am. The first one is traditional (Traditions) and our second service is contemporary (The Bridge). Each service lasts 65-75 minutes, and if you arrive early please help yourself to coffee, tea, water and snacks located in our Cafe on the lower level. 


What should I wear?

We encourage you to wear what is normal for you. Come as you are!


How do I get there?

FCC is located across from Salem High School on 6th St.

 



What happens when I arrive?

You will be greeted upon entering our West and North doors. More greeters will be available to answer any questions, hand you a program, and find you the best seat available when you enter the Worship Center. While you wait, feel free to enjoy the music, read about upcoming events on the screens, and complete as much information as you feel comfortable sharing on the Connection Card in your program (which we will collect toward the end of service)


What is service like?

First of all, you won't be pointed out or made to feel uncomfortable in any way. You will have a meaningful, stress-free experience...and you'll have a lot of fun.


Each service is about 70 minutes. The first 15 minutes of the service are important to help you tune into the worship through music. We'll have the words to each song up on the screen, so you can sing as much as you feel comfortable!


After a short welcome from one of our pastors, there is usually another song or we'll jump right into the day's teaching. Each message/sermon is 30-35 minutes long and takes Biblical principles and applies them to your life in some very real and practical ways. And we'll give you message notes with all of the Bible verses we will be reading and a pen so you can take notes. So, you can review what you learned later in the week.


What about my kid(s)?

We offer programs for children age 1-12th grade. We invite your kid(s) to join us in a fun, safe, clean, interactive environment where our team of trained volunteers creates an environment your child will want to come back to every week. To get more information about the specific age groups visit our Kids and Student Ministries Page.


Any other questions?

Was there something we forgot? Feel free to email us at fccsalem@yahoo.com or fill out the form below. We hope to see you soon! 












Following Jesus at FCC

How do I become a Christian?

A Christian is someone that has made the decision to begin to take God seriously in their life. It starts by surrendering your life to Jesus and then beginning to follow Him. 


If you would like to know more about the details of the process, let us know!


Below you can provide information regarding how we can contact you and lead you into a new way of life:









Baptism

Baptism is a way of identifying with Jesus and the church. It symbolize being born again and the second chance we find when we are part of a new community like the church.


Baptism is an important step for every believer. If you are a follower of Christ, but have never been baptized, then baptism is a great next step in your faith. If you would like to learn more about being baptized at FCC, please email us at fccsalem@yahoo.com


Have more questions about baptism?? (Click Here)






Membership

Becoming a member at FCC means becoming a part of our spiritual family and joining us on the most important and exciting journey you will ever take. A journey that not only lasts a lifetime, but will lead into something that lasts for eternity! If you have been attending FCC and are considering making this place your church home- we'd like to invite you to sign up for an upcoming Membership Class.





Personal Requirements for Membership

  • A desire to grow in your relationship with Jesus
  • Believer's baptism by immersion
  • Two months faithful attendance at FCC

The Step In The Membership Process

  1. Sign up for the membership class
  2. Attend membership class
  3. Repeat publicly your confession of faith*
  4. Baptism (if needed)
  5. Agree to support the mission and leadership of the church

*"I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and I accept Him as my Lord and Savior."


Why Do You Need A Spiritual Family?

You Need Healthy Relationships

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the one who falls and has no one to help him up" -- Ecclesiastes 4:9-10


You Need A Place Where You Can Use Your Gifts

"Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you..." -- 1 Timothy 4:14


You Need A Place Where You Can Grow

"They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, sharing in the breaking of bread and prayer." -- Acts 2:42


You Need To Belong To Something Bigger Than Yourself

"Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." -- Romans 12:4-5


"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another..." -- Hebrews 10:25









Serving

Serving is a great way to see how God can work through you!

Explore how you can begin serving at FCC and if you see something you think you would like to do, fill out the form below for more information! 


Cafe

FCC hopes that we are able to create a relaxed, friendly environment for all to enjoy. On Sunday mornings one way we do this is by offering a place for people to fellowship in between the Traditions and the Bridge Services in our Cafe. To serve in this ministry you would be asked to arrive at 7:30am to prepare the coffee, tea and various breakfast goodies to be available to members and guests. Then in between the Traditions and the Bridge Service we ask that you are available to be in the Cafe, to fill anything running low and also greet and connect with guests and members. 


Communion Preparation

Taking communion is something that we do every week during both services and we need people that don't mind doing something behind the scenes to help. To prepare communion you are asked to arrive at church around 8:15am to fill the trays for Traditions. You may also be needed to refill the trays between Traditions and the Bridge Service. 


Communion Clean-up

At FCC we do take communion every week during both of our services and we need people that don't mind doing something behind the scenes to help after the Bridge Service. To clean up communion you will be asked to wash and dry communion trays and refill empty communion cups into the trays. This typically takes about 20-25 minutes after service.


Pastoral Care

This ministry would involve someone who likes to visit, talk on the phone and simply carin for other needs of our shut ins. This ministry meets once a month during the week to discuss various issues that arise and a few times a year we put special "packages" together and deliver them to our shut ins.  


Home Communion

There are people who are unable to attend worship but would still like to partake in the Lord's Supper. We have a group of men and women who take communion to the homes of our shut ins and also pray with them. This would be done on Tuesdays and your team would only be asked to serve once or twice a month. 


Sanctuary Clean-up

After each Sunday we know there are a few things that need to be fixed in the Worship Center to get it ready for the following Sunday. So we have a rotating schedule of people that come to the church throughout the week to clean up bulletins, connect cards or other items left in the church after Sunday Services. This would usually require about 15-20 minutes of your time and at most you would serve about once a month. 


Hospitality

FCC strives to make everyone, from first time guest to faithful members, feel welcome and valued. We have greeters who offer warmth, programs, direction and seating. They, along with many more volunteers who serve each week, desire to create the most welcoming atmosphere possible. To serve on the Hospitality Team simply fill out the short form below and select the service time that works best for you and then arrive 30 minutes before the service begins. 


Worship Arts

We have three main components that make up our worship arts here at FCC. We would love to have you serve in one or more of these areas if music is your passion.

  • Choir
    If you love to sing and would like to do so weekly, then our choir is just the place for you! The choir members meet weekly (on Thursdays) from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the Worship Center for practice. Then on Sunday mornings the choir meets at 8:15am in the choir room for a practice before they perform at the Traditions Service (8:45am).            
  • Hand-Bell Choir
    If singing isn't your thing, but you love music then we would love to have you play the bells with us! The Bell Choir meets weekly (on Thursdays) from 7:15pm-8:00pm in the Worship Center. The Bell Choir performs about 3-4 times a year on Sundays during the Traditions Service (8:45am)                                                  
  • Praise Team
    Musicians - Singers - Sound Board Operator - Screen Operator - Light Board Operator
    At FCC we value excellence over perfection. We're human, we're going to make mistakes and miss notes or play the wrong chord, but as long as you come prepared and ready to do the best you can to bring glory to God (excellence), then you'll fit right in. A servant's heart and a desire to glorify God with whatever talents He's given you is all we require.
    If you're not sure about joining because you've never played with a band before, or haven't had any experience around music equipment...DO NOT let that hold you back. Everyone on the team is friendly and more than happy to guide you through all that is involved. We all were in the exact same place at one point. You're also more than welcome to just come to rehearsals and sit in to see if it's something you'd enjoy. 
    And if you play an instrument you don't normally see on Sundays, or have a passion for a different worship art (drama for example) that we don't usually do, don't hesitate to contact Brian Christensen or Leonard Moore to discuss ideas. 
    If you are interested please take a look at the Worship Team Covenant that you would be asked to sign when joining the Praise Team. (Click here to view the Worship Team Covenant)


General Serving Opportunities

There are a variety of ways to serve at FCC that may involve just a one time event or something that lasts a season. We never want to "lock anyone in" when it comes to serving, but to help you move into those places God may be leading you. The best way is to just "jump in" and see how God can work through your life. If you would like to serve, but you don't know where or how, fill out the form below to provide contact information and our office will help you begin!
















Giving

Ways to give at FCC

At First Christian there are multiple ways to give. Each method allows for God's work to be done as you are faithful to his calling to give in a God-honoring way (habitually, proportionally, sacrificially). Find the one that's right for you...


Automated Bank Debit

Automated Bank Debit is the easiest and most effective way to automate your giving. Once it is set up, you may update or change your giving at any time by simply contacting the FCC Office. To sign-up, complete an auto-debit form and mail or fax the completed form to the FCC Office to have your giving automatically deducted from your checking or savings account. Complete instructions are in the download. Download the automated bank debit form here.


Give During An FCC Worship Service

You can give cash or checks by using the offering envelope while attending any worship service at FCC. Offerings will be collected during the worship service, or you may deposit it in one of the baskets at the entry of the Worship Center.


Mail Your Offering to the FCC Office

You can mail your offering to the address below. (Or you can drop by the FCC Office any weekday from 8:00am-5:00pm and deliver it personally)


First Christian Church

1151 E. 6th Street

Salem, OH 44460